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Duty Under Instruction or Going to Graduate School Courtesy of the Navy …. Kathleen M Brennan LT NC USN BSN RN CPN RNC CLC. Where it ALL began …. Timeline of my [ SHORT ] Navy Career. Villanova University NROTC August 1999 – May 2003 Naval Medical Center San Diego

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duty under instruction or going to graduate school courtesy of the navy

Duty Under Instructionor Going to GraduateSchoolCourtesy of the Navy…

Kathleen M Brennan



timeline of my short navy career
Timeline of my [SHORT] Navy Career
  • Villanova University NROTC
    • August 1999 – May 2003
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego
    • July 2003 – July 2006
  • Naval Hospital Naples, Italy
    • July 2006 – July 2009
  • DUINS @ Villanova University
    • August 2009 – December 2010
what is duins
What is DUINS?
  • Duty Under Instruction
  • Opportunity to complete a graduate degree or post graduate degree in a specialty area
  • Funded by the Navy
    • Tuition and fees are paid in full
    • Full pay and allowances are granted
  • Payback is 3 years for 12 months of school, then 6 months of service for each additional 6 months of school
goals of duins
Goals of DUINS
  • Prepare Nurse Corps Officer to Meet Subspecialty Need
  • Promote Attainment of Professional Knowledge
  • Recruiting and Retention
  • Recognize Individual’s Education Aspirations
duins for how many
DUINS for How Many?
  • A maximum of 153 students in DUINS at any one time. Annual Military DUINS Selections
    • Range from 72 to 82
    • Federal Civilian RNs have been budgeted for five opportunities each year at this time.
    • Dependent on training billet vacancies
requirements for duins
Requirements for DUINS
  • Academics:
    • Strong BSN GPA (3.0 or higher)
    • GRE >1000
    • A’s in graduate level courses taken on own
  • Experience:
    • 2 years active service as a Nurse Corps Officer
  • Recommendations:
    • Command Endorsement, Specialty Leader Endorsement, 3 letters of recommendation
recommendations for duins
Recommendations for DUINS
  • Overseas Tour
  • Certifications
    • Clinical subspecialties
  • Fitness Reports
    • Above “Reporting Senior’s Average”
    • Involvement in the command, community, church, etc.
  • OSR
    • Make sure it is up to date!
  • Early Contact with Detailer/DUINS
what can i study in duins
What can I study in DUINS?
  • Manpower Analysis
  • Education and Training
  • Health Care Management
  • Med-Surg Nursing
  • Maternal/Infant Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • JC Fellowship
  • ER/Trauma Nursing
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • CRNA
  • Mental Health NP
  • Pediatric NP
  • Family NP
  • Certified Nurse Midwife
  • PhD, DNP, PhD CRNA
what schools can i attend if selected for duins
What Schools can I attend if Selected for DUINS?
  • FNP, MH NP, CRNA, and Perioperative Nursing are required to apply to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) as one of their choices.
  • If applying to school and returning from OCONUS Europe – apply to East Coast Schools. IF returning from OCONUS Far East – apply to West Coast Schools.
  • Research schools that are within close proximity to your current duty station or future duty station.
duins universities
DUINS Universities
  • Catholic University
  • SDSU
  • University of San Diego
  • George Mason University
  • Rush University
  • Duke University
  • University of VA
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Villanova University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Hampton University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Kentucky
  • UC San Francisco
  • UNC
  • Loma Linda University
  • University of Washington
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Texas
  • University of Kentucky
  • Georgetown University
  • Marquette University
  • Old Dominion University
  • UCLA
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Hawaii
how to apply for duins
How to Apply for DUINS
  • Begin the process and planning 1 year before you intend to submit a DUINS application
  • Notify NC Programs at NMPT&E by sending a letter of intent
  • Print out a copy of BUMED Instruction 1520.27 F. (this is the DUINS Bible!)
  • Complete GRE’s if required for your university
  • Apply to schools with the program you would like to complete (at least 2 different schools)
completing the duins application
Completing the DUINS Application
  • Program and school requested ( 1st/2nd choice)
  • School acceptance letters
  • Curriculum plan
  • Current contact information
  • PRD and discussions with detailer
  • Obligated service
  • Certifications/Subspecialty Codes
  • PRT Scores
  • Professional and Military Experience
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Completing the DUINS Application
  • Transcripts
  • GRE/GMAT scores if needed
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Endorsement from Specialty Leader
  • Personal Statement (250 word limit)
  • Obligation Statement
  • Privacy Act Statement
  • SUMBIT (and keep your fingers crossed!)
requirements while in duins
Requirements while in DUINS
  • Check in with sponsoring command/NROTC/PSD
  • Notify NMPT&E of arrival
  • Arrange classes, textbooks, school supplies, parking pass
  • Attend ALL classes
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Maintain height/weight standards
  • BCA/PFA completed 2x year
  • Fitness Reports are “Not Observed”
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Requirements while in DUINS
  • Submit grades to NMPT&E at the end of each semester
  • Submit cost quotes and school bills to NMPT&E each semester – they pay the bill…
  • Submit Leave Chit if leaving the area
  • NO Moonlighting – school is your “JOB”
  • TAD only if required for school
  • Study hard, have fun, enjoy being back in school!
pros of duins
Pros of DUINS
  • Great education
  • Minimal cost to you
  • You get paid your full salary for going to school
  • Maintain time in service/rank
  • Looks great at promotion boards
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Time away from the Navy
  • School is your “JOB”
  • Opportunity to see how civilian hospital function
  • New friends
  • Easy to save money
  • School holidays are your days off
cons of duins
Cons of DUINS
  • Commitment after graduation
  • Not eligible for bonus until commitment complete
  • Time away from the Navy
  • Change in pace from normal work schedule
  • Not allowed to “work”
  • Can be lonely
  • Easy to spend money
my duins package
My DUINS Package
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.6
  • Applying from overseas
  • Experience in Inpatient Pediatrics, High Risk Labor and Delivery, Med-surg, Education
  • Rejuvenated the Health Promotions Department
  • Certifications as a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN), OB-RNC, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC)
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My DUINS Package
  • Passed ALL BCA’s and PFA’s

(Outstandingon 90% of them)

  • Command Activities: Teen Clinic, Family Advocacy Committee, Instructor for NRP and PALS
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
things to think about
Things to think about
  • What can you do that makes you stand out?
  • Are your fitness reports competitive?
  • Have you passed your BCA’s and PFA’s?
  • Are you ready to go back to school to study and write papers?
  • If you don’t go to USUHS, what military support is around you?
  • How far are family/friends from the schools you are applying to?
duins info
  • BUMED Instruction 1520.27F
  • CDR Kenneth Page@ NC Programs


(301) 295-5773


  • Speak to your specialty leader or detailer

LT Kathleen Brennan