The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) honors and supports our military personnel and veterans returning to civilian life and wishes to thank them for the sacrifices that they and their families have made on behalf of our nation. The skills that men and women acquire in the Armed Forces are valuable. These skills may benefit an individual that decides to pursue a career in nursing. The following links will provide information for military personnel, veterans and their families who may be interested in becoming a registered nurse or a licensed vocational nurse.
For more information regarding veteran-specific state services, please visit the Texas Veterans Portal web site.
Credit for Heroes: Credits for Heroes Resources will assist active duty, former and retired military personnel to receive the credit they earned for military training and education. www.collegecreditforheroes.org
Dedicated Nursing Education for Military and Veterans: Alamo College has a dedicated nursing education program track to prepare military service members and veterans who are trained/served as Army Combat Medics, Navy Corpsmen, or Air Force Medics to earn an AAS degree in Nursing.
eLine Military Program: eLine Military Program is an online nursing program for military personnel or veterans with medical experience. The program allows for college credit based on medical experience in the field while serving the military, providing a seamless progression through the program without repeating prior content.
Continuing Nursing Education: Continuing nursing education (CNE) learning opportunities at the BON
Credit Options for Military Personnel: The following Board approved, TX nursing education programs offer articulated credit or other options for military personnel with medical training and/or experience:
Military Medical Education and Training Comparison Report
A report presented by the Washington State Department of Health Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission in 2011, compared the requirements for practical nursing program to the Air Force/Navy Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program and the Army Health Care Specialist. Comparison Report Subsequently, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) conducted an in-depth analysis of the health care specialist (medic), corpsman and airman curricula, and compared them with a standard practical/vocational nursing curriculum with a Standard Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Curriculum, entitled: NCSBN Analysis: A Comparison of Selected Military Health Care Occupation Curricula
BON Rules Related to Military Nurses and Families
Special Reactivation of Nursing License: Nurses serving in the military, who are actively deployed may reactivate their license without penalty if the license lapses and becomes delinquent. See Rule 217.6 (h) Special Reactivation Provisions for Actively Deployed Nurses.
Special Waivers for Military Spouses: Reactivation fees, fines and continuing nursing education requirements may be waived for nurses who are spouses of active duty military personnel. See Rule 217.6 (j) Military Spouse here.
Military Application Exception ProcessFor military nurses and their spouses, if being deployed, the Texas Board of Nursing will assist and expedite the endorsement process. Please contact:
Multistate Registration of Nursing – Nursing Licensure Compact
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Find information about other state boards of nursing and learning opportunities for continuing nursing education here.
Nursing AssociationsNursing associations are often formed to support and encourage
specialty areas within nursing. For example, student nurses and licensed nurses may be interested in the:
Resources for Transitioning to Civilian Life
Joining Forces: Joining Forces is the White House's initiative that is committed to linking our Nation's servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources and tools that are needed to find jobs in America.
Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program: The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence is a philanthropic scholarship and grant program that provides nursing education scholarships to nurse leaders pursuing a PhD or DNP with a research focus in veteran-specific healthcare needs.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the primary agency charged with safeguarding health and providing necessary human services for all Americans. Numerous programs and resources within HHS and its operating divisions are specifically aimed to support military families.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers many services, resources and tools for Veterans.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free and confidential telephone support to Veterans, family and friends.