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I will answer this for an RN. It would depend on the school you are attending. Usually you have 2 years of pre-requisit classes then 2 years of a dedicated nursing program for a total of 4 years to get your associates degree in nursing or 5-6 years for your BSN. Then once you are hired in the NICU you will get specialized training just for sick or premature babies. This usually takes about 6 months before you take your test to get your certification as a NICU nurse.

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There are three options to become a registered nurse as follows.

  • diploma program (typically three years, not recommended for individuals who do not have an already existing degree)
  • associate degree (two years as a full-time student once the student starts the professional phase of the program)
  • bachelor's degree (BSN) (four years as a full-time student)

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