Army MOS 68V Respiratory Specialist

68V Respiratory Specialist

Job Description

The 68V Respiratory Specialist is primarily responsible for helping with the management of a respiratory unit by administering respiratory therapy and performing pulmonary function tests under the supervision of a physician or nurse anesthetist.

The Respiratory Specialist is often called upon to evaluate patients with respiratory problems and disease processes. From there they have to determine a treatment plan. The ideal Respiratory Specialist not only carries out the plan but also evaluates the results and makes timely suggestions to the attending physician. Today, the competent 68V is an extension of the eyes and ears of the physician.

Respiratory care is a dynamic and ever-changing health profession in which Respiratory Specialist manage life-sustaining devices, administer sophisticated tests, and participate in research studies. Respiratory Specialist are called upon to assess patients, develop care plans, treat patients, educate patients, and solve problems in a variety of patient settings.

Some of the job duties you would be required to perform are as follows:

  • Keep clinical files and health records up-to-date
  • Prepare blood samples for analysis in the lab
  • Interview patients and record their medical histories
  • Examine and treat emergency, or battlefield patients

There are three different skill levels as a 68V. Each level requires more education and responsibilities.

As a 68V20 you might do the above-mentioned tasks, plus transport patients that may need ventilator support over both air and land.

You may have to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on both adults and babies.

You might have to calculate and run blood gas machines, or draw up and calculate drugs as they are ordered.

As a 68v30, you would do all of the above with the additional responsibility of training and guiding junior personnel.

You would set up budgets, prepare schedules, evaluate training and compose technical reports.

You would also act as a liaison for the pulmonary care officer with commanders, installation medical authorities and crucial agencies.

As a 68V40, you would perform all of the duties at the previous levels in addition to:

  • Develop mobilization plans for your superiors.
  • Coordinate special requests for care given to outside agencies.
  • Coordinate the proper advanced and short course training programs.
  • Serve on specialty and disciplinary boards.
  • Supervise certain home care programs.

The respiratory specialist is strictly an advanced level position


Training Requirements

The training for a 68V consists of Basic Combat Training lasting for 10 weeks, followed by Advanced Individual Training (AIT) in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The Respiratory Specialist Program is one of the Army’s most demanding and challenging programs. The 2 phase, 36-week course includes 20 weeks of academic instructions in respiratory sciences and 16 weeks of clinical training in pulmonary critical care and pulmonary functions.

The very demanding schedule and intensive study of the Respiratory Specialist Program is equivalent to a two-year program offered by the civilian sector.

68V requires a 72-month enlistment.

68V Qualifications

ASVAB Score: 102 ST

PULHES Profile:  222221

Vision: Normal

Physical Demands Rating: Medium

Additional Notes: Not an entry-level MOS, only for Regular Army applicants. Must have 3 hrs college Humanities, and English with a “C” grade or higher.

No history of alcoholism, drug addiction, indiscriminate use of habit foreign or dangerous drugs. No history of a felony conviction. No history of conviction of crimes involving an out of hospital patient or patient or resident of medical care facility. Financial exploitation of a person entrusted to a care of the applicant. Any weapons ammunition explosives arson charges.  Any drug activity, violence against persons or property, or sexual misconduct.

Post Army Jobs For 68V

After you have finished up your career in the Army there are a variety of job opportunities that are available to you as a Respiratory Specialist.

The training that you went through, make you very valuable to employers of such facilities as:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Clinics

With a background as a respiratory specialist, you may also want to consider working as a physician’s assistant, emergency medical technician, a medication aide, or a medical assistant.

There is also what is known as the Partnership For Youth Success (PaYS) Program.

The PaYS program is an option of recruitment that basically guarantees you a job interview with employers that are military friendly and specifically looking for trained and experienced veterans to join up with their organization.

Some of the organizations that participate in this program are as follows:

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

You will also qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This provides a variety of services including free tuition and on the job training. If you decide to enroll in a private, or foreign school, you will receive up to $21,970 per academic year for tuition and expenses.

By furthering your education and obtaining a degree, there are many lucrative job opportunities that will become available to you.

Whatever it is that you decide to do, you can feel confident knowing that the U.S. Army will have provided you with all of the best tools and training available.

When you combine that with your passion to help others and make a positive difference in society, you can rest assured that there are countless opportunities awaiting you once you move on to the next stage of your life.


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About the Author MSG Washington

MSG Washington has served within the ranks of the United States Army since June of 2001. With ten years of recruiting experience, he is an expert on Recruiting Operations, who willingly assists applicants across the Country with their enlistment process.

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