Wondering how you’re going to pay for nursing school? You might consider doing what more than 20,000 of your peers have chosen: joining the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).
If you qualify for an Army ROTC scholarship, which is based on merit and grades, not financial need, you could receive a two-, three- or four-year option based on how long you still have to complete your degree. Scholarships can cover full tuition, or you could choose to cover room and board in place of tuition, if you qualify. There may also be additional allowances for books and fees.
Scholarship recipients agree to an eight-year commitment of service with the U.S. Army. This can be full-time active duty for four years, with the rest in the Individual Ready Reserve, or you may have the chance to serve part-time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
Army ROTC graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants. Approximately 60 percent of the Second Lieutenants who join the active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard come through the ROTC program.
As a nurse, you may be eligible for an sign-on bonus of up to $30,000. There is also a program that lets you qualify for up to $120,000 to repay your nursing school loans.
Areas of concentration you can choose from as a member of the Army Nurse Corps include:
- Army Public Health Nurse
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
- Critical Care Nurse
- Emergency Room Nurse
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Medical-Surgical Nurse
- OB/GYN Nurse
- Perioperative Nurse
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse
- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
The Army Nurse Corps practices a holistic nursing philosophy. Army nurses are officers who can identify with their fellow soldiers. They lead teams that organize multidisciplinary resources for patients and their families, helping them with inpatient, outpatient and home care.
To learn more, visit GoArmy.com or call your local Army recruiting office.