[xpost from postbac] take prereqs at CC and then do an SMP?

Aug 1, 2016
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Hello,

I am a non-traditional prospective med school applicant. My question is: would completing med prereqs at a CC and then completing an SMP be viewed as less favorable, by MD adcoms, than prereqs at a 4-year + SMP?

Here is my background:
  • B.A. in Linguistics from a University of California, 2015
    • major GPA: 3.8, cGPA: 3.285 (university did not include two failed courses that were retaken, a calculus course and a computer science course)
    • worked full-time 1 year after graduation at a tech company in the Silicon Valley
  • BCMP courses at UC
    • Chemistry 2A: C
    • MAT 16A (short calculus): B
    • MAT 21A (engineer calculus): C
    • MAT 21B: F
    • MAT 21B (retake): B
    • Biology 2A: B+
  • total quarter units of science: 25

My reason for taking prereq courses at a CC is fully based on affordability. I am living with my parents again, so the most financially sound decision would be to take classes at the local CC. However, I am aware that not all MD schools are keen on prereqs from CCs. Thus, I think using the money saved on prereqs to complete an SMP would help counteract any bias against CC courses, as well as allow me to further boost my GPA. What are your thoughts? I think my GPA needs serious improvement, but frankly I don't think it's financially feasible to complete a structured postbac and an SMP.
 

Goro

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Your plans are fine.
 
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Goro

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For a non-trad, no.


Hi Goro,

Thanks for your reply. Are there certain prereqs that you suggest should be taken at a 4-year, o-chem for example?
 
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Take a look at particular MD programs you might be interested in just to make sure they don't have some bias against your cc work. Less do these days. You may not need the smp at all if you do a 4yr college or university and well on the MCAT. Could save you a ton of money and time. Just something to consider.

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