Becoming a neurologist requires both a bachelor’s degree and a medical degree. Aspiring neurologists must also pass the United States Medical Licensing exam and complete both an internship and a residency program.
A bachelor’s degree is the first requirement to become a neurologist. Although no specific undergraduate degree is necessary to become a neurologist, concentrations in biology, chemistry or pre-med are typically useful. Aspiring neurologists must also earn a Doctor of Medicine degree, which typically takes four years.
After earning a medical degree, neurologists must pass the USMLE. Many internships and residency programs require USMLE scores for admission. An internship typically lasts one year, teaching neurologists the basics of on-the-job practices. A residency is generally three years and includes patient rounds and clinical case studies.