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Currently a Psychology major (Junior) with a high gpa, want to go into science field

mk962247mk962247 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited October 2011 in Pre-Med Topics
Hi, I am currently a junior with a declared psychology major (no minor). I attend St. John's University. I have a gpa of 3.7. I picked psychology as my major because I find it a very interesting subject. My ultimate goal is to become a Psychiatrist. I also would be fine with pharmacy, or nurse practitioner. Those are my backup plans. I know for most of these professions I would need genbio, genchem, orgo, physics( if i decide to go for medical school). Is it too late? I may need to take on an extra year for undergrad if I decide to take these courses but it's not the worst thing in the world right? I basically need advice on how to go on about this career change. I will greatly appreciate assistance.
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Replies to: Currently a Psychology major (Junior) with a high gpa, want to go into science field

  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 9,569 Senior Member
    One alternative to consider if you're thinking med school is a formal post-bacc program. This is an 18 month-2 year full time program for people who want to apply to med schools, but lack the necessary science coursework. You will need to have completed your BA/BS degree first.

    AMCAS has searchable database here.

    Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs - Search

    You'll want career changer as the type.

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    Nurse practitioner is NOT a suitable back-up option for someone who doesn't make it into med or pharm school. It is an entirely different career pathway.

    Why?

    Nurse practitioners are a MSN degree level programs for those who already have a BSRN. You'd need to complete your nursing pre-reqs (which are NOT the same as the pre-reqs for med or pharm school), do the 2 year clinical portion of the BSRN program, pass your licensing exam and then have X number of years of job experience before being eligible for NP MSN programs. As of Jan 2015, ALL new NPs will be required to complete a doctoral level (DNP) program in order to obtain licensure.
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