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How many years of nursing school do you need to complete before becoming a pediatrician?

I am a 17 year old girl starting my senior year of high school . When I graduate I wand to go to college to study in the nursing field to one day become a pediatrician. #pediatrics

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Lacee’s Answer

Hi Patricia! I am assuming (but could be wrong) that you are meaning you want to be a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) that practices in Pediatrics? If so, what a great field to enter into. A FNP does require a masters degree meaning you would complete either your AS in Nursing or BS in Nursing and then you would go to graduate school for your FNP. Assuming you go straight through to your BS in Nursing and then to graduate school, you are looking at around 6 years or so of school.

I obtained my AS in Nursing then went back for my BS in Nursing and then went to graduate school for my Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Although a different focus than your plans, I have found that nurses with masters degrees have great opportunities in the healthcare field.

Good luck in your endeavors!

Lacee recommends the following next steps:

Decide the path you want to take ie: ASN or BSN first
When you decide on the school, be sure they have pediatric rotations for clinicals

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Will’s Answer

If you want to be a pediatrician, it would take 4 years of college + 4 years of medical school + 3 years of pediatrics residency.