CoN, ROTC Partner to Educate Military Nurses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –The University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) and the Air Force, Army and Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs at UNM are partnering to help more ROTC students earn nursing degrees.

The CoN has agreed to admit two ROTC students per term on the condition that the students meet CoN academic acceptance requirements as well as the continuing requirements of the ROTC programs.

This past May, Lawrence Johnson with the Naval ROTC became the first student admitted to the CoN under the agreement.

“We are very pleased to have this agreement with the College of Nursing,” said Captain Ron Kennedy, UNM Naval ROTC, professor of Naval Science. “It enhances the availability of the nursing degree option for the students in our ROTC programs. It is a pleasure and an honor for us to work more closely with the dedicated nursing educators at UNM.”

“It is rewarding to work with ROTC students,” said Dr. Nancy Ridenour, dean and professor at the UNM CoN. “Military nursing will provide the graduates of the ROTC program with exciting and gratifying career opportunities.”

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Fox, associate professor and senior associate dean for Community Partnerships and Practice at the UNM CoN, (505) 272-3330.

Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322

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