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Just got the news: I am not in and will not be accepted into the ANCP.
Thing is, Congress will not recognize my MSN entry status and there is no law allowing an MSN entry student to receive Candidate status.
Laws will not change themselves and when they are petitioned to change by interested and devoted advocates, they do so slowly anyhow.
My final concern is that once I do graduate who is to say the Army will recognize my MSN/RN anyway as a new nurse graduate who has not worked as a nurse. Does they Army hire new nurse BSN graduates? There may be a conflict with them because even though a new nurse would be a 2LT, (which is naturally what I'd expect to be) MSNs are usually a higher rank YET, I do not have years experience.
There may be another loophole that they will not recognize me then either.
I hope the following information will MAKE YOUR DAY.
Welcome to the U.S. Commissioned Corps Web Site!
US Public Health Service Corps
What are the entry requirements
*be a U.S. citizen;
*be under 44 years of age
(age may be offset by prior active-duty Uniformed Service time and/or civil service work experience in a Public Health Service agency at a PHS site at a level commensurate with the duties of a commissioned officer);
*have served less than 8 years of active duty if you are/were a member of another Uniformed Service (click here to access the Former/Current Uniformed Service members section);
*meet medical requirements; and
*pass an initial suitability investigation.
In addition, you must have earned a bachelor's degree or a master's degree (with no qualifying baccalaureate degree) from a nursing program accredited by the National League for nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) at the time of graduation
. A current, unrestricted, and valid nursing license from 1 of the 50 States, Washington D.C., the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam is also required. If you obtained your B.S. degree after December 1, 1988, your nursing license must be based on passing the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX).
How much will I earn
Compensation varies depending on factors such as grade/rank, years of training and experience (T & E) in your profession, base pay entry date (BPED), geographic location of your duty station, and dependency status. The minimum starting pay grade/rank for a nurse in the PHS Commissioned Corps is O-2 (LTJG).
You are given four years of T & E credit for the bachelor's degree or master's degree (with no qualifying bachelor's) in nursing. If you received your qualifying degree after July 28, 1995, this credit is retroactive from the first day of the first month after receipt of initial licensure. Additional T & E credit is earned for time spent after receipt of the qualifying degree in degree-related activities.
jek2839, RN (Jim)
*******I have no affiliation with the USPHS