The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides an opportunity for
college nursing students to receive practical hands-on leadership
experience. The courses provide a chance
for students to develop management, communication and decision-making skills in
a non-threatening environment. Physical
training and confidence-building activities (e.g., rappelling and obstacle
courses) also provide a chance for students to be physically and mentally
Students who are interested in
obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited university
or college [Widener University] may enroll in ROTC. Students may enroll as a freshman, sophomore,
or as late as an entering college junior.
More than 450 colleges and universities offer both a BSN and access to
Army ROTC. Upon completion of the
program, students are commissioned as officers in the United States Army.
CDT Dan Antinucci practices inserting IVs on the virtual IV machine.
Cadets participate in team-building exercises at a Field Training Exercise
Scholarship Students: 2, 3 and 4 year scholarships are available to nursing students going to
schools affiliated with ROTC programs.
All scholarships provide:
- Tuition/fees: Full tuition
- Books: $1,200 per year
- Additional reimbursement for required nursing uniforms, equipment, and
- Monthly tax-free stipend during the school year (freshman-$300/month, sophomore-$350/month,
- University incentives: Some schools offer additional incentives for
scholarship winners (e.g., free room and board, out-of-state tuition waivers,
offers free room and board—an $11,300 value]
Criteria for Scholarships:
- United States Citizenship
- High School Graduate with a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Minimum SAT of 920 or ACT of 19
- Physically fit and medically qualified
- Under 31 years of age on 31 December of the commission/graduation year
- Good moral character
Non-Scholarship Students: Students can participate in ROTC as a non-scholarship contracted cadet
and receive the monthly stipend during the junior and senior years.
Training Program (NSTP)
NSTP is a clinical elective conducted the summer between your junior and
senior year. There are several Army hospitals in the United
States, Hawaii and Germany that
are NSTP sites. During NSTP you will receive experience under the direct
supervision of a preceptor -- an Army Nurse Corps officer who works with you one-on-one. You will be introduced to the roles,
responsibilities and expectations of a new officer in the Army Nurse Corps
while gaining progressive experience and leadership opportunities in a clinical
What happens after
You will be commissioned as a 2nd
Lieutenant in the United States Army. After
you pass the NCLEX, you will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) at
Fort Sam Houston, Texas prior to reporting to your first assignment. At BOLC (9
weeks), you will study basic army knowledge and the functioning of an army
unit. Your first assignment, which is
determined by evaluating college performance, ROTC standing, and personal
preferences, can be one of the nine major Army Medical Centers in the continental
United States, Hawaii, or Germany.
Once you have completed the Army Nurse
Residency Program and have worked for one year on Active duty, you are eligible
to attend a clinical specialty course of your choice. Currently, the course choices are: Perioperative Nursing, Critical Care Nursing,
Obstetrical and Gynecological Nursing, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing,
Emergency Nursing, and Public Health Nursing. You also have the opportunity, as
a member of the Army Nurse Corps, to apply for fully funded Masters Degree
programs, such as Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner,
Nurse Midwife, Anesthesia Nursing, MSN/Clinical Nurse Specialist, and the
Baylor Health Care Administration Program.
Scholarship Recipients: The total service obligation is eight years,
of which the first four are active duty.
At the completion of the first four years, the remaining four years may be
completed on active duty, in an Army Reserve (drilling) unit, or in the
Individual Ready Reserve (non-drilling).
Non-scholarship Recipients: The total service obligation is eight years.
The active duty service commitment will be 3 years. At the completion of the first three years,
one may elect to continue on active duty or enter the Army Reserves/IRR for the
remaining five years.
Year Scholarship Applications: Applications are available online at http://www.armyrotc.com, or to receive a copy by mail call
Two and Three Year Scholarship Applications: Normally completed by college freshmen and sophomores. Applications are available at the Army ROTC or
Military Science Department on your university or college campus
[Major Keith Karbel, (610) 490-7035, firstname.lastname@example.org].
CDT Meghan Barrett went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC for the Nurse Summer Training Program
Army ROTC Nurses in front of Old Main