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What is required to become a nurse in the military? What kind of education do I need?

What is required to become a nurse in the military? What kind of education do I need?

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Michael’s Answer

You could attend York Tech College and complete your AAS in Nursing in 2 years.

SC National Guard has both an MP battalion (for your criminal justice interests) and a Medical Company (for your nursing interests).

UofSC has both ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force) and a world class nursing school for your BSN, and the benefit of instate tuition and scholarship options, to earn your BSN and a commission as a Nurse in the Army, Navy or Air Force.

Along the way, you can earn your EMT and Paramedic certification (at NO COST) while earning college credits for those certifications.



Michael recommends the following next steps:

https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/rotc/index.php
https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/nursing/
https://scemsa.org/ems?utm_source=google&utm_medium=ppc&utm_campaign=pursue-2022&gclid=Cj0KCQjw166aBhDEARIsAMEyZh7N0iV6OJZpRzx5PlUg-Seh6YvYw57Frvmr_ncVlK72c9cayt7k7MwaAjzqEALw_wcB
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Mike’s Answer

The kind of education you'll need is your 4-year Bachelors in Nursing degree, taking and passing the NCLEX (Nursing Boards), and then enlisting into the service.

Note: I am assuming that you're asking this question in the context that you're trying to join the US military as a US citizen.

Mike recommends the following next steps:

Finish Nursing degree (e.g. BSN)
Pass the NCLEX https://nclex.com/
Join the military https://www.usa.gov/join-military
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Megan’s Answer

You have two options you can join the military right away and ask them to put you through nursing school as your career choice. You would start at the bottom and agree to work for them for a certain number of years your pay would generally be lower at first and raise higher once you graduate. The second option would be to go to Nursing School on your own obtain your Nursing Degree and pass your NCLEX and then join the military which at that point would be an Officer rank which is much higher pay and rank than if you enlist without a degree. From what I’ve seen the Navy and Air force have the best Nursing career options. Good luck
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Megan! Kristyn
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Michael’s Answer

1: If your parents agree- Enlist in your local National Guard unit at age 17-18. Go to basic training, advanced military training, and begin your career this way.

If available, you may start your military and medical career as a Medic, possibly before you graduate from high school.

2: Next option- in your home county, join a local volunteer fire company (most states allow you to join at 16) and work on becoming qualified as an EMT. Service as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT allows you to gain real world experience with patients and the emergency medical system. That experience in the back of an ambulance will make you a better nurse.

3: When you pick your college (nursing school), try and pick one with a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.
You may qualify for a ROTC scholarship to help with your tuition and costs. If not, you’ll be receiving a small monthly stipend from the military during your time in college.

Summary- do all three and you’ll be getting paid every month by your National Guard/Reserve unit for 4 years; you’ll earn valuable experience as a Volunteer EMT or Paramedic for 4 years (and you may find Part Time work as an EMT/P in the area- $17-$25 an hour).

You’ll graduate with your BSN, and an immediate commission as an officer and a virtually guaranteed full time job as a military nurse, with the option to serve 20 years and receive a solid pension. If you “retire” as a military nurse at 20-25 years, you’ll be eligible for hire at any civilian hospital or medical system for a 2nd career.

As a Veteran, you’ll also be eligible for VA loans on your own home, and dozen of other benefits.

Michael recommends the following next steps:

https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/career-match/science-medicine/intensive-care/68w-combat-medic-specialist.html
http://www.collegedata.com/resources/scholarship-central/how-to-qualify-for-rotc-scholarships
https://www.naemt.org/
https://journals.lww.com/nursing/fulltext/2003/01001/is_military_nursing_for_you_.5.aspx
https://www.scvolunteerfire.org/
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