CHANGING CAREERS TO HEALTH CARE
Whether you’re a teacher or a nurse, a medical lab technician or a computer programmer, Ross could be the next step as you change to a healthcare career. We’ve graduated students who have likely been in very similar situations to yours, and they’ve gone on to earn their MDs, attain residencies and fellowships, and move on to careers as physicians.
The vast majority of students who matriculate into medical school in the United States are in their early to mid-twenties. Although older students may find it more difficult to gain admission to medical schools, they may also find that their maturity and life experience are taken into consideration by schools willing to give “nontraditional” students an opportunity to study medicine.
- May be older than “traditional” medical school students who enter medical school directly after completing their undergraduate degree – non-traditional medical school students are often in their late 20s, 30s, or even 40s
May have different levels of maturity than fresh-out-of-undergrad students
May have broader levels of work experience, giving them a deeper understanding of business and industry
Often have worked in a medically related profession, which can give their applications—and life at medical school—a boost
Wondering what jobs our graduates and currents students have come from when they’re changing careers? Whether you’re looking for a career changes for nurses, education professionals, or computer science we've accepted career-changers from both medical and non-medical backgrounds, including:
Outside the medical realm, the list gets even more varied. The following is just a sample of careers that Ross graduates have worked in prior to changing careers to healthcare:
YOUR NEXT STEPS
If you have the drive, commitment, and desire to become a physician, you may be a strong candidate for medical school, regardless of your age. Before you start on any of the steps below, we strongly encourage you to contact the Ross Office of Admissions here. Our admissions team can help you determine if medical school is right for you, what you need to do to be prepared, and the process of applying and potentially enrolling, questions you might have about changing healthcare careers, or any other questions about career changes for nurses
Ross considers not just your overall cumulative undergraduate GPA, but also your GPA for required coursework. Depending on your GPA in either of the above scenarios, you might need to take a good, hard look at re-taking some courses to boost your academic record as necessary. Our admissions team can help you determine what classes you’ll need and whether you need to retake any courses, so be sure to reach out to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: Ross also considers non-academic qualities, like maturity and professionalism, and supporting materials, like your personal essay, interview, and letters of recommendation.
Inorganic or General Chemistry: Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories
Organic Chemistry: Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories
General Biology or Zoology: Two semesters of biology or zoology with laboratories
Physics: Two semesters (eight semester hours) with laboratories
Mathematics: One semester of college-level mathematics (three semester hours), preferably calculus or statistics
English: Two semesters (six semester hours). Canadian students may satisfy the English requirements in 4 possible ways: (1) 2 semesters of University humanities where essays composed at least 40% of the overall mark, (2) those holding a grade 13 English credit in Ontario, (3) International Baccalaureate English and (4) Advanced Placement English.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is an exam that most medical schools, including all US medical schools, require from prospective students before they offer admission. MCAT scores make up a significant part of your medical school student profile, and it’s critical that you know what to expect. The MCAT recently changed in 2015, adding new content and coursework, so take a look at our dedicated MCAT resource here. For upcoming test dates, visit our MCAT calendar page.
If you aren’t coming from a medically related field, like a career changing nurse, it might be worth it to try to gain exposure to healthcare, either through a job in a healthcare environment or through volunteering or shadowing a physician. Not only will this give you an inside look at the world of medicine, but it’ll give you valuable medically related experience that will go a long way toward boosting your medical school application. For more on that, check out a blog post written by Associate Dean of Admissions Carey James about the value of medically related experience, plus some tips on where to go to earn some.
Keep in mind, though, that medically related experience will help—but it won’t get you all the way to medical school. Your academic record plus other qualities, like maturity, professionalism, and documents like your personal essay or letters of recommendation, all play a role too.
To start your application and for other fast facts about the application process, go here.
TALK TO ADMISSIONS
If you have a question about starting your medical education at Ross University School of Medicine, please contact a member of our Admissions staff.
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Medical school tuition can be a lot, but medical school is a major investment in your future. To help offset the cost, scholarships and financial aid are available to eligible students.
RUSM offers a variety of scholarships and a number of resources on how to earn a scholarship to med school, which can help aspiring doctors offset the cost of their medical education.
START YOUR APPLICATION
Ready to apply to Ross University School of Medicine to earn your Doctor of Medicine (MD) Degree? RUSM offers 4 easy ways to start or complete your application.