ROTC Nursing Colleges in California

Oct 20, 2021

There are colleges and universities across California with nursing programs as well as Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs. Students can work toward completing both simultaneously in order to pursue a career as an officer in the Army, Navy or Air Force Nurse Corps on graduation, depending on which ROTC program they join. Learn about a few of the state's ROTC nursing colleges below.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location In-State Tuition (2017-2018)* Available Scholarships
Azusa Pacific University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Azusa, CA $37,506 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships plus monthly stipend
University of San Francisco 4-year, Private not-for-profit San Francisco, CA $46,250 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships plus monthly stipend
University of California - Los Angeles 4-year, Public Los Angeles, CA $13,261 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships plus monthly stipend
Dominican University of California 4-year, Private not-for-profit San Rafael, CA $44,690 Up to full tuition scholarships plus monthly stipend
California State University - Fullerton 4-year, Public Fullerton, CA $6,850 2-, 3- and 4-year scholarships and monthly stipend

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Overview of ROTC Nursing Colleges in California

Alongside their nursing degree requirements, cadets or midshipmen will participate in physical fitness and leadership training and take military science courses, all designed to prepare them for future careers as military nurses. Both public and private schools with nursing programs offer ROTC, and each school may host one service branch or all three. Those without all three on their campus may give students the opportunity to join the ROTC activities of a different school through a cross-town partnership.

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university north of Los Angeles. Nursing students at Azusa Pacific learn to provide holistic healthcare and are encouraged to examine the intersection between nursing practice and the Christian faith. At the same time, nursing students can participate in either Army or Air Force ROTC to merge leadership and discipline with their nurse education. Both programs are offered as part of cross-town agreements. Army or Air Force ROTC cadets will complete their military science classes, physical fitness and leadership training at a nearby school, and do all nursing coursework at Azusa Pacific. The nursing program offers state-of-the-art resources like simulators and virtual patients, as well as many types of clinical experiences throughout the curriculum.

University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is a private university in the heart of the city. The university's different schools, including the School of Nursing and Health Professions, aim to provide a liberal arts education emphasizing diversity, justice and global perspectives. The nursing curriculum includes classroom, clinical and field experiences to link the school to the surrounding community. The University of San Francisco also offers Army ROTC to all students, including nursing majors. Nursing students can compete for an ROTC nurse scholarship, and complete the ROTC program to earn a commission into the Army Nurse Corps. Doing so requires completion of both the two-year Basic Course and the two-year Advanced Course.

University of California - Los Angeles

The UCLA School of Nursing has been ranked among the top in the country, as has the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the teaching hospital where nursing students gain clinical experience. The nursing curriculum prepares students to enter a career world characterized by diversity and advanced technology. For that career world to include the U.S. military, UCLA nursing students can join either the Army or Air Force ROTC. Nursing students will complete the program they choose alongside students of all other majors, to gain leadership experience and the military skills and knowledge to become officers in the Army Nurse Corps or Air Force Nurse Corps.

Dominican University of California

Dominican University of California has only 1,300 undergraduate students and an average class size of just 16, offering plenty of individual attention to its students. However it also offers a nursing program with state-of-the-art facilities and ROTC programs for every branch of the military through cross-town arrangements. The University of California Berkeley hosts Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC students from Dominican University, and the University of San Francisco also accepts Army ROTC students. Either way, Dominican University ROTC cadets and midshipmen are still eligible for full military benefits and scholarships. As part of their program, nursing students learn in Dominican's Clinical Simulation Center to gain valuable hands-on experience in a mock healthcare setting.

California State University - Fullerton

Fullerton is one of multiple California State University campuses, and it is located in the technologically and culturally rich area of Orange County. Nursing students at CSUF have the opportunity to become Army officers through the university's Army ROTC. The program is hosted on CSUF's campus, and accepts students from four other nearby colleges. Combining ROTC and nursing at CSUF ensures that cadets are well-prepared for a career as an Army Nurse Officer, which involves caring for Army patients using technology and advanced facilities in conjunction with other military healthcare personnel. CSUF cadets also have the opportunity to participate in the ROTC Nurse Summer Training Program outside of the university nursing curriculum, to gain specific Army skills and experience while still a student.

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