Take Army ROTC in College, along with your nursing studies and begin your nursing career as a poised and self confident Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. Army Nurses are valued members of a health care team that includes over 14,500 members in 37 hospitals around the world. The University of Louisville has some on Nursing Student Scholarships available at this time. These vary from 2 years to 3.5 years and have the same requirements for each.

For more information on these scholarships, contact the Scholarship and Enrollment Officer by phone at 502-852-3514 or at


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet physical standards and be medically qualified
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)


  • $1200 per year for books ($600 per semester/$400 per quarter)
  • Monthly pay for every month school is in session - $420
  • Pays all Tuition and Fees for school
  • Eligibility for Room and Board Scholarship for up to $6000 dollars a year at UofL as well as a Guaranteed Place in the Upper Division of the Nursing Program (meeting all other criteria)
  • Eligibility for FREE Room and Board at Bellarmine University as well as a Guaranteed Place in the Upper Division of the Nursing Program (meeting all other criteria)
  • Priority scheduling for all ROTC cadets for classes
  • Free Tickets to most athletic events
  • Reimbursement for required nursing immunizations, uniforms, medical equipment.
  • Reimbursement for NCLEX testing fee.

Other Incentives for Nurse Cadets

  • Stethoscopes to Junior Nursing ROTC Cadets and PDAs to Senior Nursing ROTC Cadets.
  • Reimbursement for NCLEX review course.
  • Paid 3 week summer internship at an Army Medical Center.

Nurse Summer Training & Internships

Nursing students participate in an ROTC Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) and the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP). This training typically takes place during the summer between the junior and senior years in college. Benefits earned during CLC and NSTP experience include room and board and approximately $1,000 in pay. The Training Program is divided into two phases:

  • Phase I: CLC, a 28 day field training exercise, focusing on basic military skills and leadership training which are taught during the junior year of ROTC. This training exercise is conducted at Fort Knox, KY.
  • Phase II: NTSP, a three or four week clinical experience at an Army hospital where nurse Cadets will work one-on-one with an Army Nurse Corps officer. Cadets will have the opportunity to gain job experience and refine their leadership, clinical, and administrative nursing skills. This experience is clinically focused and based on the preceptor model of teaching.

Additional Educational Opportunities

Additional nurse specialty training is offered to Army Nurses after graduation:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Critical Care
  • Psychiatric and Mental Health
  • Operating Room
  • Emergency Room
  • Community Health/ Public Health
  • Advanced degree programs, funded by the Army, may be pursued in the following disciplines:
    • Nurse Anesthesia - Masters Degree
    • Nurse Midwifery – Masters Degree
    • Health Care Administration – Masters Degree
    • Nursing program of choice – Masters Degree
    • Clinical Nurse Practitioner – Masters Degree
    • Doctoral study in nursing science, education, or administration