Q: How long would it take me to accomplish this dream going 3/4 time of schooling? We have one child ( 3 years old) and maybe having one more in a couple of years (?). Would a private school be more idealistic as far as time goes? I don't care about the $, I can use student loans.
I am 32 and just finished my first bachelor's degree.
It is great that you want to go on to medical school. Just keep in mind that most medical programs require full time enrollment and full time means 60+ hours per week spent on school. It's possible, but it wouldn't be easy.
I thought about going to law school (which takes 60-80 hours per week) after I finished my bachelors, but have decided not to pursue it right now because it would have meant borrowing another $150,000 in student loans and hardly ever getting to see my family. For me it just wasn't worth it.
Med school certainly requires Organic Chemistry and probably Biochemistry, and they require a year of Calculus and perhaps Differential Equations. If you haven't already taken these and if you've got algebra down well enough to be ready for Calculus, it'll still take you at least three years to get a Bachelor's degree. I'm sure you know that Med schools demand nearly straight A's in everything; a single B will keep you out of the best and a C will likely keep you out of all of them.
Med school itself takes three years. Then internship and residency takes another three to eight years, depending on the specialty.
So that's at least nine years full time.
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