You might want to check with your top choice med school to see what their view on it is. When I asked my first choice school about it, they actually recommended that I complete my remaining requirements at a community college since I already had a bachelor's degree.hippocampus said:
Everything I've read says that you can use CC credits to fulfill pre-reqs, BUT you must transfer those credits to your 4 year university.hippocampus said:
What about ivy league medical schools, will they accept community college courses?Sporky said:Many people have completed their pre-req's at CC, including me. Only a couple of schools that I am aware of (one in Georgia that I can't remember the name of) will not take any community college course credit.
The advice to check with the schools you want to attend is wise, especially if you are trying to get into a tier-1 school.
Probably not, but it's worth looking into. My guess is that this is the method AMCAS uses to verify the "quality" of CC instruction; if it's good enough for your 4-year university than it's good enough for them.vweezy04 said:What about ivy league medical schools, will they accept community college courses?
Hrrrm Id still make the argument that youd be ok applying to that school. First, it says generally do not fulfill. I would ague that if your 4 year school accepts these credits as full credits, then its almost as if its coming from the university and should fall on the other side of generally. The next line states If an applicant has been excused from a required college level course, we prefer to see another course in that discipline at the same or a higher level. Thus, you could argue that if youve done CC work that you didnt have to retake at your 4 year college, you might say youve been excused from those required classes. Presumably were talking about bio 1 and 2, chem 1 and 2, or physics 1 and 2 in which case chances are youve taken higher-level courses in those subjects. If not, the sentence still says we prefer to see, leaving room for exceptions. Finally, many schools allow certain pre-reqs to be waived if youve demonstrated ability in the subject through higher-level courses, high MCAT score in that subject, etc. Thus, I dont think taking one or two CC classes would stop you from getting into Boston if youre a good candidate in all other areas.floridakppr said:Some schools don't accept community college courses for pre-reqs. I know of at least one: Boston University.
High school courses and junior college courses generally do not fulfill these requirements
Actually, Boston University's stance is that JC classes are accepted from full-time JC student who go on to transfer and complete their degree at a four year university.floridakppr said:Some schools don't accept community college courses for pre-reqs. I know of at least one: Boston University.
Hey, you may want to reconsider getting a degree in sociology. I have one, and had the hardest time finding a job. I ended up teaching for a year . I am making that suggestion because you may change your mind about med school somewhere down the road...hippocampus said:
Im currently finishing these pre-reqs at a community college:hippocampus said:
Get a loan...I'm a poor non-URMKeau said:Im currently finishing these pre-reqs at a community college:
- bio 1,2
- chem 1,2
- phys 1,2
- Organic 1,2
That leaves biochem, molecular bio, physio, and anatomy for my upper div. My excuse: Im a poor URM.
University of Kansas. And that was even after I asked if they would rather me complete the requirements at their own school! The community college in my area is well respected, but even still I was a little surprised. But I definitely took their advice for taking my classes at community college!Returnednds said:what school was that, obrn?
I've heard that one, I believe its Harvard, won't accept anything from a CC. But, other than that I think you're good to go.Vvandenn said:I took 21 college credits at Houston Community College before my freshman year at a university even started. This included two semesters of english, two of government, and one of macro economics while in high school (they were dual credit which means I got high school credit and college credit). And during the summer before freshman year I took intermediate algebra (simply as a refresher) and then college algebra. Got all As. Do you think medical schools are going to look down on this? This goes for all ranges of schools (including ivys).
My CC is an exception. I attend both a university and CC to work around my schedule. The CC I attend goes into way more depth than what I've taken (Chem and Physics wise) at the university that I attended.Quix said:All of the guides I have read have indicated that while CC courses can fulfill the "letter of the law", so to speak, they are not viewed highly by admissions committees (simply because CC's have a tendency not to go into as great detail as a four-year university).
I disagree with this statement, and I am sure many others disagree, as well.floridakppr said:In addition to schools possibly viewing this as the easy way out, you will probably need to put in a lot of additional hours studying for the MCAT than if you were to take the pre-reqs at a four-year university.
My personal experience supports my notion (studying more for MCAT because of CC classes). Gen Chem was my weakest subject on MCAT, largely because I had CC teachers who glossed over advanced subjects and spent extra time on basic subjects. At the time, I thought I was receiving a quality education, but upon transferring to four year, I needed to put in many more hours studying to maintain GPA and realized that CC classes required less study time and intellectual challenges. Taking Bio 1 & 2 at a CC did not cause additional study time during MCAT prep because I had taken upper level bio's in addition (cell bio, genetics, physiology, Neuroscience). I believe that had I taken physical chem or an intermediate inorganic chem course, I could have cut my study time down. (I know its anecdoatal evidence, and experiences vary.)MaryWrathers said:I disagree with this statement, and I am sure many others disagree, as well.