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What high school courses do I need to take to become a Neonatal Nurse.

I am a 8th grader wanting to become a Neonatal Nurse. I want to do this job because I love babies. I am wanting to know what High School classes I need to take to become this.

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Laura’s Answer

That is great that you are thinking ahead Alexis. I knew in 8<sup>th</sup> grade as well that I wanted to be a nurse.

I agree with Jennifer. Definitely take Chemistry, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology if your school has that; college prep or advanced level classes if you can. If your high school offers any advanced level classes that you could test for college credit in those areas, I would recommend doing that in your Junior/Senior years if the credits will transfer to your chosen college. In high school, see if your guidance office has any info on shadowing a nurse at your local hospital or becoming a volunteer to get a peek around and see if nursing still seems interesting. 

Good Luck!

Laura recommends the following next steps:

Consider volunteering or see if guidance office has any info on shadowing a nurse
Think about what college you might like to go to. Commute from home or live on campus somewhere away from home.
Take college prep or advanced level science/math courses in HS. See if your HS offers any advanced level courses that offer college credit in your junior/senior year.
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Jennifer’s Answer

That's awesome that you want to get a head start in a career you're passionate about! Each school is different based on location and standardized curriculum, but overall, I suggest taking:

  1. Science and Math courses (Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, etc.), You will most likely need to take higher level math and science courses. If the high school offers advanced classes in math and science, you should look into that
  2. Foreign Language - this is important, as it helps you not only connect with people of different backgrounds, but help break language barriers with families you want/need to help as a Neonatal Nurse. Look at what the biggest language spoken in your community is (that isn't English) and see if that language class is offered
  3. English - communication, whether oral or written, is a must.

These are ones I recommend, but also see what the high school offers once you get there. Getting trained for First aid and CPR is another important skill as a future Neonatal Nurse.




Jennifer recommends the following next steps:

Once you get to high school, see what resources and opportunities you community offers - volunteering at hospitals, additional certificates in the health field. Check with your school now to see if there are opportunities for you before going to high school. Hope this helps!
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