Possible to take extra class per semester at another school during nursing program? - page 3

I am entering into the nursing program in Fall 2014, but I plan on attending medical school after I get my BSN. The prerequisites for med school is not fully covered by nursing. I will need Chem 2,... Read More

  1. by   crossfitnurse
    Bottom line is - time wise I'd go straight for med school. Maybe this chick is 18 I don't know. If so... good luck. But at 27 (my age) I wouldn't do that.
  2. by   Pink Magnolia
    Take your time and enjoy time. Rushing will burn you out and stress you out.
  3. by   green34
    Paramedic seems like it would be a better leg up in getting experience in a shorter amount of time than going for a BSN. EMT-B is 3 to 6 months and medic school is 12 to 18 months depending on if there is an anatomy component. That is better than trying to get all the pre-reqs for BSN and then finding out you may not make the cut. We have had medic students who were also in med school or planned to go to med school. We had one ER resident who was a former paramedic.

    Depending on how you play your cards, you could also potentially work on a primary 911 unit or could even fly quicker (we use RNs who are also medics and medics on our helicopters so 1 RN and one medic). I think medic school is more friendly in taking classes elsewhere at the same time as you also schedule clinicals on your own time.

    I would major in something that would get the pre-reqs done. Plus you'd walk out of all paramedic classes that I know with your ACLS and PALS if not more certs. I cannot relate to people who think ACLS is so hard since it was a breeze as a medic student.
  4. by   smf0903
    Yes it is possible. I am doing nursing and Biology also! I may never use the Biology degree, but I am a math and science nut so I decided to pursue both degrees. The trick is being and staying well organized. I will caution that the issue you will run into is that of scheduling...having two clinical days and at least two other days on campus makes it darn near impossible to schedule classes like o chem, physics, etc (those classes that usually have minimal sections to choose from). People say it's impossible to do a second degree alongside a nursing degree, but it's not. Will it be easy? Heck no, but I'm sure you already realize that I do not work outside of my home, but I do have a family to take care of so I do have other obligations. I can tell you that I even had the advisor from the school offering the biology degree try to dissuade me from working on both degrees. If it's what you want to do, do it. It's possible. I'm usually enrolled for 17-18 credit hours a semester and have managed to maintain a GPA of 3.87. Good luck to you!!

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