Navy Hospital Corpsman to RN? - page 3

I am a Hospital Corpsman who has served in the military for about 2.5 years. Because of my location and 10 hour days, i cant quite make it to classes on any basis. I have almost no idea where to... Read More

  1. by   navyguyhm3
    Quote from anne74
    Each school has different pre-requisite requirements - which makes it hard to know what to take. You almost have to know what school you're going to, to know what pre-reqs you need. And even then, you may not get in - many nursing schools now have long waiting lists, and are very competitive to get in. Make sure you get the highest grades possible to increase your chances.

    Anyway, I don't know about the pre-reqs for an ADN - I only know the pre-reqs for a BSN - these include classes like Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Sociology, Lifespan Development, and sometimes Chemisty, Nutrition, Statistics, and Algebra. Again, each school is different and wants different classes. I would start looking at schools online and read what their requirements are. Maybe even meet with an academic counselor to help you map out your classes.

    Becoming a medical assistant is nice to be introduced into a clinical setting, but it doesn't help you with getting into nursing school or becoming a nurse. To become a nurse you have to graduate from an accredited program and then pass the NCLEX exam (state board).

    One option might be to become an LPN (usually a year in school), start working, and then take the remaining classes to get your ADN or BSN. With your ADN or BSN, then you can take the NCLEX exam and become an RN.

    Good luck.

    By the way - what's a Hospital Corpsman?
    A Corpsman..also known as "Doc" is the best trained healthcare professional in the US Military. We are the doctor, the nurse, the surgeon, the mom & dad. If you're a Doc serving alongside the US Marine Corps, you are pretty much the only healthcare professional to treat your platoon from physical exams/assessments to minor surgery, suturing and emergency medicine and everything in between! You name it, we're trained for it (well most things anyway lol)
  2. by   gcollins83
    Hey guys,

    I'm looking at joining the Navy here in a couple of days and I'm looking at going the nurse route while I'm in. I already have a degree in Biology, however I didn't take A&P, I was a micro nut and planned on going into med technology till I taught micro for a year. So here's my question, how easy will it be for me to get my A&P credits out of the way while active duty? I heard a bit about the enlisted medical comissioning program and the ability to transfer military service for credit, but how does this work? Will I be better off after I get out to go the BSN route with the GI bill or do the commissioning program?

    Of course I'll have to get picked up as a corpsman, but I scored a 99 on the ASVAB so I'm pretty confident that it will be offered to me.

    Any ideas?


  3. by   AgentBeast

    If you already have a bachelors degree why not apply for OCS? Or look into an accelerated BSN then apply for the Nursing Corps? Much easier to get into nursing outside of the Navy than within the Navy. When you are in the Navy you are more or less at the mercy of "needs of the service."