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    How is my plan?

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    Well basically I just want to tell you all my plan for getting into medical school and see if any of you think I'm doing it right or if I've got it all wrong.

    Currently I'm working on my associate's degree in science and my certificate in phlebotomy at a community college. I've heard that medical schools would rather see that you completed your premed requirements at a university rather than a community college so I'm a little worried about completing so many of my requirements at a community college. I will be completing my Math, Biology, General Chemistry and Physics 1 requirements at the community college and I will be completing my Physics 2 and Organic Chemistry requirements when I transfer to a University to pursue my bachelor's degree in Theology/Biblical Studies. I plan on working as a phlebotomist while I'm completing my bachelor's degree.

    So does this plan sound okay to you all or is it just completely messed up? Thanks.

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    I personally haven't heard of a US medical school that would admit someone who took a lot of their science courses at a community college. You should contact the schools that you are thinking of applying to and ask them. If you were applying to a Caribbean medical school though, unless its one in the top tier I also don't think it would matter. Is there any way that you could take your required science classes in a university? Thats probablly a safer bet if you are thinking of applying to a US med school later on.

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    I'm in the same boat as you, I would like to hear a good response to this as well.

    What I plan to do is take chemistry and triginometry in my second year of community college, 3rd year in university I take biology and physics, then fourth year I take organic chemistry.

    Good responses needed

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    Wow, didnt know my response was that bad.

    If you could take all your prereqs at a community college for med school i think many people would do that. And the med school websites/info that Ive come across actually have a statement somewhere saying that these classes should not be taken at a community college, but its always good to know for yourself by contacting the med school about exactly which courses they will or will not accept. It could save you a lot of money and time in the end...

    Also I didnt mean to debunk the OP's plan since I have a nontraditional one myself so sorry if I came off negative.
    Last edited by annIIIe; 06-10-2006 at 04:34 PM.

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    Many people do that

    I know at least two people who have done that and gotten into medical school. I do think that your idea to work and go to school - will effect your grades. So I don't think that is a good idea. Your Junior and senior years are hard - organic is hard. I would pick a school where the organinc teacher is very good and where there are a high number of A's given in the class. Otherwise you will wind up with a dud organic teacher and a poor grade. Doing well in organic is so critical to the MCAT Bio science - don't mess around with a dud teacher. It will hurt you for years to come. What most people don't realize is that your grades the junior and senior year are what are used to determine who will do the best in medical school by admissions.
    Working in a hospital is highly over rated. On some of your harder classes just take them and an easy one. Also getting a tudor to help make sure you ace the sucker will pay you back big time. If you can get in a US school - do. Island schools - last resort...just my .02s
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    thanks for all the advice. unfortunately i have to work while in college because i am married and my wife's salary alone isn't enough to support us. and i'll definitely make sure i get good teachers. but i'd love to hear more responses!

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    Community Colleges...

    Every U.S. medical school to which I applied said that you could not take your science prerequisites at a community college. They say that this is because the community colleges don't have any standards in their labs.

    (Hmm, they should have taken a look at the 4 year college where I completed my coursework... "sorry, Jim, the reason we don't have any blue litmus paper for this lab is because the Pharmacy department ate up our Organic Lab budget." But, I digress...)

    I spoke with Ross and Saba in the Caribbean and both of them said that community college coursework was OK.

    From what I have seen, the U.S. schools will post on their websites, usually in the admissions FAQ's, that community college science work is not accepted. Take a look, make some calls and good luck.

    Jim

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