Coast Guard Health Technician Careers

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Services that are routinely provided by a Coast Guard Health Technician include performing routine diagnosis, medical testing and other types of diagnostic care. The Coast Guard is a smaller service, and serving as a health service technician can involve duty not only in the medical facility, but also in the field. You can be tasked to serve in the field as a member of a search and rescue team, or on board a Coast Guard helicopter as needed. Can You Survive ‘A’ School?

You will attend a 13 week Class A school in Health Service Technology learning evaluation, biology, physiology, and anatomy. As you develop medical skills you will work toward being in charge eventually of your own medical small station facility, as the senior medical enlisted person in charge. Coast Guard Health Technicians are roughly equal to the position of Navy Medic, but the organization in the Coast Guard has its health Care technicians performing more of the tasks that normally are performed by Doctors and Nurses in the Navy. They perform direct medical care to Servicemembers, their families and even prescribe medications in some situations.

The Coast Guard maintains clinics at larger locations but most large Coast Guard bases have doctors and surgeons that are staffed at them, while Health Maintenance Technicians are responsible for assignment to smaller Coast Guard units that do not support a Doctor or surgeon. You will begin your Coast Guard career with basic training for 9 weeks at Cape May New Jersey, and then progress to additional training. The first duty of Coast Guard Health care technicians is normally serving with a larger Coast Guard Facility, working on under direct supervision. As a Health care technician serving in the Coast Guard you will work to gain experience and eventually be tasked to a smaller command, serving as the main contact person for the medical needs of Coast Guard small boat stations and units.

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The United States Coast Guard maintains a health services technician rating to serve the medical needs of its Service personnel. The rating of Health Services Technician is the first line of defense in the military Coast Guard healthcare system, Servicemembers report to their Health Technician at their units when they become ill on active duty, and Health Technicians work to deal with routine healthcare and emergency situations. They work in smaller locations both ashore and aboard ship..

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military dot image rashik basnyet    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

dear madam,
i have just finished my medical school from phillipines and i am an american citizen too. I was looking through the medical job list and saw some of the job says : “You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply”. like one of the job with the announcement 0C-07-218 states this. I am wondering if i could apply for a physican with the degree from phillipines. Or do i have to go through residence here in US. Or is there any provision for getting residence in army or navy or in marines. I would like to thank you in advance and would greatly appreciate if you could guide me through this.

sincerely rashik basnyet


military dot image jairo    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

how can i be a part of the navy..
how can i be a medical crop (dactor)


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