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Advantages of having a BS over 90 credits

Discussion in 'Pre-Podiatry Students' started by cool_vkb, 10.28.06.

  1. cool_vkb

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    Hey i had this question, are there any advantages of having a BS during Podiatry school.

    I mean podiatry school is full time and runs from 8-5 (normally). So i dont think anyone with a BS cud do a job along with studies. So apart from personal satisfatcion that u r have a BS, are there like any real advantages over a person who is attending Podiatry School with 90 credits (like me:D ). But i do have a illinois radiography license , so i will be working during weekends.

    i know tat people who have a BSN or BS in Medical Technology or Radiography have the advantage of working flexible schedules but someone who graduated with a BS in Pshycology, Maths, Biology, Chem or other traditional Pre-med subjects have no options. what are there benefits, why wait one more year in Undergrad when u cud start pod/med school/dental school after 3rd year only.. i will really appreciate it. Thank you guys. plzz note iam just speaking for applicants who want to be just DPM and get into practice, not for DPM/PHD or DPM/dual degrees. i know for tat u need to have a BS. have a gr8 weekend.
  2. funfeet

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    I"m getting my BS. I think its very good because it gives you more options. I work right now as a researcher with the military. I do not plan on working through podiatry school because my job would be 3 hours away. And hopefully it doesnt happen, but if someone can not succeed in the professional school, you wont have anything. ALSO, you have the chance of taking more classes as well to help you later. It wasn't until my senior year I had the chance to take anatomy, physiology, and I also took biochem and other classes that will help me succeed in the professional schools.
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    thanks
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    Getting a bacholor's degree is a safer road. Currently, there doesn't seem to be any reason to complete one... but who knows what tomorrow will bring? Halfway through your DPM, you get in a car accident and are disabled to the point you can't go through clinical rotations but you could do something else... maybe a different graduate program. Having a bachelor's degree is prerequisite to most graduate programs. I hope you see my logic. I'm not saying to continue doing it... only that it is a safer road if you do.

    AZPOD Rocks
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    krabmas Senior Member Moderator Emeritus

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    just to be picky - Podiatry school is professional school as is MD, DDS, DMD, optometry.....

    grad schools give PhD and Masters.
  6. Dr F

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    I see in Canada they require that "The applicant must have a completed undergraduate baccalaureate from a recognized University."

    http://www.michener.ca/ft/chiropody.php#admission

    I always see that DPMs have a BSc but I guess that's not true.

    -F out
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    Well, in fairness many medical programs don't require a BS or BSc provided that you have the three years of undergraduate work - including ones in Canada as a matter of fact. Although, I'd agree that with most medical schools - students without a BS would be somewhat extra-exceptional considering the competitiveness of these seats.

    At any rate, I think its great that your program is requiring an undergraduate degree but it is still without a 2 or 3 year post graduate residency, so it can't compare to a DPM program - with all due respect of course.

    FYI many DPMs not only have BS degrees, but graduate degrees as well - MS and/or PhDs (I happen to have an MS).
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    You are partially correct in... correcting me.:)

    By convention, the only professional school that is not also referred to as "graduate school," is medical school. In all other professional schools, it is acceptable to refer to students as graduate students or ________ students (i.e. - dental, optometry, law, etc.). Considering we attend, podiatric medical schools, you were correct in pointing out my error.

    Thanks,

    AZPOD Rocks
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    I have an MS too. There are Dental schools that take people without bachelors degrees also.
  10. cool_vkb

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    Even medical schools take people without bachelors degree. My two cousins are in medical schools, one had 3yrs college while the other just spend 2 yrs in undergrad. she already had nearly 30 credits obtained from AP exams , CLEP exams and courses in communtity college while attending high school.

    So all schools accept students without BS or BA.
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    Wow u have a MS. iam just curious. What made u to join Podiatry. were u a pre-med or was it a career change. and if its not personal, wat subject did u did ur MS in.
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    Several of my classmates (including myself) have a MS. One of my classmates even have a PhD.
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    I had my MS in genetics and worked for a year at a research institute affiliated with my undergraduate school.

    Regarding my choice for podiatric medicine, I was not a traditional "pre-med", I was initially interested in research pertaining to the medical field but not necesarily a desire to be a doctor. Through my research work though, I became interested in becoming a healthcare provider - especially that we dealt with diabetes and so I shadowed a number of different specialists including DPMs and to me podiatry was most appealing and relevant to me - so I trusted my instinct and never looked back ever since.
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  16. No advantages of 90hrs vs a degree or from an ivy league school vs a community college. You'll probably have enough debt from podiatry school to pay back.

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