MOS 68W Combat Medic Specialist

MOS Description

The Combat Medic Specialist provides emergency medical treatment, limited primary care, force health protection, evacuation in a variety of operational and clinical settings from point of injury or illness through the continuum of military health care and, as a field combat medic, provides emergency medical care/treatment at point of wounding on the battlefield or to battle and non-battle casualties during wartime. For more information on MOS 68W, see this Army website.

 

See the associated Additional Skill Identifiers (ASI): F2 Nationally Registered Flight Paramedic and Y8 Immunology and Allergy Specialty

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In Demand

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Skill Level

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Star

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Mandatory

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Proponent Funded

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CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

Promo Points

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Gap Analysis

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Gap Analysis

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Renewal Period: 2 years

Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. EMRs also provide assistance to higher-level personnel at the scene of emergencies and during transport. Emergency Medical Responders are a vital part of the comprehensive EMS response. Under medical oversight, Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment. Candidates must successfully complete a state-approved EMR course, have a current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers or equivalent credential, and pass a state-approved EMR psychomotor exam and the EMR cognitive exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) certification is for professionals who provide out-of-hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. As part of an EMS response team, EMTs are skilled in using basic equipment typically found on an ambulance to stabilize and safely transport patients with emergencies that range from minor to life-threatening. Candidates must meet training requirements and hold a current CPR-BLS credential. Candidates must pass a cognitive and psychomotor exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Registered Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, have current National Certification at the EMT level or a current state license at the EMT level or higher, have successfully completed state-approved and CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic program, have a current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers or equivalent credential, complete a psychomotor competency portfolio, and successfully complete both the NREMT Paramedic psychomotor exam and the Paramedic cognitive exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) provides basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. AEMTs possess basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation and function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. AEMTs perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. Candidates must possess a current National EMS Certification or state license at the EMT level or higher, have completed a state-approved AEMT course that meets the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for AEMT, have a current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Providers or equivalent credential, and pass both the National Registry Advanced Emergency Medical Technician psychomotor exam and the Advanced EMT Cognitive Exam.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) is for professionals who work with physicians, performing a mix of clinical and administrative duties, mostly in ambulatory or outpatient settings. Clinical job responsibilities include but are not limited to taking medical histories, preparing patients for examinations, collecting and preparing laboratory specimens, performing basic laboratory tests, drawing blood, removing sutures, and changing dressings. Administrative duties include but are not limited to updating and filing patient medical records, coding and filling out insurance forms, scheduling appointments, arranging hospital admissions and laboratory services and handling correspondence, billing, and bookkeeping. Candidates must meet education requirement and pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Medical Technologists (AMT), Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) certification is an entry-level credential for professionals who perform routine administrative and clinical tasks in medical setting especially offices and clinics. RMAs provide medical administrative support, liaise between doctors and the patients, and conduct a variety of clinical duties. Candidates for the RMA must meet educational and experiential requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Medical Technologists (AMT), Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT) certification is an intermediate-level credential for individuals who obtain patient blood specimens by venipuncture or micro techniques. RPTs aid in the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens and may be involved with patient data entry. RPTs are also required to draw blood for transfusions, donations and research. Candidates for the RPT must meet educational and experiential requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) credential is for allied healthcare professionals who perform a variety of administrative and/or clinical tasks. Administrative duties include scheduling appointments, bookkeeping, maintaining patient records, and billing and insurance processing. Clinical functions encompass but are not limited to patient care and preparation, ECG, pharmacology, and phlebotomy. Candidates must meet a combination of experience and education requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Certified ECG Technician (NCET) credential is for allied health professionals who conduct diagnostic tests to assess the patient’s heart rhythm and rate. NCETs place electrodes on the patient, record the ECG, produce the report for the physician, tend to the patient’s comfort and well-being, and troubleshoot irregularities with the recording. Candidates must meet a combination of experience and education requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 1 year

