I have decided to go back to school and have been doing a lot of research. I haven't decided exactly which field, but it will either be radiology or dental hygiene. I am interested in both as a career, however, there are very few programs in the area for both. I have about 5 schools I will apply to: 2 for radiology and 3 for dental hygiene. They all require pre-reqs to get admitted to a program and all of them are HIGHLY competitive. This fall I am taking a chem class and biology. While I am excited about this, I feel like the odds are stacked against me!
Last night I attended an info session at one school. It was pretty general in terms of information for their allied health programs. This particular school, which is 42 miles from me (and a solid hour...without traffic), has the least amount of pre-reqs required (just the bio), and I already have a bachelor's degree. They stressed that in order for them to even LOOK at your application, you have to have all pre-reqs completed. This sent me into a panic, of course, because I won't have all my pre-reqs done until summer (with the exception of this one school, I think I am safe to apply).
Because these programs are so competitive, they take priority over those who already attend their school. One school already told me this, flat out, I don't stand much of a chance. All these programs accept about 24-25 students each fall. The one school told me 23 of their students would be accepted, so that leaves one spot left for a transfer!
Ugh! This feels like an uphill battle. I don't intend to quit, and I am going to keep going with what I scheduled myself to take, but it just feels so frustrating to know what my odds are!