Does anyone here know if a BSN awarded from an online RN-BSN program like Chamberlain or WGU is acceptable to the Air Force or Navy? I can't find the answer anywhere so far after looking for weeks. I called and e-mailed the local AF health care recruiters and still do not have any more information. The reason I am concerned is that I read this in a thread from 2010 and I haven't been able to find anything else about it anywhere:
"In preparing myself for entry into Army nursing, I found out that they do not accept ANY online RN-BSN programs (neither do Air Force or Navy)- only programs that have onsite clinicals with clinical instructors affiliated (paid by) the school."
I was planning to do an online RN-BSN program asap while working full-time so that I could apply to the AF and/or Navy. Now I am concerned that it might prevent me from qualifying and that is the whole point of my trying to attain my BSN sooner rather than later.
Thank you so, so much for any assistance in this matter!
Jun 2, '12
by jeckrn, BSN
If the program has the accredition all the services will accept it. Check the services websites to see which accredition they accept.
I did a RN-BSN which did not have any clinicals and I am an Army Nurse so not sure where you got your information from.
One thing that you are getting the confusing info about is how you are assessed. If you already have experience once you obtain your BSN you will end up being direct commissioned vs. one of the other programs for nurse who are new grads.
Last edit by jeckrn on Jun 2, '12