non traditional

  1. Luna25

    WAMC/School List, 3.58 cGPA, 3.74 PostBac GPA, 520, Non-Trad, ORM (I think)

    Looking to finalize my school list soon and would love some feedback! I'm a non-trad student interested in mental health and women’s health, and I have a background as a project manager and tech consultant. State of Residency: Colorado, ties to Oklahoma (lived there until I was 22) and Texas...
  2. H

    At a Crossroads: transfer to Masters, just finish the MD, or grind it out?

    I recently finished 2nd year but did not pass Step 1 due to lack of motivation and inadequate prep. So currently, I'm considering three possibilities (kind of raked in the order of interest): Transfer my credits to a Masters in Basic Medical Sciences and complete a Capstone project that could...
  3. noelmedicine1

    Taking Pre-Medicine Courses at Community College

    Would it harm my medical school application, if I completed all the pre-requisites courses at a community college? I graduated from university last spring with a bachelor’s degree in business. I understand it’s better to complete the courses at a four-year institutions but the colleges in my...
  4. M

    clinical experience in addition to EMT

    tl;dr is I believe need "in-clinic" clinical voluteer hours on top of my main EMT gig. Which option is the best fit & how many hours would be ideal w/in my timeframe? --- Non-trad; 10 years as a software engineer. Have quit to pursue this full time. My ~2.5 semester post-bac starts this...
  5. A

    Change/"Transfer" to a different Post-bacc?

    Hi all - So I'm a semester into my post-bacc and really am not feeling like this specific school is a good fit for me, I'm hoping I can maybe gain some insights/advice from the wonderful humans here in SDN. Briefly, I'm 25 years old--been working at a psychiatric inpatient unit (just came up...
  6. S

    I did poorly on my first calc 1 exam any tips ?

    Hello everyone since 2015 I had leukemia the placement test i took back then for math i did very poorly. In 2021 I came back to CC I took the placement test again I score very high into it I was placed into the higher math I took survey mathematics then I did a major swap to start pre med I...
  7. thisisnotpaul

    Veteran with Upward Trend Requesting Post-Bacc Advice

    I am working towards medical school as a nontraditional student, currently active duty Air Force until January 2023. I will be finishing my BA in Psychology by the end of this year. I expect to graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.32 and a science GPA of ~2.7. About 7 years ago, I took courses...
  8. W

    Something just clicked and I want to go to medical school and I don't know where to start?

    I'm 24 years old and have been out of undergrad for about 2 years now. For a long time, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. However, after working at a courthouse for over a year, I've found myself disenchanted by the politics and structure of the legal field. It's all politics and no one...
  9. Future Dr. Juice

    Thomas Jefferson P4 2022-2023

    Hello, Has anyone received an interview invite/acceptance from the Postbaccalaureate Pre-Professional Program (P4) at Thomas Jefferson? I received an invite Friday 12/17 and I signed up on the website they gave me to schedule an interview. They provided two online dates for 12/20 and 12/21...
  10. A

    Should I Delay Graduation?

    Hey everyone. I posted here a couple months back and got some really good advice, thanks again for that. It's time to register for what will be my final semester starting in January. My plan was to take the MCAT in May and apply immediately after, thus taking a gap year. But not I'm not sure if...
  11. S

    Is this a decent DIY post bacc plan?

    Hi everyone! I just joined the forums, though I've been lurking for a little while. I am an aspiring non-traditional medical student--currently I am active duty Army, and am looking at possibly having about 5 years left in, 4 of which might be in the Austin, TX area. I'm 28, married with a 1...
  12. boston_3

    Fulfilling Physics Pre-requisite with Engineering Courses?

    I was wondering if anyone has used engineering courses as a non-trad student to fulfill the physics requirements?
  13. 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...
  14. N

    Graduated with low GPA, but I'm ready to to make a comeback. HELP!

    I don't want to focus too much on my sob story, but the gist of it was my biggest support system passed away during undergrad and I spiraled. To get straight to the point, I graduated in the spring with a 2.7 GPA, have over hundreds of community service hours, research, and I'm currently a CMA...
  15. leadsquid

    Khan Academy for algebra prep

    I’m a couple of years removed from any sort of math courses. I’m also not very good at math. Would going through the Khan Academy Algebra 1 and 2 courses be enough to set me up for success for General Chem 1 and Physics 1? My chemistry background is limited and I have no experience with physics...
  16. S

    Overcoming a low GPA -- I feel like I have many options but I'm not sure which is most effective

    I'm a non-traditional candidate, I'm looking at getting back into the race but I have some areas I'd like to round out and compensate for. I'm a decent candidate with a Math degree. Some genetics research along side research in mathematical models of cancer and some pure math research (both...
  17. F

    Post-Bac 2022-2023 Admissions

    Hey everyone! I have yet to see a thread for those of us looking to be admitted into career-changer post-bac programs in 2022-2023 so I thought I'd go ahead and post this! Please feel free to drop any questions and advice here :) Good luck to all of my fellow prospective students!!!
  18. noin

    Would I be considered non-trad?

