The Reserve Officer Training Corps provides an opportunity for college nursing students to receive practical hands-on leadership experience. Courses help students to develop management, communication and decision-making skills in a non-threatening environment. Physical training and confidence-building activities (i.e., rappelling, obstacle courses) also provide a chance for students to be physically and mentally challenged.
The ROTC program is taken in conjunction with your regular classes in a selected major field, plus other general education requirements to earn a commission. The main focus is on management and leadership skills development, with increasing responsibilities as you progress through the program. A typical cadet takes two-four credits of ROTC class per semester, which may count toward his or her total credits required to graduate. The ROTC program itself can be taken on a four-, three- or two-year basis. The first two years are the basic course, and the last two years are the advanced course. Your academic and military status as a cadet will determine the length of time you need to complete your ROTC requirements.
Army ROTC program offers two-, three- or four-year scholarships for undergraduate nursing students. Scholarships include full tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, and cash textbook allowance. For more information about Army nursing scholarship requirements and the application process, please see: