Course work consists of six major areas that are equivalent to
approximately 18 semester hours of college credit in Naval Science
(each college/university has its own course credit policies).
The academic courses at NSI include:
(1) Introduction to Naval Science. This course is a general
introduction to the military and the naval service.
Instruction places particular emphasis on the officer’s perspective
of the mission, organization, regulations, and warfare components of
the Navy. Included is an overview of officer and enlisted rank
and rating structures, career opportunities, promotion and
advancement, and retirement policies. This course also covers
the basic tenets of naval courtesy, customs, discipline, naval
leadership, and ship nomenclature. The candidate is made
cognizant of the major challenges facing today’s Naval officer,
including the areas of equal opportunity, fraternization, sexual
harassment and drug/alcohol abuse.
(2) Sea Power and Maritime Affairs. This course is a survey
of American Naval history from the American Revolution to the
present. In addition, the course discusses the general concept
of Sea Power, the roles of various warfare components of the U.S.
Navy, and U.S. Naval Strategy.
(3) Naval Ships Systems I (Engineering). This course is
designed to familiarize candidates with the types, structure, and
purpose of naval ships. Ships’ propulsion systems, auxiliary
power systems, interior communications, and ship control are
included. Elements of ship design to achieve safe operations
and ship stability characteristics are examined.
(4) Naval Ships Systems II (Weapons). This course offers an
introduction to the theory and principles of the operation of naval
weapons systems. The course includes coverage of types of
weapons and fire control systems, radar and sonar fundamentals,
theory of target acquisition, identification and tracking,
trajectory principles, and basics of naval ordnance.
(5) Navigation I. This course provides an in depth study of
the theory, principles, procedures and application of plotting,
piloting, and navigation techniques. Students learn piloting
techniques, the use of charts, visual and electronic aids, and
theory of operation of magnetic/gyro compasses. Other topics
include tides, currents, effects of wind/weather, voyage planning,
and application and understanding of international/inland rules of
navigation. The course is supplemented with review/analysis of
case studies involving actual navigation.
(6) Navigation II (Seamanship and Naval Operations). Study of
relative motion,vector-analysis theory, formation tactics, and ship
employment. Also included is an introduction to naval
operations, operations analysis, ship maneuvering characteristics,
applied aspects of ship handling, communications, and
command/control. This course is supplemented with a
review/analysis of case studies involving moral/ethical/leadership
issues pertaining to the concepts listed above.
Memorization Items. Officer Candidates may be
required to recite the items below. (Click on the links below)
The Navy considers a physically fit body as important as a sound
mind. The objectives of the physical training sessions classes at
OTCN are to develop stamina, endurance and to improve your overall
Physical training instruction begins immediately upon arrival. You
are required to be within Navy Body Composition Standards upon
arrival. They are:
- Male Standard:
- Female Standard:
Within the first week of training, you will given a BCA and will
complete a PFA. It pays to be in peak physical condition when you
report to NSI.
Officer Candidates must maintain Physical Fitness Standards IAW
The following link contains recommended conditioning programs to
help prepare you for the physical fitness requirements of NSI.
The Physical Fitness Assessment consists of 4 events:
- 1.5 mile run
Individuals who do not satisfactorily complete any portion of the
PFA with a score of
good low or better may be subject to
administrative actions which may adversely affect their status at
For information concerning the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment,
please click on the following links
Navy Physical Readiness Home Page
OPNAVINST 6110.1 (series) Navy Physical Fitness Assessment
All NSI candidates are encouraged to review the student regulations
and program information included in