Originally Posted by MaryWrathers
Apologies for cross-posting.
I will be graduating this fall (Dec.) with a B.S. in a different field. If I decide to go into medicine, here is what my proposed schedule will look like. Is it okay? Do you have any suggestions?
O Chem I
Study for MCAT
O Chem II
Cellular or Molecular Bio
Study for MCAT
Is it wise to work while going to school? I know it's inevitable that I will have to do shadowing and volunteering. But, if I worked also, could I be a medical assistant? If so, I know community colleges offer this program in 45 credit hours or less. Is it unwise to do this program at the same time/rate that I will be taking the pre-reqs?
Thank you so much!
I have been doing roughly 3 lab courses per semester (and usually one additional 3 credit lecture) and I have been quite busy. Somehow, I have managed to work in about 15-20 hours of work per week, but a hefty job commitment for me has been out-of-the-question. Based on this experience, I would not recommend trying to handle 3 labs while completing the medical assistant program. I don't think it would be worth the risk of getting behind in your prereqs.
My other thought in looking at the proposed schedule involves the two lab courses over the summer. I am not sure how short your summer semesters are and how much outside time is required for the classes. I suspect that in taking chem II over the summer, you will likely have a ton of problems and lengthy lab writeups (...16 week course in 7 weeks...) along with weekly exams. If you struggle at all
in chem I, I would be wary of taking it as a summer course in addition to another lab at the same time.