The Air Force has a commissioning program for enlisted members who desire to obtain a bachelor of science degree in nursing and become a commissioned officer nurse in the United States Air Force. The program is called the Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program, or NECP. Those selected for the program attend college full-time at an accredited university, while remaining on active duty.
Selection boards for the program will be conducted periodically. The first selection board was held at the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, in July 2007.
For the 2009 program, interested Airman must complete the following actions:
-- Notify Air Force Personnel Command (AFPC) officials of their intent to apply no later than Feb. 23. Late notifications will not be accepted.
-- Send all transcripts for an academic evaluation no later than March 20.
-- Submit their final application by April 20.
The nurse corps hopes to select 40 students for the upcoming fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters.
- Be active duty, E-4 and above
- Be a citizen of the United States (a certified copy of birth certificate, passport or certificate of citizenship/naturalization is required)
- Be commissioned by age 42
- Be worldwide qualified
- Meet all the requirements for commissioning
- Meet all prerequisites to complete an academic review
- Have completed 59 semester hours of graded college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university
- Have completed the following courses as part of the required 59 hours:
· general psychology
· anatomy and physiology I and II (labs required)
· microbiology (lab required)
· chemistry I and II (labs required)
(College Level Examination Program coursework will be accepted, with the exception of labs)
Completed application packages should be sent to: HQ AFPC/DPAMN, 550 C Street West Ste 25, Randolph AFB, Texas 78150-4727.
Those selected will commission after passing the National Council Licensure Examination and then attend Commissioned Officer Training and the Nurse Transition Program. Students will be required to attend school year-round for up to 24 consecutive calendar months, to include summer sessions.