Nurses are one of the most highly respected professions in the Army. Our nurses directly impact America's largest branch of service through care, compassion, state of the art treatment, and an understanding and appreciation for the fact that they are a part of something much bigger than themselves.
The Colleges of Nursing at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Bradley University have been designated as Centers of Excellence by the Army! They received this due to their high NCLEX pass rates, curriculum, faculty/staff, etc.
Students who want to pursue a career in nursing with either a desire to serve in the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve are encouraged to speak with our current nursing students. Students must be accepted into the university's nursing program to be considered for the Army Nurse Corps upon commissioning. Army ROTC does not have it's own nursing program.
It is HIGHLY recommended that nursing students choose which component to serve in (Active Duty, Army Reserves, Army National Guard) based off of what specialty they would like to perform their nursing duties in. While Active Duty has the same specialty fields as the civilian sector for nurses, slots may be limited. It is advised then to commission into either the Army Reserves or Army National Guard allowing you to serve part time in the Army and work full time in the desired specialty field of the civilian sector.
Initially an Active Duty Nurse will start out as a Medical-Surgical Nurse for about 2 years, but after that there is a wide array of opportunities in the specialty fields listed below.
Army ROTC is flexible when it comes to class schedules and training requirements. The first two years of Army ROTC are not very demanding and can easily be taken with the required nursing courses. However, the third year of ROTC is designed to be the most intense year and requires the most involvement from the Cadets. The junior year is also when clinical time starts so nursing students often flip the Military Science II and III years so all of your attention can be focused on clinicals.
There are a total of 21 credit hours required for the Military Science (MS) Department. Below are the 18 required Military Science credit hours with the remaining 3 credit hours coming from one of the military history courses. Please refer to the "Forms and Documents" page for required course listings by school.
Summer between MS III and MS II years (this allows for Nurses Summer Training Program (NSTP) the following summer)
Summer between MS II and MS IV years. Offered at ten locations in the continental United States along with Germany and Hawaii.
Nursing students may compete for an Army Nurse Scholarship (commitment to the Army must be made upon acceptance of the scholarship). All Nursing scholarships cover the following benefits:
*Commitment to the Army ROTC program must be made upon acceptance of the tuition waiver. Commitment to the program is only for the semester it was awarded in.
In 1976, a group of retired Army Nurse Corps (ANC) officers expressed their desire to continue the camaraderie and close ties of the ANC in retired life and to establish a means of communication by, for and about Army Nurses. The Retired Army Nurse Corps Association (RANCA) emerged and was incorporated in 1977. In 2000, the name was changed to the Army Nurse Corps Association (ANCA) to better reflect the membership composition.
Membership is comprised of ANC officers from the Active Army, Army National Guard, or the Army Reserve. They may be currently serving, retired, or honorably discharged.
In accordance with their stated purpose, the association promotes literary, educational, research, charitable and artistic endeavors. One of the programs is the Army Nurse Corps Association Scholarship Program. All funds to support the scholarship program are contributed or bequeathed to the ANCA Educational Fund by members.
The purpose of the program is to provide $3,000.00 scholarships to nursing students who are U.S. citizens enrolled in colleges and universities, hereafter referred to as schools, with accredited baccalaureate and graduate nursing/nurse anesthesia programs. These programs may include AD to BSN, BSN accelerated nursing degree, nursing anesthesia, master's and doctoral programs.