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  • Administer emergency medical treatment to battlefield casualties
  • Assist with outpatient and inpatient care and treatment
  • Interview patients and recording their medical histories
  • Take patients' temperature, pulse and blood pressure
  • Prepare blood samples for laboratory analysis
  • Keep health records and clinical files up-to-date
  • Give shots and medicines to patients
  • Prepare patients, operating rooms, equipment and supplies for surgery

Training
Job training for a Health Care Specialist requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering
skills, and 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice in-patient care. Some of the skills you'll
learn are:

  • Patient care techniques
  • Emergency medical techniques
  • Methods of sterilizing surgical equipment
  • Plaster-casting techniques

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Health Care Specialist provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same
discipline. As an advanced level Health Care Specialist, you may be involved in:
Administer emergency and routine medical treatment to battle and non-battle casualties
Assist with outpatient care and treatment
Supervise field and clinical medical facilities under the supervision of a physician, nurse or physician's assistant

Related Civilian Jobs
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.

Related Army Positions
Operating Room Specialist (68D)
Preventive Medicine Specialist (68S)
Radiology Specialist (68P)

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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: