This is my first real post, though I've been lurking for quite some time. The decision has been made (albeit with a dash of self-doubt)I want to be a doctor. I'm 25, been out working in wonderful world of design for the past three+ years. In fact, I have a pretty amazing job right now and somehow I still managed to gave my notice. September 1 will be my last day. I have a plan, only now I'm starting to second guess my decision to stay local (san diego) and try to do the CC route. I seriously considered formal post-bacs and still plan on applying to USC and a few others just in case I change my mind. First, a little more background I suppose. During undergrad I took Calc, some Chem and a semester of Physics, those probably average out to a solid B. Overall, I graduated with a GPA in the neighborhood of 3.3. I've been shadowing (mainly in ER) and for the fall I've enrolled in Bio I and Chem II in community college. Though I'm scared that its been too long since Chem to do well in part II, even though I'm really motivated and always really liked Chem. (I've also heard rumors that after 7 years, coursework becomes null and void so I've also checked with a bunch of schools that I'd eventually like to apply to and the word on that is that the only thing with a shelf-life is the MCAT.) This summer I took an Intro Bio course and loved it, did very well and can't wait for more. I've also arranged it so that I can still try to get into the classes at UCSD (through the extension program for those who are familiar) because obviously I want to be taking courses in a competitive atmosphere. Luckily, the dates work out so that I can still drop the CC courses if I actually get into the UCSD ones (though still unsure which are the courses I need--if anyone has done this I'd love some insight). Also, I plan on volunteering starting in September and possibly getting involved in a research project but that is still up in the air. Enough background though, my main concern is regarding classes (I'll worry about MCAT next). By the time I was done UG, I'd hit 3 schools (one real transfer and one summer at the local cc). Now, I took one class at Mira Costa, I'm enrolled for the fall at Mesa, with hopes of still getting one or more UCSD. That would be a total of 6 colleges/universities I'd have coursework for. Is this a red flag? I'm afraid that along with the slightly drastic career change it will come off as not being able to make up my mind, when really, its a matter of geography and timing. So for those of you who are still with me (thank you! thank you!) to recap, my questions are the following: Does anyone know which are the appropriate courses for premeds at UCSD? Will too many colleges on my transcript be a red flag for adcoms? Should I just bite the bullet and go to a formal postbac? Thank you in advance for anyone who bothers to read and/or reply!! I really appreciate any sort of insight/advice.