Medical Assistant/ Technician
Company: US Navy
Posted on: January 22, 2023
As Sailors, we rely on exceptional medical personnel to keep our
servicemen and women healthy. As a Hospital Corpsman, you fulfill
that critical role by assisting in a wide range of departments and
procedures, from dispensing vaccines and analyzing lab samples to
aiding in dental operations and assisting in emergency surgeries.
You'll get to try your hand at just about everything while making a
huge difference for the Sailors you serve.
What to Expect
Hospital Corpsmen (HM) assist health care professionals in
providing medical care to Navy personnel and their families. They
may function as clinical or specialty technicians, medical
administrative personnel and healthcare providers at medical
treatment facilities. Specifically, Hospital Corpsmen may be called
- Perform emergency medical treatment on SEALs, Seabees, Marines
and other military personnel injured in the field, as well as on
Sailors aboard ships or aircraft
- Perform emergency dental treatment as well as construct dental
crowns and bridges, process dental X-rays and operate X-ray
- Serve as an operating room technician for general and
- Help administer a wide range of preventive care and
medications, including immunizations and intravenous fluids
- Conduct physical examinations and assisting in the treatment of
diseases and injuries
- Supervise sanitation and safety conditions in the
- Maintain patient treatment records, conduct research and
perform clinical tests
- Assist Navy Physicians and Nurses in a variety of medical
fields, including, but not limited to: radiology, physical therapy,
phlebotomy, dental, surgery, family medicine, pathology, women's
health and more
As a Hospital Corpsman, you have the most diverse range of work
environments available in the Navy. Your job will likely take you
all over the world-and far out of your comfort zone. As a Hospital
Corpsman, you could be assigned to a Navy medical treatment
facility, like an on-base hospital or clinic. You could also work
on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean or a submarine in
the depths of the sea. Wherever you're assigned, you'll work
alongside other medical professionals to be trained as a skilled
first responder, whether your skills are needed bedside or in the
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of initial training at Recruit Training Command
Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), you'll report for specialized
Hospital Corps "A" School (19 weeks) in San Antonio, Texas for
training on basic principles and techniques of patient care and
first aid procedures.
Field Medical Service School at Camp Lejeune, NC, or Pendleton, CA
for specialized training on medical services relating to Seabees
and Marine Corps units if you apply and assignments are
After you complete your training, you'll be assigned to a Navy
medical treatment facility or an operational Navy or Fleet Marine
Force unit. HMs may also go on to receive assignments to ships,
submarines or overseas posts.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance.
Advanced technical training, or "C" school, is optional and
available to those who qualify after "A" School training is
completed. HMs may enroll in advanced training for over 20
different credentials and specializations including:
- Aerospace Physiology & Medical Technician - Assist in the
treatment of naval aviators and flight personnel.
- Behavioral Health Technician - Assist psychiatrists and
psychologists in providing mental health care for service members
and their families.
- Biomedical Equipment Technician - Assemble, maintain,
troubleshoot and calibrate medical equipment.
- Cardiovascular Technician - Assist in performing diagnostic and
interventional cardiac procedures.
- Deep Sea Diving Independent Duty Corpsman - Serve as a Medical
Department Representative (MDR) for diving units.
- Dental Hygienist - Provide dental hygiene services such as
cleaning equipment, polishing restorations, applying sealants and
other tasks under the supervision of a dental officer.
- Dental Laboratory Technician - Perform basic and intermediate
prosthetic laboratory procedures such as repairing prostheses or
- Dental Maxillofacial Technician - Assists a maxillofacial
prosthodontist in oral/craniofacial prosthetic procedures.
- Dental Technician - Assist with dental duties including
preventive dentistry and x-rays.
- Electroneurodiagnostic Technician - Assist Neurologists in
performing studies to identify patients with neurological
- Field Medical Service Technician - Provide medical services to
Sailors and Marines in field units worldwide.
- Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Corpsman - Provides emergency
medical services for Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance personnel
engaged in direct action and reconnaissance operations.
- Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman -
Provides medical services for Fleet Marine Forces and Special
Operations Forces engaged in direct action, special reconnaissance
and unconventional warfare.
- Hemodialysis/Apheresis Technician - Care for patients receiving
hemodialysis treatments and related procedures.
- Histopathology Technician - Assist pathologists with
examination of tissue for disease.
- Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician - Assist in the prevention
and treatment of illnesses associated with deep sea diving and
- Medical Laboratory Technician - Perform and supervise the
performance of manual and automated advanced laboratory
- Nuclear Medicine Technician - Operate and maintain equipment
that traces the presence and movement of radioactive isotope in a
- Occupational Therapy Assistant - Help Occupational Therapists
administer treatment plans for acute and chronic
- Optician - Produce single vision and multifocal spectacles from
prescriptions, and help Optometrists in the treatment of patients
with ocular disorders.
- Orthopedic Cast Room Technician - Assist in the application and
removal of casts and traction, and assist in minor operative
- Pharmacy Technician - Dispense prescribed medicines and
- Physical Therapy Technician - Assist physical therapists in
administering physical therapy for patients.
- Preventive Medicine Technician - Assist with preventive
medicine and occupational health programs such as health and safety
inspections and epidemiological investigations.
- Radiation Health Technician - Monitors and analyzes radiation
exposure, and administers the personnel dosimetry program.
- Respiratory Therapist - Helps treat patients using nebulization
therapy, mechanical ventilation, and similar treatments.
- Search and Rescue Medical Corps - Performs aircrew and
emergency medical care functions in support of Search and Rescue,
MEDEVAC and CASEVAC missions for Navy and Marine Corps
- Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman - Submarine Force
Independent Duty Corpsmen serve as the Medical Department
Representative (MDR) and performs basic patient care aboard
submarines and at isolated duty stations.
- Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman - Surface Force
Independent Duty Corpsmen serve as the Medical Department
Representative (MDR) and perform basic patient care aboard surface
ships, with Fleet Marine Force Units and at isolated duty
- Surgical Technologist - Assists the medical officer in carrying
out surgical techniques and providing pre- and post-surgical care
- Urology Technician - Assists medical officer in examination and
treatment of urological patients, including operations and X ray
- Advanced X-Ray Technician - Operates medical X ray, ultrasound
and CAT scan equipment.
There's no better way to begin a successful career in health care
than by serving in the medical support division of America's Navy.
Specialized training received and work experience gained in the
course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and
occupational opportunities in related fields in the civilian world,
such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Home Health Aide,
Anesthesiologist Assistant and more.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and
certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the
medical field 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 undergraduate degree
opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an
Enlisted Sailor and a Hospital Corpsman. Those seeking a position
as a Hospital Corpsman must be U.S. citizens.
A sincere interest in health care and science is extremely
important for this role. You should have good communication,
writing and arithmetic skills, be competent with tools and
equipment. Important personal traits for this role include the
ability to work well with others as part of a team, as well as
dependability, trustworthiness and resourcefulness.
In addition to good physical stamina, Hospital Corpsmen should also
have normal color perception, vision correctable to 20/20, and good
use of your hands. You must meet eligibility requirements for a
security clearance. Please note that 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 .
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, 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, you may serve anywhere in the world, including
locations in the U.S., at bases overseas, or in areas where
humanitarian needs are great.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and
responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors .
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 of that.
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 in
Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service
in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
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