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Military Nurse Requirements

by ArjjA ArjjA (New) New


I attended a LPN and ADN program that were not NLN nor CCNE accredited (yea, I know...stupid). I am currently in a BSN program that is CCNE accredited and I will graduate in December. I was prior service enlisted in the infantry and it has been a goal of mine to be an Air Force or Army nurse. I have been a Float RN now with about 2 years experience and 1 year experience as an LPN before that. I know that the military only takes graduates from CCNE or NLNAC, so since my BSN will be CCNE, will this trump my other degrees and will I be eligible to serve in the military as a nurse? Thanks for your replies!

To my understanding yes, as long as you meet all of the other requirements to apply for the branch's nurse corps.

jfratian, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU. Has 9 years experience.

Yes, you should be eligible to apply. What I'm not sure about is whether or not you will get constructive credit for the time your were an ADN/RN and be eligible to apply as an experienced nurse (since your ADN program wasn't fully accredited). Usually, you would get credit for time you worked as an RN full-time.