Army ROTC Nursing program

If youíre considering an undergraduate Nursing degree, joining Army ROTC can enhance your leadership skills and critical-thinking abilities while providing financial support to help make your professional goals a reality.
 
Being a Nurse in the Army provides you with opportunities not found in the civilian world. As an Army Nurse and Officer, you will have the respect of your peers and coworkers, as well as opportunities to train and serve in a variety of specialties. 

Financial Benefits 

Army ROTC can offer you unique nursing opportunities while receiving financial assistance for college. You will gain valuable leadership experience and management training that can benefit you in either a military or private-sector nursing career.
 
Scholarship Students: There are 2-year, 3-year, and 4-year scholarships available to nursing students that provide:

  • Tuition: Up to $10,000 for a low-cost university and up to $20,000 for a high-cost university.
  • Textbook and Lab Fees: $900 per year.
  • Monthly Stipend: $250-$400 based on academic standing, during the school year, tax-free.

Non-scholarship Students: Students not on scholarship are eligible to receive the tax-free stipend once contracted. They are also eligible to receive a commission in the Army Nurse Corps. 

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be 17 years of age within the first semester of your freshman year, and must not reach your 31st birthday by 31 December of the year in which you will graduate from college and receive your commission.
  • Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalent certificate before September of the year you will enter college. If you are taking or have taken college courses, you must be considered a beginning freshman and have 4 academic years remaining for a baccalaureate degree upon enrollment in the fall of the year you will enter college.
  • If you are in an accelerated program and will complete your senior year of high school and first year of college concurrently - you must have 4 academic years remaining in an approved baccalaureate degree program upon enrollment in the fall.
  • If you are a college freshman in a documented five year program with 4 years remaining in fall, you must submit verification from your university that your course of study is a five year program and that you will have four full years remaining. Contact the ROTC Department at your university for a copy of a planned academic program worksheet.
  • Have no moral obligations or personal conviction that will prevent you from: supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies - foreign and domestic and conscientiously bearing arms.
  • Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5.
  • Receive at least a minimum SAT score of 920 or an ACT composite score of 19.
  • All scholarship applicants' physical ability must be assessed. We will request that your guidance counselor arrange for you to take the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Test. The required information will be sent directly to your high school.
  • Contact the Nursing Department of university for Nursing Department eligibility requirements. 

Studentís Responsibility 

  • No military obligation for taking the class during your freshman and sophomore year, without a scholarship.
  • Attend a university/college at an accredited BSN (or MSN) program.
  • Attend a minimum of 2 years of ROTC classes and complete all requirements.
  • Attend and successfully complete Leadership Development and Assessment Course.
  • Receive a bachelor of science in Nursing and pass the nursing state board examination. 

Summer Training Programs 

Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC): Every Army ROTC cadet who enters into the ROTC Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It's a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP): Army ROTC Nurse Cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience. The paid, three-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany.

The program introduces you to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps Officer, you will obtain hands-on experience. Your one-on-one clinical experience will allow you to hone your clinical skills, develop your problem-solving techniques and become comfortable with developing your professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.

Military Service Obligation

An individual incurs no military obligation by applying for, or the initial acceptance of a scholarship. An obligation occurs only at the time that the military begins paying for a studentís education.

After a nursing student receives a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps, they will attend the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, followed by a clinical assignment as an Army Nurse. After one year you will have the opportunity to attend a clinical specialty course in one of the following areas: obstetrical/gynecological nursing, critical care nursing, preoperative nursing, psychiatric-mental health nursing, community health nursing, and emergency nursing.

The commitment to the military includes a period of service for 8 years. This may be fulfilled by serving on active duty, if selected, for 4 years followed by service in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or United States Army Reserve (USAR) or the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for the remainder of the 8-year obligation. Or by serving 8 years in an ARNG or USAR Troop Program Unit which includes a 3 to 6 month active duty period for initial training. The Inactive Ready Reserves requires only that your name be placed on a roster for call-up in a national emergency. 

Scholarship Application Procedure 

It is your responsibility - not your high school counselor's - to ensure that your application is complete and returned to:
 
Headquarters
U.S. Army Cadet Command
ATTN: ATCC-OP-I-S
55 Patch Road, Building 56
Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1052
 
Applications must be postmarked by January 1 to be considered for a scholarship. The majority of applications are completed electronically. Visit our web site at www.armyrotc.com if you prefer electronic submission. Most schools are conducting interviews and order-of-merit boards and will likely offer most of their four-year scholarships by mid-February.  

  • First Round Scholarship Offers: Notification letters are sent 1 Nov
  • Second Round Scholarship Offers: Notification letters are sent 1 Apr
  • Third Round Scholarship Offers: Notification letters are sent 1 May 

Graduate Education Opportunities 

Two-year ROTC nursing scholarships are available for Registered Nurses obtaining a graduate degree in specific nursing specialties and for second degree students, with no nursing background, in an entry-level program that awards a master of science in nursing (MSN).   Regional Contact   Nurse Counselor Phone: 253-967-5383 Fax: 253-967-8527 tanya.foster(at)4rotc.lewis.army.mil