Nurse Candidate Program (NCP)
The Nurse Candidate Program provides a monthly stipend for full time students in accredited Bachelor of Science Nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Students can enroll after their sophomore
year and receive an initial grant of $10,000 (paid in two installments of $5000
each), plus $1000 a month for up to 24 months.
participants join the Navy Nurse Corps as an Officer, with the opportunity to
earn a competitive salary, regular promotions, comprehensive medical and dental
coverage, low cost travel opportunities, excellent retirement and educational
benefits, further training, and a rewarding clinical practice. Additional
benefits include 30 days of paid vacation a year, use of military recreational
facilities around the world, the opportunity to serve around the world in a
variety of facilities, and be a part of supportive team of highly trained
Recruitment and Application
1. Requirements for selection:
2. Active Duty Service Obligation:
- You must be a U.S.
- Cannot have reached
your 42nd birthday by the time you are commissioned and on active duty.
- You must be able to
meet the Navy’s physical fitness standards.
- You must be enrolled
in an accredited educational program resulting in a BSN within 24 months of
starting the program.
- One to 12 months of NCP scholarship results in an Active Duty Service Obligation of 4 years.
- Thirteen to 24 months of NCP scholarship results in an Active Duty Service Obligation of 5 years.
3. To apply for the NCP Program:
find a medical programs recruiter near you, please go to the Navy Recruiting
website located at www.navy.com.
There you will find a link to "Find a Recruiter" located on the right side of
the page under the heading “Request Information.” Click on that, and once you
get to that page, enter your zip code under the heading “Locate a Recruiter.”
provide the zip code where you will be located at the time you would like to
speak and work with a recruiter, then hit “Find.” The site will give you two
possibilities for a recruiter. Call the number listed for OFFICER PROGRAMS.
Accession into the NCP
Once enlisted into the NCP Program, you are assigned to Navy Medicine (NM)
Accessions Department. The NM Accessions staff are responsible for all aspects
of your career in the NCP and transition to active duty. As a
member of NCP you are a member of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) at a rank
of Officer Candidate Under Instruction Second Class (OCUI2). Time in this
program does not count for retirement or pay purposes (longevity).
note: Once enlisted in the NCP, your recruiter has no responsibility for you or
your career. Please do not send transcripts or other documents to your
recruiter. All correspondence and discussion regarding your career in the Navy
is conducted with the NM Accessions Department.
Program Information and Benefits
Bonus. Each NCP
participant receives a $10,000 (taxable) signing bonus. Your first $5000 is
paid within 2-4 weeks of your benefit start date if we have received your NCP
enlistment documents, and the second $5000 is paid after 6 months in the
- Stipend. NCP participants
receive $1000 a month (taxable) paid in $500 increments on the 1st and the 15th
of the month. Your stipend stops on your graduation date. You will receive no
further money until you report for active duty.
Reimbursement, Annual Training. NCP participants
are NOT ENTITLED to tuition payments, reimbursement for books, fees, equipment,
etc., or annual training.
Card. As a participant
in the IRR you are eligible for a Reserve Identification Card (Reserve ID Card).
As a member of the IRR, you are permitted unlimited use of military
commissaries, exchanges, and recreational facilities (Army, Navy, Air Force, and
Coast Guard). Your ID card is your key to using these facilities. There are many
exchanges and commissaries scattered around the country which provide
significant savings. For information on how to obtain an ID card while in the
NCP, please click
- Obligation to Serve
on Active Duty. NCP participants
sign a contract to service on active duty commensurate with the length of the
benefit received. Up to 12 months of the NCP benefit results in a 4 year
obligation. Any benefit over 12 months results in is a 5 year obligation to
serve on active duty.
Signature. Your rank while in
the NCP is Officer Candidate Under Instruction Second Class or OCUI2. When you
sign your name on official documents, it should look like the
OCUI2 Joe Schmidlap
Program Requirements. Failure to comply may result in termination of your
and Status Changes. While in the NCP program, you are required to keep the
Accessions Department informed of changes in academic status, address, telephone
number, e-mail address, dependency status and physical condition. Any changes to
the above should be sent via e-mail to USN.OHSTUDENT@MAIL.MIL.
Changes. You must have approval from the Program Manager, NAVMED Accessions
Department BEFORE you change your program, school, length of time in school, or
graduation date. Requests should be sent in writing to the NAVMED Accessions
Department Registrar via e-mail at USN.OHSTUDENT@MAIL.MIL.
