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What courses for year 2 of my post-bacc?

Discussion in 'Nontraditional Students' started by futurepedmd81, Jul 23, 2012.

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  1. futurepedmd81


    Aug 1, 2011
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    Hey all! I'm looking for some advice on how to go about the second half of my post-bacc program. I just finished a year of Physics and Gen Chem at Northwestern. My original plan was to take Orgo and Bio all this year and then the MCAT next spring/summer.

    My dilemma is partly in the fact that as a post-bacc there is no financial aid available, and paying for 2 classes for 3 quarters out of pocket will be... challenging, to say the least. I'm also a little concerned about the workload of these two classes AND working nearly full-time (unfortunately this is a non-negotiable) AND volunteering AND studying for the MCAT...

    Should I take these next two classes one at a time? I hate to push everything back another year... Or take out a private loan to pay for them and just say good-bye to my social life for the year?

    OR, is this timeline feasible:
    Take Bio and Orgo in the Fall
    Take only Bio for the rest of the year
    Take the MCAT summer '13
    Apply to med schools in summer '13 for matriculation in summer of '14
    Finish the orgo requirements spring of '14 before (hopefully) starting med school that summer

    Am I likely to get accepted into schools having not completed the year of Organic Chem?

    Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!
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