Sep 5, 2015
Pre-Health (Field Undecided)
Hey people.

So I have some questions that I honestly don't know who to ask to and whether or not to actually persuade it. I graduated from my undergrad and now I am going to apply grad school. I am thinking of going back to the medical field after grad school, but I'm not sure if that is such a good idea. I tried the premed program during my undergrad and although I enjoyed learning, my grades in class wasn't that good, compared to my lab grades, and few of the professors didn't like me too much because of that. So it was a bad experience for me. At that time I had a hard time realizing what the problem was, but now I know and I think I can fix it. Should I actually try going back and risk it or no?

My second is whether or not I can take the premed courses at a community college? I already got a bachelor degree, so do I need to go back to a a college/university to take it again or can I just take them at a community college.

And finally my last question. This might be a foolish question, but I want to know. Unfortunately I did not finish my premed courses during my undergrad. I'm thinking of majoring english in grad school for certain reasons. If I do that, does that mean that I do not have to take an english course after going back to the states if I am going back to do the premed?

Sorry for the long questions and thank you for your time reading and answering them.


10+ Year Member
Nov 17, 2008
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Most of these questions can be answered if you read other threads in this forum, or if you read the FAQ. I would recommend doing both.

1. Should you go back and risk it?
This depends on what you want. It sounds like you don't have a very good idea of an end point (medical school, research, allied health professions such as NP, or nursing). In order to figure out what you want to do, you should probably explore different career paths by volunteering, shadowing, and reading up on what each entails.

2. Can you take courses at a community college?
It's possible, but medical schools usually don't look too kindly on this. If you're aiming for a different route (nursing, for example), you may be able to take courses at a CC. Again, you need to figure out what your endpoint is and plan from there.

3. Can you take English classes/what should you do in grad school?
It sounds like you don't really understand what graduate school is about. You don't repeat college -- you pick one thing and do that thing. You don't have a major, you have a concentration or field of study. If you're going to grad school for English, you likely will not be able to take undergraduate-level science courses. If, for example, you decide you want to go to medical school (MD or DO), you would consider a special masters program which is a graduate course of study preparing you for entrance to medical school, and generally does not include English coursework.

Good luck.