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How long does it take to finish medical school?

I am a junior in high school trying to figure out what i want to do after i graduate and i feel like since i like helping people health wise i should be a nurse or a doctor.

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Estelle’s Answer

In general, college takes 4 years then medical school takes another 4 years. After that, you need to complete a residency program, but you will receive a salary during those years as a physician in training.

Getting into medical school is about dedication and effort. If you can do well in college, you will be really well prepared for medical school. In the US, to apply to medical school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for medical school. At the medical school I attended, the average GPA is reported to be 3.85, so even one or two B's can hurt your chances of acceptance.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters


During college study for and complete the MCAT. Apply to medical schools during your last year of college.

Medical school takes 4 years to complete.

After medical school physicians complete a residency for additional training. These can last 3-6 years and are sometimes followed by an additional year or two of fellowship subspecialty training.

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Roland’s Answer

Hi! After you graduate high school, you'll attend an undergraduate college for 4 years to finish your bachelors and complete the pre-medicine requirements. You'll then apply to med school which is also typically 4 years, as well as complete a residency which can last 3-7 years. Some people also consider fellowship after residency, though this is not required to finish medical school. The entire process after high school to become a doctor will take at least 10 years.

To become a nurse, you won't have to go to medical school. You can aim to attend an undergraduate nursing program, which is 4 years, to become a nurse.
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