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

  1. 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, Organic Chem 1 and 2, and Physics 1 and 2. My question is is that I would like to take one of these classes each semester at a community college during my nursing program instead of another year and a half of school after I graduate. I was wondering how possible/impossible it would be to tack on another class? Thanks in advance for the replies!
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  3. by   crossfitnurse
    I think that's a terrible idea. Do you have summers off? If so, take those classes then.
    Why not major in chem or bio then go straight to med school? Just wondering...
  4. by   crossfitnurse
    I only say it's a terrible idea because nursing school is ALOT. It's not "hard," it's just ALOT of content in a small window of time. So adding a class on top of those isn't a good idea. Especially if you need a high GPA for med school.
  5. by   nurseprnRN
    What I don't understand is why you think that nursing school is on the same continuum as medical school. If you want to be a nurse, you take the prerequisites for and go to nursing school. If you want to be a physician, you take the prerequisites for and go to medical school. What am I missing here? Surely you don't think you'll be able to work as an RN for $$ while you slog through medical school ...
  6. by   crossfitnurse
    Yea that's why I asked why doesn't she just so the pre reqs for med school? Way diff!
  7. by   Caribbean Character
    I am as confused as everyone else. I see no benefit to earning a BSN just to turn around and enter med school the next semester. The BSN without a few years experience as a practicing RN will not give you a leg up on getting into med school if that is what you are thinking.
  8. by   LoveNeverDies
    Depends on the school, a lot of schools will not allow you to attend another institution while enrolled except during summer classes. I think some people can pull off taking all those classes at once, and some can't. As a side note, you might have a better entrance chance at med school with a biology or chemistry degree. Not saying you can't get in with a BSN but it seems first choice usually goes to the other science majors.
  9. by   meganelaine93
    I would agree with everyone above. Why don't you just take the prereqs for medical school and go there instead of nursing. Nursing is way different than being a physician, I would do one or the other they don't really mix when it comes to schooling and careers
  10. by   crossfitnurse
    No you have to major in bio, bio chem, chem, organic chem to get into a med school. A BSN in nursing doesn't equal any of those. You'd be in school for a LONG TIME.
    ... I think people just need to do their research honestly. I think they like the idea of being a nurse then a doctor cause it sounds like a "stepping stone."
  11. by   Alexia0330
    I decided to go into nursing and then medical school because I will have medical knowledge when entering and if I don't ever get in then at least I will have a career. Biology and Chemistry aren't known for their well paying jobs.
  12. by   Alexia0330
    Jessatkinson86 that is not true at all. You can major in anything and go to medical school. You just have to have their required prerequisites.
  13. by   nurseprnRN
    You will have a passing familiarity with some medical information but as a new grad you won't have much of a leg up on your med school classmates; heck, you won't even know as much as somebody who's been out of nursing school for six months. I wouldn't put all my eggs in that basket if I were you.

    And "required prerequisites" is another way of saying, "required requirements."
  14. by   roxalot
    I think this is smart in a way as you have a plan B in case you don't get into medical school, however you are taking the seat of an actual student who wants to be an RN and not go on to medical school. Not sure how I feel about that. I know there isn't a nursing shortage, but it just doesn't sit right with me.

    Organic Chemistry is A LOT of information (I majored in Chemistry the first time around). I am redoing some of my nursing prerequisites because mine expired, but I knew people who struggled with Organic Chemistry while taking a much easier load in their other classes. Physics isn't exactly a cake walk for most people, it's a lot of calculus which I excel at and took both physics 1&2 while taking Organic chemistry 1&2 and made A's. I'm a super science geek though.

    I don't think I'd like taking Organic while taking and trying to keep up my GPA in Nursing School.

    FYI not all medical schools even require a degree, it's 'preferred' at most (well the last time I looked about 5 year ago). I know many people who have been accepted to medical schools with minimum requirements met (however they had 4.0 gpas and killer MCAT scores).