The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT), National Certified Patient Care Technician (NCPCT) is for allied health professionals providing direct patient care. NCPCTs are responsible for basic nursing assistant tasks including obtaining patient vital signs and other data, helping with activities of daily living, performing ECGs and phlebotomy tasks, and communicating with healthcare teams and with patients. Candidates must meet a combination of experience and education requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) is an entry-level certification for clinical team members at hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, and blood donor centers. A Phlebotomy Technician is a health care professional responsible for the collection and handling of blood specimens used in diagnosing and tracking illnesses, drug testing, or other health-related areas requiring a blood sample. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA), Certified EKG Technician (CET) is an entry-level credential for allied healthcare professionals. EKG Technicians perform or prepare patients for diagnostic tests related to the heart. These include EKGs, holter monitoring, and stress testing. Applicants must meet a combination of education, education and/or training requirements. Applicants must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA), Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A) is an entry-level certification for allied healthcare professionals who assist with the critical day-to-day care of patients. CPCT/As work with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide direct patient care. Some of the tasks that CPCT/As perform in their work include bathing, feeding, providing catheter care, acquiring, distributing, and administering patient care supplies, performing safety checks and ensuring cleanliness in patient rooms, accommodating special needs of patients, obtaining EKG readings and monitor vital signs, performing phlebotomy procedures, providing emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death. CPCT/A applicants must meet a combination of education and experience requirements. Applicants must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Board of Wound Management (ABWM), Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) certification validates individuals master level knowledge and specialty practice in wound management. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree and three years of clinical experience in wound care, or have completed a fellowship of at least one year in duration that is certified by a credentialing organization. Candidates must possess a full and unrestricted professional license in at least one state, and in all states in which the candidate currently practices. Candidates must successfully demonstrate their roles related to wound care through the application process, submit required documentation, and pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA), Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) is an entry-level certification for allied healthcare professionals with work responsibilities that involve securing and assuring complete and accurate patient care data. CEHRS' audit patient records for compliance, abstract clinical information for reports, perform basic coding to submit reimbursement claims, process Release of Information (ROI) requests for medical records, and support a variety of other health record-related activities. Applicants are required to meet education and experience requirements and must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Board of Wound Management (ABWM), Certified Wound Care Associate (CWCA) certification demonstrates specialized knowledge in wound management. Candidates must have a minimum of three years of wound care related experience. The CWCA is available to associate degree RNs, LPNs, LVNs, PTAs, all certified healthcare assistants, healthcare administrators, dieticians, sales and marketing professionals, and academic researchers. Candidates must possess a full and unrestricted professional license in at least one state, and in all states in which the candidate currently practices. Candidates must successfully complete the eligibility review and pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC), Critical Care Paramedic Certification (CCP-C), is an advanced level certification for a paramedic professional who is seeking employment with or who is currently associated with an air medical and/or ground critical care patient transport service. CCP-C candidates must possess an advanced level knowledge of the various transport environments and understand advanced level patient care pathophysiology, while maintaining a significant knowledge of current standards established for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), and industry accreditation standards. Candidates must have a current paramedic license and are recommended to have at least three years of experience in a critical care, air transport, community or tactical environment. Candidates must pass a written examination.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC), Flight Paramedic-Certification (FP-C), is an advanced level certification focused on candidates currently associated with an air medical and or ground critical care patient transport service. Candidates must possess an advanced level knowledge of the various transport environments, not the sole requirements or specifications for any one individual transport program or patient population. Candidates must have an understanding of advanced level patient care pathophysiology, while maintaining a significant knowledge of current standards established for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), and industry accreditation standards. Candidates must have a current paramedic license and are recommended to have at least three years of experience in a critical care, air transport, community or tactical environment. Candidates must pass a written examination.

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Renewal Period: varies

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) validates the competencies of entry-level nurse aides/nursing assistants (NAs). Candidates must pass an exam consisting of two components: a written or oral portion and a skills demonstration portion. Successful candidates have their names added to the state nurse aide registry, which is currently used in 25 jurisdictions. The state registry assures employers that the potential hire has met the federal and state employment requirements. Every state has its own curriculum and program requirements for the nurse aide program. Program contact information can be found on the Nurse Aide Registries.
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The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN), Medication Aide Certification Examination (MACE) is a national medication aide certification exam typically administered to nurse aides who choose to receive additional training to become certified medication aides. Once certified, these medication aides serve an important role in hospitals and long-term care facilities by helping distribute medications and monitoring for adverse reactions. Before taking the MACE, candidates must contact the medication aide program in their state and meet training/educational program requirements.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

The American Medical Certification Association (AMCA), Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC) is for individuals who provide basic care and daily living assistance to patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. To earn the NAC, candidates must be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, and meet a training program or experience requirement. Candidates must also pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC), Community Paramedic Certification (CP-C) is for experienced paramedics who provide services beyond traditional emergency care and transport. Community paramedics care for patients at home or in other non-urgent settings outside of a hospital under the supervision of a physician or advanced practice provider. To earn the CP-C, candidates must hold an unrestricted license or certificate to practice as a paramedic and pass a written exam.
Click here to go to Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C) COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 4 years

International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC), Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C) is for paramedic professionals currently providing critical care in the austere and care-under-fire environments. TP-C candidates should have knowledge in casualty assessment, stabilization, and evacuation in hostile and austere environments and thorough familiarity with tactical principles, triage, and operational medicine. Candidates should also have knowledge of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care guidelines, management of the full tactical injury spectrum (from less-than-lethal to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE)), force health protection, and medico-legal aspects of Tactical Emergency Medical Services. To earn the TP-C, candidates must hold an unrestricted paramedic license in the state or country of practice and pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC), Tactical Responder Certification (TR-C) is for operators functioning within a team and have a primary law enforcement role with a secondary medic role. TR-Cs are generally Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs), or Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) who have competency in casualty assessment, stabilization, and evacuation in hostile and austere environments in a non-paramedic function; as well as thorough familiarity with tactical principles, triage, and operational medicine. The certification process is focused on decreasing preventable deaths at the point of wounding and is aligned with the three definitive phases of TECC/TCCC care. Candidates must meet prerequisite requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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