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I am a sophomore sports medicine major with the desire to attend medical school. As you may know, the down side of not being an ordinary "pre-medical" student is that I am pretty much a double major (my sports med classes, along with medical school prerequisites). Because I have such a full schedule, I am left with no choice but to take summer classes back home. Will taking some of my prerequisites at a community college during the summer hurt me?
 

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Premed is really only a set of 5 or 6 courses. I'm not sure why your major does not permit you to take elective classes outside your major. For example, I'm a bio major but I've taken courses in anthro, history, asian american studies, english, math, spanish, stats, psychology, sociology, and so on.
 

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I am a sophomore sports medicine major with the desire to attend medical school. As you may know, the down side of not being an ordinary "pre-medical" student is that I am pretty much a double major (my sports med classes, along with medical school prerequisites). Because I have such a full schedule, I am left with no choice but to take summer classes back home. Will taking some of my prerequisites at a community college during the summer hurt me?

If you have the choice, you probably want to take the med school prereqs at a 4 year university or college. This is because it is generally easier to get higher grades in most community college classes.

If you take prereqs at community college, make sure you take some upper division science classes at a university to show that you have mastered the basic material.
 
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I don't necessarily agree with that statement. Summer courses, even at a community college, can up to par, if not harder, than a 4-year institution.

Case in point, I took CalcII at the community college down the street from me and it was not easy in the slightest bit. Two interesting notes: 1) Out of the 35 students that begun, only like 15 stuck around for the final, 2) Only 1 student was a student of the community college, the rest were students from around the area (all 4 year schools) who were taking the class for various reasons.

Taking your core classes at a community college isn't that big of a deal b/c if you get an A in say physics and general chemistry (at CC), then bomb the PS of the MCAT, then they will know that it was a joke class as well.
 

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The science classes at a community college may well be as good as those at a four-year institution, but for medical school pre-reqs you want to take them at the four year school if possible. The medical schools prefer it, according to the pre-health adviser at my school.
 
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