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Health Services

Medical Service Corps

Medical Service Corps Officers are essential in treating and helping the overall health of Soldiers and their families. They are also responsible for much of the medical research that takes place in the Army. From medical fields such as optometry and podiatry to laboratory sciences to behavioral sciences, the Army Medical Service Corps includes many areas of specialty.

Nurse Corps

Army Nurse Corps Officers lead diverse nursing teams in a variety of settings and provide holistic multi-disciplinary care for Soldiers and their families. Officers are leaders. All Army leaders require self-discipline, initiative, confidence, the ability to problem solve and make timely decisions.

Upon graduation from college with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, you will become part of an elite organization that protects the health of our nation's fighting forces.  It is a position of great responsibility, high expectations, learning and adventure.  You will immediately be given more responsibility, sooner and with greater authority than you would expect in the private sector.  You will refine the leadership skills you developed in ROTC as you serve your country.

Scholarship Program

In addition to the regular ROTC scholarship, if you receive an Army ROTC Nurse Scholarship you will recieve the following extra benefits:

  • NCLEX-RN review course fee paid
  • NCLEX-RN exam fee paid
  • Guaranteed nurse position upon graduation
  • Malpractice insurance paid
  • Immunizations paid
  • Nursing supplies paid
  • Uniforms paid

Specialty Courses

The Army offers six specialty areas of study to nurse officers:

  • Critical Care**
  • Perioperative**
  • Emergency Medicine
  • OB/GYN**
  • Community Health
  • Psych/Mental Health**

These courses are 16 weeks in length and are conducted in a combination of classroom and clinical settings.  Army Nurses must have a minimum of one year clinical experience prior to attending one of these schools.  All scholarship nurse cadets will automatically be eligible to apply for specialty training within the first 6-12 months on active duty and guaranteed a seat in one of the four specialty courses.  **The double starred items fall under the Army ROTC Course Guarantee Seat Assignment Program.

Educational Opportunities

The Army Nurse Corps encourages its nurses to improve their skills and enhance their professional experience through a variety of educational programs, including fully funded post-graduate opportunities, continuing education, and specialty courses.  Post-graduate fields include:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Informatics
  • Nurse Midwife

Guaranteed University of Kentucky Nursing School Upper Division Acceptance For All Army ROTC Scholarship/Non scholarship contracted Cadets with:

  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • 3.0 or higher GPA (based on 4.0 scale) in all required pre-nursing science courses, with a minimum grade of "C" in each
  • Documentation of Certified Nursing Association certification
  • UK College of Nursing website: specifies required courses