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How long will it take to become a pediatrician or neonatal nurse?

I want to know how long I will get to study about what i want to be until I actually become what I want to be. #college #medicine #student #pre-med

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Naiara’s Answer

Hi there! It takes 11 years of school/training to become a pediatrician: you must complete 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and then 3 years of residency training in pediatrics. If it is a field you are truly interested in, these years will go by super fast. Being a doctor is a very exciting and rewarding career :)

Wow, that's a lot of school! Maybe I should just look more into nursing, then...........lol Angelina P.

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Rachel’s Answer

Pediatrics 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 pediatrics 3 year residency.

This equals 11 years of school after high school.

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Richard’s Answer

To become a pediatrician:
4 years of college
4 years of medical school
3 years of pediatrics residency

Nursing is usually a 4 year university degree