VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1
A word from the ROTC
Army Nurse Corps
United States Army ROTC Program
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) provides an opportunity for BSU nursing students to receive practical, hands-on leadership experience, and train to become Army nurses. The course provides management, communication, and decision-making skills. Physical training and confidence-building activities (e.g. rappelling and obstacle courses) also provide students with opportunities to be challenged, both physically and mentally. Upon completion of the program, students are commissioned as officers in the United States Army.
Scholarship Students: Two, three, and four-year scholarships are available to ROTC nursing students at BSU. All scholarships provide:
Criteria for Scholarships:
- Books: $450 per semester
- Personal spending money (stipend) $300-$500 per month, tax-free, during the school year
Non-Scholarship Students: Students can participate in ROTC without a scholarship and will receive $300-500 per month during their sophomore, junior, and senior years.
- United States citizenship
- High school graduate with a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Minimum SAT of 920 or ACT of 19
- Physically fit and medically qualified
- Under 31 years of age on June 30 of the college graduation year
- Good moral character
Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)
The NSTP is a paid three- to four-week hands-on clinical elective for Army ROTC nurse cadets. Attendance is voluntary. This elective is conducted at over 20 Army hospitals in the United States, Hawaii, and Germany. Cadets get paid while attending NSTP during the same summer as Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC), which is usually between the junior and senior years of college. During the NSTP clinical elective, you will receive experience under the direct supervision of an Army Nurse Corps officer who works one-on-one with cadets. You will be introduced to the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of a new officer in the Army Nurse Corps.
What happens after Graduation?
Cadets are commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Each student must first pass the NCLEX before the Army will accept him or her for duty in the Army Nurse Corps. En route to the new officer's first assignment, all will attend the Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, TX, where they will study basic army knowledge and the functioning of an army unit. The first assignment, which is determined by evaluating college performance, ROTC standing, and personal preferences, can be one of over 25 hospitals in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Germany, or Korea. Once the graduates have been working as an army nurse (on active duty for one year), they are eligible to attend a clinical specialty course of their choice. Currently, the course choices are: Preoperative Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Obstetrical and Gynecological Nursing, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Emergency Nursing, and Community Health Nursing.
Scholarship recipients: The service obligation is four years of active duty. There is also an Army Reserve/Army National Guard option in which a college student can hold a civilian job and pay back the obligation by serving one weekend a month and two weeks a year.
Non-scholarship recipients: The active duty service obligation is three years.
For More information
LTC Montrose Robinson
ROO, BSU Army ROTC