As the title states, I am currently a BSN student at a four year university with less than a year to go. I have every intention of completing my BSN because 1. it's a Bachelor's degree and I need a bachelor's to apply to med school (or pretty much any grad school for that matter) and 2. it would be pretty pointless to stop now. I've started looking into my options as far as medical school and I am pretty certain I am interested in applying only to DO schools for the mere fact that from what I've gathered from here on SDN, DO schools are more "forgiving" in terms of the non-traditional applicant. (I will be 26 when I graduate with my BSN.) I am currently looking at post-bacc programs like the one Johns Hopkins offers because I have zero pre-medical pre-requisites completed as this time. What I would like to know is, should I complete a structured program like a post-bacc directed to "career changers" who want to complete pre-med requirements in a structured manner or should I complete the pre-reqs at my convenience at a community college while working as a nurse? Also, is research a requirement for a non-traditional student? I currently have around a 3.6 GPA and am projected to graduate with a higher GPA or remain around the same GPA- basically I will be graduating with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Side note: I started college late because of some medical issues I had in the past. Also, I am not a indecisive, habitual "career changer". I worked as a LVN before enrolling into a BSN program. I figured completing my BSN was the next logical step, but my clinical experiences up until this point has left me wanting to do more for my patient rather than just carrying out orders prescribed by the doctor.