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any RN future med students here?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Greg Focker RN, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. Greg Focker RN

    Greg Focker RN Junior Member
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    Hello, I'm a 24 year old male nurse (RN) and I want to get into med school someday. I only have an associate's degree from the community college right now , so I realize it's going to be a long, tough road. I was wondering if anyone else on this board is a nurse with med school dreams? :D
     
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  3. medicRN669

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    Hello focker, I loved that movie. Yes there are a few RN's here I believe. I was a paramedic, then went RN and start at VCOM in Aug. It will not be as long as a road as you think, it will go by pretty quick.
    Good luck to you.
     
  4. Greg Focker RN

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    Awesome! When you went to school for your RN, did you go right into a BSN program or did you get an ADN first? I'm trying to figure out if I should go ahead into a BSN completion program or just switch and get a Bachelor's in something else. Some of the completion programs are telling me it will take 3 more years! I expected that I'd be able to finish it up in about two since I have about 75 credits.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
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    Mr. Focker:
    I'm not an RN (I'm a nurse's aide and know alot of Nurses--including my mother) but I would definitely not get an BSN--UNLESS!--Nurse Practioner is a secondary goal for you. I'm sure you know from your comrades that the Bachelor's in Nursing is an associate's degree with alot of extra B.S. Not to mention it is a PROGRAM--not like other majors that give you some flexibility. Also I can't confirm it but I have the feeling that Medical Schools have the "gentleman's" view of education--that one goes to school to be enlightened with knowledge not learn a trade. While I believe some would respect your skills and experience you already have that--Why not major in something else your interested in to prove you can do what they do too--"reflect, intectuallize, and analyze" because these are the things that make them feel good about themselves and therefore possibly the things the look for in applicants. Let's be honest an applicant with a fancy degree from a fancy university will always have an edge on someone with a blue collar education on average. Anyway just my .02$, Maybe DO schools take a different view than my experience with MD's.--Ben.
     
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    wouldn't "Gaylord Focker RN" or simply Gay Focker RN" been funnier? anyway, just a thought.
     
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    Hey focker,

    I 1st got a BS in Biology, then started and MPH program (hated it), then went to nursing school, and finally completed a post-bacc program. That's a long road, but hey, what ever works.

    It goes by much faster than you think.

    Just to throw in my 2 cents, since you already have your associates in nursing and have taken the NCLEX, I would then get a bachelors in something else like biology or biochemistry. These majors will help you with the heavy basic science of the 1st year of medical school. Your clinical experience as a nurse, and the clinical courses you took during nursing school will help a little come second year of med school.

    This is just my opinion, but unless you are going to use nurse practitioner as a back up plan, I would would suggest you strengthen your sciences with a degree in Bio or Biochem.
     
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    Hey, I agree with the above posts. Since you already have your ADN, i would lean more towards the bio degree or chem, because it would give you the pre reqs as well as a broader knowledge in the sciences. If you go BSN you will still have to get the pre reqs.
    ON the other hand if you may also be interested in NP or CRNA, I would go for the BSN.
    I already had AAS in paramedicine, so I did the BSN, because it was the same amount of time.
    As far as the nursing goes, no one at any of my interviews said much about it, but I would have a good reason as why you want to go to med school and such.
     

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