Nursing NROTC information

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  1. usa98

    usa98 New Member

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    Hi All,
    I am a tenth grader looking into nursing school and the possibility of joining the NROTC program or applying for the scholarship ( although i know that is extremely competitive). I've done a fair share of research about the subjects but am just looking for some more personal experiences and info about life in the programs and opportunities after graduation.

    Thanks so much
     
  2. USN16x

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    you should also consider applying for army or airforce rotc as well as nrotc just because the nursing slots are extremely competitive in nrotc
     
  3. VMI82

    VMI82 Room 131

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    +1 USN16x

    Navy Nurse Corps Schools have been cut from 81 down to ~25.

    I have had two talks with various insiders in/about Pensacola and for several reasons NROTC Nurse slots have been cut wayyyyy back. The reasons are too many to list and the real reasons would not be politically agnostic on this site.

    I have researched this a lot as I have a daughter that is a Jr. in High School applying for Nurse Corps scholarships this summer. Because NROTC has cut back so much she/we are applying to both NROTC and AROTC.

    So I concur - apply to both. I will say, after much investigation, it appears that AFROTC is not actively seeking Nurse Corp prospects at this time. The Air Force seems to be recruiting freshly minted RN's by offering student loan payoffs. If anyone knows different and can show me where AFROTC is looking for 4-year Nurse Corps please PM or post a response.

    ** Special Note: When looking at which schools to apply to, especially AROTC, some detachments have a special relationship with the Nursing program that could be crucial - A guaranteed seat in upper division.

    THAT is a distinction to seek out. My wife is a Head Nurse w/30+ years experience and she believes that is a HUGE distinction.

    Final words of advice on things, as a Sophomore, you can do now:

    - Top grades in AP classes in Biology & Chemistry would be big (OR Dual-enrollment if available where you live)
    - Sincere volunteering doing something in medical field (compared to resume padding)
    - 1st Aid/CP certified
     
  4. kinnem

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    +1 to above comments. Plus you're two years out from a potential scholarship designed to meet the needs of military manpower 6 years from now. That's a long time. The manpower needs then could be totally different so I wouldn't waste time worrying or being discouraged based on these comments. Just put together the best package you can and go for it. :thumb:
     
  5. FFDDG

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    VMI82; have you heard anything with regard to Advanced standing for NROTC Nurse College Programmers?
     
  6. afrotc16

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    The Air Force needs nurses - I heard from my commander that Nursing majors are almost guaranteed field training spots. There's one nursing major in my class and we are all envious of her right now. :p Another cadet switched from NROTC because AFROTC was offering more to nurses.
     
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  7. usa98

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    Thanks Everybody,
    i will definitely look more into the AFROTC nursing.

    Does anybody know if they have a specific scholarship similar to the navy nurse corps for air force, or is it a general program for all majors?
     
  8. VMI82

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    yes, I heard that the numbers would not be good (i.e., not many ascensions) when talking to someone in Pensacola.

    I hope that is not the case.

    ** and thanks afrotc16 for the info. it is not clear to me if there is a dedicated nurse corps pathway in afrotc - if so would you please post a link to that program.
     
  9. FFDDG

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    I realize it is impossible to predict future NROTC nurse manning levels , however I am interested on hearing some opinions. To date, DD has been accepted into 4 of 5 NROTC Nurse program colleges (still waiting on one).

    Should DD still pursue NROTC Nurse College Progammer option if not awarded a scholarship or just try to enroll in the Nurse Candidate Program when she is eligible (Junior year)?

    Does particpation as a College Programmer for 2 years increase chance of being selected for the Nurse Candidate Program ?
     
  10. kinnem

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    Unfortunately I do not know the answer to your questions, and would only be guessing; but perhaps someone else will chime in. However, I would strongly suggest speaking with the cadre at one of the colleges she has been accepted to and ask these same questions. I'm confident they'll be straight up with the two of you. I would also say that, while perhaps not helping gain acceptance to the Nurse Candidate Program, participation would definitely help in terms of preparation for this path and can only help build useful life skills. That's my opinion anyway, and if you reach into your wallet, that and $5.00 can buy you a latte.
     
  11. VMI82

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    I have no crystal ball. BUT I do believe that your daughter would be well positioned for the Nurse Candidate Program if she was a College Programmer.

    It has been my experience that the services LOVE people that do not give up on a goal, keep their 'feet moving' and do not take "NO" for an answer.

    If I were sitting on a board, saw that your daughter had applied for 4 year, 3 year and then was coming up for the Nurse Candidate Program I'd be impressed with her fortitude AND I would know she had invested her time & energy in the Navy by taking NROTC with no promises.

    Short answer: I have to believe that doing 2 years as a programmer would help.
     
  12. USN16x

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    +1 ^^^
     
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    To the OP...like others have said, when looking at nursing schools, pay particular attention to those that have "guaranteed" admission into upper division. I'm sure there are many but University of Portland (they have AROTC and AFROTC onsite) and University of Michigan (AROTC and I think NROTC onsite). My daughter is in teh AROTC program at Portland and just as long as you maintain at 2.75 GPA in (5) core science/nursing classes your 1st (2) years, you are guaranteed an upper division slot.

    I can't tell you how difficult it can be at some schools to get into upper division. There are so many factors and special preferences that come into play (including race). My daughter has several friends taht have had to switch majors because tehy couldn't get into upper division.
     
  14. FFDDG

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    +1

    Also, for NROTC Nursing, the colleges that offer NROTC Nursing are all direct admit. I believe they removed those colleges that had lower and upper divsion nurse program
     
  15. NavyNurseApplicant

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    My two cents are such: Definitely look into the other branches as well. I was dead set on Navy while in high school (grew up near a base, family members in the Navy/Marine Corps., etc.), but after I was denied the NROTC Nurse Corps. scholarship, I followed the advice of wise posters on here and looked into AROTC because, like many have said, the Navy is not actively recruiting for pre-BS nurses at the moment.

    Best first quarter of college ever! The programs are very different though for NROTC, AROTC, and AFROTC for nursing. Ex: In NROTC for Nurse Corps., you do not have to do everything that the other mids are doing because you are a nursing student. In AROTC, you are just like every other cadet and get all of the training the other cadets get (although you may get excused for clinicals). Just something to keep in mind.:smile:

    Also, DEFINITELY look into the type of program at the school you are applying to. Except for schools I had applied to for NROTC because I had to (for in-state), I ONLY applied to schools where you were admitted to the School of Nursing straight away. It's a much nicer situation to be in. For example, the school where I am attending you apply to the nursing program as a senior in high school as a supplemental application to your college app. If accepted, all you have to do is maintain C- or above in non-nursing classes and C or above in nursing classes (in my particular program, we start having nursing classes freshman year) to continue in the program. Much better than having to apply as a sophomore in college and risk needing to transfer schools or degrees :thumb:
     
  16. aglages

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    The HSSP for the AF is a general scholarship for all majors.
    My advice: Apply to all three and choose which one you want after you have some scholarship offers in hand. By that time you will (hopefully) have a better understanding of what is going on with the NROTC Nursing Option.
    Good luck! :thumb:
     

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