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How many year in college does it take to become and allergist?

My dream job I always wanted is to become an allergist but I would like to know how long the schooling would take. #doctor #allergist #college

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Michael’s Answer

This is what I found.

It will give you far more that this space allows.

Short answer - 8-12 years

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Maiya:

Allergists are physicians who specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of allergies and immunodeficiency disorders, such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and hay fever. The American Board of Allergy and Immunology is the medical specialty board responsible for setting, maintaining and verifying the education requirements of allergists working in the United States.


Allergist education requirements are the same as any physician: a bachelor's degree and successful completion of medical school. This usually involves four years of undergraduate study and four years of medical school. The Princeton Review notes that pre-med students of the past almost always earned degrees in biology, chemistry or physics, whereas today's medical schools are more open to consideration of students with other undergraduate majors.

• College Bachelor's Degree (4 years)
• Medical School (4 years)
• Residency (2 years)
• Specialty Training / Fellowship (2 years)
Total Years = 10-12 yrs

Top grades and test scores, along with extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service, are essential. Colleges for allergists are any accredited institutions that provide undergraduate and medical education to aspiring physicians.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology specifies that all candidates must first complete a two year residency in internal medicine, pediatrics or both. Once the residency is completed, fulfillment of further allergist education requirements are completed in the form of two additional years of specialty training in an allergy/immunology fellowship. I hope this was helpful. Best of luck to you!

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Chauntia’s Answer


Shelia Jordan provided you with some great information. She's correct about the requirements are the same just like any other physician: attend a university or 4-year college. Then, go to a medical college, which is an additional 4 years. Plus, you get to do a residency in internal medicine or pediatrics for 2 years. For example, my friend went to Morehouse School of Medicine. Then, she attended Medical College of Georgia to complete a fellowship in allergy and immunology. You'll also have to pass a state licensing exam. I'd say it take 8-10 years, depending on you. You can truly finish in 8 years. Stay focused on your goals.

It will all be worth it! You'll get to help many people like myself who suffered from allergies and asthma. You'll make a good living and have such a rewarding career! Good luck!

This is all about being an allergist.