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Old 11-03-2009, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default Going into medicine after already receiving a bachelors degree in an unrelated field.

I was talking to a nurse earlier about positions in the medical field, and she said that for someone that didn't want to go the full blown route and become a doctor, there were lots of assistant programs out there that could be taken advantage of.

Has anyone ever done this? I.e., got a degree in economics and decided to become a nurse or a physician's assistant?

For those of you already in the medical field, what is the fastest/most efficient way for someone to get into the field if they already have a bachelors degree?
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:42 PM   #2
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There was someone else on this forum who had convinced himself that he could get a masters in nursing in three years with an unrelated degree. You sound like that person, reborn.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:45 PM   #3
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I've been looking into this as well. Most of the local community colleges around me have 2 year programs for medical technologists, nursing and physician assistants and physical therapists.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:47 PM   #4
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Well actually I'm more interested in being a nurse anesthetist, or something to do with anesthesia. A physician's assistant is also up on the list.

I just listed nursing because I figured I could get a lot of input from past/future nurses.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:54 PM   #5
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Uh, you don't need any specific degree in order to get into med school. There are some prereqs you have to satisfy, but it's nothing you can't do in a little over a year generally.

A friend of mine just applied to med school and he has an engineering physics degree. Apparently, one of the degrees that med schools like most is music.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:58 PM   #6
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There was someone else on this forum who had convinced himself that he could get a masters in nursing in three years with an unrelated degree. You sound like that person, reborn.
That's what my friend is doing now. He got his degree in accounting three years ago and is currently on his last year for his MSN.
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:59 PM   #7
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Its going to be extremely difficult to go straight into a CRNA/PA program without a science background. Keep in mind you are basically taking the same coursework as a medical student/dental student without any of the pre-learning that they have had as well, in addition most of those programs have prerequsites for entry. PM me if you have any specific questions.
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Old 11-04-2009, 12:42 AM   #8
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University of Colorado has an "accelerated" BSN program for people who already have their bachelor's in another area of study. Essentially you get to skip all the GEs and shit that can transfer in (like possibly some science classes you've already taken), and concentrate on the core courses. It's 66 credits, so generally a 3-4 semester gig depending on what, if any, previous credits might be able to transfer in.

I would guess that most major university systems would have something like this.
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