U.S. native or naturalized citizen
Less than 44 years of age (this may be adjusted based on eligible federal PHS civil service and uniform service active duty time)*
Less than 8 years of prior active duty service in any uniformed service other than the Commissioned Corps*
Meet suitability, professional, medical and security requirements
* The process to become a commissioned Corps officer may take up to a year. Candidates who exceed the age, prior service or civil service maximums during the application process should be aware that waivers are not generally approved.
Bachelor's of science in nursing or a master's of science in nursing (with no qualifying baccalaureate degree) from a nursing program that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
To be a nurse officer requires:
- Current, unrestricted, and valid Registered Nurse license from one of the 50 States; Washington, DC; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the U.S. Virgin Islands; or Guam
- Passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
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