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Practical Nursing Specialist (68C)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Entry Level

Overview

The practical nursing specialist supervises or performs preventive, therapeutic, and emergency nursing care procedures under the supervision of a physician, nurse or NCO.

Job Duties

  • Perform emergency nursing care
  • Assist in patient care
  • Change/dress wounds

Training

Job training for a practical nursing specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Skills you’ll learn:

  • Patient care
  • Working on a medical team
  • Emergency care

Helpful Skills

  • Willingness to help and care for others
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in chemistry, biology, general science and algebra
  • Attention to detail

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST) : 101, General Technical (GT) : 107

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes: housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a practical nursing specialist background, you may consider a career as a registered nurse, a medical assistant or a physician’s aide.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment after the Army by enrolling in the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS). The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military-friendly employers that are looking for experiencedd and trained veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.