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How many of you would have guessed that Ryanf chose a health care specialist for a job in the military? Specifically a 68W Health Care Specialist. I read it on his blog. Not as an entry, but as a comment when he asked readers to guess his chosen MOS. From what I can tell of the MOS description, there's several levels of training, from 7 weeks to 52 weeks, depending upon the person's aptitude and learning skills. If he does well, passes the training, acquires solid skills, and survives the battlefield, he's basically set himself up for life working as a first responder. Well done Ryan. Cyclist and hero.
Here's a description of the range of 68W responsibilities:
Injured or wounded Soldiers need immediate treatment, so when Army physicians aren't available, the Health Care Specialist is authorized to step in to provide basic and emergency medical treatment.
The Health Care Specialist is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment, limited primary care and health protection and evacuation from a point of injury or illness. Some of your duties as a Health Care Specialist may include:
Administering emergency medical treatment to battlefield casualties
Assisting with outpatient and inpatient care and treatment
Interviewing patients and recording their medical histories
Taking patients' temperature, pulse and blood pressure
Preparing blood samples for laboratory analysis
Keeping health records and clinical files up-to-date
Giving shots and medicines to patients
Preparing patients, operating rooms, equipment and supplies for surgery
Related Civilian Jobs
Related Army Positions
Civilian Certifications Earned
Job training for a Health Care Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and seven to 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in patient care. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you'll learn are:
Patient care techniques
Emergency medical techniques
Methods of sterilizing surgical equipment
Helpful attributes include:
An interest in helping and caring for others
An ability to communicate effectively
An ability to work under stressful conditions
An interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
Attention to detail
Advanced level Health Care Specialists supervise and train other Soldiers within the same discipline. As an advanced level Health Care Specialist, you may be involved in:
Administering emergency and routine medical treatment to battle and non-battle casualties
Assisting with outpatient care and treatment
Supervising field and clinical medical facilities under the supervision of a physician, nurse or physician's assistant
The skills you learn as a Health Care Specialist will help prepare you for a future with civilian hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a Health Care Specialist background, you may consider a career as an Emergency Medical Technician, medical assistant, a medication aide or physician's assistant.
With continued study and experience, you may qualify for certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians as a First Responder.