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    GoldenSand108 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    In-transition and advice on what to do

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    Hi there!

    So I'm graduating in two weeks with a B.S. in Psychology. I've taken only Biology I/lab, Bio II/lab(currently), Chem I/lab(currently), Precalc(currently), and taking Chem II/lab over the summer. My biologyI grade is shameful, (C-). In my defense, it was an early morning class my freshman year, and the teacher had a thick German accent, and he spoke into the powerpoint, and not us.
    Anyway, I have a solid A in Biology I; a "B" in Chem, and A- in Precalc. I've shadowed a couple of Physicians, and I've realized that I have high interest in medicine/science rather than liberal arts. Rather than my parents "forcing" me to do school, I want it on my own.

    My fiance(husband in a month) is considering doing nursing at AUA. He has a job offer in Georgia (blue-collared job) but we're in IL right now. IMO, we are wasting time. I don't know what to do with my pre-med classes; I really don't want to have to enroll in a large out-of-state/ less-than-average school just to get my pre-reqs done and possibly become jaded. It's that I would rather be in an enviornment of like-minded students striving to the same goal (become physicians/nurses).

    Is it too late to try to come in for pre-med 3 Fall semester? What about nursing program for him?

    I just don't want to waste anymore of my time...I can do pre-med here, take mcats, etc. etc. but really I want to start a family in 5 yrs or so...this seems like the best option.

    What do you guys think? Will doing premeds in the Caribbean mean less chance of getting residency?
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    Cyberia is offline Senior Member 515 points
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    Take the MCAT..try for a US med school..IF that doesn't work out..THEN try for an offshore medical school. Same with nursing school. Why come offshore to do nursing when there are MANY schools in the US which offer nursing programs? Try first..(try a few times actually)...if you can't get into a US school..then consider AUA (or any other offshore school).

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    As the OP's husband has probably found by now, there are long waiting lists for US Nursing schools.

    If time (post-bac and/or Masters, MCAT, then admission in the US) is a serious factor AUA may be a good option. Our grads have been doing very well in gaining residency. But the first and best option for medical school leading to residency and licensure in the US will always be a US medical school.

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    Some nursing schools have wait-lists..others rank you according to your qualifications. (How many degrees do you have, do you work as a CNA already, test scores, etc). My hospital had a nice program where you worked 2 days a week..got paid for as if you worked 3 days a week..and the hospital paid for your nursing school. The only "catch" was that you agreed to work for the hospital for 2 years after you graduated. It was really nice actually.

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    Thank you for the helpful responses. I've read the other posts on here, and I'm well aware that the best option is to go to a US school, no doubt.
    I suppose I would become a bit lazy in the U.S., start doubting myself, and so on. I don't want to give myself a chance to ruin med school for me.
    My future hubbie is considering taking a job in a police force in GA, but I if I come to the islands, he would rather come with me and do nursing. In this way, I also ensure he has a useful degree...

    I can apply for a post-bac at the current school I'm in (private school $$$), or for a master's... but it's that my enviornment needs to change.

    My "friends" are very discouraging about my decision to do sciences. But my parents are of medical background (both IMG, mom practicng here, and dad is a medical researcher). They couldn't be more elated hearing of my decision. They are encouraging I go straight into AUA, heh.

    Anyway, Tipton, do you by chance know if it's too late to get into Pre-med at AUA for Fall? It's just so hectic because everything is up in the air for me as it is.

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