Desperate for some sound advice for someone making a big career change!
I’ve decided to go back to school to be a doctor and after considering different routes (PA, NP, Pharm, MD), I think med school is most fitting.
My situation: I started off my undergrad as a Chem major at UCLA and did HORRIBLE, ended up withdrawing for a quarter and came back as a Sociology major and ended my cGPA at 3.32. I only took 4 science classes but they were OChem, Bio, Biochem and Inorganic Chem and failed one and the rest C’s. (I had taken the GE classes at SMC before transferring) I also graduated in 2009 so not even sure they would count for anything since it’s been over 10 years.
Then I went back to school for MBA and graduated with a 4.0.
My question is: What is the best way for me to take my prerequisite science classes to be competitive to apply? Should I take them at a community college? Is it better to take the post bacc pre-med certificate program at UCLA? I read that it could help raise your science grades… If I were to somehow ACE all my prerequisites now, will those course grades be averaged out with my undergrad classes? or does it matter because it’s been over 10 years?
I fully understand this is going to be a long journey but I’m hoping if I just work hard and stick it out, it’ll be all worth it. I would like to be as competitive as I can possibly be now, especially given my failure to stick with my science major in the past , but feeling overwhelmed with which route to take.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!