The information below is derived from the official Program Authorization (PA) found at the bottom of this page.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to be familiar with the PA for the option in which they are applying.


Nurse Corps Option

Age: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and be able to complete degree requirements and commissioned by age 42.

Enlisted Source: This option is open to men and women of all ratings.

Educational Requirements: STA-21 Nurse Corps Option participants are exempt from the two semester Calculus and Calculus-based Physics minimum requirement of the STA-21 Core program. However, they are required to meet the math and science requirements of their Nursing degree program.

The STA-21 Nurse Corps Option is available only at specially identified NROTC affiliated colleges or universities with nursing programs that confer a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (see Education).

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and have accepted by the university to which applying, a minimum of 45 quarter, or 30 semester credit hours in undergraduate nursing prerequisite courses (general English, general math, psychology*, biology*, chemistry*, organic chemistry*, anatomy and physiology*, microbiology*, nutrition*, sociology*, PE class, and history; although some of these courses fit your general degree requirements, it is very important to get the science (*) classes completed in order to be prepared to enter into the sequential nursing curriculum). Credit hours may be a combination of traditional classroom courses, College Level Entry Program (CLEP) credit, on-line or distance learning programs, or military training credits provided the school to which the application is made accepts the non-traditional credits.

Licensure Requirements: Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Nursing degree, member must successfully pass the National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) as required by SECNAVINST 1120.6 Series. Register for the test through the National Council of State Board of Nursing. The NCLEX-RN test is administered by a testing service. Professional licensing is required to practice nursing.

Physical Requirements:  Must meet the physical standards for service on active duty as recommended by the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED).  DCNO N1, upon recommendation of BUMED, may waive physical defects that will not interfere with the performance of active duty within the guidelines of NAVMED P-117.

Service Obligation: STA-21 Nurse Corps Option selectees will incur a five-year active duty obligation upon commissioning.