Medic & Tech Training

Medic & Tech Training

Physical Address

Madigan Annex
Building 9932A/B
Tacoma, WA 98431

Business Hours

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Federal Holidays and Selected Training Holidays

Contact Information

Phone: (253) 968-3250


From the Madigan Gate, turn left at the third traffic light on to Wilson Road. Continue past Keeler Gym and the Special Forces compound, turn left on to West Hayes or West Johnson and park near Building 9932A/9932B.


Madigan Army Medical Center is home to ten medical technician training programs and graduates approximately 200 students per year. Students participating in these programs receive didactic and clinical training in both simulated and real-world clinical environments. Students must demonstrate competency related to their specialty accreditation bodies in order to graduate. Their training is conducted to the highest standards of accreditation including offering students in their respective career fields the opportunity to take national certification and accreditation exams in Radiology, Nursing, and many others.

Soldiers arrive to Joint Base Lewis-McChord directly from completing basic training and phase I of their advanced individual training. They are assigned to the Troop Battalion of Madigan Army Medical Center for phase II of their advanced individual training in their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and Career Management Field (CMF) 68 series.

Once training at Madigan is completed, medic and technician Soldiers are assigned to their first duty station in a military treatment facility or a tactical medical unit.

Specific medic and training programs are:

68B Orthopedic Technician Program

The Phase II Orthopedic Technician Program is six weeks of clinical and rotational training. It takes place in the Orthopedic Clinic, Podiatry Clinic, Orthotic Clinic and the Operating Room at Madigan Army Medical Center. The course has special emphasis on Casting, Splinting and Bracing. Clinical training is tracked on the Phase II worksheets and the STP 8-68B-SM-TG (Orthopedic Manual). Students learn to operate a mini-C Arm; prepare wounds for injection, dress wounds, assist with minor surgical procedures, adjust crutches, and adjust canes and many other duties under the license of an Orthopedic Surgeon or Orthopedic Physician Assistant. Graduates are awarded the 68B, Orthopedic Technician, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

68C Practical Nurse Course Program

The Phase II Practical Nurse Course is 52 weeks of didactic and clinical training that takes place on two different campuses between Fort Sam Houston in Texas and at Madigan. The course includes a total of 1600 hours divided by 536 hours of academic training and 986 hours of clinical hours, 28 major test exams, 22 skills laboratories, three phase rotations and a graded medical examination. Students are also required to pass the Texas National Clinical Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to obtain MOS classification as a 68C, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The course develops the student's ability to communicate research and integrate practical skills that result in a safe environment to effectively perform patient care to a variety of patients. Graduates are awarded the 68C, Practical Nurse, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

68D Operating Room Specialist Program

The 68D, Operating Room Specialist Course Phase II is the 10-week clinical portion of the 68D course, designed to allow 68D students to apply the knowledge and skills learned in Phase I. Phase II also gives the student the opportunity to acquire the additional skills required of an entry level OR Specialist. This phase is where students learn to function in their chosen role. The 68D Operating Room Specialist Course Phase II clinical Practicum is designed to provide the student with clinical experiences in performing entry level surgical technology skills, while enabling the student to apply theories, concepts, and procedural foundations from Phase I. Students are supervised in many areas while completing their job training, which focuses on the principles of surgical technology practice and the instruments, supplies, and equipment for surgical procedures. Clinical study and practicum includes anatomy and physiology; vital signs and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, plus principles and methods of sterilization and disinfection, storage and handling of sterile supplies, identification and care of surgical instruments, specialized equipment, sutures, needles, blades, linen, and corrosion-resistant metal ware. Additional topics covered include duties of the scrub and circulating technician, principles and practices of sterile technique and standard precautions, transporting and positioning patients, operating room safety, handling of specimens, medications, dyes and hemostatic agents and surgical specialties as they relate to selected surgical procedures. Graduates are awarded the 68D, Operating Room Specialist, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

68F Physical Therapy Specialist Program

The Physical Therapy Phase II training is a 10-week program. Students receive on-the-job training in a clinical environment under the supervision of licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Physical Therapy Technicians. Students receive experience in a variety of settings, with emphasis in outpatient orthopedic, sports medicine, and neurological rehabilitation, therapeutic exercise, and physical agents. Students will gain additional experiences in inpatient rehabilitation, geriatrics, pediatrics, wound and burn care, and amputee care as they become available in the various clinical settings. Graduates are awarded the 68F, Physical Therapy Technician, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

