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Pre Med by Thomas Crollerwedging - Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:05:01 EST ID:gy48U18Q No.55062 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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So I'm 28 and serving in the military. I've been looking into Pre Med programs at local schools (Nebraska), but I have a really bad academic history. I got my GED in 2007, and my time spent in community college immediately after that I ended with around 40 credits. I have dropped classes, failed classes, I think my overall GPA from there is a 2.7. I was taking transfer credits for a Computer Science major, but when I transferred to NWMSU I withdrew from the first semester and never returned. I feel like Psychology is my calling, but I wanted to be a psychiatrist to be involved in the side of medicinal psychoactives.

I'm scared that I am trying to do this too late. And maybe I don't have the grades. I would need about two years more coursework in a Pre Med program. I've also looked into post bac programs, but my understanding of that is that I need a degree first.
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Simon Trotlock - Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:01:11 EST ID:1aAOFqgT No.55063 Ignore Report Quick Reply
What's your question? You don't need a degree to go to medical school. A large portion of physicians finish their bachelor's (usually in chemistry, biology, or a specialist degreein those fields) to have a safety net should they not make it into a medical school.
The greatest factor for acceptance is MCAT/GRE scores, then your core GPA. They don't careif you got perfect grades in Spanish or Theater; can you tell a spleen from a thymus?

Do you want to be a pharmacologist, psychologist or a psychiatrist, or a computer dude? Sort your shit out BEFORE you start stressing on the pointless shit like being too old or wearing the wrong color underwear to the grocery store.
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Rebecca Guzzleway - Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:02:22 EST ID:rZ81irY/ No.55064 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>55063

I want to be a psychiatrist. I would like to do talk therapy as well, but I've been told that psychiatrists are more for the prescribing of medicine than the talk therapy side of things. I was thinking a chemistry major with a psychology minor because I really like psychology. Or is it possible to have a psychology major and take the required science courses alongside it?
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David Crinderdale - Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:20:39 EST ID:oHx9b4UK No.55065 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>>55064

You can take whatever you want if you have the prerequisites and the money. I don't know how GI Bill works, but Federal financial aid cuts off for bachelor's degrees after a certain number of credit hours have accumulated, however, so you might run into that problem.

IME, psychiatrists do not do talk therapy. They prescribe meds and do electroshock. I'm sure some do talk therapy, but I think it's more common for a therapist to do that, because therapists are usually cheaper, and talk therapy sessions often last an hour. Very few insurance plans are going to pay a psychiatrist's rates for an hour.

2.7 is a shit GPA. You know that. You're going to need to get straight As from here on out, especially in your science courses, if you want to pursue medical school. Don't bother going back to school unless you can commit to making that happen.

28 is not too late. There is some discrimination against older applicants, but it's not a hard disqualifier.


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