An obstetrician typically needs at least eight years of college education and four years of residency training to get licensed. The college requirement includes a four-year bachelor's degree along with four years of medical school. Undergraduate degrees vary, but a student typically needs to demonstrate strong academic performance.
In addition to grades, research experience and a satisfactory score on the Medical College Admission Test are required for medical school admission. During medical school, a student normally completes clinical rotations in addition to traditional classroom work. Residency training prepares the graduate for specialty work in obstetrics. Training emphasizes preventative care, obstetrics, gynecology and ultrasonography.