Individuals who wish to join the military while attending college may benefit from enrolling in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). The college-based officer commissioning program is designed as an elective that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics, according to GoArmy.com.
Schools such as Widener College offer this program. The school's Army ROTC is one of the largest nursing programs in the organization. In 2010 Widener produced more Army nurses than most schools in the country. The program traces its origins back to when the university was originally a military college.
Graduating from Widener's Army Nurse Corps program can provide benefits such as specialization training one year into service and the authority of a formal rank, according to the school. Also, Army Nurse entry-level officers can advance two full grades with a 60 percent pay increase after their first three-and-a-half years of service.
Within the program, Widener offers a registered nurse (RN)-to-bachelor's degree, and an RN-to-master's degree (MSN). The MSN degree also offers specializations in family nurse practice and clinical nurse specialist.
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