You never stop learning as a member of the Army Medical Department. Whether you are looking to progress to the next level in your career or move into another specialty, the Army and Army Reserve have many excellent education programs to help you do that. One of the best things is that the programs cost you nothing and you still receive your Army officer pay and benefits while attending. Do civilian employers allow you to attend similar education programs while you are still earning a paycheck?
The U.S. Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition (GPN)
This program is two-phased, consisting of two separate and distinct components: the U.S. Military-Baylor University Masters Program in Nutrition and the U.S. Army Dietetic Internship. The first phase, the masters didactic coursework (45 credit hours), is approximately nine-months in duration and is completed at the Medical Center of Excellence (MEDCoE) within the Graduate School on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston (JBSA-Fort Sam Houston), which is located in San Antonio, Texas. The second phase, the dietetic internship and research component, is approximately one-year in length, includes 1,353 hours of supervised practice.
Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP)
Attend an APA-accredited Army pre-doctoral internship program located at one of five Army hospitals. Receive excellent training and clinical experience while working at a military medical facility. Our internships develop clinical psychologists capable of providing autonomous psychological services in a variety of applied military settings while they develop their professional identity as a psychologist.
Audiology Externship Program
During this one-year clinical externship, you’ll train at an Army Medical Center. This program is open to students who have completed all academic coursework for a clinical doctorate in audiology.
Interservice Physician Assistant (PA) Program
Receive a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies during this two-year program that combines didactic and clinical training.
US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN)
Successful completion of this 36-month program culminates in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing and qualification to take the certification exam for nurse anesthetists. The initial didactic portion of the training is conducted at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
The USAGPAN provides instruction in a manner that encourages independent thought and critical decision-making. Army nurse anesthetists are often sole anesthesia providers and have to rely on their skills and training in stressful environments. The USAGPAN is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
The Army Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
The Army Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is a 14-month course through the University of Kentucky. It consists of 60 semester hours, followed by a 26-month Social Work Internship Program. It is open to civilians, officers and enlisted personnel requesting to become active duty Medical Service Corps Army officers who want to pursue the MSW via the Army MSW Program. Applicants must have a liberal arts undergraduate degree from an accredited university, preferably in the social sciences (sociology, psychology, social work, political science, criminal justice or similar areas of focus). To enter into the MSW program students must have completed undergraduate coursework that includes 18 semester hours of social and/or behavioral sciences. Applicants incur a 42-month active-duty obligation. This is a one-time-a-year board meeting in January of each year.
The Army Social Work Internship Program (SWIP)
This program is open to civilians, officers, and enlisted personnel requesting to become Active Duty Medical Service Corps Army officers. The SWIP is conducted at multiple Army Medical Treatment Facilities for a 26-month period. It is a bridge between the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the AMEDD Center and School and social-work practice. The program is designed to give social work interns structured supervision as they transition from social work students to independent providers. The SWIP exposes unlicensed active-duty social workers to key areas of practice within the social work career field, and allows for the advanced application of theory in a supervised setting. Applicants incur a 30-month active-duty obligation upon completion and licensure.
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