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I am thinking of doing a CNA course, but my intend is not to go into nursing. I end goal after college is to become a general surgeon. Would taking a CNA course help me with my application to pre-med colleges?


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Angela RM’s Answer

I don’t think so. Why that path? #cna to #surgeon

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Rachel’s Answer

Any work experience may allow you to grow as both an individual and as a vital part of a healthcare team. I am a general surgeon, and I truly value any student's experience in the healthcare field. My advice would be to talk to people who work as CNA's as well as surg techs and see what you would most enjoy doing. If you find a healthcare-related job that you enjoy and are passionate about, not only will it make the years prior to medical school better, but it will be apparent in your application that you are motivated to be a healthcare provider and ready to take on the challenge.

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Noelia’s Answer

I agree with Corey. A surgical tech would be better since you will be part of the team. You can see surgeries first hand and get insight to decide if that's what you really want/like.

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Estelle’s Answer

I agree with Richard. Any experience in the medical field is valuable, but don't let the job interfere with your grades/GPA. Your grades and MCAT score are much more important in the medical school application. Being a CNA would be a good summer job, though.

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Richard’s Answer

Medical schools like to see experience in the medical field. This can include being a CNA. Additionally you can use this as an opportunity to make connections in medical community and shadow physicians.

However the most important thing for medical school is grades. Don't let your job interfere with studying.

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Corey’s Answer

No get in surgical technology so you can meet surgeons and see how they work

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Emily’s Answer

It depends. Some medical schools like experience in the field and count working as a CNA as healthcare experience.

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