Nurses can take advantage of military spouse education benefits. Earn an advanced degree, to make the most of a nursing career. Below are a number of top schools.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-State Tuition (2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of Texas - Tyler||Public, 4-year||Tyler, TX||$7,822||In-state tuition for military and family|
|Colorado Technical University - Denver||Private for-profit, 4-year||Aurora, CO||$9,934||National Military Association nursing scholarships|
|Ohio State University||Public, 4-year||Columbus, OH||$10,592||In-state tuition for military, veterans and family|
|Saint Xavier University||Private not-for-profit, 4-year||Chicago, IL||$33,380||Spousal benefits for veterans|
|University of South Carolina||Public, 4-year||Columbia, SC||$11,862||Spousal benefits for military and veterans|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Military Spouses Online Nursing Programs
These schools offer a range of options for online nursing programs. There are graduate programs as well as bachelor's degrees, including programs to earn a degree fast, or others that are flexible and let students proceed at their own pace. These schools are military-friendly and allow spouses to take advantage of government or other veteran benefits.
University of Texas - Tyler
This university offers the RN-BSN degree, which stands for registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing. The entire degree can be completed online without any classroom time. This degree can be completed in twelve months with intensive study. Students can also take their time and move at their own pace. This program is designed for those already working as nurses, hence the ability to forego clinical experience. This online school has a highly respected Masters in Nursing program according to U.S. News & World Report in 2018.
University of Texas offers in-state tuition to qualifying veterans, spouses, and dependents through the Hazelwood Act. This school also recognizes other military benefits for which spouses qualify.
Colorado Technical University - Denver
At CTU, the bachelor of science nursing program (RN to BSN) can be completed in just nine months; although, it is also flexible and students can take more time. Attending this school will allow nurses to care for complex needs of patients and to lead other nurses.
This school recognizes military benefit programs, including spouse benefits like the National Military Association nursing scholarships for military spouses.
Ohio State University
For nurses working with an associate's degree or diploma, one of the best ways to improve opportunity and income is to enroll in an RN to BSN program. Ohio State University offers a program that is highly ranked, and it made the US News and World Report List of Best Online Programs 2018. The school offers flexibility, personalized attention, and high-quality, while following Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) procedures. The program is fully accredited and has small classes.
The Office of Military and Veterans Services can help students to arrange for their financial benefits. This office will manage and coordinate all of the necessary records for students involved with military benefits. It is also the best point of contact for military spouses to arrange for academic advice, counseling, and disability assistance.
Saint Xavier University
This school offers the bachelor's degree in nursing to registered nurses through an online program. The Saint Xavier degree is available to licensed nurses who have completed an associate's degree in nursing. The program allows nurses the flexibility to work from home, on their own time and at their own convenience. The classes are offered in seven-week blocks and can be finished in four or five semesters. The entire course can be completed online, without any classroom or clinical work.
Saint Xavier also offers three master's in nursing: MSN clinical leadership, MSN executive leadership, and MSN nurse educator. The school accepts military spouse benefits and will coordinate the process.
University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina describes its offering as an 'interdisciplinary program.' It is taught online one-hundred percent. This is an RN-BSN course with an emphasis on leadership and knowledge. The course focuses on professionalism, healthcare informatics, and critical thinking. This is regarded as a professional level course, to educate leaders and those who plan to pursue one of this school's many nursing graduate programs.
This is a public university which accepts military spouse benefits. The registrar will handle veterans' education benefits, as well as spousal benefits.