68K Medical Laboratory Technician Program

The Medical Laboratory Phase II is a 26-week of training program that provides hands on practical learning experiences as they rotate through the functional areas of their Phase II clinical time in the areas of Specimen Processing, Phlebotomy, and Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology, Immunohematology, Blood Banking, Urinalysis, Immunochemistry and Serology. Students are also trained in multiple blood and specimen collection techniques, laboratory administration, record keeping, and use/maintenance of lab equipment. Staff members train students to perform a variety of tests and tasks, and evaluate their technical proficiency and potential as Medical Laboratory Technicians. Upon Completion of Phase II Medical Laboratory Technician training at Madigan, all students are eligible and encouraged to challenge National Board Certification examination. Graduates are awarded the 68K, Medical Laboratory Technician, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

68L Occupational Therapy Specialist Program

The Occupational Specialist Phase II training, students receive on-the-job training in a clinical environment under the supervision of licensed Occupational Therapists. Students receive experience in a variety of settings, with emphasis in outpatient orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, therapeutic exercise, and physical agents. Depending on the military treatment facility, students will gain additional experiences in inpatient rehabilitation, geriatrics, pediatrics, wound and burn care, and amputee care as they become available in the various clinical settings. Students are additionally required to successfully complete one diagnosis review, one evidence-based case study presentation and one activity analysis. Upon satisfactory completion of the 303-N3 Phase II training, Army students are awarded the Military Occupational Specialty 68L, Navy students are awarded the Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) 8466, and Coast Guard students are awarded the QC 15 classification.

68N Cardiovascular Technologist Program

The Phase II Cardiovascular Technologist Program is a 36-week course. Specifically phase II focuses on the diagnostic and interventional treatment of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disease under the care of the physician. The Cardiovascular Technology Program provides simulated and live training in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine to include invasive cardiology (cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology), non-invasive cardiology (echocardiography, electrocardiography), and critical care treatment and transportation. The Phase II Cardiovascular Technologist Program provides enlisted personnel with a basic knowledge of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physics for Health Sciences, Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Cardiovascular Pathophysiology, Blood Gases, Elementary and Advanced Electrocardiography, Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Radiography, Cardiac Catheterization, Elementary and Advanced Echocardiography, and Critical Care. The program consists of lectures, group activities, demonstrations, hands-on instruction and clinical practice. Performance exercises, written examinations, clinical/practicum are used to assess accumulation and retention of knowledge and skills. Graduates are awarded the 68N, Cardiovascular Technologist, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

68P Radiology Technologist Program

The Phase II Radiology Technologist Program is a 46-week course. During the student’s clinical phase of training at Madigan, students must demonstrate competency in: radiation protection, equipment operation, quality control, image production and evaluation, radiographic procedures, patient care and education. Students must perform these competencies in the following settings: Out-patient, In-patient, trauma, specialized services, and surgical suites. Students will also be required to rotate through specialize modalities; Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance, Interventional Radiology, and Mammography. Graduates are awarded the 68P, Radiology Specialist, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

68U Ear, Nose, and Throat Technologist Program

The Phase II ENT Hearing Readiness course is an introduction to the delivery of Army Hearing Program services, ear, nose and throat services and clinical audiology services in support of the Army Hearing Program. This course is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, plus DoD civilians. Phase II consists of 7 weeks of clinical training in which students are provided training in a clinical environment under the supervision of licensed Otolaryngologist and Audiologists. Students are provided experience in a variety of settings, (3 weeks of otolaryngology and 4 weeks audiology) with emphasis in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, audiometric testing; assisting physicians in minor surgical procedures; medical emergencies; history taking; ear, nose, and throat examinations. Graduates are awarded the 68U, Ears, Nose and Throat Specialist, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

68Y Eye Specialist Program

The Phase II Eye Specialist Course is a 7-week program that takes place on the campus of Madigan Army Medical Center. The course specializes in the operation of Optometric and Ophthalmic clinical and surgical applications and related equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular injuries and diseases. Clinical training includes the following performance measures: Ocular Coherence Tomography, Fundus Photography, Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer, Corneal Topography, Non-Contact Tonometry, assess visual acuity, assess depth perception, color vision, foreign body location, pre-post op care and testing (lenstar a-scan), visual fields, Visante, Pentacam, Humphrey and Goldman visual fields. Observe surgeries in the minor room, operating room and refractive surgery center; observe how to set up and maintain sterile fields; observed fluorescein angiograms, retinal injections and acute care providers treating patients; assisted/observed technicians triaging patients. Graduates are awarded the 68Y, Ears Specialist, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

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