Anyone heard of any NP to MD programs? - page 2

A girl I go to school with said that there is a school in Missouri that has a bridge program for NPs to become MDs. Have any of you heard of a program like this?? :confused: Thanks! Kitty... Read More

  1. by   4860
    Thanks Kitty! I had athe same question. However, I am considering the DNS program. Seems like that would be the best way. Let me know if you hear of anything else.
    Thanks,
    4860
  2. by   WHNP
    Hi, I'm new to this website. I have been reading all of your messages as I too am interested in going to med school. However, I'm just starting to do my research. I currently work for a private OB/GYN office as an NP. Does anybody have any suggestions for me or advice?
  3. by   bethem
    Just had to say - this oceaniamed program is NOT in Australia. It is marketed to us through a careers booklet that comes out monthly. It is based in Samoa.
  4. by   Papadoc
    Quote from WHNP
    Hi, I'm new to this website. I have been reading all of your messages as I too am interested in going to med school. However, I'm just starting to do my research. I currently work for a private OB/GYN office as an NP. Does anybody have any suggestions for me or advice?
    www.studentdoctor.net AKA SDN if you want to apply for u.S MD/DO route.
    www.valuemd.com if you want to go IMG (Carib / European) route, which would be O'K for OB/GYN, IM, FP, psych

    For more competative specialties you need to stay in U.S schools

    Hope it helps
    Best of Luck
  5. by   CrazyPremed
    Although there are many schools that offer a doctorate in nursing (ie PhD in nursing, DNP, etc.), these are not medical schools (ie MD or DO granting programs). One would need to go to medical school, and sit through all of the classes and do an internship/residency to become a medical doctor. Actually, many of these advanced programs deal with policy and research. Just like the BSN can (this is a sweeping generalization) be considered an administrative topping to an ADN, the Doctorate portion of a nursing degree refers to (mostly) an administrative topping for NP's. Medical doctors - on the other hand - spend the majority of the 4 years learning clinical medicine. There is a difference.

    CrazyPremed
  6. by   WHNP
    Thanks for the info. I will check those websites out. This might be a silly question to some as many feel that it's never too late to go back to school...but I'm married, just turned 30 and have 2 small boys (2 month old; 3 yr old.) Am I being unrealistic here??
  7. by   Papadoc
    Quote from WHNP
    Thanks for the info. I will check those websites out. This might be a silly question to some as many feel that it's never too late to go back to school...but I'm married, just turned 30 and have 2 small boys (2 month old; 3 yr old.) Am I being unrealistic here??
    On SDN just scroll down to the "nontraditional" applicants forum, and read some of the stories. Don't listen to the "Nay" sayers. 30 is not even so much of nontrad anymore. Of course, with kids it does get complex, but...if you plan ahead, and have a good support system it's very doable. Also, I had my wife and dtr visiting me in the Carib, and I go back and forth a lot.There are plenty of students with families, and kids. It can be done. But make sure you're doing it for the right reasons.

    Best of Luck
  8. by   WHNP
    Thanks for the advice and words of encouragement. I will let you know how I make out. I've wanted to do this for about 5 yrs now (since before becoming an NP) but I just felt like I couldn't do it for one reason or the other (mainly b/c of my responsibilities at home).

    My husband has offered his support. I know it will be very difficult, but It's reassuring to see others like yourself who have done it despite already having a family at home.

