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In partnership with the Uniformed Services University College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS), NUMI provides Submarine Force IDC students a pathway to completing a Bachelor’s of Health Sciences degree. Students are able to complete all core coursework for the degree while enrolled in the program. For more information, the CAHS Student Handbook and NUMI Submarine IDC degree plan and syllabi are available for review.

In addition to the full Submarine Force IDC course, NUMI also offers a pathway for Surface Independent Duty Corpsman (HM-L10A) and Deep Sea Diving Independent Duty Corpsman (HM-L28A) to gain the required qualifications to transition to Submarine platforms. The course is scheduled in conjunction with the full course to cover Radiation Health and Submarine Administration topics. Students must also complete practical and mentorship exercises as requirements for graduation. Through CAHS, NUMI offers credit and completion of a Certificate. The NUMI Submarine IDC Alternate requirements and syllabi are available for review.


  • US Citizenship
  • E5-E7 Hospital Corpsman
  • Not more than 30 years of age (age waivers accepted)
  • Physically qualified for Submarine Duty (per MANMED and MILPERSMAN)
  • 60 Hours of documented direct patient care is recommended
  • letters of recommendation from a member's Senior Enlisted Leader and a Submarine IDC
  • Secret clearance eligibility.
  • Must meet requirements of MILPERSMAN 1306-402 qualification for assignment to submarine duty.

Training is conducted onboard the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Connecticut. The course of instruction is 63 weeks in total. The Independent Duty Corpsman Curriculum begins after completing 6 weeks of Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) at Naval Submarine School on the submarine base.

Upon successful course completion, the new graduate is eligible for meritorious advancement to E6, a selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) per current directives, and assignment to an independent duty billet onboard an operational submarine.

Special pays includes submarine duty pay (begins the first day of BESS, CONSUB, special duty assignment pay (SDAP) (currently $450.00 monthly while on independent duty), sea pay, and continued submarine pay when returning to shore duty (with incurred PRD OBLISERV).

For additional information and requirements, visit the Catalog of Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC).


Submarine IDC Schedule

  • For SUB IDC schedule visit the CANTRAC
  • For SUB IDC Refresher Training schedule visit the CANTRAC
  • For SUB IDC Conversion schedule visit the CANTRAC

Submarine IDC Curricula

The curriculum consists of intensive, fast-paced study and includes topics covering Radiation Health (8 weeks) and Clinical and Operational Medicine (44 weeks). A myriad of topics involving all facets of leading the medical department onboard an operational submarine are covered: administering the radiation health and atmosphere control programs, conducting atmosphere sampling, performing laboratory procedures, and diagnosing and treating a variety of illnesses and injuries, to name a few. Throughout the course of study, each student is assigned a faculty mentor for a unique one-on-one preceptorship. This mentor provides academic advisement and assignments, career counseling, etc., and is a constant, readily available resource for the student.

Opportunities exist for off-site training during the 12 weeks of clinical rotations, which follow the didactic phases. Currently, clinical partnerships exist with the United States Coast Guard Academy Medical Clinic, Navy Readiness and Training Unit (NMRTU) Groton, CT, Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Newport, RI, NMRTC Portsmouth, VA, Hartford Healthcare Simulation Hartford, CT, as well as Yale New Haven Hospital. These rotations offer invaluable training in areas including anesthesia, trauma and critical care medicine, emergency medicine, and other real-world aspects of operational medicine.

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