Nursing is a great choice for a member of the service looking to get into a civilian career; it pays well, job growth is high, and it's a job helping others much like time in the armed forces. Because a service member or vet's day can be packed with military duties, an online program is a good way to get an education without being available for classes regularly. If you're looking to get into a nursing career at a school that gives military assistance, we've compiled this list of five different online nursing programs at military-friendly schools.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state)*||Military-Friendly Programs Offered|
|Duke University||4-year, private||Durham, NC||$51,265||Tuition assistance for active duty enrolled in nursing program, advisors from each branch of the military|
|Ohio State University||4-year, public||Columbus, OH||$10,037||Free veteran and ROTC tutoring, office for disability service|
|University of Cincinnati||4-year, public||Cincinnati, OH||$11,000||VITAL veterans program|
|University of Nevada - Las Vegas||4-year, public||Las Vegas, NV||$7,183||Alliance of Non-Traditional Students, career services|
|Georgia Southern University||4-year, public||Statesboro, GA||$6,273||Military and veteran student center|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Military-Friendly Online Nursing Schools
Veterans and service members have unique qualifications that help them join the fast-growing and lucrative field of nursing. For someone looking for a military-friendly school without a lot of time to attend classes, we've put together a list of five schools from across the nation known for strong online nursing programs, so there should be a good fit for anyone.
North Carolina's Duke University has a well-regarded nursing program, with many online course and degree options available. For a veteran looking to complete a graduate education and beyond, Duke offers its Master of Science (MS) in Nursing as distance-based program with a minimum of on-campus commitments, and even its Doctor of Nursing Practices (DNP) degree can be worked toward online. Duke also has options for active-duty military enrolled in either program to have their tuition defrayed, or possibly paid for entirely. The school also provides advisors, representing each branch of the service, to assist in a military student's needs while enrolled.
Ohio State University
The nursing program at Ohio State University (OSU) could be a good choice for a busy service member or veteran because they have the option to take any of the courses entirely online. A student could complete their entire nursing education, from undergrad to graduate to doctoral, online, so a student burdened with military duty would be able to work at their own pace. OSU also has programs to provide assistance to veterans and active-duty members. Services include free tutoring for vets and ROTC members, an Office for Disability Service proving treatment and support for veterans with conditions such as anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.
University of Cincinnati
For another option in the Ohio area with a strong online nursing program, University of Cincinnati (UC) offers many online degree options in the health field. A UC student could work toward a Bachelor of Science (BS) or MS in nursing, several different health profession certificates, or a DNP degree all through UC's online program. UC also provides support for its veterans. UC's Veterans InTegration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program offers medical and mental health assistance for vets, student veteran peer groups to help a veteran student make connections, and more.
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
For those on the west coast, the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) provides an online nursing program that may be closer to home. A student enrolled at UNLV has the chance to take many graduate and post-graduate courses entirely online, including an MS in nursing with an emphasis on nurse education, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or DNP in nursing, or a certificate in biobehavioral nursing. UNLV also offers their Alliance of Non-Traditional Students support group, which includes support for veterans and military families. The Alliance provides academic advising, resources and support for 'rebels' who don't fit into the traditional college student mold, and looks to provide a sense of community and togetherness to its members.
Georgia Southern University
Even with financial assistance, attending a prestigious university can be expensive. Georgia Southern University (GSU) offers inexpensive tuition, combined with a well-regarded online nursing program. A GSU student can work toward a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in nursing for online and blended education classes. The GSU campus also has a military and veteran student center for students to take advantage of. In the center, a vet or active service member will find a lounge and GSU's 'Team Eagle' military and veteran success network, which provides direction and advice to the school's military students.