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Army ROTC Nurse Program Overview

Are you interested in pursuing a nursing career in the military?

  • You will receive direct, hands-on experience in ROTC training and you will be given significant responsibilities early in your nursing career, teaching you to become a leader in your profession.
  • Your professional experience and judgment will be the driving force behind leading your nursing team to provide full-spectrum patient care. Your performance will also determine your advancement in this career path.
  • As a professional in the Army, you will be able to understand the special needs and concerns of soldiers in the military, enabling you to serve them better.
  • You will be able to specialize in areas such as critical care, operating room, OB/GYN, psychiatric and mental health, Army public health and emergency room medicine.
  • You will have opportunities to attend graduate school for an advanced degree in nursing practice, family nursing or psychiatric nursing.

The Missouri State nursing program holds four dedicated slots for veterans or ROTC cadets who meet minimum nursing admission requirements.

Financial assistance

The Army ROTC offers many forms of financial assistance to students pursuing medicine in the Army. This assistance can take the form of scholarships to cover tuition and book costs as well as a monthly stipend.

Service obligation

Scholarship recipients incur an eight-year service obligation (of which the first four years are active duty).  At the completion of the first four years, you may elect to continue on active duty or enter the Army Reserves for the remaining four years. Non-scholarship recipients also incur an eight year obligation, but the active duty commitment is only three years.  At the completion of the first three years, you may elect to continue on active duty or enter the Army Reserves for the remaining five years.

Nurse Summer Internship Program (NSTP)

This internship program is a paid, three-to-four week optional clinical elective between your junior and senior year. This elective is conducted at 10 U.S. Army hospitals in the United States, Germany and Hawaii. During the NSTP clinical elective, you will be introduced to the roles, responsibilities and expectations of a new officer in the Army Nurse Corps. NTSP also provides progressive experience and leadership opportunities in a clinical setting while working side-by-side with an Army nurse. Regular coaching sessions enhance your progress while providing you with valuable feedback.

Graduate education

Two-year, ROTC nursing scholarships are available for current registered nurses seeking a graduate degree in specific nursing specialties. To obtain information about the approved areas of study and ROTC opportunities, contact our enrollment and scholarship officer or visit the Army Nurse Corps website.