You can provide the very best nursing care to our Soldiers and their families when you become a critical care nurse on the U.S. Army health care team.

As an officer on our multidisciplinary team, you'll develop new skills and gain the experience that will set you apart from your peers.


Active Duty

Bachelor s degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or accepted by the U.S. Secretary of Education

Completion of a qualified course in critical care nursing or one year of supervised critical care experience

Must be between 21 and 42 years of age

Current, valid and unrestricted nursing license

Must be a U.S. citizen

Army Reserve

In addition to the above qualifications, permanent U.S. residency is required for Reserve duty officers.

Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver, Locate A Recruiter for more information)


Job training for a critical care nurse includes completing a Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC), which introduces you to the Army health care system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills.

Helpful Skills

Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions

Perform under stress

Apply critical technical and thinking skills

Tremendous concentration


Active Duty

Army Nurse Accession Bonus

Health Professions Loan Repayment Program, which can be applied toward qualified nursing school loans

May receive pay for continuing education, including clinical specialization courses

Army Reserve

Special Pay

Reimbursement of nursing school loans through the Healthcare Professionals Loan Repayment Program

May receive pay for continuing education

Education Benefits

The U.S. Army provides generous education loan-repayment programs, residency programs and continuing education opportunities to support your continued career growth and development.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at .

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