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What is the best college to go to if I want to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, pediatric surgeon, or pedatrician?

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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters

Pick a summer during college to self study for the MCAT or take a MCAT prep course.

Take the MCAT and apply to medical school. You will be invited to on-location interviews to choose a school.

Next, four years of medical school. And the application process starts over for residency. At this point you need to decide whether you want to do a pediatrics residency or do general surgery in preparation for pediatric surgery.
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Dr. Valerie’s Answer

The answer to this is complicated because the education is different for these three professions. Your best course is to do well in High School, achieving the best grades possible. Grades alone do not get you accepted into college, however. It is about your overall character—what clubs or sports you are in, do you take on leadership roles, what you accomplish, volunteer activities, etc.

For each of these professions you will need a baccalaureate degree (4-yr degree). These professions are highly science oriented, so your job is to learn the foundation. Don't just get good grades, really understand your courses and let the knowledge build on each other.

You will look for accredited schools. You should also look to see the school’s graduation success rate and licensure exam success rate.

You can get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and then begin practicing as a nurse to hone your clinical skill set. When you are ready you will need to go to graduate school for either a Masters degree or Doctorate of Nursing Practice to achieve Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

I cannot speak to Medical School except that it is a 4-year graduate school after earning a baccalaureate degree. Then you will need to match to a residency for pediatrics.
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Rachel’s Answer

I would say go to any reasonably respected 4 year university and major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. I majored in Spanish literature and had no trouble with my med school applications. You do need to complete the pre-med requirements that vary from school to school. As stated above, these include at least a year of biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry. Your junior year, you will need to take an MCAT study course prior to taking the MCAT. With a solid GPA and MCAT score, you should be a competitive applicant.
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