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How long do nurses go to school? What are the differences between surgeons and nurses?


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Rachel’s Answer

General surgery is a great field requiring a medical doctorate. This means that you will have to complete college with a bachelor’s degree as well as all of the Pre-med requirements (1 year biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry). GPA should probably be 3.5 or better (preferably >3.8). You will also have to score well on the MCAT. Once accepted to medical school, as long as you pass your classes and perform reasonably well during your four years of medical training, you can apply for a general surgery 5 year residency. Following that, you will likely apply for a 1-3 year fellowship. This career path requires 14+ years of school after high school but is very fulfilling and challenging work.

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Frank’s Answer

For an Associate Degree in Nursing, expect to spend two tothree years in school before graduating; for a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, plan to spend four to five years.


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Richard’s Answer

Becoming a registered nurse requires a 4 year degree after high school.

Surgeons and nurses are both part of the patient care team. In general, the surgeon is responsible for making diagnoses and making the treatment plan including the option of performing a surgical procedure. Nurses perform the plan including administering medication and coordinating the various therapies.

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Amy’s Answer

I am not a Registered nurse but I am a Certified Medical Assistant. A CMA has similar roles but the schooling is different than that of a RN. I have a certification not a state license. I originally was enrolled in a Nursing program at a technical college. At that time to get an associate degree in Nursing it was a 2 year program. I completed my general classes (chemistry, A &P 1 and 2, microbiology and then took one semester of nursing. I decided to switch my degree and transferred into the Medical Assistant program. The MA program was an 18 month program. This was in the state of Wi. I believe it differs in each state. I love my job!

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