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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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.
Dr. Valerie’s Answer
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.