Medical Support Technician

U.S. Navy - United States4.3

30+ days agoPart-time
About
Navy Hospital Corpsmen provide treatment for thousands of Sailors and Marines, using quick thinking to help keep them fit and ready to serve at the best of their abilities. They may:

Assist Navy Physicians and Dentists with surgeries
Specialize in radiology, search and rescue, optical or preventive medicine
Transport the sick and injured to safe quarters
Operate some of the world’s most sophisticated medical and dental equipment
What to Expect
Hospital Corpsman

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Responsibilities

As an Enlisted Hospital Corpsman, you may expect to:
Serve as an operating room technician for general and specialized surgery
Process dental X-rays and operate X-ray equipment
Work in the field with Navy SEALs or Seabees, or be assigned to Fleet Marine Force
Construct dental crowns and bridges
Help administer a wide range of preventive care
Deliver emergency medical or dental treatment to Sailors and Marines in the field
Maintain patient treatment records
Administer medications, including injections
Perform clinical tests

As an Enlisted Hospital Corpsman, you may expect to:
Serve as an operating room technician for general and specialized surgery
Process dental X-rays and operate X-ray equipment
Work in the field with Navy SEALs or Seabees or be assigned to Fleet Marine Force
Construct dental crowns and bridges
Help administer a wide range of preventive care
Deliver emergency medical or dental treatment to Sailors and Marines in the field
Maintain patient treatment records
Administer medications, including injections
Perform clinical tests
Work Environment
Hospital Corpsmen (HMs) are part of a highly respected, world-class health-care network. Whether in a hospital or clinical setting, on ships or submarines, or out in the field alongside fellow Sailors, HMs use their medical skills to impact the lives of others – often in unique situations.

Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Hospital Corpsmen in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

For Annual Training, Hospital Corpsmen may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or bases and installations on shore.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

Training & Advancement
The training you will receive in America’s Navy will prepare you for a number of specialties – everything from surgery to radiology, physical therapy to respiratory medicine, and more. The Navy offers tremendous opportunities to get the hands-on experience medical assistants require. Sailors in this field may also have the opportunity to receive further training in various medical and dental subspecialties.

Upon completion of initial 7–9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing a Hospital Corpsman (HM) role report to Fort Sam Houston in Tex., where they receive formal Navy technical training at “A” School for 19 weeks. Here, they develop a working knowledge of basic principles and techniques of patient care and first aid procedures in preparation for their first assignment.

From there, HMs are assigned to either Navy medical treatment facilities or operational Navy or Fleet Marine Force units. Further assignments may include a dental support program or advanced “C” School training.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.

Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent.

Hospital Corpsmen in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.

For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

Education Opportunities
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of medical support can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) Degree Program
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of medical support can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV) Degree Program
Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
Post-9/11 GI Bill
Qualifications & Requirements
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the medical support field in the Navy. It is required that those seeking a Hospital Corpsman position be U.S. citizens and should have a sincere interest in providing general health care. They must relate well to other people and work well as a part of a team. Candidates should have good communication skills, writing and arithmetic ability, manual dexterity, and a good memory. They should be dependable, trustworthy, resourceful, and have a background or interest in the sciences. Other important qualifications are competence with tools, equipment/machines, physical stamina and the ability to do repetitive tasks without losing interest. Any illegal involvement with drugs may be disqualifying.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the medical support field in the Navy. It is required that those seeking a Hospital Corpsman position should have a sincere interest in providing general health care. They must relate well to other people and work well as a part of a team. Candidates should have good communication skills, writing and arithmetic ability, manual dexterity, and a good memory. They should be dependable, trustworthy, resourceful, and have a background or interest in the sciences. Other important qualifications are competence with tools, equipment/machines, physical stamina and the ability to do repetitive tasks without losing interest. Any illegal involvement with drugs may be disqualifying. Citizenship requirements may vary.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

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