Sailors becoming Hospital Corpsmen at A School in San Antonio, TX - families, friends and loved ones, join in!
Group Admin: Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom
Location: San Antonio, TX
Latest Activity: 3 hours ago
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Families and loved ones of sailors in A School for HM (Hospital Corpsman rating)
at Medical Education Training Command in San Antonio, TX.
NEW MEMBERS, PLEASE READ THE INFO BELOW AND USE THE LINKS!
Answers to many of your questions are there,
and ALL the info is relevant to your sailor's future HM experience.
Start with these...
PROGRAM DURATION: The actual time that a Sailor physically spends at the HM school in Fort Sam Houston, TX is 96 days. The Sailor is in the seat, learning, Mondays through Fridays for 70 actual instructional days. The course covers emergency medical technician training, nursing skills, knowledge specific to the Navy Hospital Corps, and clinicals.
Read this for an explanation of Hospital Corps School Phases and Liberty.
There is a graduation ceremony - smaller than PIR, but very special) and family members and loved ones are invited to attend. Photos and schedules are posted on the Basic Medical Technician Program page on Facebook, link is below.
We are moms, not METC employees/experts, so read and use the METC info at these links. Your best bet for some questions may be to call the quarterdeck or campus support center at METC. Ask away in the Comments section too, we share what we know, and all questions are valid - we all were all newbies once! Before posting a Discussion with a question, please look through the info others have provided in prior Discussions, and/or at these links - you may find what you want, plus a lot more useful info.
Check out the METC Online website for Medical Education Training Campus at San Antonio. The site has a live-chat function, too. The Campus Support Center phone number: 210-808-6382 (210-808-METC). Click here or on the images below for the METC brochure and a brief overview.
This METC Program Catalog 2012 includes course descriptions for Basic Medical Technician/Corpsman A school (page 10) and C schools (see Index).
Be sure to look through the Discussions for great info from moms whose corpsmen have completed A school, such as this one: Info for those new (or not so new) to Hospital Corps A School
Graduation schedules and updates are posted on the Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program on Facebook along with class photos and other info.
After A school:
Field Medical Training Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, NC official website then -> Students -> Welcome -> FMST
Corpsmen serve in a variety of settings including hospitals and clinics and on ships (called "blueside"), and with forward-deployed Marine units (called "greenside" or Fleet Marine Force (FMF) and where one can earn the FMF qualification.
Hospital Corpsman Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs) - There are 38 - yes, thirty-eight! - specialties within the HM rating, from Search & Rescue (8401) to Dental Lab Tech/Maxillofacial (8765). Here is a list of HM NECs and C school locations.
HR: Hospitalman Recruit (E-1) HM1: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (E-6)
HA: Hospitalman Apprentice (E-2) HMC: Chief Hospital Corpsman (E-7)
HN: Hospitalman (E-3) HMCS: Sr. Chief Hosp. Corpsman (E-8)
HM3:Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (E-4) HMCM: Master Chief Hosp. Corpsman (E-9)
HM2: Hosp. Corpsman 2nd Class (E-5)
IMPORTANT: Read and follow these Operational Security (OPSEC) guidelines now and in the future. Keep in mind that N4M is an open website that can be read by non-members; and not all members are necessarily what they seem. Be smart and keep yourself and all our sailors safe.
Bookmark this for the future! Navy Credentialing Opportunites Online (Navy COOL) for HM
METC brochure, click to enlarge:
Tissue Alert for all the proud corpsman moms and dads watching this video - DramaSoul! shared that she was bawling watching it during her lunch :) Love our corpsmen!!
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