Hi this is my first post.
I am currently working as an RN for 1.5 years but found out that even though nursing is great and get along with my patients, I believe my heart and mind are dedicated to science and medicine. I am having a dilemma. I am not sure what school to go into for my pre-med course requirements that will give me the best chances for medical school. I am debating between a 4 year university(University of houston) vs a private ivy league school(rice). The reason is because of the cost and possibility of the harder course work I might expect from a Ivy league school (Not sure if it is) since I'd be working as a full time nurse. Should I considered moving?
I also have completed some pre-med course work at CC with 2 withdrawals (one is marketing and english 2)and am afraid that it might be looked down upon them but it was only bio 1,2 , chem 1 and English.Should I retake these? I want to complete the rest of my pre-med course work at a 4 year university.
I have a 3.85GPA on Community College and a 3.7GPA -BSN. I am a 23 y/o foreign Hispanic guy just trying to find some meaning to his life to pursue his love of nature and medicine and now that i am older and more mature I know that I can commit myself to this. I believe my curiosity will not be full-filled with just nursing. I have considered doing Nurse Practitioner if it all fails but I know that I can offer so much more.
I am also going work for the research department for the cancer center at the medical center and with my nursing background they are always looking for researchers with my degree and I am also planning on volunteering at a county hospital.
What are my chances if i am able to get All A's in pre-med courses and get a 30 on my MCAT?
I am keeping all this secret with my co workers and most of my family because I know how people envy. The only person to ever support me in anything is my mother and my best friend. I feel bad for leaving such a trusted profession and I appreciate every nurse out there who does it. I can promise I will be nice to all nurses because I've lived through it.
I am considering DO as well but is it the same as MD?
Any advice would be great