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I have a BS in biology and my first choice was to go to medical school but now I'm strongly thinking about going into nurse anesthetist or NP in gynecology. I want to know how to even begin doing that and how long it'll take. Right now I'm taking post grad courses in microbiology and immunology.

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Caroline:

You would have to take nursing as a major and begin with a degree in nursing. You have much of the general education done and would only have to take the nursing core. From there you would work in a hospital setting and gain experience in nursing as you move toward getting into a Masters level Anesthesia program or NP/midwifery program.

I would work towards ICU if you decide on anesthesia or to Labor and Delivery if you decide on nurse midwifery. They are pushing to make these fields the doctorate degree level soon. So I am not sure if going this route is the way. Might as well go to medical school since you are at this point in your education.

http://www.aana.com/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.allnursingschools.com/nursing-careers/nurse-anesthetist/registered-nu

http://nursing.ucsf.edu/programs/specialties/nurse-midwifery-women-s-health-nurs

http://www.discovernursing.com/specialty/certified-nurse-midwife#.UL0kYYZ7OAY

Good Luck!

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