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Welcome to Nurse Corps (NC) Graduate Programs!

Description:
The Nurse Corps Graduate Programs provides central management and oversight of all aspects of graduate and professional education and training for Navy Nurse Corps officers.  Graduate education is one of the many requirements to advance your career in the Nurse Corps.  Officers may obtain a graduate degree on their own time through the tuition assistance program or apply for Full Time Duty Under Instruction or DUINS. DUINS offers the opportunity to attend school on a full-time basis at no personal cost while receiving all benefits, pay and allowances of their paygrade.  Officers must have a minimum of two years’ commissioned experience to apply.  Depending upon the degree applied for, students may attend one of three military service schools:  Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey California, Army Baylor, Waco, Texas, and The Uniformed Services University, Bethesda MD.  Students not in the degree fields provided by service schools may select a nationally accredited civilian college and universities leading to the requested subspecialty code.

The NC Graduate Programs also provides program management for perioperative nurse training and funding procedures relating to professional credentials and participation in certification, recertification, maintenance of certification (MOC), and specialty board examinations for active duty Navy NC officers.

Program Focus:
To provide central management and oversight of all aspects of full-time duty under instruction (DUINS), perioperative nurse training, and funding procedures relating to professional credentials and participation in certification, recertification, maintenance of certification (MOC), and specialty board examinations for active duty Navy NC officers.

Policy:
BUMEDNOTE 1520 - Academic Year 2022 Nurse Corps Full-Time Duty Under Instruction
DoDINST 6000.13 of 03 May 2016 - Accession and Retention Policies, Programs, and Incentives for Military Health Professions Officers (HPOs)
OPNAVINST 6110.1J - Physical Readiness Program
NAVPERS 15560D - Naval Military Personnel Manual
OPNAVINST 1520.23C - Graduate Education
DoDINST 1322.10 of 29 April 2008 - Policy on Graduate education for Military Officers
NAVMED P-117 of 20 October 2020 - Manual of the Medical Department (MANMED)
BUMEDINST 1520.43 of 01 February 2020 - Medical Education Department Requirements and Selections Board Application Procedures
NAVADMIN 034-22 - FY22 Navy Active Duty Nurse Corps Special Pays Guidance

Perioperative Nurse Training
Perioperative Nurse Training Program General Program Guidance as of 01 January 2022

Funding Professional Credentials and Certification Examinations:
BUMEDINST 1500.20A as of 09 March 2020 CH-1 - Funding Professional Credentials and Certification Examinations

Program Requirements

DUINS:
Eligibility: Please review BUMEDNOTE 1520 - Academic Year 2022 Nurse Corps Full-Time Duty Under Instruction

a.   Must have completed 2 years of active Service prior to the DUINS Board convening.
 

b.   Must meet all physical, medical, and administrative readiness requirements to be worldwide assignable.
 

c.   Must be in a regular or selected promotion status.
 

d.   Must not be subject to or pending administrative separation, punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a civilian criminal conviction, or involved in any type of action or activity considered to be misconduct.
 

e.   For officers on continental United States orders, the school convening date must be within 4 months of members projected rotation date (PRD). For officers on operational orders or outside the continental United States, the school convening date must be within 2 months of members PRD. Any modification to PRD requires chain of command and detailer approval.
 

f.    Must not be in receipt of permanent change of station orders at the time of application.
 

g.   Officers previously awarded a master's or doctoral degree through DUINS will not be eligible to apply for DUINS with the exception of the programs listed in subparagraphs 4g(1) through 4g(3):
 

(1) Nursing Research Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
 

(2) Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Ph.D.
 

(3) Army-Baylor 1 year Master of Health Administration Program.
 

h.  Must be applying for masters or doctoral degree program. Officers who have earned a master’s or doctoral degree outside the DUINS program are eligible to apply for another master’s or doctoral degree with this exception: officers practicing in billeted CRNA or Nurse Practitioner (NP) roles are eligible to return to DUINS for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) if required by State licensure authority.
    i. Must have completed all incurred obligated service by the time the program convenes with the exceptions listed in subparagraphs 4i (1) through 4i (5):
        (1) Health Professions Loan Repayment Program obligated service can be served consecutively with obligated service incurred from   DUINS.

        (2) Navy-sponsored tuition assistance obligated service can be served concurrently with obligated service incurred from DUINS.

        (3) Outstanding service obligations from Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, Seaman to Admiral-21 Program, Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program, Montgomery GI Bill transfer, and Nurse Candidate program will be served consecutively with obligated service incurred from DUINS.

        (4) A critical care nurse under a retention bonus may enter a DUINS master’s degree program for critical care while under a retention bonus agreement.

        (5) A mental health nurse under a retention bonus may enter a DUINS doctoral degree program for Psychiatric Mental Health NP while under a retention bonus agreement


Perioperative Nurse Training:
Please review the Perioperative Nurse Training Program General Program Guidance as of 01 January 2022

*For additional guidance and information on the requirements, please contact the Perioperative Nursing Specialty Leader*

Funding Professional Credentials and Certification Examinations:
Please review BUMEDINST 1500.20A as of 09 March 2020 CH-1 – Funding Professional Credentials and Certification Examinations

 

Application procedures:
 
DUINS:
Please see BUMEDNOTE 1520 - Academic Year 2022 Nurse Corps Full-Time Duty Under Instruction, enclosure (2), pages 13-17.

Perioperative Nurse Training:
Please see the Perioperative Nurse Training Program General Program Guidance as of 01 January 2022, pages 6-10.

 

*For additional guidance and information on the requirements, please contact the Perioperative Nursing Specialty Leader*


Funding Professional Credentials and Certification Examinations:
Please review BUMEDINST 1500.20A as of 09 March 2020 CH-1 – Funding Professional Credentials and Certification Examinations, enclosures (1)-(3), pages 9-13.

 
Students will be allowed 24 months to complete a Master’s degree, 36 months for a DNP and 48 for a PhD.  Additional service obligations for attending school are:  three years for the first year, six months for every six months thereafter.

Contact Information

Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command
Building 1, 16th Floor, Room 16124
8955 Wood Road
Bethesda, MD 20889-5628

Head, NC Graduate Program
Phone: (301) 295-1822
DSN:  295-1822

NC Graduate Programs
Program Specialist
Phone:  (301) 295-0603
DSN:  295-0603


The mailing address for UPS, FEDEX, and other ground carriers:
Commanding Officer
Naval Medical Leader and Professional Development Command
Attn: Nurse Corps Graduate Programs
8955 Wood Road, Building 1, 16th Floor, Room 16124
Bethesda, MD 20889-5628

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