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  1. Hello! As Yeslcan55 said the admission process in Canada is quite different from the admissions process in the States! From my experience applying to Medical Schools there was only one university that I considered applying to (Dalhousie) that had a course load requirement, AND they did have exceptions for nursing students due to the special circumstances of their curriculum. Additionally, although nursing students are taking fewer courses, many of those courses have the same credit hours as 2-3 regular undergraduate courses, so it shouldn't be a factor anyways. If your friend is concerned about the course load, some Canadian medical schools have sections for "Any Additional Information" where the applicant can explain if they wish. That was not something that I considered as even though I did not have a full course load during my last year of nursing school I did not think it would be an important factor in my application. All the best with applying!
  2. Hey Redface and medisforme, I applied these past two years (2017, 2018) into medical school from nursing, applying to a total of 4 medical schools in Canada. None of the schools that I applied to used clinical courses (ie pass/fail courses) when determining the GPA of the applicant. All the best
  3. I'm in a similar situation as an RN that is applying to medical school. I also had a variety of research experience through my undergrad and thoroughly enjoyed it. Here would be my suggestion: start by working. I suggest this for a variety of reasons. Firstly it is good to get experience as a new grad to consolidate the skills you have been learning. Secondly, many med schools like "Real Life" experience, which is achieved by being a working member of society instead of a permanent student. Third, if you ever decide you don't want to do med school and want to do nursing research full time it is very very beneficial to have some clinical experience before hand. I know far too many people that enter their Masters in Nursing, then their PhD, and end up teaching nursing at University level with no clinical experience. This is very frustrating for the students as the professors do not have any clinical scenarios to reflect upon and bring forward when teaching. Lastly, if you ever decided you wanted to switch from research (such as a Masters) back to working as an RN it may be difficult as you will be out of your undergrad for a couple of years but have no work experience, so it may be difficult and stressful to find a position as an RN. Switching from work to research wouldn't encounter this same problem. I hope this information helps. All the best!
  4. Hey there, All the information that Rahvin13 provided is accurate from my searches, other than most med schools I applied to had prerequisites, but they were usually fairly simplistic (English courses, etc). There were several Canadian schools I was ineligible to apply for due to course load requirements and lack of chem/biochem courses. The other option is Graduate School after becoming an RN. This would move you forward in health care instead of forcing you to start another undergrad. Also, I disagree that Nursing is a bad route to get to med school. It definitely isn't the easiest, but can be quite beneficial. I know several people that are in Med School with a BScN as their undergrad and I'm currently applying with my BScN with a GPA of 3.95. If you keep up the good work then this route will work out, it may be difficult doing MCAT with the decreased science background but anything is possible. All the best
  5. Hey mediswhereiwannabe, I think a lot of the questions you are having have been thoroughly answered in a variety of forums on this sight, I would suggest having a look around! I myself am a RN and am applying to Med School. I currently know 3 RNs that are in med school and 2 more that are working on their MCAT, so it's definitely not unheard of! I've also met several other RNs while at interviews, so where there is a will, there is a way. Once again, many of these questions you have are best to be searched either through the forums or on different medical school websites. Prerequisites vary for every med school, same with GPA. Extracurricular vary significantly from one applicant to another, but it is important to have extracurricular activities that show involvement through the years as well as interest in health care. Moving from RN to MD can be difficult, but is a worthwhile step if it is where you want to be. Many schools may not allow you to apply due to prerequisite requirements/course load requirements, but there are still schools available. I would recommend looking up the requirements of different med schools (courses, GPA, MCAT, etc.) to see where you may be able to apply and how you need to focus your time before applying. I hope that helps a bit. All the best
  6. Hey SNJ, In my opinion I would say write your MCAT. Having your MCAT will allow you to diversify where you apply, gaining more experience in the application and interview process, and increasing the likelihood of gaining admission into Medical School. I have seen far too many people that apply to only one medical school for year after year, becoming frustrated with their lack of success. However, being an RN puts you in a special position as having to wait an extra year (or several) is not as difficult as it may be for applicants without a profession to fall back on. Although it is 100% possible to get in based on ECs and Casper alone, as I said before MCAT will allow you to apply to more areas and strengthen your application. I'm not a complete fan of Casper as it is difficult to gauge your success as a repeat applicant as there is no feed back. That being said, it is being used by more schools. Make sure you keep involved with your ECs even while working. If you consider your GPA isn't high enough to be competitive there is the possibility of graduate work to improve your GPA. Many schools provide a small, yet significant, 0.2 addition to your GPA if you have a Masters. Some schools have 1 year masters degrees or online degrees that are beneficial, such as Memorials 1 Year course based Masters of Public Health. Lastly, some schools have an increased value on "Mature" applicants, which is characterized as individuals 25years and older. There are many factors to consider together that make a strong application and it is beneficial to improve as many components of the application as possible. All the best
  7. Hey SNJ, I know this thread is older now but I thought I would give some info as well. I completed a BScN and am now an RN working in an emergency department. While I do love my work I am applying to Medical School. There is a doctor at my hospital that was a nurse before he became a doctor as well, so it is possible. I know of two RNs that are now in their second year of medical school, I know one that is applying at the same time as me, and I know of 3-4 others that are considering writing their MCATs so they can apply as well. It is definitely possible, but having Nursing as a background has its pros and cons. Firstly, I did not take courses such as Chemistry and Biochemistry, but instead took Pharmacology and other nursing related courses. For some medical schools it eliminates my eligibility as they require certain prerequisites which I could not take. This can also make the MCAT difficult, but with good preparation it should not be a problem. I would recommend seeing how many/which medical schools you can apply for with your current courses and move forward from there. Work experience as a nurse will also make it easier to prepare for interview questions that relate to healthcare. Lastly, I have heard that some medical schools in the US do not like taking Nurses as they need to "Re-Train" their thinking style from Nursing to Medicine. I don't know if thats true, but I don't think Canada has the same mentality. Both are excellent professions in need of highly qualified individuals and if you are committed to becoming a physician then don't let anything stop you. Hope this gives you some starting information.
  8. The invites should go out in January! I got my invite last year January 23rd
  9. Timestamp: 9:10am Interview: Yes! GPA: 3.96 Context: Born and raised in the Maritimes! ECs: Variety of extracurricular activities including campus society involvement, orchestras, community activities, undergraduate research and presentations, travel, and outdoor activities. Non-trad?: Traditional # of previous applications: First Application Interview: Thunder Bay/March 25th/1000
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