All Commissioned Corps officers must meet several basic qualifications: you must be a U.S. citizen, be less than 44 years of age, and pass a physical examination. To be a nurse officer, you also need a:
- Bachelor's degree or a master's degree (with no qualifying baccalaureate degree) from a nursing program that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Current, unrestricted, and valid nursing license from one of the 50 States; Washington, DC; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands; or Guam
- Passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
If you just graduated from nursing school and do not yet have a license, you may still apply to the Commissioned Corps. Your call to active duty will occur after you have provided documentation of a current, unrestricted, and valid nursing license.
If you are a nursing student or nurse interested in the Commissioned Corps, take the next step! E-mail us your questions, call us at 800-279-1605, or apply online now.