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    online bachelors with my medical degree?

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    Hello everyone. I completed highschool and two years/60 credits of community college in the United States. I then applied to a lower tier caribbean medical school and have completed 2 years of basic sciences. I am currently studying for my USMLE Step 1 exam. After my Step 1 exam, I will complete my 3rd and 4th year in the United States, doing rotations at my school affiliated hospitals.

    My question is, along with 3rd-4th year, would it be wise to finish my bachelors degree? If so, should I complete it with a large public university(that offer online courses like nyu, uchicago, ucla, uflorida), or would that be pointless?

    If not, what about online universities like (walden, davenport, u.phoenix, etc). Are they even legit? Will this even be beneficial, "a guy with an md degree and a bachelors degree in business/health/management for example"?

    Please note I already have 60 undergrad credits. Thanks!
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    Excelsior College

    Quote Originally Posted by neuroguy View Post
    Hello everyone. I completed highschool and two years/60 credits of community college in the United States. I then applied to a lower tier caribbean medical school and have completed 2 years of basic sciences. I am currently studying for my USMLE Step 1 exam. After my Step 1 exam, I will complete my 3rd and 4th year in the United States, doing rotations at my school affiliated hospitals.

    My question is, along with 3rd-4th year, would it be wise to finish my bachelors degree? If so, should I complete it with a large public university(that offer online courses like nyu, uchicago, ucla, uflorida), or would that be pointless?

    If not, what about online universities like (walden, davenport, u.phoenix, etc). Are they even legit? Will this even be beneficial, "a guy with an md degree and a bachelors degree in business/health/management for example"?

    Please note I already have 60 undergrad credits. Thanks!
    Have you considered Excelsior College? They are accredited, fairly inexpensive, non traditional and been around for a few decades. They offer the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and accept transfer credits, for example, if you are short an upper level course in Psychology you can take it from BYU independent study and transfer it! They allow for numerous challenge credits, CLEPS, DANTES ( www.getcollegecredit.com ) Excelsior exams, TECEP exams and so forth. Excelsior College - excelsior.edu Very good option without breaking the bank and if you want to pursue a MPH, MBA or PhD some day, US University programs accept it!
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    what about the online programs i listed? Why not those? walden, davenport, uphoenix?

    also what are the disadvantages of me just continuing from public university online programs like nyu, uchicago, ucla, uflorida? Besides the fact that they are more expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by neuroguy View Post
    what about the online programs i listed? Why not those? walden, davenport, uphoenix?

    also what are the disadvantages of me just continuing from public university online programs like nyu, uchicago, ucla, uflorida? Besides the fact that they are more expensive
    Some of the schools you mentioned are "for profit" schools which mean they cost big money! If money is not an object and if it works for you go for it! I would prefer to get an accredited bachelor degree out of the way and use the money for a graduate degree like Masters of Public Health. Do what you want!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leadsled View Post
    Some of the schools you mentioned are "for profit" schools which mean they cost big money! If money is not an object and if it works for you go for it! I would prefer to get an accredited bachelor degree out of the way and use the money for a graduate degree like Masters of Public Health. Do what you want!
    wait please explain what you mean by you'd get the degree out of the way and use the money for a graduate degree? What money? And do you mean that you'd prefer to enroll in a non profit school to just get your bachelors done, and then apply to a legit us based university for your mph?

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    Im sorry im not sure how this all really works out which is why i posted here in the first place



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    Quote Originally Posted by neuroguy View Post
    wait please explain what you mean by you'd get the degree out of the way and use the money for a graduate degree? What money? And do you mean that you'd prefer to enroll in a non profit school to just get your bachelors done, and then apply to a legit us based university for your mph?

    Excelsior College is cheap and you can challenge the hell out of undergraduate courses hence, "get the bachelors degree out of the way"! Of course many folks do not do well in self guided learning and challenge type course work! Holding an accredited bachelors degree is absolutely necessary if you want to get accepted into a US graduate program like MPH or MBA or PhD which many Physicians contemplate!

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    I see..thanks for the info....Other members please provide your input as well...waiting

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    Quote Originally Posted by neuroguy View Post
    wait please explain what you mean by you'd get the degree out of the way and use the money for a graduate degree? What money?
    Have you even looked at the tuition prices of all the schools you just mentioned? They are not cheap!

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    are you talking about davenport/walden/uphoenix? Yes. They seem cheap


    If you're talking about uchicago/nyu/uflorida? Yes. They are expensive as heck

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