ARMY ROTC Nursing Program
The Wildcat Battalion ROTC program is partnered with Albany State University and has an affiliate relationship with Darton College to provide the Army ROTC Nursing Program to students attending school at either of these institutions in Albany, Georgia. Students must enroll in ROTC at Albany State where classes and leadership labs coincide with the same curriculum taught at Fort Valley State University. (See links below for more details on these two partner/affiliate programs)
If nursing is your professional goal, there is no better place to begin your career than in Army ROTC. Army ROTC offers you a unique opportunity to gain practical experience while you receive financial assistance for college.
You have chosen a demanding and high-impact profession. As an aspiring medical professional you must have a cool head and be a clear thinker. Making the most of your skills, building a sense of confidence, and helping you realize your leadership potential are what Army ROTC is all about.
As an ROTC nursing student, you will be able to combine college electives in military science and invaluable nurse summer training experiences to complement your regular university nursing program. This “broadening” experience as an ROTC Cadet will also enhance your professional development skills as you explore meaningful things about yourself and what you can accomplish.
Upon completion of the program (and provided all prerequisites are met), you will receive a commission as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps, ready to take on the challenges of your profession. You will find that your Army ROTC experience puts you a step ahead of your peers in college and in the nursing profession.
- The Three and Four Year Programs - The three and four year ROTC programs are a series of elective courses designed to be taken along with your regular nursing program. They are divided into the Basic Course and Advanced Course.
- The The Two-Year Program - If you are a junior or community college graduate, or attending a four-year college but did not take ROTC in your first two years of school, the two-year program has been designed for you. Courses from both the Basic and Advanced Courses are combined to enable you to complete your training within two years.
- ROTC Basic Course - The ROTC Basic Course is usually taken during the first year or two of college. After you have completed the Basic Course, demonstrated your potential to become an officer and met both physical and scholastic standards, you may enroll in the ROTC Advanced Course.
- ROTC Advanced Course - The Advanced Course, which includes the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP), is usually taken during the final two years of college. The NSTP is described below.
- The Nurse Summer Training Program - The NSTP is a three-week clinical elective for Army ROTC nurse cadets. Attendance is voluntary. This paid elective is conducted at Army hospitals in the United States and Germany. You may attend NSTP either before or after the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), normally between your Junior and Senior year of college. During the NSTP clinical elective you'll receive "hands-on" experience under the direct supervision of Army nurse officers who work with you one-on-one throughout your clinical training.