Request should be sent a minimum of 6 months prior to the requested
Readiness: You are required to meet the Navy's height/weight and physical
readiness standards. If you exceed these standards, you will be placed on the
Navy's Physical Enhancement Program at your first duty station. Failure to meet
these standards could ultimately result in separation from the navy. These
standards can be found at:
Height/Weight Standards: http://www.navycs.com/navyheightweightchart.html
Condition Changes. Any changes in your physical condition must be reported
immediately to the NAVMED Accessions Department Medical Section. All medical
documentation should be scanned and e-mailed to USN.OHSTUDENT@MAIL.MIL
unless otherwise directed.
Verification. A year before you graduate, you will be e-mailed an Annual
Verification Package. Please fill out all the forms in this package and return
them within 2 weeks to NAVMED Accessions Department Medical Readiness Section
via scan and e-mail to USN.OHSTUDENT@MAIL.MIL or
secure fax: 301-295-5954. Directions on how to complete the forms are included
in the e-mail to you.
are required to send in your transcript after each semester/term. An unofficial
transcript (web/screen shot) is acceptable, unless otherwise requested by NM
must maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the NCP. Failure to meet the academic
requirement may result in placement in a Leave Without Pay Status (LWOP) and
could result in separation from the program. If
you are having difficulty completing your courses or maintaining a 3.0 GPA,
contact the NCP Career Counselor immediately in order to develop an academic
Transition to Active Duty
Duty Assignment Duty Preference Sheet. The Duty Preference Sheet is a document
in which you provide information about your preferences for your first active
duty assignment. It will be sent via e-mail by the NM Accessions Department NCP
Career Manager 6-7 months prior to your graduation. Guidance and information on
how to fill in the document will be sent with the Duty Preference Sheet. You
must send the Duty Preference Sheet back to the NCP Career Manager by the listed
due date. Do not contact the Detailer directly until you have been told to do
Assignment. Typically, NCP graduates are assigned to one of the following duty
stations for their first assignment:
Graduation and Commissioning.
Graduation. All NCP participants must successfully graduate with a 3.0 GPA or
higher. Immediately following graduation, you must send the NAVMED Accessions
Registrar an official final transcript showing your BSN conferral.
Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). All NCP participants must pass the NCLEX
before they can be commissioned and receive orders to their first duty
assignment. It is anticipated that you will take and pass your NCLEX within 45
days of graduation from your nursing program. The NM Accessions Department NCP
Career Counselor must be notified as soon as you have your initial NCLEX
results. Failure to pass the NCLEX could ultimately result in dismissal from the
NCP Program and the Navy.
to Active Duty. NCP graduates should receive orders within 1-2 weeks following
graduation and successful completion of the NCLEX. Orders will typically be sent
to the Navy Recruiting District Office closest to the participant's school. A
house hold goods move is one of the entitlements of your orders to active duty.
Your orders contain information on how to schedule your move and other
important information. Please read them carefully. Please note: NCP graduates DO
NOT REQUIRE a commissioning physical as stated in the orders. Your physical
into the NCP program and your annual verification cover this requirement. If you
have questions, contact the NAVMED Accessions Department NCP Career
All successful NCP graduates are commissioned as an ENSIGN (ENS), USN by their
Navy Recruiting District closest to their school. (NCP Participants with prior
commissioned service may be commissioned at a higher rank based upon
instructions current at the time of commissioning.) Commissioning involves
making a sworn pledge to support and defend the Constitution of the United
States. Signing your Oath of Office bestows a commission upon you as an officer
in the United States Navy. It is signed before you report to Officer Development
School. Please note: You will receive no pay or benefits as an active duty
officer until you report to ODS. Please plan accordingly!
Development School (ODS). ODS is designed to provide newly commissioned Navy
officers with the basic information required to understand Navy culture. It is
designed to help create future Navy leaders who support the fleet. ODS is
physically located in Newport, Rhode Island and lasts for 5 weeks. You will
not be sent to ODS until you have passed the NCLEX and have your state nursing
license. The NM Accessions Personnel Section will send your hardcopy service
record and medical records directly to ODS. For more information about ODS go to
the website located at http://www.ocs.navy.mil/ods.asp.