non traditional student

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    Recent college graduate wondering what I need to do outside of DAT

    Hi everyone! I graduated early in December 2022. I was a premed and ultimately decided not to pursue a medical degree a couple of months after I graduated. It was in October when I first began shadowing a dentist and realized I could see myself being a dentist. That being said, I'm incredibly...
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    Non traditional premed have many options and can’t decide

    Hi, i really need some advice and help. I am in FL. I am an icu nurse less than 1 year and wanted to became a crna. However after working as an icu nurse, I didn't like it. I have tried to figure out something else to do. Now I have 3 options and it has been very difficult for me to decide. 1...
  3. Yomiravet

    Retake classes vs graduate program (non-thesis)

    Hello! I applied to vet school during the last VMCAS cycle. I was invited to do an interview but unfortunately, I was denied because of I never took more than 3 classes in any semester during my undergrad. This was upsetting to hear but it is my first time applying and I am still hopeful. My...
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  5. HaleyNPtoMD

    I’m lost: NP to MD

    Hi! I’m really hoping to get some feedback that will help me through this process. A little about me: I’m 28. I’ve been a nurse practitioner now for 4 years. I’ve practiced strictly in pediatrics, both primary and specialty care. I love it, but it’s not enough. I truly want to be a...
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    Seeking Advice on choosing a Clinical Research position.

    Would like insight into choosing between two clinical research coordinator positions for: 1. CRC at Nursing School Study participants are all Spanish speaking patients of lower socioeconomic demographic who I will be working with directly the study itself fits my narrative as a...
  7. T

    Non-trad seeking advice for 2022 cycle application

    Hey all--long time lurker, first time poster. I just would like some advice on whether my plan is sufficient and if there are any holes in my application that I can patch up prior to the application process. Long story short: I graduated with a degree in political science from a large state...
  8. S

    (CANADA) Does poor Grad School GPA matter?

    Long story short, I am a Canadian in my late 20s that holds two undergrad degrees. I partied a bit too much during my first bachelor (BSc in biology) but smarten up during my second degree (BA in health sciences) which resulted in a steep upward GPA trend; I started with a 2.3 GPA during my 2nd...
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    Is research/volunteering necessary if coming from an allied health field? (OT to MD)

    Hi everyone, I'm a current OT student and will be graduating this May with my doctorate. I'm looking into pursuing medicine, and am trying to make a plan for myself. I'm planning on working full time at a hospital as an OT once I graduate, and I was wondering if you all think I will need...
  10. N

    Military student with multiple transfers. How do I address it?

    Apologies if this has already been answered elsewhere, I was unable to find anything on it. I did 7 years in the Army I started doing online coursework after my first tour in 2012. I have three tours and I'm a purple heart recipient. When I started college I had no idea what I wanted to do. I...
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    Post-bacc Application Advice (non-traditional student)

    Hi, I've been a long time reader of these forums but this is my first time posting. After spending a long time debating whether to make a complete mid-life career change, I've decided to make the first step towards going to med-school, but as a non-traditional student I need to first get into a...
  12. carlyrsmith

    Looking for advice from second time applicants for vet school!

    Hi everyone! I was looking for advice from anyone who has applied for vet school more than one time. I'm a nontraditional student who has been in the field since 2008 (I'm 28), and I have a BA in theatre (2017) and my RVT license. I have a truckload of experience but a science GPA of 3.2, a...
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    MD & DO Answered

    - Question Answered - MD - Temple Penn State Geisinger University of Pittsburgh Drexel Tufts Albany Jefferson BU Rochester George Washington Georgetown Case Western New York Medical College VCU Rosalin Franklin Nova MD University of Illinois EVMS DO - PCOM NYIT LECOM
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    MD & DO Non-trad PhD student, MCAT 508, B.Sc. GPA 3.4, PhD GPA 3.7

    Hi, I am a 5th year PhD international student in Biochemistry. I got my MCAT score last week, 508 (130,123,128,127). I have three publications (one is first author), and have 5 years of research experience. My volunteering hours are only 20 hours at a hospital and a homeless shelter and...
  15. crazyotter

    Stigma of doing premed pre-reqs at a Community College?

    I'll keep things short: 27 year old male. I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Political Science (arts). Got a 2.24 GPA. Worked in IT for 3 years, then went back to get a second Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Will graduate this year with an expected 3.78 GPA. Post-Bac CAS puts my...
  16. HeliseacombatronFIVES

    Non traditional students my story **Long Story Alert**

    Hi everyone, *** sorry about the long story important events to me are high lighted in red, I left out some stuff cause it gonna make this into a long essay*** *** before you read Thank you so much for listening to my story, and thanks to those who provide me with future insight and their...
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    non-trad pre-med student

    Hi all, I am an aspiring, non-traditional pre-medical student in California. I went to a community college (CC) before graduating from a 4-year in 2018 with a Bachelors's degree in Healthcare Administration. I took an Introduction to Biology course (got a B) and Anatomy and Physiology course...
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    No advisor, MCAT studying length for a non-traditional?

    Hello, I’m a 26 year old non-traditional student and need a decent Mcat score for my 3.32 gpa. I have a science/bio background but need to do some serious content review for the MCAT and not sure about the timeframe I should leave for this. I’m starting a post/bac program end of August. Would...
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    Non-Traditional Student - Best Way to Overcome App Weaknesses?

    Twelve years ago I was a pre-med chemistry major, where I completed 1/2 year of Biology, 1 year of Gen Chem, 1/2 year of Physics, and 1 1/2 year of Calculus. I ended up changing majors and transferred to an art school where I earned a BFA in painting and drawing. After graduating I took courses...
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    Non Trad WAMC?

