Earning your BSN is an achievement for which you can be proud. Since nursing is a dynamic profession, your skills and professional knowledge must be constantly updated. The Army Nurse Corps is committed to providing opportunities that will enhance your abilities, interests and knowledge. As an Army nurse, you may apply for specialty courses such as:
- Critical Care Nursing: This 16-week course prepares nurses to take care of critically ill patients in a variety of critical care settings. Course content includes the necessary knowledge and clinical skills, teaching techniques, and the principles of management of the critical care setting.
- Emergency Nursing Course: This 16-week course prepares nurses to function as entry-level emergency nurses. The course will focus on responsibilities, nursing care, teaching role, principles and techniques of staff supervision and management of patients across the life span in an emergency setting. Portions of this course are jointly instructed with the Critical Care Nursing Course.
- Preoperative Nursing: This 16-week course will prepare you to function as first-level staff nurses in the operating room (OR). It also focuses on the OR nurse's responsibilities in the preparation and sterilization of supplies/equipment; special fields of surgery; and the principles and techniques of management of the operating room.
- Obstetrical and Gynecological Nursing: This 16-week course is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to deliver inpatient and ambulatory nursing care to pregnant women, newborn infants and patients with gynecological problems.
- Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing: This 22-week course will prepare you with the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to deliver care and treatment to psychiatric patients.
- Community Health Nursing: The 9-week Principles of Military Preventive Medicine course is designed to provide the entry-level skills and knowledge in preventive medicine specialty areas. Content includes community health practices, communicable and infectious diseases, epidemiology, statistics, medical entomology, industrial hygiene, health physics, sanitary engineering, and environmental science as well as various specialty modules.
In addition to the specialty courses listed above, Army Nurse Corps officers who are in a "career status" can apply for a graduate education program of their choice. Some of the more popular selections include Anesthesia Nursing, the Family Nurse Practitioner, and Health Care or Nursing Administration.