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68W Healthcare Specialist

 Course Listing:


1.      68W Sustainment Course


ATRRS Course Title:  68W Sustainment Course

ATRRS Course Number:  964-68W10 (S)

Course Length: 7.0 Days


Description: This is a 7 day, table orientated course that is conducted IAW the guidance provided in TC 8-800, Medical Education and Demonstration of Individual Competence (MEDIC).  Graduates of this course will receive up to 48 hours of continuing educational units (CEU) and will also receive credit for the Annual Combat Medic Skills Validation Test (ACMS-VT), which is a requirement of the 68W MOS.  During this course, students will receive instruction on:

1.      Trauma Assessment and Treatment

2.      Airway Management

3.      Intravenous Access, Medications, and Management

4.      Medical Assessment and Treatment (including CBRN)

5.      Triage and Evacuation

6.      Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Management

7.      Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatric Treatment


     Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in these seven areas throughout the week and apply those skills during a culminating exercise in a simulated combat environment.

     Annual attendance of this course will guarantee that students meet all the requirements for maintaining their National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Basic (NREMT-B) certification and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification at the healthcare provider level.


Requirements: Students must be fully transitioned 68W (Y2 removal) and not be on temporary medical profile or permanent profile which will prevent full participation in the course.



2.      Combat Lifesavers Course (CLC)


ATRRS Title:  Combat Lifesavers Course – 06 Edition 

ATRRS Course:  CLC-06

Course Length:  4.0 Days


Description:  This is a four day course that covers the FY2010 requirements for
the issuance of the CLS certification for non-medical personnel.  The new standards include the following coursework:

1.      Introduction to the Role of the Combat Lifesaver

2.      Care Under Fire

3.      Tactical Field Care

4.      Controlling Bleeding

5.      Opening and Managing a Casualty’s Airway

6.      Treating Penetrating Chest Trauma

7.      Initiating a Field Medical Card or Tactical Combat Casualty Card

8.      Requesting Medical Evacuation

9.      Tactical Casualty Movement

10.  Evacuating a Casualty Using a Litter


This course carefully balances classroom instruction and hands on application.  As a culminating event, students will complete a written examination and participate in a combat trauma lane under direct supervision of a fully qualified combat medic.  This experience will allow students to gain confidence in their newly acquired skills and knowledge, which will help them further understand their role as contemporary combat lifesavers


Requirements:  Students must not be on a temporary medical profile or permanent profile which will prevent full participation in the course.


3.      68W MOS-T Phase 1


ATRRS Title:  Healthcare Specialist (MOS-T)

ATRRS Course:  081-68W10

Course Length:  25.0 Days


Description:  This is the first phase of a three phase course that will prepare qualified enlisted personnel to become MOS 68W, Health Care Specialists. 68W Soldiers provide emergency medical treatment, limited primary care, force health protection, invasive core skills, combat trauma assessment and evacuation in a variety of operational and clinical settings from point of injury or illness through the continuum of military health care. This course was developed to award the 68W MOS to Reserve Component Soldiers, who do not hold the 68W MOS. This course is not for transition or Y2 removal. Phase 1 consists of CPR and the Department of Transportation EMT-Basic curriculum, which will authorize the Soldier to take the NREMT-B examination. After successful completion of the NREMT-B examination, the Soldier is eligible to attend Phase 2.


Requirements:   Must be a member of the Army Reserves (USAR) or Army National Guard (ARNG) and the rank of Sergeant (E-5) or below. Prior service Active Component Soldiers may attend when directed. RC Soldiers SGT (P) and above must request a waiver from AMEDD Personnel Proponent Directorate (APPD) to attend this course. Soldiers must have been administered the first shot in the HEP-B series of shots. Soldiers holding MOS 68A, 68K, 68P, or 68V will not be considered. A minimum score of 105 in aptitude area ST, minimum GT of 110 in Armed Services Vocational aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests administered prior to January 2002 and a minimum score of 102 in aptitude area ST, minimum GT of 110 on ASVAB tests administered on or after 2 January 2002 is required. ASVAB Test administered on or after 01 July 2004, will have an ST requirement of 101 and a GT of 107. Service-remaining requirements (SSR) are in accordance with component-specific regulation. Applicants may substitute a GED equivalency for a High School Diploma. Enlisted women who are pregnant will be processed AR 350-1. Applicants who have an aversion to blood or body fluids are encouraged not to apply. Soldiers must have no history of a felony conviction; see AR 40-68 and DA Pam 611-21 for further guidance.




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