Army Reserve

Operating Room Specialist (68D)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

The operating room specialist assists the nursing staff in preparing the patient and the operating room environment for surgery and for providing assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures.

They also operate the centralized material service and are responsible for preparing and maintaining sterile medical supplies and special equipment for medical treatment facilities.

Job Duties

  • Provide assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures to include the creation and maintenance of sterile fields for surgical procedures
  • Assist in preparing patients and operating room environment for surgery
  • Perform various preoperative and postoperative procedures as directed. This does not include the manipulation of tissue (e.g., cutting, suturing, cannulating, grafting, sawing or drilling)
  • Responsible for the sterilization process, which includes inspecting, cleaning, assembling, warping and sterilizing equipment

Training

Job training for an operating room specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 19 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, which includes on-the-job instruction.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Emergency medical treatment
  • Basic nursing care
  • Knowledge of the human body
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Clinical laboratory procedures
  • Methods for diagnosing diseases

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in helping and caring for others
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work under stressful conditions
  • Interest in chemistry, biology, psychology, general science and algebra
  • High attention to detail

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST) : 91

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Compensation

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

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With an operating room specialist background, you may consider a career as a medical assistant, medication aide or physician's assistant.

After completing your Advanced Individual Training as an operating room specialist, you may pursue certification as a certified surgical technologist.

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 PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

  • HCA
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health Systems
  • NorthCrest Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Atlantic Health System
  • Bell Ambulance, Inc.
  • Prince William Health System
  • Reliant Medical Group
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center

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