Medical School with an Associates?

<p>So, I heard recently this from a fellow student who was in one of my classes and I didn't know if I should believe, although, I want more information for a friend of mine (if it's true).</p>

<p>So, this girl was telling me that she's only going to get her associates at the community college and get all pre-reqs for medical schools and prep for the MCAT. Is it really possible to go to med school this way? Without a bachelors, but with all pre-reqs?
The argument this girl used especially was due to the fact that people who do not get into medical school, they go back to community colleges to retake courses and raise their GPA, something we actually see a lot at our school. There are also those older students who do this, even though they got a completely unrelated bachelor 50ish years ago or International students who have a bachelor in their countries (or none) and come here, do the pre-reqs and apply to US Med schools.</p>

<p>So is that really possible? If is, what are your chances, really?</p>

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So is that really possible?

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<p>No, it's not - IIRC technically some med schools say you can be admitted without having earned a degree if you've completed a certain number of college units, but in practice this never happens.</p>

<p>You absolutely need a BA or BS to get into medical school in the US.</p>

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The argument this girl used especially was due to the fact that people who do not get into medical school, they go back to community colleges to retake courses and raise their GPA

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<p>Invalid argument, because those people would have already earned a bachelors.</p>

<p>There are a rare few medical schools that will allow you to matriculate with 90 credits and no degree. As Icarus mentioned, it is not the norm even at them. It used to be more common, my father matriculated without finishing his BS. A community college degree, even if it were a bachelor's, is a hard road to climb. I wouldn't try to correct this girl, she will figure it out and either get a bachelors or move on to other things. Perhaps she was terming "medical school" to include non MD/DO programs and was just mistaken about the name of the standardized exam or who has to take it?</p>

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So, this girl was telling me that she's only going to get her associates at the community college and get all pre-reqs for medical schools and prep for the MCAT. Is it really possible to go to med school this way?

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I wouldn't try to correct this girl, she will figure it out and either get a bachelors or move on to other things. Perhaps she was terming "medical school" to include non MD/DO programs and was just mistaken about the name of the standardized exam or who has to take it?

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Or perhaps she's an idiot.</p>

<p>Yes, well that too :D</p>

<p>The biggest thing she's missing when it comes to her analysis is that she's COMPETING with other students for those spots in med school...why give an admissions committee an easy reason for dropping your application by not having a bachelors degree.</p>