What will I have to major in if I want to become a neonatal nurse?


David H. Nguyen, Education Consultant, College Lecturer, PhD

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Neonatal nurse training is usually offered at the master’s degree level, meaning you will have to take the prerequisite college courses before applying to graduate school. Like other post-undergraduate medical degrees, what is important is not the undergraduate major, but the completion of prerequisite courses, such as general biology, physiology, microbiology, psychology, neurobiology, and biochemistry. You should look into the specific requirements of each school that interests you. Also, graduate medical programs often require a certain number of volunteer hours at hospitals and clinics before you apply.

Michael Schoch, Answers questions on Noodle

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Here's a webpage that outlines the course and certification requirements for becoming a neonatal nurse practitioner. Specifically, you will have to become a registered nurse (RN) with a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This is the education requirement for the job; you may have to complete additional training, or gain clinical experience before actually working as a nurse.

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