US Navy Nurse
The greatest reward for nearly every nurse is the joy of serving others. But in the Navy Nurse Corps,
when you work to improve the lives of others, you can vastly improve your own—both professionally
and personally. As a Navy Nurse, you will serve your country by helping not only those in the military
who defend it but also their families and people in need around the globe. Excellent scholarship
opportunities mean you may graduate from nursing school potentially debt-free, and specialty training
opportunities can give you a competitive edge in your field.
NURSING CAREERS IN THE NAVY
Administer general and regional anesthesia, monitor patients receiving anesthesia and assist in
instructing medical trainees and other Officers.
PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONERS
Provide comprehensive health care and health maintenance for service members and their
Assess, plan and implement direct nursing care of patients on an assigned unit and assume
charge nurse responsibilities.
Plan, implement and evaluate nursing care of surgery patients.
CRITICAL CARE NURSES
Provide highly skilled, specialized nursing care to critical patients—including en route care—and
train personnel in critical care nursing procedures.
MENTAL HEALTH NURSES AND NURSE PRACTITIONERS
Provide direct patient care in mental health services, and lead and train other military and
Focus on education and training, manpower systems analysis and nursing research.
PAY AND BENEFITS
Attend the medical school of your choice and graduate debt-free through our scholarship and loan
repayment programs, up to 100% tuition coverage.
• Competitive salary
• Free health insurance
• Free housing
• A retirement plan
• 30 days paid vacation per year
Wherever you are in your nursing career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance
your career with generous financial assistance and continuing education programs. Available offers
could consist of anything from scholarships to sign-on bonuses to loan repayment assistance. And help
could potentially be available whether you’re in graduate school or already in practice.
High School Students
Through a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Nurse Option scholarship, the Navy can cover
the full cost—up to $180,000—of your nursing education at some of the best colleges and universities
in the country.
If you’re a nursing student opting to serve full-time in the Navy, you could get up to $34,000 to help pay
your way through nursing school through the Nurse Candidate Program (NCP).
If you’re a graduate student enrolled in a postgraduate nursing program in certain nursing specialties
and opting to serve part-time as a Reserve Officer, you may qualify for up to $50,000 in nursing school
loan repayment assistance.
If you’re a practicing nurse opting to serve part-time as a Reserve Officer, you may qualify for an
immediate, one-time sign-on bonus of up to $30,000. And depending on your specialty, you may have
the option of choosing between a sign-on bonus, nursing school loan repayment assistance or specialty
Speak to a recruiter to learn what you qualify to receive.
Nurse Corps Officers may serve at any one of more than 250 Navy and medical facilities around the
globe, from Hawaii to Japan, Germany to Guam and Washington, D.C., to Washington state. As a Navy
Nurse, you could work at one of the highly acclaimed National Naval Medical Centers in Bethesda, MD,
Portsmouth, VA or San Diego, CA. Or you could provide medical support aboard one of two dedicated
hospital ships—the USNS Comfort and USNS Mercy. Additional opportunities are available on surface
ships, with aircraft squadrons or even with the Fleet Marine Force.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
To become a Commissioned Officer in the Nurse Corps, qualifications include:
U.S. Citizen between the ages of 18 and 41
• Currently licensed and practicing nursing in the U.S. (new graduates must obtain a license within one
year of beginning Active Duty service)
• In good standing (as a student or graduate) with a CCNE-accredited U.S. education program granting a
Bachelor of Science degree
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether
you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.
There are part-time opportunities as a Reserve Navy Nurse. Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Nurse,
your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly
drilling, Nurse Corps Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors.