Health Services Technician (HS)
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The health services technician (HS) provides necessary routine as well as emergency healthcare services and is assigned to a large Coast Guard clinic, small sick bay ashore, or on cutters. Services could include direct medical care for personnel and families, assisting medical and dental officers, performing diagnostic testing, x-rays, and clinical lab tests, prescribing medications, administering immunizations, performing minor surgical procedures, and much more.
Types of Duty:
The first duty station is usually a large medical clinic where professional supervision from highly qualified medical personnel helps sharpen the skills needed to succeed. If assigned to independent duty, the HS will provide for all of the crew's medical needs. The HS may also be involved in search and rescue or medical-evaluation missions.
Begin with 23 weeks of HS 'A' school in Petaluma, CA. Intensive training in anatomy and physiology, patient examination, evaluation and treatment, and pharmacology. Learn the techniques and hands-on skills required to fulfill your duties.
Desire to help people needing medical and dental attention. Meticulous attention to detail. Pleasing personality and ability to work closely with others. Medical or dental experience is helpful. School courses in practical mathematics, hygiene, biology, physiology, and chemistry are an advantage.