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Would nursing be a good pre-med course to take if you want to become a surgeon?

Nursing gives you a good job to fall back on if you aren't able to become a surgeon but is it good enough to go to medical school with? #nursing #medicine #surgery #career-details

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Sara’s Answer

It's a possibility, but I'd make sure you can still complete all the necessary medical school pre requisites with a nursing degree. For example some nursing schools condense general chemistry and organic chemistry into a single year (because a nursing major spends their last year/semester on rotation) whereas med schools usually want to see two semesters of each. You may have an easier time majoring in a science like chemistry or biology. If you decide that Med school isn't for you their are many accelerated BSN programs that will allow you to complete a nursing degree in 18 months or less if you already have a science degree. Good luck!

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Richard’s Answer

Sure!
There was a nurse in my medical school class and one of the other doctors in my group was a nurse before medical school.
During or after obtaining your nursing degree you need to fulfill premed requirements and take the MCAT.
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
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Rachel’s Answer

If you want to go to medical school, I would focus on excelling in the mandatory pre med classes (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). Nursing classes may or may not mesh with the pre-med career path, and while nursing is a great career, it would be unfortunate to have wasted your time on the wrong classes.
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