Needing more than the 6 year limit to complete medical school

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Hello everyone,

so it looks like pretty much all the DO medical schools force you to complete their requirements within 6 years. Has anyone ever heard of any cases where the school allowed the student to take longer than 6 years? If so, how much additional time was granted to the student and what were the circumstances?
 
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Hello everyone,

so it looks like pretty much all the DO medical schools force you to complete their requirements within 6 years. Has anyone ever heard of any cases where the school allowed the student to take longer than 6 years? If so, how much additional time was granted to the student and what were the circumstances?
It would probably be best to contact the schools you are interested in attending. Only the administration would be able to give you a reliable answer. Even those with experience might not have the most up to date info as policies/procedures typically change.


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It's a requirement for the degree. I'm going to say legal requirement, a part of school accreditation. With the exception of dual degrees, you cannot spend longer than 6 years (1.5 times the time it takes to attain the degree) attaining a DO or MD degree in the US. You won't find a US school that could possibly afford you the ability to take longer than 6 years.

The only exception might be if you transfer or start over somewhere else and then take less than 6 yrs to complete the degree.
 
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Some schools may grandfather in students who matriculated prior to the policy change. But after said change? It hasn't happened at my school.


Hello everyone,

so it looks like pretty much all the DO medical schools force you to complete their requirements within 6 years. Has anyone ever heard of any cases where the school allowed the student to take longer than 6 years? If so, how much additional time was granted to the student and what were the circumstances?
 

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Hello everyone,

so it looks like pretty much all the DO medical schools force you to complete their requirements within 6 years. Has anyone ever heard of any cases where the school allowed the student to take longer than 6 years? If so, how much additional time was granted to the student and what were the circumstances?
no way around 6 years in one school but you can transfer to another school and have new 6 years in the new school
BUT... good luck with transfer.. that is very rare and you might have to go back one years at the new school.
I have seen it done though.
 

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Hello everyone,

so it looks like pretty much all the DO medical schools force you to complete their requirements within 6 years. Has anyone ever heard of any cases where the school allowed the student to take longer than 6 years? If so, how much additional time was granted to the student and what were the circumstances?
real question is why do you think you need more than 6 years?
 
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