Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing may have the option to join a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program at their school or a nearby partner school. Participating nursing students can apply for full tuition coverage in exchange for being commissioned into the Navy Nurse Corps upon graduation. This article describes the specifics of a few of the country's NROTC nursing programs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-state Tuition (2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Marquette University||4-year, Private||Milwaukee, WI||$39,900||Full scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|Catholic University of America||4-year, Private||Washington D.C.||$44,060||Full scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
|Belmont University||4-year, Private||Nashville, TN||$32,820||2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships|
|Northeastern University||4-year, Private||Boston, MA||$49,497||Full scholarships and fifth-year benefits|
|The University of Texas at Austin||4-year, Public||Austin, TX||$10,398||Full scholarships and/or monthly stipend|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Overview of Navy ROTC Nursing Colleges
Alongside their nursing degree requirements, midshipmen will participate in physical fitness and leadership training and take several Naval Science courses, all designed to prepare them for future careers in the Navy Nurse Corps. Some schools are home to both a nursing school and an NROTC program, and others are in cross-town partnerships to offer their nursing students a chance to join the NROTC of a nearby school. Below is more information on some participating schools.
Nursing students at Marquette University get to take advantage of numerous learning resources and a vibrant city culture. One such resource is the school's Healthcare Center for Clinical Simulation that provides a realistic environment for practicing clinical skills. Nursing students who receive a Navy scholarship are supported for all four years of study and earn a commission into the Navy Nurse Corps upon graduation. NROTC nursing students participate in training and physical fitness once per week during the academic year. They also partake in two summers of training at a Navy hospital and on a Navy ship to apply their new nursing skills and learn the basics of the Navy Nurse Corps. Marquette's Navy Nurse Corps Club is open to all NROTC nursing students and focuses on professional development for future commissioned officers.
Catholic University of America
Catholic University is a small university in Washington D.C. whose nursing program is guided by a focus on clinical skills, building relationships, and serving underserved populations. The school is in a cross-town agreement with George Washington University as part of the five-school D.C. ROTC consortium. Catholic University nursing midshipmen do all of their nursing coursework and extracurricular activities on their own campus, but commute to George Washington to participate in NROTC activities. These activities include weekly Naval Science classes and professional seminars. Catholic University nursing students are eligible to compete for full Navy scholarships, which include a monthly living stipend.
Belmont University is a small liberal arts school on a picturesque campus just two miles from Nashville, TN. Belmont students can join the Navy ROTC program at Vanderbilt University, and nursing students can apply for full Navy scholarships to support their studies in exchange for four years of active duty service and four years of inactive reserve duty with the Navy Nurse Corps. Students can also participate in the NROTC for up to two years before making a final commitment to be commissioned. The goal of Belmont's NROTC nursing program is to build on the school's reputation of academic excellence with military and leadership education. The experience-building events organized by the program, including Naval Science laboratories and summer training programs, prepare students to be the best leaders possible in the careers they pursue upon graduation.
Northeastern University's bachelor's degree program in nursing is unique in that it typically takes five years of full-time study to complete. This is because of the university's commitment to experiential learning, so the typical nursing curriculum includes cooperative educational experiences working in clinical settings. Students in the nursing program still have the opportunity to participate in the Navy ROTC program at Boston University, despite the unique schedule. Nursing students accepted into NROTC will spend approximately six to eight hours per week at Boston University, doing classes, lab work, and physical fitness. Nursing students who receive a full Navy scholarship to pursue their studies will also be covered in their final year by the Navy's 'Fifth Year Benefits' package.
The University of Texas at Austin
This large, public university is home to a small NROTC battalion of approximately 60 members. The relatively small size of the unit helps foster an environment of social interaction between midshipmen and the staff and ensure that staff are able to become personally involved in the professional development of each student. NROTC nursing students at the University of Texas at Austin are integrated into the general NROTC activities and prepared to be commissioned as Ensigns into the Navy Nurse Corps. In addition to on-campus military leadership development, students partake in summer training programs aboard ships or submarines to get a hands-on taste of Navy life.