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UD ROTC Nursing

ROTC Nursing Program Link

University of Delaware Nursing Program Link

If nursing is your professional goal, there is no better place to begin your career than Army ROTC. Army ROTC offers you a unique opportunity to gain practical experience while you receive financial assistance for college. Nursing majors from University of Delaware and all partnership schools compete for 2-, 3-, or 4-year scholarships.

ROTC enhances your undergraduate nursing education or graduate nursing education by providing the unique leadership and management training, along with the practical experience needed for success, either in the Army or in a civilian career. You will develop your professional skills while you learn meaningful things about yourself and what you can accomplish. You will also develop leadership skills, self-confidence, flexibility, and adaptability, all while having fun.

You will be ready to take on the challenges of your profession in one of the Army hospitals in the U.S., Germany, or Korea.

As an officer, you'll have the opportunity to lead, advance professionally, obtain specialized training, work with the latest medical technology, and serve with other highly trained medical personnel as an important member of the health care team.

Undergraduate Nursing Education

Generally, individuals participating in ROTC are pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing in what is referred to as the generic nursing track. This track is for individuals with no previous college degree and/or no experience and licensure in a nursing field. However, Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses who can complete a baccalaureate nursing program in 2 or 3 years may also be eligible to participate in ROTC. To learn more about the University of Delaware Nursing Program visit the website or contact the department.

For more information regarding ROTC nursing opportunities, contact the Recruiting Officer at (800)830-ROTC or army-rotc@udel.edu

Graduate Education Opportunities

Two-year ROTC nursing scholarships are available for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) students. To obtain information about the approved areas of study and ROTC opportunities, contact the Recruiting Officer at (800)830-ROTC or army-rotc@udel.edu

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)

The NSTP is a paid three-to-four week, 120 hour clinical elective for Army ROTC nurse cadets. Attendance is voluntary. Our affiliated nursing school awards academic credit for this program. This elective is conducted at Army hospitals in the United States, Germany and Korea. You get paid while attending NSTP between the Junior and Senior year of college.

During the NSTP clinical elective, you will receive "hands on" experience under the direct supervision of a preceptor -- an Army Nurse Corps officer who works with you one-on-one. You have the chance to pick what specialized field you want to experience. Just like civilian hospitals, areas to choose from are ER, ICU, OB (postpartum and delivery), NICU, and medical surgical units. NSTP is no normal clinical experience. The direct supervision of one preceptor will allow a greater learning opportunity with more hands-on experience. Regular coaching sessions enhances your progress, while also providing feedback on performance.

More information on the NSTP program can be found on the Summer Opportunities page.

Specialized Nursing Opportunities

Earning your BSN is an achievement you can be proud of. Since nursing is a dynamic profession, your skills and professional knowledge must be constantly updated. The Army Nurse Corps is committed to providing opportunities that will enhance your abilities, interests and knowledge. As an Army Nurse, you may apply for specialty courses such as:

Critical Care Nursing. This 16-week course prepares nurses to take care of critically ill patients in a variety of critical care settings. Course content includes the necessary knowledge and clinical skills, teaching techniques, and the principles of management of the critical care setting.

Emergency Nursing Course. This 16-week course prepares nurses to function as entry-level emergency nurses. The course will focus on responsibilities, nursing care, teaching role, principles and techniques of staff supervision and management of patients across the life span in an emergency setting. Portions of this course are jointly instructed with the Critical Care Nursing Course.

Perioperative Nursing. This 16-week course will prepare you to function as a first-level staff nurse in the operating room (OR). It also focuses on the OR nurse's responsibilities in the preparation and sterilization of supplies/equipment; special fields of surgery; and the principles and techniques of management of the operating room.

Obstetrical and Gynecological Nursing. This 16-week course is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to deliver inpatient and ambulatory nursing care to pregnant women, newborn infants and patients with gynecological problems.

Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. This 22-week course will prepare you with the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to deliver care and treatment to psychiatric patients.

Community Health Nursing. The 9-week Principles of Military Preventive Medicine course is designed to provide the entry level skills and knowledge in preventive medicine specialty areas. Content includes community health practices, communicable and infectious diseases, epidemiology, statistics, medical entomology, industrial hygiene, health physics, sanitary engineering, and environmental science as well as various specialty modules.

In addition to the specialty courses listed above, Army Nurse Corps officers who are in a "career status" can apply for a graduate education program of their choice. Some of the more popular selections include Anesthesia Nursing, the Family Nurse Practitioner, and Health Care or Nursing Administration. The Army can help fund your future educational progression.