Army Strong: Healthcare careers in the U.S. Army

Want to get ready for a career in healthcare? Want to serve your country? Make extra money for college? If so, the U.S. Army may be for you.

Army jobs offer a lot of benefits, like good pay, money allowances, healthcare insurance, family services, assistance with life after the Army and more.

You will also receive great tuition assistance when you sign up for the Army. In addition to educational on-site training, you’ll have access to multiple student loan aid programs and scholarships.

Staff Sergeant Joseph Stover, a former Army healthcare specialist and a current Army recruiter, told us more about career opportunities in the U.S. Army.

Army healthcare careers

“Working in healthcare jobs for the Army will set you apart,” SSG Stover says. “It is a very fast-paced environment that will put you in a variety of experiences to prepare you for future healthcare positions.”

Army nurse

There are many different Army healthcare jobs available:

  • Healthcare specialist: Provides emergency medical treatment, limited primary care and health protection and evacuation from a point of injury or illness.
  • Medical laboratory specialist: Conducts tests on the tissue, blood, and body fluids of patients, and manages laboratory equipment.
  • Medical logistics specialistReceives, stores, records and issues Army medical supplies.
  • Operating room specialist: Assists the nursing staff in preparing the patient and operating room environment for surgery, and provides assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures.
  • Patient administration specialist: Supervises and performs administrative duties in the patient administration division of an Army hospital or other medical facilities.
  • Preventive medicine specialistConducts or assists with preventive medicine inspections, surveys, and preventive medicine laboratory procedures.
  • Radiology specialistOperates X-ray and related equipment used in diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases.
  • Respiratory specialist: Administers respiratory therapy and performs pulmonary function tests under the supervision of a physician or nurse anesthetist.

Army lab technician

Interested in nursing? The U.S. Army has several jobs for men and women who want nurse training and experience.  Some include:

  • Nurse corps officer:  Leads a nursing team that cares for soldiers and their families.
  • Army public health nurse: Works with the military community by monitoring the spread of disease, watching for hazards and raising public awareness for good health.
  • Critical care nurse: Provides critical care to soldiers and their families.
  • Emergency room nurse: Provides the best patient care for emergency room settings.
  • Family nurse practitioner: Promotes health, wellness and treats disease/injury during humanitarian missions, other contingency operations and in peace time.
  • Medical-surgical nurse: Participates in the preparation, sterilization, monitoring, maintenance and storage of surgical supplies/equipment during low/high-intensity conflicts, wartime environments, and other contingency activities.
  • Obstetric/Gynecologic nurse: Specializes in care during pregnancy, labor and childbirth, for active duty officers and enlisted military members.
  • Perioperative nurse: Cares for surgical patients who are having operative procedures by planning and organizing all perioperative-nursing services.
  • Psychiatric/mental health nurse: Provides the vital role of comprehensive mental health care for soldiers, their families and military retirees.

“Healthcare positions in the Army can open up a lot of doors for people when they return to civilian life,” SSG Stover says. “They could work as an Army recruiter, EMT paramedic, in administration, or in any other basic healthcare profession. They will have the necessary medical knowledge.”

Army health

Check out the Army’s website for more information about healthcare jobs.

Trocaire and the U.S. Army: A great relationship

“If you are part of the Army Reserves, you could also get funding for college tuition,” SSG Stover says. “You will receive guaranteed tuition scholarships for your college degree while you are also gaining the medical experience in the Army healthcare position of your choosing.”

Trocaire has a dedicated Veterans Office to help balance a life of college and service. In 2015, we were listed among the top 16 percent of military friendly schools in the U.S. and ranked 6th overall in New York State.

“We’re able to assist all veterans based on their specific needs,” Brad Baumgardner, formerCoordinator of Veteran Servicesand current Student Accounts Coordinator says. “We have networking relationships with a large consortium of veteran advocates in the area. If we can’t help students with our resources, we can reach out directly to these connections.”

We offer healthcare degrees in:

  • Nursing
  • Healthcare Information Technology
  • Healthcare Informatics
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Massage Therapy
  • Surgical technology

To talk with a local Army recruiter, contact SSG Stover at joseph.a.stover2.mil@mail.mil or 716-997- 5013.

Interested in a career in healthcare? Visit the Trocaire College website for info about nontraditional healthcare careers for men now.