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Nursing as Pre-med?

Asked San Jose, California

Taking any course can be your "pre-med" as long as you complete the pre-requisites of the med school you want to go to BUT is nursing a good "pre-med" thinking that it will show you the "feels" of becoming a doctor? #doctor #medicine #nursing #medical #school #student #physicians #med

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Robert’s Answer

Updated Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Hi Sheehan, a nursing degree would not be a good "Pre-med" course. Medicine and nursing are distinctly different disciplines. Frequently in medicine that focuses on the disease states that occur in humans and how to fix the underlying problems. In nursing the focuses on caring for people who may or may not have health problems and helping them to obtain their highest level of health. Both medical school and nursing school are highly competitive to get into. If your long-term goal is to go to medical school you may want to pick an undergraduate degree that focuses on your's interests in research or possibly business. Also extremely computer literate healthcare professionals of all fields are in demand. Nursing school we'll show you how it feels to become a nurse and work as a nurse. It will not generally give you a good feel for becoming medical doctor. My question to you is what is your long-term goal with your healthcare career? Do You want to focus on diseases that occur in people or in people who may have diseases. While an oversimplification, if it is the former did your doctor from the medical school if it is the latter get your doctorate from a nursing school. Best of luck to you. Bob

James’s Answer

Updated Round Rock, Texas

hi sheehan,

when i was growing up my mother went to nursing school. then i spent a lot of time following her around various hospitals. and, of course, there was a lot of medical talk at the dinner table.

those experiences were a big influence on my decision to go to medical school. however, i never, ever, considered going to nursing school. frankly, it just didn't fit my personality.

i completely agree with Robert Smithing's comments about the different focus of the nursing and medical fields.

it definitely makes me wonder how much exposure you've had to the various medical fields. and i'd recommend shadowing medical professionals if you haven't already.

having said all of that, i will readily admit that some of my medical school classmates did have job experience in medical auxiliary fields, such as physical therapy, EMT, Nutrition, Nursing, etc.

hope that helps.

good luck!