Can I become a RN first and then work up to becoming a physician?
I am asking this question because I want to have a career in the medical field and want advice on what steps I should take to achieving my goal #medicine #healthcare #pre-med #registered-nurses #physicians
You will need to complete the prerequisite courses.
Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters
4 years college
4 years of medical school
3-6 years residency
However, if you become a nurse first, you will be an excellent candidate for medical school.
yes, you can go to nursing school first and then apply to medical school. however, i'd like to make a suggestion. a medical school admissions committee would likely look more favorably upon ICU or ER nurses as they generally have more expertise.
another suggestion i have would be to get as much additional training/certifications as you can, such as becoming an EMT, a CPR trainer, a radiology tech, etc. depending on what field you plan to go into you might also consider things like being a nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, etc.
i would suggest you discuss your career goals with a counselor. you need to think hard about what role you are most comfortable with. doctors crave being in the drivers seat, taking sole responsibility most of the time. so it's not just about your skill set.