68V RESPIRATORY SPECIALIST
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.
- 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
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
- 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.