Job Family: Health Care Practitioners Medical Care Technicians
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Coast Guard

Photo 1: Technician prepares for patient text.
Photo 2:
Biomedical technician fills IVs.

Short Description
The military provides medical care to all men and women in the services. Medical care technicians work with teams of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide treatment to patients. They help give patients the care and treatment required to help them recover from illness or injury. They also prepare rooms, equipment, and supplies in hospitals and medical clinics.

What They Do
Medical care technicians in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Provide bedside care in hospitals, including taking the body temperature, pulse, and respiration rate of patients
  • Feed, bathe, and dress patients
  • Prepare patients, operating rooms, equipment, and supplies for surgery
  • Make casts, traction devices, and splints according to physicians’ instructions
  • Give medication to patients under the direction of physicians and nurses

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school subjects include general science, biology, and psychology. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to follow directions precisely
  • Ability to work under stressful or emergency conditions
  • Interest in helping others

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in patient care. Training length varies depending on specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content may include:
  • Patient care techniques
  • Emergency medical techniques
  • Methods of sterilizing surgical equipment
  • Plaster casting techniques

Work Environment
Medical care technicians work in hospitals and clinics on land or aboard ships. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian medical care technicians work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric hospitals, or physicians’ offices. They perform similar duties to those performed in the military. They may be called nurses aides, orderlies, operating room technicians, orthopedic assistants, or practical nurses.

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