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    PreMed in Ireland

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    Where can someone take PreMed courses in Ireland? Do such courses last for 1-year?

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    You can do the entire medical program (pre-med, such as it is, and medical school) in six years in Ireland. You can also complete a post-bachelor's degree medical program, which lasts either four or five years, depending on the university.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    You can do the entire medical program (pre-med, such as it is, and medical school) in six years in Ireland. You can also complete a post-bachelor's degree medical program, which lasts either four or five years, depending on the university.
    Thanks for your reply.

    Maybe I need to make this more clear.

    You know, some of the Caribbean schools require a PreMed if you don't have the required background. So, yes, asking about such PreMed programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbderRahman View Post
    Thanks for your reply.

    Maybe I need to make this more clear.

    You know, some of the Caribbean schools require a PreMed if you don't have the required background. So, yes, asking about such PreMed programs.

    Im irish so i can answer your question.Most med students in ireland start medicine after their leaving cert.This is their final high school exams.Medicine is usually 5 years after the leaving cert but some colleges require you to do an extra year as part of the course(pre med) if they have not done chemistry before i believe(well this is the case for local applicants anyway).

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    Yeah, what the Irish kid said.

    Also remember that the better Carib schools require a bachelor's degree (or bloody close to it)... so unless you already have an undergraduate degree, one year of premedical sciences probably will not cut the mustard.

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    I have an undergraduate degree.

    But, till now, I didn't get a clear answer about 1-year PreMed programs. Any ideas on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitebullet1 View Post
    Im irish so i can answer your question.Most med students in ireland start medicine after their leaving cert.This is their final high school exams.Medicine is usually 5 years after the leaving cert but some colleges require you to do an extra year as part of the course(pre med) if they have not done chemistry before i believe(well this is the case for local applicants anyway).

    Thank you.

    I have a few questions: How difficult is the Leaving cert exam, what range of scores allow you to get into medical school?

    I'm American, but I have Irish roots. Let's say I took the Leaving Cert, and scored very well. You're saying that I could get into a 5 year medical program, just based off the leaving cert scores?

    Do you know any foreigners that took the Leaving Cert and got accepted to medical school in Ireland?

    Do you think that being a foreigner would require higher scores on the leaving cert than an Irish person in order to get accepted into an Irish medical school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giantfan View Post
    Thank you.

    I have a few questions: How difficult is the Leaving cert exam, what range of scores allow you to get into medical school?

    I'm American, but I have Irish roots. Let's say I took the Leaving Cert, and scored very well. You're saying that I could get into a 5 year medical program, just based off the leaving cert scores?

    Do you know any foreigners that took the Leaving Cert and got accepted to medical school in Ireland?

    Do you think that being a foreigner would require higher scores on the leaving cert than an Irish person in order to get accepted into an Irish medical school?
    Hi there,
    Well the government intoduced a new system for entry to medicine in 2009.Admission used to be based on how well one performed on the leaving cert but now its based on leaving cert and an aptitude exam called the hpat.

    Ok your questions
    -Difficulty.Well its more so the volume of material that needs to be covered rather than the material itself which aint a level standard(we do 7 subject usually and your best 6 are taken into consideration for admission).
    To give u an idea of how hard it is to get in,i scored in the top 2% in the country in the leaving cert and 50th percentile in the hpat exam and am still not that close to getting in.

    However,i dont see why u would want to sit it if u are a foreigner,unless fess are a problem for you.Admission for interntional students is way way easier.
    I dont know any foreigners who did it this way but im sure there are some.U would be graded on an equal basis as any irish person sitting it.

    Seriously,id strongly recommend u apply as an international student,way easier to get in

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitebullet1 View Post
    Hi there,
    Well the government intoduced a new system for entry to medicine in 2009.Admission used to be based on how well one performed on the leaving cert but now its based on leaving cert and an aptitude exam called the hpat.

    Ok your questions
    -Difficulty.Well its more so the volume of material that needs to be covered rather than the material itself which aint a level standard(we do 7 subject usually and your best 6 are taken into consideration for admission).
    To give u an idea of how hard it is to get in,i scored in the top 2% in the country in the leaving cert and 50th percentile in the hpat exam and am still not that close to getting in.

    However,i dont see why u would want to sit it if u are a foreigner,unless fess are a problem for you.Admission for interntional students is way way easier.
    I dont know any foreigners who did it this way but im sure there are some.U would be graded on an equal basis as any irish person sitting it.

    Seriously,id strongly recommend u apply as an international student,way easier to get in
    Awesome. Thanks for replying! I didn't expect any replies.

    I did not know about the HPAT. I will do some research on it, but I am guessing it is like the US's MCAT.

    As for me, fees are a problem. I can't afford the 40,000 euro+ fees. I don't want to get into that sort of debt.

    However, the thing is, I live in Europe, and could possibly go to medical school in Ireland at the EU tuition rates (I need to figure out the details more, but it might be possible). If I could qualify for those rates, then I would love to go to school in Ireland.


    So basically, you're telling me that taking the Leaving Cert and doing well on it is far from a guarantee of acceptance. That sucks.

    I could apply as an international student, and get the EU tuition rate, but would not get accepted, as I just don't have a good enough record unfortunately. So if I decided to apply as a foreign student, then I would have to go back to America and take courses for 2 years minimum in order to have a chance at acceptance.

    So I thought if I study, and take the Leaving Cert, and do well, then I can avoid having to go to school in America for 2 years taking all the prerequisites.

    I wonder if I can use my leaving cert results while still applying as a foreign student?

    It's quite an interesting situation for me. By the way, I've spent quite a lot of time in Ireland and have strong Irish roots. I'll actually be applying for Irish citizenship soon.

    I appreciate the reply though, and if you have any more information, I would really appreciate it. What is your story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giantfan View Post
    Awesome. Thanks for replying! I didn't expect any replies.

    I did not know about the HPAT. I will do some research on it, but I am guessing it is like the US's MCAT.

    As for me, fees are a problem. I can't afford the 40,000 euro+ fees. I don't want to get into that sort of debt.

    However, the thing is, I live in Europe, and could possibly go to medical school in Ireland at the EU tuition rates (I need to figure out the details more, but it might be possible). If I could qualify for those rates, then I would love to go to school in Ireland.


    So basically, you're telling me that taking the Leaving Cert and doing well on it is far from a guarantee of acceptance. That sucks.

    I could apply as an international student, and get the EU tuition rate, but would not get accepted, as I just don't have a good enough record unfortunately. So if I decided to apply as a foreign student, then I would have to go back to America and take courses for 2 years minimum in order to have a chance at acceptance.

    So I thought if I study, and take the Leaving Cert, and do well, then I can avoid having to go to school in America for 2 years taking all the prerequisites.

    I wonder if I can use my leaving cert results while still applying as a foreign student?

    It's quite an interesting situation for me. By the way, I've spent quite a lot of time in Ireland and have strong Irish roots. I'll actually be applying for Irish citizenship soon.

    I appreciate the reply though, and if you have any more information, I would really appreciate it. What is your story?
    Im not entirely sure about applying as an international if u have done the leaving cert.They want international students for the cash(candid but true).
    If i were u id ring the admissions office of ucc,tcd,ucd,ucg,rcsi etc.A quick google search will give u the numbers.

    Me?well i failed to get into med school here,so im starting 1st year dentistry on the 20th of september.Im gonna give it a try for at least 3 years and see then if i want to go to central/eastern europe to do medicine instaed.
    Cheers

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