Hmm... all great insight-- thanks for your thoughts thus far.
I would definitely plan to get A's on all my pre-reqs... (I don't do B's very well. ;))
But in all seriousness... Richard, if the CC route--even for MCAT refresher only--could be potentially damaging for me, I could take chemI and bioI online at a 4 year university, but it sounds like that's viewed even more critically than the CC route, right?
I am trying to get a meeting with some profs at Vanderbilt (my friend is an oncologist who gave me a name or two there), and I'm hoping they will give me the honest answer about how they feel about this. I've never dealt with this process, but my fear is that they'll say it's not a big deal to kick the dust off at a CC before finishing my pre-reqs at a 4 year, but then stacked up against others who didn't go that route, it will suddenly turn into a big waste of my time to have done it that way. Hopefully, the people I talk to at the schools will shoot me straight about it.
I am still baffled that the 4 year institutions in Nashville (both public and private) don't seem to be offering science classes at night right now. Business and I.T. classes all hours of the p.m....naturally... but no science.
I'll keep researching... thanks for your continued input, all!
Ask the question the other way. Which would be worse: classes at CC or no classes at all? If you dont take classes and you don't apply, you certainly won't get in. But if you take classes, even at a CC, and you do well in all courses, get a great MCAT, write a compelling application and blow away the interview, you might get in.
Even meeting with adcoms, admissions officer, etc, for their views, it will just be opinions. Until you actually apply and get in the pool with the other applicants you don't know.
Lastly, you are considering a route to medicine that with premed, medical school, residency, and fellowship could be 10 to 15 years of effort and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Spending a few years part time in premed, for several thousand dollars is worth the investment. You may decide after a year and half that its not worth it. But you also may decide it is worth the effort, get the grades, take the MCAT, etc. In a sense, this is all hypothetical until you have the actual acceptance letter in your hand. So don't give up in the premed, even at CC. Compared to the few medical training route, premed is just a little time, effort, and money compared to the rest.