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rn trying to figure out best pre med route

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by icurn, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. icurn


    Apr 27, 2007
    hello all, i am trying to figure out the best way to prep for my application to med school. i need to take pre-req's and want to know if it would be best to do a post-bacc premed program or take the classes piece meal at a local community college or university. taking the classes one by one would be easier bc i work full time. the advantage to the post bacc pre med program though is that i would finish the classes faster and have letters of recc from the committee. some tell me that LOR's matter and some tell me it is really only the MCATs that matter. anybody have any insight to my situation??
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  3. SupergreenMnM

    SupergreenMnM Peanut, not chocolate 2+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2007
    Are you sure you posted this in the right place...? Well, do the post bacc program is my $.02.
  4. silas2642

    silas2642 silas2642 10+ Year Member

    Jul 24, 2005
    Hi there:

    You're going to get far more of a response if you post this in the non-trad forum-- this forum has pretty low compared to others on sdn.

    To answer your question, the best thing you can do, assuming your gpa is okay (i.e. around 3.5) from undergrad, is to take the pre-reqs at your local university and not at a community college. Adcoms prefer to see the pre-reqs from a university, and if you take them from a community college, you might be at a disadvantage when you apply. Take them, and make sure that you do well in them.

    You don't need to do a post-bac program unless your gpa is low, and even then I don't think you'd be able to do one unless you've completed the core requirements. Try to avoid them if you can because they are incredibly expensive and as you probably know, there are no guarantees that you're going to end up with an acceptance in your hand at the end of this grueling process.
  5. Blue Dog

    Blue Dog Fides et ratio. Physician Gold Donor SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    I also think you'd get more responses in the Non-Trad forum. Moving.
  6. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    For med school everything matters. If someone tells you "only" something matters, it's time to stop listening to them.

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