It is to my understanding......

  1. That inorder to become a pediatrician, u have to go to college 4yrs taking up anything..then after that go straight to college for medicine, then after that do 7yrs residency so all together it is 14yrs of trying to reach this goal? Does anyone exactly know how hard is medicine school..i mean can anyone give me an example of what is learned there....Please help me out...this is becoming really stressful thinking of all the work i have ahead of me!
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  3. by   kids
    the amount of time and work sounds about right to be a doctor...

    on the other hand Pediatric Nurse Practitioner can ce done in about half the time...and many Med schools that have a Nursing program offer a straight thru ADN to Masters program.

    (am sort of considering doing it for the PNP)
  4. by   Cs Jinx
    So inorder to become a P.N.P I have to start off as an LPN then RN to PNP is that correct, it's that i'm sorta scared.. so far all the post i have seen someone is always talking about how hard it is ..... is it really?:stone
  5. by   memphispanda
    Originally posted by Cs Jinx
    So inorder to become a P.N.P I have to start off as an LPN then RN to PNP is that correct, it's that i'm sorta scared.. so far all the post i have seen someone is always talking about how hard it is ..... is it really?:stone
    If it was easy, everyone would do it. Nursing school is hard. It goes up from there (at least that's what I hear).
  6. by   bergren
    You do not need to be an LPN or an ADN to become a PNP. I am sure some people go that route, but it will increase the number of years you are in school. The fastest way is to get your BSN and then go to a masters degree programs that has a PNP Program. This is a link to NAPNAP - the professional organization for Nurse Practioners. It tells you he entry requirements for many of the PNP progams. http://www.napnap.org/education/pnpprograms/progs4.html
  7. by   2banurse
    As bergren states, you need your BSN to progress to the masters and PNP, but you can do your ADN then get your BSN. The advantage there is getting some work experience. It all depends on how motivated you are.

    Kris
  8. by   Cs Jinx
    I am really motivated...but just really scared, Like whats hard about going to school for nursing? Can someone please point out the courses they find hard so that in my spare time I can go to a class and particiapte just to try and learn a little bit...before i really do actually attend it!
  9. by   prmenrs
    Pediatrics is a shorter residency, I think, it depends on if you do a fellowship in a specialty. The program I'm familiar w/has a 3yr residency. Fellowships are varying lengths, too, neonatology is another 3 years.

    It is a MAJOR committment.
  10. by   IRISHBREAD
    chemistry and math i hate but in the end taking care of children is the best reward in the world
  11. by   Dublin37
    OK, this is what I know to be the fastest way:
    Get RN program done (ADN) 3 or 4 years with lots of practical experience. Go into a BSN to MSN (PNP) program 2 years. Total years, only 6 years! You have to find a university that has a ADN to MSN program. (you'll get your BSN and PNP in two years as long as pre-req's are done which you can complete as part as your ADN) Heather
    Last edit by Dublin37 on Apr 7, '03
  12. by   Disablednurse
    A lot of people go from LPN to ADN to BSN because of money issues. GEt their LPN so that they can work and pay bills while they become the ADN, etc. If you are able to go to a 4year college and get your BSN without the other two first, go for it. If your parents are willing and able to send you to a 4 year college for nursing school, jump on it. It will make it so much easier on you. Just not everyone is able to do that. I am so proud for anyone that does not have to go thru the ranks.
  13. by   Eli
    What kind of colleges are good for becoming a pediatrician?

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