MSU Army ROTC provides scholarship opportunities, leadership training, upper division placement, and a future career to college nursing students. Students may enroll as a freshman, sophomore, or as late as their junior year in college. Upon successful completion of the program, students are commissioned as officers in the Army Nurse Corps, and serve as nurses at military hospitals and medical facilities in the active Army and the Army Reserves.

Financial Benefits

There are two, three, and four year scholarships available to nursing students. These scholarships provide:

  • 100% tuition and mandatory fees
  • $1200 for textbooks per year
  • Monthly tax-free stipend of $420 per month to defray the cost of living
  • NCLEX fee ($200)
  • $650 for required nurse uniforms, clinical supplies and equipment needed for Upper Division clinicals.

MSU Army ROTC also has five guaranteed upper division slots (Billings campus) every year. This allows Army ROTC Nursing cadets to complete their degree without having to worry about receiving upper division placement through the College of Nursing.

What's the student's responsibility?

If you want to try the program out first, there is no obligation for taking the class during your Freshman and Sophomore year. It’s like test driving a car. See if it’s for you. If not, drop it like any other class, and if it is, apply for a scholarship.

  • Attend ROTC classes (meet 2 times per week)
  • Attend ROTC lab (once every week)
  • Attend physical training sessions (3 times per week)
  • Attend field training exercises (Once a semester)
  • Attend and successfully complete Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5
  • Receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and pass the nursing state board examination

Other Opportunities for Army Nursing Cadets

Nursing students have the opportunity to attend the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP) between their junior and senior years in the nursing program. After completing Advanced Camp, nursing students can request to work in an Army hospital for three weeks at locations across the globe and throughout the United States which may include rotations in Hawaii, Korea, or Germany,

Each student is assigned an Army Nurse Corps officer as their preceptor/instructor to guide them through the nursing process. The student will learn valuable management and leadership skills and have the opportunity to apply them in a health care environment, setting themselves ahead of their peers when they return to campus. The student can request to work in the nursing specialty of their choice. The MSU College of Nursing credits ROTC students completing NSTP with 50 hours of upper division credits.

Students are paid for the three weeks, and all travel and room & board expenses are paid for by the Army.

What Happens After Graduation?

You will commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Then, you will attend the Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, en route to your first clinical assignment as an Army Nurse. Assignments are based on your input of location preference and your performance throughout both the nursing and ROTC programs. 

After just one year at your initial assignment, you will have the opportunity to attend a clinical specialty course in one of the following areas: Perioperative Nursing, OB/GYN Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing. As of 2023, starting annual salary for a 2nd Lieutenant is between $67,000 and $70,000, Army Nursing Officers can expect to make between $96,000 and $100,000 after four years of service, and over $120,000 after ten years of service. 

In addition to the salary, Army Nursing Officers receive 30 days of paid vacation per year, have full medical and dental coverage for their entire immediate family, and are eligible for retirement benefits after 20 years of service (retiring at 42 based on the average college graduate’s age). 

What is the Service Obligation?

An individual incurs no obligation to the military through application for a scholarship or initial scholarship acceptance. An obligation occurs only at the time that the military begins paying for a student’s education. 

Active duty commitment for scholarship students is four years. You then have the choice to exit active duty and complete four years in the Army Reserves or Individual Ready Reserves. The Army Reserves requires serving as an Army Nurse Corps Officer one weekend a month and for two weeks every summer. Individual Ready Reserves requires only that your name is placed on a roster for call-up in a national emergency.