Considering Med School After Bsn

  1. HI EVERYONE! JUST CURIOUS IF ANYONE OUT THEIR IS ON THE BSN TO MEDICAL SCHOOL ROUTE?/OR CONSIDERING IT? FOR ME, THATS SOMETHING IM CONSIDERING. IM CONSIDERING BECOMING AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST OR A CRNA. I RECEIVED AN "A" IN BIOLOGY IN HIGH SCHOOL, BUT I DONT WANT TO MAJOR IN IT DURING COLLEGE THIS FALL. WITH A MAJOR IN NURSING, I HAVE ALOT OF ROOM TO EXPLORE MY OPTIONS.
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  3. by   Angella Walker
    Why limit yourself to a Nursing degree. You need to check the curriculum and prereq's of the medical schools you plan on attending. Most if not all require 8 credits of chem w/lab, 8 credits of organic chem w/lab, 8 credits of Physics and at least 8 credits of biology with lab.

    Nursing just doesn't require that you take most of those classes in as many credits that med school requires. I worked in admissions for a medical school for 2 years. You should really talk to a counselor at your High School to understand the kind of commitment you are undertaking.

    If you want to be an MD, GO FOR IT!!!!! I was premed for a couple of years and majoring in Biochemistry really allowed to me to explore the other health professions because alot of the science classes I took were with Nursing, MLT, Dentistry, Speech Pathology, and Sports Med students. Great exposure.

    AW
    Last edit by Angella Walker on Jan 23, '03
  4. by   peds2bee
    i dont think that i will be limiting myself with a nursing degree. after my bsn i might then choose to go the crna route and i wouldnt be able to do so with a degree in any biological science. but yet i still have the option to go to med school as long as i obtain all of the prereq's. any others thinking about medical school after your bsn?
  5. by   PennyLane
    Nope. I considered med school, but the time involved to become a doctor put me off. Plus I'd have to do a year post-bacc program to get my pre-reqs done, and that's very expensive. Nursing seems more hands-on to me, and a more holistic way of treating patients.

    Good luck in whatever you decide!!
  6. by   researchrabbit
    One of the best MDs I know was a nurse first. Paid her way through medical school by working as an RN.
  7. by   EmeraldNYL
    Originally posted by vanita03
    any others thinking about medical school after your bsn?
    I originally started college as a pre-med/biology major, but dropped the pre-med after about a year when I realized that I was more interested in actually having a social life then studying every Saturday night in college. That and I sucked at O-chem. Right now I'm seriosuly considering CRNA school after I finish my BSN, but I can't say the med school route isn't still a thought in the back of my mind (especially since my fiance is in med school and he says there are LOTS of nurses in his class). I don't know if I have the drive to do four more years of school however, PLUS residency, plus all the stuff I would have to do to even get in (like take Physics II, retake O-chem I and II, and take the MCAT!!). The CRNA route is sounding GREAT to me!
  8. by   fourbirds4me
    I've thought about it. But the additional classes it would take would take me another 1-2 years. If I had gotten serious about it sooner I guess I could have squeezed them in somewhere. But I think the idea of being a nurse first is a good one.
  9. by   New CCU RN
    I am also pondering the MD vs CRNA route. I just got my BSN back in May and right now I am working on the science prereqs and think I may get a bachelor's in Biology, take the MCATs and decide from there. Although, I do have to say the CRNA route is appealing bc right now all I really have to do is apply..... I am already working on close to a year in ICU, have taken the GRE's, have the BSN.... soooooo I dunno....

    If I could do it all over again, I would have been just premed and gone straight to med school. Granted I am only 22 and this really is only a few year setback (really isnt a setback either, my short time as an RN has been quite rewarding and I have learned tons...) But, I know deep inside that I want the MD... just don't know STILL if I want to dedicate ALL that time.... it's such a tossup... debate it constantly.

    I wish you luck with your decision. Work real hard and get awesome grades... that's my best advice to ya for now... But be sure to have some sorta fun too....
  10. by   TheBrainMusher
    Same thing here about med school. I was orginally chem major to be pre-med, I ditched that option went into business. Now I"m looking at the field again, impossible. I need a post-bacc program and other classes, which would take 2-3 years before I get in. Plus, I have a serious relationship, would like to get married and start a family. Nursing is a great option to decide, then go from there ...
  11. by   jdomep
    Hind sight....

    I should have when I was in college (20 years ago) I didn't think I was smart enough - my dad (a surgeon) even suggested it back then but oh well... I am thrilled to be in Nursing school now and the hours will be better with my family. There is no way I'd consider it now I would never take the time away from raising my boys...
  12. by   hobbes
    Originally posted by EmeraldNYL
    ... I don't know if I have the drive to do four more years of school however, PLUS residency, plus all the stuff I would have to do to even get in (like take Physics II, retake O-chem I and II, and take the MCAT!!). The CRNA route is sounding GREAT to me!
    The CRNA route is no cake walk. Although you don't have to take as much science as a pre-med student most CRNA programs expect you to have taken Organic chem. Just something to think about.

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