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.
- Administer emergency medical treatment to battlefield casualties.
- Assist with outpatient and inpatient care and treatment.
- Prepare blood samples for laboratory analysis.
- Prepare patients, operating rooms, equipment, and supplies for surgery.
Job training for a health care specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training 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.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Inquire to learn more about our education benefits.
Future Civilian Careers:
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career 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.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program:
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health Systems.
- NorthCrest Medical Center.
- Cleveland Clinic.
- Atlantic Health System.
- Bell Ambulance, Inc.
- Prince William Health System.
- Reliant Medical Group.
- Yale-New Haven Hospital.
- Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Be able to pass a physical.
- Be able to pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test.