2 years ago
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If I decide to do School of nursing does that mean that I must become a nurse or can I go on to become a doctor?

I am a junior in high school and was just wondering about some school options and saw that the school of nursing and the school of public health were two schools within a university that aligned with my career goals.

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2 years ago

Hi @rising!

So the short answer is - you can go to nursing school and still become a doctor (if you chose to do so).

If you'd like more info than what I've supplied below, check out this website ( https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/blog/from-nurse-to-doctor ). It highlights the pros and cons, the difference, etc.

Say you do go to the School of Nursing, but halfway through you decide you actually want to go to med school. No problem! In your undergraduate years (on top of studying to become a nurse) you have to satisfy the pre-med prerequisite classes, volunteer at hospitals, take the MCAT, etc. Since you'll be going to school as a nurse, then you'll satisfy most of the pre-med prerequisites, but you need to get them all in order to be allowed to even apply to medical school. So once you graduate, you'll have your nursing degree. On top of going to med school afterwards, you need to still work as a nurse, or else you kinda got that nursing degree in vain. Then you'll study in med school for 4 years, 3-7 years of residency, then you'll have your MD in a subject. But if you don't make it into med school the first cycle around, you aren't financially ready, etc. then you can continue being a nurse and reapply when you are ready! You'll just have to make sure that your pre reqs don't expire.

So, if you decide to go to nursing school but still want to become a doctor, you still have to satisfy the prerequisites as any other undergrad would do if they were applying to med school. The article I gave you above accounts for the pros and cons if you take this track!

Hopefully this answered your question! If you have any others, feel free to ask!

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