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What is all the schooling to become a trauma surgeon or nurse?

I am a junior in high school and I am really interested in medicine but, I am not quite sure how much schooling there is?

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Teresa’s Answer

Hi Christy-
If you would like to become a surgeon, you would first need to become a medical doctor. To be a nurse in surgery, it would require much less education. Most nursing schools are 4 year programs and you get a Bachelor's Degree when you complete your education- However, there are still a few other programs with associates degrees - they only take 2 years, but it may be more difficult to find a position without a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. (BSN)
Surgery is a great place to work and very fascinating. You would need to get specialized training to work in surgery, but nurses who work there seem to really love it! I wish you the best in your pursuit!

Teresa Bentley, RN NICU Nurse Manager

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Carol’s Answer

To become a doctor would require that you go to a four year college followed by four years of medical school. You then would do a residency in surgery which is usually 6 years followed by a fellowship in trauma surgery which probably is another 3 years.
To become a nurse in a trauma OR you would need a four year BSN program followed by a OR training program and then a certificate as an OR nurse. This is probably a 3 year program and then you could specialize in trauma.

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