    Once again, thank you for your help.
  9. by   Gab07
    hi kitty

    yea we have a nurse practitioner program over here, (NP) but first u need to be a RN and do a master in Nurse Advance Practice, after 2 yrs experience, thats the minimum, and if u want to becom a MO (medical officer) DR, u need to sit for a test such as GAMSAT or UMSAT, u can google it and u will find lost of information, here are lots of unis that does this program
    cheers
    Gab
  10. by   kb12345
    Hi all,
    I'm new to this site but I'm also interested in becoming an MD. I am a psych NP for 2 years now and have always wanted to become an MD but as someone else stated, I have a family, etc. What im finding is that an advanced degree doesn't mean anything these days. You still need to take all of the chemistries, physics, biologies, and calculus's. If anyone is like me, i obtained my degree through the traditional nurse setting and core corriculum which means I didn't take the 2cd year or chemistry, no physics, no calculus, and the bio and micro bio I took for the nursing program are really no good in terms of preparing for the MCAT. I did apply to and got accepted at Oceana but they require alot. #1 you must find a supervising Doc and with bias towards online MD programs, how hard will that be #2 you need $6,000 up front to attend a 6 week "transitional" course at a college near you and I don't have that with all of my children in private school, etc. They offer financial aid for 1/2 the cost of the total tuition which is $100,000 but not for that 6 wek course and #3 you work at your own pace, so what does that mean? I didn't persue it, and now I don't know what to do...any suggestions???
  11. by   core0
    Quote from kb12345
    Hi all,
    I'm new to this site but I'm also interested in becoming an MD. I am a psych NP for 2 years now and have always wanted to become an MD but as someone else stated, I have a family, etc. What im finding is that an advanced degree doesn't mean anything these days. You still need to take all of the chemistries, physics, biologies, and calculus's. If anyone is like me, i obtained my degree through the traditional nurse setting and core corriculum which means I didn't take the 2cd year or chemistry, no physics, no calculus, and the bio and micro bio I took for the nursing program are really no good in terms of preparing for the MCAT. I did apply to and got accepted at Oceana but they require alot. #1 you must find a supervising Doc and with bias towards online MD programs, how hard will that be #2 you need $6,000 up front to attend a 6 week "transitional" course at a college near you and I don't have that with all of my children in private school, etc. They offer financial aid for 1/2 the cost of the total tuition which is $100,000 but not for that 6 wek course and #3 you work at your own pace, so what does that mean? I didn't persue it, and now I don't know what to do...any suggestions???
    You forgot #4
    Your chance of getting licensed in the US or getting into a residency is so close to 0 as to be meaningless. There is no shortcut to an MD. You will have an advantage as an NPP with some of the clinical stuff, but not in a lot of the didactic stuff.

    David Carpenter, PA-C
  12. by   group_theory
    Quote from kb12345
    Hi all,
    I'm new to this site but I'm also interested in becoming an MD. I am a psych NP for 2 years now and have always wanted to become an MD but as someone else stated, I have a family, etc. What im finding is that an advanced degree doesn't mean anything these days. You still need to take all of the chemistries, physics, biologies, and calculus's. If anyone is like me, i obtained my degree through the traditional nurse setting and core corriculum which means I didn't take the 2cd year or chemistry, no physics, no calculus, and the bio and micro bio I took for the nursing program are really no good in terms of preparing for the MCAT. I did apply to and got accepted at Oceana but they require alot. #1 you must find a supervising Doc and with bias towards online MD programs, how hard will that be #2 you need $6,000 up front to attend a 6 week "transitional" course at a college near you and I don't have that with all of my children in private school, etc. They offer financial aid for 1/2 the cost of the total tuition which is $100,000 but not for that 6 wek course and #3 you work at your own pace, so what does that mean? I didn't persue it, and now I don't know what to do...any suggestions???

    I second David Carpenter's (core0) advice - proceed with extreme caution. The last thing you want is to spend time and money (lots of money) and end up having a "Doctor of Medicine" degree but no residency or even worse ... no medical licensure. Caveat emptor!!!!!

    Medical education/training/licensure is extremely complicated and involves many hoops ... understand the system well before you jump into the pool
  13. by   gauge14iv
    You would probably be better off applying to traditional medical schools in the U.S. in all honesty.

    I know 2 of those types who went to foreign med schools and never could find a residency program here which would accept them - and the schools they went to were far more recognized than this one! Niether of them are practicing as physicians because they couldn't get licensed. Go figure. One of them works in medical device sales and will be paying back loans and his mother for the rest of his life. I don't know what the other individual is up to these days - it's been a few years since I've heard from her.

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