Benefits for Military Students: GI Bill, METC Credits, GEM

Serving Those Who Have Served

GI Bill | METC Training | Tuition Costs | CCAF/GEM | Additional Support

We proudly welcome U.S. military students at Shawnee State University Online Campus.

We want to help U.S. military veterans and current active duty service members take advantage of the educational benefits they have earned. Those who have served in the U.S. military can apply for GI Bill benefits to receive financial assistance for their online program. College credit is available for graduates of the Medical Education Training Camp.

Shawnee State University Military Friendly 2020-2021

What Is the GI Bill?

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides educational benefits to veterans and active duty service members through the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the Forever GI Bill. The Forever GI Bill incorporates the following changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill:

  • All service members are eligible for educational benefits as there is no longer a 15-year time limit for the use of benefits
  • Purple Heart recipients can receive benefits at the 100-percent level for up to three years
  • Service members in the National Guard and Reserve can receive benefits
  • Increased benefit levels

Am I Eligible for GI Bill Benefits?

You must meet any of the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive GI Bill educational benefits:

  • Have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and were discharged due to a service-related disability
  • Have served 90 days of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and received honorable discharge
  • Have received a Purple Heart or the Fry Scholarship
  • Are serving in the National Guard or Reserve

How Can I Receive College Credit for METC Training?

As a Medical Education Training Camp (METC) graduate, you can receive college credit for one of the following three fully online programs at Shawnee State:

  • Associate of Arts in General Studies: Earn a college degree that can help you advance your career or prepare for a bachelor’s degree. You’ll take general education courses and have the freedom to select electives that appeal to your interests and goals.
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science: Step into leadership roles in allied health. By studying a variety of topics in health science and healthcare, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of health-related careers.
  • Bachelor of Individualized Studies: Customize your degree to achieve your specific career goals. If you’d like to pursue a degree where there is no formal program or you’d like to combine aspects of two or more programs, an individual studies degree might be the solution. You’ll discuss your need with an academic advisor who will help you develop a unique plan of study.

The Guide to Transfer document offers more details about obtaining college credit for your METC training at Shawnee State.

METC Training ProgramShawnee State University Degree ProgramTransferable Credit HoursCredits to CompleteDownloadable Degree Map
Dental Assistant ProgramAssociate of Arts in General Studies1347PDF – Dental Assistant – AAGS
Dental Assistant ProgramBachelor of Science in Health Science13107PDF – Dental Assistant – BSHS
Dental Assistant ProgramBachelor of Individualized Studies13107PDF – Dental Assistant – BIS
Radiologic Technologist Program (Air Force & Navy)Associate of Arts in General Studies3327PDF – Radiologic Technologist Air Force, Navy – AAGS
Radiologic Technologist Program (Air Force & Navy)Bachelor of Science in Health Science3387PDF – Radiologic Technologist Air Force, Navy – BSHS
Radiologic Technologist Program (Air Force & Navy)Bachelor of Individualized Studies3387PDF – Radiologic Technologist Air Force, Navy – BIS
Radiologic Technologist Program (Army)Associate of Arts in General Studies3525PDF – Radiologic Technologist Army – AAGS
Radiologic Technologist Program (Army)Bachelor of Science in Health Science3585PDF – Radiologic Technologist Army – BSHS
Radiologic Technologist Program (Army)Bachelor of Individualized Studies3585PDF – Radiologic Technologist Army – BIS
Hospital Corpsman BasicAssociate of Arts in General Studies1941PDF – Hospital Corpsman Basic – AAGS
Hospital Corpsman BasicBachelor of Science in Health Science19101PDF – Hospital Corpsman Basic – BSHS
Hospital Corpsman BasicBachelor of Individualized Studies19101PDF – Hospital Corpsman Basic – BIS

How Will My Military Benefits Affect My Costs?

Bachelor’s Degree
Full-Time Tuition100%
Post-9/11 GI Bill Academic Year Cap35%
Remaining Balance65%
Master’s Degree
Full-Time Tuition100%
Post-9/11 GI Bill Academic Year Cap82%
Remaining Balance18%

Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) – General Education Mobile (GEM)

Shawnee State University is proud to announce an agreement with the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) through the General Education Mobile (GEM) program. The General Education Mobile (GEM) program is designed to help US Air Force and US Space Force members fulfill their general education requirements in a mobile, non-traditional format. Completing the GEM program is a key step toward earning your Associates of Applied Science degree at the CCAF.

Shawnee State University offers convenient online courses that can satisfy these general education requirements for your AAS degree at the Community College of the Air Force. General Education courses prepare you for the degree-specific and higher-level courses you will need to earn your degree and the foundation of your college studies.

  • Each course corresponds to a general education area requirement for a degree
  • GEM courses are taught 100% online
  • Tuition Reduction of $250/credit hour*
  • Multiple Start Dates

*Tuition rate is for military personnel/veterans and requires verification of status.

Oral Communication

Course CodeCourse TitleCreditsCourse Length
COMM1103Public Speaking/Human Communication3.007 weeks

Written Communication

Course CodeCourse TitleCreditsCourse Length
ENGL1101Discourse and Composition (A)3.007 weeks
ENGL1105Composition and Argumentation3.007 weeks


Course CodeCourse TitleCreditsCourse Length
MATH1000Reasoning Using Mathematics3.007 weeks
STAT1150Principles of Statistics3.007 weeks

Social Science

Course CodeCourse TitleCreditsCourse Length
ANTH2250Principles of Cultural Anthropology3.007 weeks
ECON2201Principles of Microeconomics3.007 weeks
ECON2202Principles of Macroeconomics3.007 weeks
HIST1340American History Since 18653.007 weeks
HIST2223Ancient History of the Near East3.007 weeks
POLS1210Introduction to Comparative Politics3.007 weeks
PSYC1101Introduction to Psychology3.007 weeks
SOCI1101Introduction to Sociology3.007 weeks


Course CodeCourse TitleCreditsCourse Length
ENGL2200Introduction to Literature3.007 weeks
MUSI1201Music Appreciation3.007 weeks
SPAN1111Elementary Spanish 13.007 weeks
PHIL2320Ethics in Public/Private Life3.007 weeks

Additional Support

SSU is an excellent choice for military veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces due to the following benefits afforded to you:

  • Dedicated staff to help you access your military education benefits, transition to college life, and succeed in earning your degree and launching your chosen career.
  • Small class size allowing faculty to better understand the needs of veteran students.
  • Office of Military and Veteran Services Office that is dedicated to supporting students as they adjust to college-level academic work,
  • Active student veteran club
  • Counseling tailored to the needs of military veterans.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Veterans Coordinator in the Student Success Center:

Eric Ramaekers
Veterans Coordinator
(740) 351-4441

Additional Resources

If you’d like to learn more about military benefits, you may visit any of the following resources:

Military Benefits FAQs