Army MOS 68C Practical Nursing Specialist

The 68C Practical Nursing Specialist is one of the most respected Military Occupational Specialties  (MOS) and one of our best recommendations for 2016. MOS 68C appeals to individuals who enjoy a fast-paced and challenging job with a wide range of responsibilities.

In a Military Treatment Facility, the 68C Practical Nursing Specialist supervises or performs preventive, therapeutic and emergency nursing care procedures. The Practical Nursing Specialist works under the direct supervision of a physician, nurse or an experienced Noncommissioned Officer.

In a hospital environment, the 68C will usually be the first medical professional to with a patient. Beginning by documenting the patient’s medical history. Other responsibilities include:

  • Administering medication previously prescribed by a physician, both orally and via injections
  • Assessing the patient’s current condition and monitoring changes
  • Obtaining vital signs, such a blood pressure readings, temperature, and weight
  • Cleaning, irrigating and bandaging wounds
  • Providing Immunizations
  • Recording medical history
  • Managing IVs
  • Coordinating patient discharge
  • Supervising Nursing Assistants
  • Observing fluid and food intake and release
  • Transporting patients

Prior to 2013, this MOS was an additional skill identifier offered to Soldiers serving as a 68W Health Care Specialist. Those 68Ws who had a minimum of 24-months experience could apply for additional training as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Upon completion of the training, Soldiers were granted the M6 identifier.

Soldiers earning this MOS are credentialed as an Army Licensed Practical Nurse, both within the Military and Civilian sectors.

68C Licensed Practical Nurse

68C Training Requirements

Prior to attending the 68C course, Soldiers are required to complete 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training before advancing to Advanced Individual Training or 68C AIT.

The 68C course is 55 weeks long, spread into 3 distinct phases.

Phase 1 is held at Fort Sam Houston, TX and is an introductory course that provides the foundational skills required to successfully complete the course. Phase I is all classroom, Anatomy and Physiology, some Pathophysiology and an introduction to basic nursing skills.  Study the cardiac and pulmonary systems, those two tests usually produce the most failures and if you fail the re-test you will be dropped from the course.

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Study the cardiac and pulmonary systems, those two tests usually produce the most failures and if you fail the re-test you will be dropped from the course.

Upon completion of phase 1, the Soldier will relocate to one of five secondary training sites. Possible 68C phase 2 locations include:

Phase 2 is further divided into a junior and senior phase, which indicates if you’re in the initial portion or final portion of training. During this phase or training, Soldiers will spend time in a classroom with periodic clinical rotations.

Tests will be administered after each block of instruction, which must be passed in order to successfully complete the phase. If a test is failed, you will be given re-training on it and then re-tested. If the retest is failed, it is grounds for relief from the course and reclassification into another MOS. During the clinical portion, Soldiers will be introduced to the Medical-Surgical and OB/GYN with rotations through various clinics. All work will be observed by an instructor in a highly supervised environment.

After successfully completing these rotations, and classwork Soldiers will progress into the final phase of 68C AIT.

During Phase 3 Soldiers will work directly with hospital staff member on their schedule and administrative processes.

A requirement of the program is to successfully pass the NCLEX-PN test, and obtain your Practical Nurse licensure.

68C Qualifications

ASVAB Score: 101 ST and 107 GT. We highly recommend Kaplan’s 2016 ASVAB Study Guide

PULHES Profile:  111121

Vision: Normal Color Vision

Physical Demands Rating: Moderately heavy

Additional Notes: No aversion to blood. Have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.

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



Applicants who are in training for or currently practicing as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse, are eligible to enlist using their civilian credentials. In order to enlist under the ACASP program applicants must meet the following criteria:

NOTE:  Persons enrolled in an approved practical or vocational nurse program having satisfactory academic standings with reasonable assurance of successfully completing the course, may be enlisted in the Future Soldier Training Program (FSTP) in both the Regular Army (RA) and Army Reserve (AR) when they are within 6 months of graduation.

Individuals must successfully complete the practical or vocational nursing course, receive State license, and satisfy training requirements of the ACASP to be qualified for the award of MOS 68C.  Credentials must be forwarded to the Proponent for review via a workflow to G3 Policy.  The workflow must be submitted prior to the applicant processing to avoid delays and must contain all required documents.  This may take from 3-10 working days.

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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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