MOS 68V—Respiratory Specialist

Qualifications for initial award of MOS 68V, Respiratory Specialist:

PULHES: 222221
Physical Demands Rating: N / A
Required ASVAB Score: ST: 102
Enlistment Bonus: None
Security Clearance: None
U.S. Citizenship: Not Required
AIT Length / Location: 20 weeks at Ft Sam Houston, Texas
Other Requirements

Respiratory Specialist (MOS 68V) Description / Major Duties:

The respiratory specialist assists the physician in the care, examination and treatment of acute and chronic diseases of the respiratory and cardiac region or assists with the management of the respiratory care areas at both the general and intensive care areas.

Duties for MOS 68V at each skill level are:

MOSC 68V2O. Receive orders on treatment requested by the physician. Gathers and checks equipment, takes history, and assesses the patient. Documents results on treatment, administers drugs as ordered, troubleshoot any problems that occur with patient during treatment. Place patient on continuous ventilator care if ordered. Adjust treatment to situation. Perform pulmonary functions, additional assessments (i.e. blood gases) as required, transports patients needing ventilator support by air and/or land. Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on both adults and infants. Calculates and runs blood gas machines. Draws up and calculates drug as ordered.

MOSC 68V3O. Performs duties shown in the preceding skill level and provides mechanical guidance, management and training to junior personnel. Performs and assists in advanced medical procedures such as thoracentesis, bronchoscopy and tracheal intubation. Operate sterilizing equipment and patient transport apparatus. Prepares budget, train other medical care personnel on respiratory support and assists in research on practical teams. Schedules, conducts and evaluates in-service training of respiratory care personnel. Reviews, consolidates, and prepares technical reports. Perform as a liaison for pulmonary care officer with installation medical authorities, commanders and crucial agencies.

MOSC 68V4O. Performs duties shown in the preceding skill level and schedules, monitors, and evaluates unit training. Maintain unit training records. Assists commander in preparing, maintaining and evaluates management and personnel data. Monitor departmental procedures to assure compliance with government regulations. Serve on disciplinary and specialty boards. Develops mobilization plans for superiors. Coordinate requests for care to outside agencies. Supervises home care programs. Coordinates proper short course and advanced training programs.

Other Requirements for Award of MOS 68V:

(1) Normal color vision.
(2) Algebra and chemistry, high school (1 year) or college (1 semester), 6 semester hours of college; 3 hours English, and 3 hours Humanities with a passing grade of "C" or higher.
(3) No history of a felony conviction.
(4) No history of conviction of crimes involving:
(a) An out of hospital patient or a patient or resident of a medical care facility.
(b) Financial exploitation of a person entrusted to a care of the applicant.
(c) Any weapons/ammunition/explosives/arson charges.
(d) Any drug activity involving illegal possession, buying, selling or distribution (dealing) of controlled substances or synthetics.
(e) Violence against persons or property.
(f) Sexual misconduct.
(5) No record of conviction by special or general courts-martial or civilian courts of offenses listed in AR 27-10 (Military Justice), chapter 24 or otherwise required to register as a sexual offender under AR 27-10, chapter 24.
(6) Formal training (completion of MOS 68V course conducted under the auspices of the AMEDD Center and School) mandatory or meet the ACASP criteria per paragraphs (a) thru (c) below.
(a) Have graduated from an accredited program or a program holding a Letter of Review from the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education; or be certified as a respiratory therapist by the National Board for Respiratory Care. (Phone (817) 283-2835 to validate accreditation/Letter of Review of training programs.) Those who enlist more than 6 months following graduation or certification must have been employed within the past 24 months in the respiratory therapy field and present a letter from their current or most recent respiratory therapy supervisor stating that they are competent.
(b) Proficiency training must be performed under supervision of a civilian Registered/Certified respiratory therapist or an NCO qualified in MOS 68V.
(c) Persons enrolled in an approved program, having satisfactory academic standings, with reasonable assurance of successfully completing the course, may be enlisted in the DEP or USAR when they are within 6 months of graduation. Individuals must successfully complete the respiratory therapist course, receive State license, and satisfy training requirements of the ACASP to be qualified for the award of MOSC 68V2O and accelerated appointment to grade SGT. Failure to satisfy any of these requirements will result in MOS reclassification.

Additional Skill Identifiers for MOS 68V:

N / A

Article Last Modified: February 17, 2011

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