Jack-of-all-trades

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Hi, everybody. I'm a recent ADN graduate currently working on my BSN full time. I'm really struggling with the decision whether to start taking medical school pre reqs (Gen chem) this fall with my BSN classes.

The reason I can't decide is because I haven't fully made the decision whether to pursue np school or medical school yet. If I were to decide to pursue np school gen chem will not be necessary. However, if I don't take gen chem this year and decide to pursue medical school I will be a year behind taking pre reqs.

Taking gen chem 1 and 2 will put me at 18 credits this fall and 21 in the spring. I believe I can handle this but it will not leave me a lot of time for employment as a RN, shadowing, etc.

I do not necessarily want to add on gen chem at this point but I would hate to add an extra year to take med school pre reqs if that is the pathway I end up deciding.

For those of you who have went through a RN to BSN degree would you recommend taking gen chem along with it? Or would you recommend just waiting and beginning all the pre reqs after my BSN?

Thank you!
 

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I did my ADN, took a break and did my med school prereqs, then went back and did a BSN online. It's crucial you get good grades in all the prereqs and get a good foundation for when you take Ochem 1/2 and eventually the MCAT.

I think i would wait until after you complete your BSN to do the prerequisites.
 
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pamac

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I did my ADN, took a break and did my med school prereqs, then went back and did a BSN online. It's crucial you get good grades in all the prereqs and get a good foundation for when you take Ochem 1/2 and eventually the MCAT.

I think i would wait until after you complete your BSN to do the prerequisites.
I agree with the above. Grades are so important in everything these days, but especially medical school. I didn’t feel like my BSN was difficult, but it consumed time that I would want to have for chemistry. I actually think your chemistry courses will take more time out of your life than the BSN, so I wouldn’t want to risk getting overwhelmed having to juggle the two. It’s just a time thing, not a level of difficulty thing. But it’s so hard to dig out of of bad grades, so I wouldn’t risk it.
 
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pamac

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I should mention that I’ve done a BSN after an ADN, and well before that, I had taken the gen chems, and o chems, and biochem.... the real ones, not the nursing ones. I just think that being a new nurse, working on the BSN, and doing the chemistry’s is biting off too much. Plus, you’ll have to work your work schedule around your chem labs. They will have training at work that will be required, and you’ll have to fit it around all the stuff you have going on. Its just a lot to juggle. You’ll want to be enjoying life as you go, and not being frustrated. Plus, it’s really handy to have good BSN grades when you apply to Np school if you do. Sure, a lot of places will take you if you have a pulse, but they may make you take the GRE if you haven’t reached a GpA threshold. My program was quite picky, and had he attitude for me to not get my hopes up until I told them what my GPA was. Then they started taking like it was a foregone conclusion that I was getting in (had a 4.0). I also could get in anywhere I wanted to. But when I was working on my BSN, there were times when I was like “should I just not worry about handing my paper in today, and do it tomorrow?”. Instead, I bit the bullet and decided to wait until later to be super lazy. But it never came to that, and I was glad I put in that little bit of extra effort. It opened some doors.