68V RESPIRATORY SPECIALIST

OVERVIEW
The respiratory specialist is primarily responsible for helping with the management of a respiratory unit by administering respiratory therapy and performing pulmonary function tests under the supervision of a physician or nurse anesthetist. The respiratory specialist is strictly an advanced-level position.

JOB DUTIES

  • Examining and treating emergency or battlefield patients
  • Interviewing patients and recording their medical histories
  • Preparing blood samples for laboratory analysis
  • Keeping health records and clinical files up to date


TRAINING
Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and 36 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including inpatient care.

Advanced Individual Training:

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Basic nursing care
  • Understanding of the human body
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Clinical laboratory procedures
  • Methods for diagnosing diseases


HELPFUL SKILLS

  • Enjoy helping and caring for others
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
  • High attention to detail


REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Skilled Technical (ST): 102

FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with hospitals, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a respiratory specialist background, you may consider a career as an emergency medical technician, a medical assistant, a medication aide or a physician assistant.

With continued study and experience, you may qualify for certification as a National Board for Respiratory Care respiratory therapist.

+ Enlisted
X Officer
+ Active Duty
+ Army Reserve
+ Open to Women
+ Entry Level