Taking Pre-Medicine Courses at Community College

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Would it harm my medical school application, if I completed all the pre-requisites courses at a community college? I graduated from university last spring with a bachelor’s degree in business. I understand it’s better to complete the courses at a four-year institutions but the colleges in my area are quite expensive. The college I attended charges $4,600 per course with lab, for example. Since the cost of tuition is significantly more affordable at a community college, would taking them there harm my application as a non-traditional applicant? I have a 3.2 GPA, which I understand is lower compared to typical med school applicants. Thanks.

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I did many classes at a traditional CC as well as an online CC (and was finally able to transfer into a local university due to my job paying for tuition assistance), but nobody brought up any about the CC courses. Just do well in them!
 
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No but be aware that you should take courses that transfer towards a science degree. You could take the wrong biology or anatomy course (for nursing majors). Organic chemistry and biochemistry are usually not available or transferable to universities if taken at a CC, but I can be wrong.
 
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No but be aware that you should take courses that transfer towards a science degree. You could take the wrong biology or anatomy course (for nursing majors). Organic chemistry and biochemistry are usually not available or transferable to universities if taken at a CC, but I can be wrong.

What's sad is UVA (t30) / uni richmond (t20) will offer its CC students guaranteed acceptance but won't take their biochem or orgo etc.

But yeah, that's wild. I didn't even realize.

Most of the other major unis in our state will transfer the courses though. virginia has a statewide, unified and standardized CC system.
 
No but be aware that you should take courses that transfer towards a science degree. You could take the wrong biology or anatomy course (for nursing majors). Organic chemistry and biochemistry are usually not available or transferable to universities if taken at a CC, but I can be wrong.
Perhaps you are right about some programs, but my universities required the same general science bios I, II, etc, Anatomy/Phys courses, Microbiology, etc as all other undergrad. science students. So good idea to check; but the general assumption that this is always the case is very untrue. Organic Chem not so., that is true. Physics, not so that is true--only if you wanted to take them. In my view no undergrad health science programs should exclude sound chemistry and biochemistry; but I don't make the rules. Statistic, same. Algebra, same, Endless Ethics courses. Standard Economics, etc.
 
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