    Hello! Sorry if the answer to my question seems obvious, but I was wondering if you/dental schools would consider me a non-traditional student. I don’t fit the mold of traditional non-traditional (military or post-Bach career change), but I will be 31 when I enter dental school if I get in my...
  19. D

    3.5/525/Mixed Race (URM?)/CA/Non-trad -- WAMC and School List Help

    Hi all, Long-time lurker having trouble narrowing down my school list, especially being a CA resident and having such a low GPA but high MCAT. Any advice is appreciated! cGPA: 3.54 and sGPA: ~3.3 (waiting for my app to be verified) MCAT score(s) and breakdown: 525 (130/132/131/132) State of...
  20. AsILayFaulkner_8

    Looking to reinvent, but not sure where to start? I have taken nearly every science class in the book.

    Hello! I'm hoping my situation isn't super unheard of because I'm really needing some insight. I am a MD/DO hopeful looking to reinvent with a DIY postbacc. However, I have a million undergrad credits and have taken Zoology, Ecology, both sections of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Histology...
  21. J

    What age did you get accepted into med school?

    What age were you when you got accepted into med school? Did you have to go back to get your undergrad or another degree before applying? If so what was your age were you when you went back to college? What is your specialty?
  22. A

    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...
  23. surgfering

    Non-Traditional Applicant, What should I do?

    Hello everyone! I truly need help in what to do from now. I am a current applicant with 2 MCAT attempts (492, 502) who only applied to 4 schools this cycle (MD schools) for the sole reason that I meet their minimum requirements criteria, but I have not heard from any of them. Given the...
  24. Luna25

    What else should I be doing? Non trad premed

    Hi all, I’m trying to figure out if I’m on the right track. I’m 26 and was a project manager/consultant in IT for 4 years after I graduated college with a MIS degree. I quit my job and have been doing a DIY post bac this semester. Originally I thought I wanted to apply to Clinical Psych PhD...
  25. J

    Non-trad(27 year old) pre-dental looking for advice on pre-reqs

    So I’m just starting my pre-reqs and looking for advice on the best way forward. Currently, I have a bachelors degree in accounting from Western Governors University (online school). The downside is that through this university I have no gpa. I do have about 30 hours attempted from a community...
  26. E

    Non-trad engineer here. I think I have some potential but really need feedback.

    Hi all, I got by BS & MS from USC in civil engineering in 2016. I have been working in the field since graduation but decided to go to UCLA extension to complete my premed requirements in 2018. Fast forward 2 years, here are my stats: cGPA 3.74 sGPA 3.63 MCAT = 520 (131/129/131/129) Full...
  27. M

    Engineer to Physician.. what’s the best path forward??? Need advice

    Introduction Hi all, I have found myself in a bit of a predicament and would really (really) love some advice. Just to give a little background… Right now, I’m an engineer at a large aerospace and defense company (100,000+ employees). I studied mechanical engineering with minors in electrical...
  28. 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...
  29. L

    Choosing DIY Post Bacc in CUNY

    Posting for the first time as I am about to officially start my journey to become a Physician as a 31 year Old Non-Trad. First step is to choose a college to take all the prerequisites. Looking for advice from current or former CUNY students as to which school i should choose. I am currently...
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  31. D

    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...
  32. F

    Advice for student with several unofficial withdrawalss

    I’d like to start off by thanking the SDN and the network of people who give proper guidance to students like myself. Long story short, I come from a lower socioeconomic background where pursuing higher education isn’t a priority for many. Starting 2012 I attended three different universities in...
  33. R

    Non-traditional Undergraduate Junior Considering Medical School

    Hey all, After spending a substantial amount of time on SDN everyday, I've finally decided to make an account! Here is some background: I'm an undergraduate junior (19 y.o.) majoring in Computer Science at a public state school. For the past 3 months, day in and day out, I've been thinking...
  34. D

    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...
  35. P

    25 years old. military spouse and mom

    I would 100% be considered non traditional. Ever since I was little dental school was the goal. I did think I wanted to do medicine because of my family who are mostly in medicine but really dentistry has been my dream. I graduated college in 2016 and applied to dental school right after. I...
  36. M

    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...
  37. N

    Post-Bacc Courseload?

    I plan to take a DIY post-bacc and I am only missing the prerequisites for medical school. I am wondering what my course load should be? I am planning to take biology, general chem, physics, organic chem, and english. Obviously, general chem is a prequisite for organic chem so I cannot take...
  38. Zrb19

    Non-trad mom w/ intense analysis paralysis

    Im 23 and a grad with a B.S in pre med. I have a cGPA of 3.5 or 3.45 w/o grade replacement. My sGPA is 3.6 My GPA isn’t the best but I had to work full time throughout my undergrad Because I didn’t have help from my parents and didn’t want to rely too heavy on loans. At this point I thought I...
  39. 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...
  40. M

    Math Requirements

    Hello! I'm a non-traditional student currently in a post-bac. My undergrad cGPA was 2.72 (sGPA - 2.63). In my post-bac, my cGPA is 3.84 (sGPA - 3.78). I currently have Colorado residency where there is a math requirement of 2 semesters. However, I will have lived in Massachusetts long enough...