I'm currently a nursing student on my way to completing my ADN. I planned to try the 1 yr RN-BSN option that WGU was offering. I was wondering, can it be done while actively enlisted in the navy? I'd like to hear any advice.
1) I would like to clarify enlisting. When one enlists, they are either an Officer rank or Enlisted rank.
2) If you enlist as an ADN (which isn't possible), you will be considered an Enlisted rank (instead of an Officer) and you will NOT be practicing as a RN (as I stated above).
3) In order to commission as a RN in the Navy (or any military branch), the applicant is required to complete their BSN and have a minimum of 2 years of critical care experience.
You can most certainly enlist in the Navy as a Naval Corpsman, but you will NOT be practicing as a RN. I know that this is difficult for civilians to understand. For example, I am a civilian Respiratory Therapist and a Medic in the Army Reserve. I am not authorized to practice as a RT in uniform. Likewise, we have some RN's in my unit that are medics and they are not authorized to perform as a RN.
Last edit by medicmatt44 on Jan 3, '13
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Jan 3, '13
by Robins19, LVN
By enlisted I mean enlisted rank. If I enlist as a Naval Corpsman and become a medic, will I be able to attend school to complete my bachelor's degree?
Last edit by Robins19 on Jan 3, '13