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Helping Veterans Become Nurses

Veterans’ Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (VBSN)

HRSA funds 20 schools of nursing through the Veterans’ Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (VBSN) program.

The program’s goal is to increase veterans’ enrollment, retention, and graduation from nursing programs, therefore improving the quality of the nursing workforce.

The schools award academic credit to veterans for their military experience and training in healthcare and nursing.

The schools offer diverse programs, including:

  • Traditional four-year programs
  • Campus-based programs
  • Online programs
  • Hybrid programs

Accelerated 1-2 year programs are available to veterans who completed pre-nursing courses or have experience as:

  • Emergency medical technicians (EMT)
  • Corpsmen
  • Medics
  • Licensed vocational nurses
  • Degreed nurses (associates or diploma)

Veterans with baccalaureate degrees in a field other than nursing may also be eligible.

The schools also offer training experiences at clinics, hospitals and other organizations.

Veterans that successfully complete the VBSN program receive assistance with National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) test preparation, career planning, and guidance on transitioning into the role of a civilian professional registered nurse.

Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program

HRSA also funds 89 schools through the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) program, with many of the grantees focused on recruiting veterans to earn advanced nursing degrees.

Grantees support traineeships for enrolled registered nurses to practice as primary care providers and/or nursing midwives. Project periods range from 2-4 years