    Hi WAMC? I graduated with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in 2017. GPA: 3.13 (fumbled freshman year but made deans list last couple semesters with GPAs of 3.6+ in 300 - 500 level bioengineering/science courses) MCAT: 503 (first take 490) Been working in tech consulting since graduation and...
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    Should I continue?

    Hi, I’m a non-traditional pre-med student, and I would like to know if it’s possible to have a chance to get into an MD or DO program with my academic record. I have 14 class withdrawals due to one of my parents being very sick and hospitalized during my sophomore year. Almost all of my...
  22. Captain_America07

    Earning bachelors in more than 4 years will it hurt me?

    Due to being active duty army I didnt have the time to attend school full time and It took me longer to get my bachelors degree (Around 6 years) Will this hinder my application process? How could I make my application stronger if so?
  23. Lnotoran

    Post-back or 2nd bachelors?

    So I graduated from Arizona State with a 3.0 as a Business Communication major in 2013, having completed 6 internships and steadily raised my GPA. Worked at some top PR and marketing firms, encountered major health problems, which inspired me to change my career. Was accepted into Loyola’s...
  24. J

    Non-traditional applicant - what path should I take going forward?

    Hello All, I am a 26 y/o with a B.S. in CS. I was a pre-med before changing my major to CS. I graduated with a 3.15 overall GPA. I've been working for 3 years since my graduation and am doing good at work. Ever since a month or so ago, I've been reconsidering medicine. In my college years...
  25. Cosmicv1bes

    Seeking advice

    Hello friends! I hope you are all having a great day. After searching a long time on SDN and Reddit for people in a similar situation, I think my story is different enough to warrant its own post. I am an ORM and I applied to DO schools in 2016, but I graduated with a poor gpa (~3.0 both sGPA...
  26. Dr.opieee

    Reapplying after taking some time off....

    I'm a 24 year old Non-Traditional student that applied to dental school for the 2017/2018 cycle. I graduated from UNC Wilmington with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. My sGPA was a 3.1 and my overall GPA was a 3.3. I took the DAT 2 different times scoring a 19AA both times. During...
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    My Best Option...

    Hello all, I'm pretty new to sdn but I really like the community and a lot of you seem to be very knowledgeable about these topics. Right now I find myself in a predicament with respect to applying to schools, and I wanted to see what my best options are. I'll just give my stats straight away...
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    Non-Trad Recommendation Letters

    Hi all! I graduated with a Computer Science/Math degree in 2016. I was always interested in healthcare (I took most med school pre-reqs as an undergrad), but I loved Math and tech and opted to go that route because I wasn't sure where I wanted to go in healthcare yet (I also think tech...
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    Questions for the older folks!

    Hey there, Non-trad incoming SPT here with 5 logistical questions mostly for the older folks on this board, but I welcome anyone to chime in. I'll list the questions below with some context, but I don't want to bore you with minutia. I'm 28 and will be packing up my house to attend UTEP, where...
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    Non-Trad Reinventor, Low uGPA/4.0 Post-Bacc - Do I Need an SMP, or Can I Apply 2019-2020?

    Hi, I am a longtime lurker on SDN, and finally created an account to post in WAMC as I finish up my DIY post-bacc. I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in pure mathematics and a very low c/sGPA, both around 2.5-2.6. I took about 120 units, but about 30% was done Pass/Fail, which also...
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    Can I apply to Medical School With One Pre-Req Science Class Left To Take?

    Hi, So I am planning on applying to med-school this upcoming 2019 cycle. I graduated last August with a Finance/Accounting degree and completed all medical school pre-req science classes except for one. I never took organic chemistry lab. Basically at this point I am working full time at a...
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    Clinical vs research experience for PsyD programs

    Hello, I'm new to this forum, so I apologize if a similar question to this one has already been asked. I'm hoping to apply to PsyD programs, but I don't have enough clinical or research experience yet to be a competitive applicant. While I imagine most programs would like applicants to have at...
  34. K

    Non-Traditional Medical School Applicant Question

    I am currently completing my PharmD and plan on applying to medical school next year. Since the PharmD curriculum does not include all of required courses for medical school eligibility, I was told by my advisor that I would need to complete a pre-medical minor in order to meet the necessary...
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    Pre Med GI Bill

    Hi everyone. So a bit of a story. I’m 30 years old and after overcoming some health problems (both physical and mental) in the last few years, I’m strongly considering attempting to become a physician. Here’s my problem: I don’t have a science background. My college degree is in business...
  36. N3utr0ph!l

    CSU-NEOMED Partnership Post-Bacc 2018-2019

    Hey everyone, I just wanted to make a brand new thread for applicants applying this cycle. Good luck to everyone.
  37. GiantMed

    Military Veteran Low GPA thoughts.

    Hello Everyone. My current GPA is okay and all my science classes so far are "A" or "B", I destroyed my first two semesters of college due to reintegrating into civilian life and not having any support. I was raised in foster care and joined the military to avoid being homeless, after being...
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    Undergraduate student from Texas wanting to complete a medical degree in the Czech Republic.

    Hey, I’m a sophomore at an undergraduate program in Texas (I’m a US citizen with a US passport). I’m currently completing pre medical requirements with an Interdisciplinary Degree (foundations in natural sciences and arts and humanities, with a concentration in health). I want to go medical...
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    Request: List of US Medical Schools Without Pre Requisites

    Hello, A while ago, someone posted a list of U.S.medical schools that don't have pre requisites. I haven't been able to find it. Any chance someone has it? Please and thank you.
  40. J

    I'm confused by the advice I was given

    Hello Everyone! I found out from the AAMC website that I could get assigned a prehealth advisor. And after sending the email I got assigned one which I thought was great! After a couple of missed emails and missed phone calls, I spoke with my "advisor" for 15mn A little about me: I...