I’ve been searching this topic over and over on these forums for any insight from others comments or posts of their own. I am a 2nd year family nurse practitioner student. I jumped into the program with the excitement or broadening my knowledge in nursing and medicine. I have come to the realization that the NP scope of practice and what is taught in NP school is not enough for me. I am burning to learn the depths of the human sciences and medicine. A deep part of me really wants to pursue medicine, and I never did it before because I really didn’t think I was smart enough and had a lot of self doubt.
I’m 27 years old, been a nurse for 3 years. If I was not engaged to someone who is also applying to medical school next cycle (he’s taking the MCAT in April), I would likely drop out of my program, work as a nurse and take the couple pre-reqs I need, study for the MCAT and apply in 2022. Being an NP school dropout already adds complexity to my application, but I’m hoping I could possibly explain that part fluently to adcoms and have it not dock against me. But my fiancé also pursuing med school adds so much more to consider. I don’t see us being away from one another for 4 years in different schools, and the chances of us getting in the same school are slim. I don’t have the best pre-med status (3.48 undergrad GPA started out premed/pre PA, science GPA around 3.2 or so, played college volleyball, don’t have the best candidates for LOR as of yet. MCAT score TBD obviously but a lot of those sciences I’d have to relearn), so I’m not an optimal candidate. We are already two hours long distance since we started dated. Should I just then continue my program, see where he gets in and then try to apply to his school or schools in relative vicinity? Or still continue with my pre-med route, working as a nurse until a few months before the MCAT (to better study)? Any advice, thoughts, or tips would be great about quitting my program or what to do in general would be great.