There are several enlisted careers that you can pursue while serving in the United States Air Force. Here is some information from the US Air Force about two medical careers available to you while serving your country:
Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Apprentice – The cardiopulmonary laboratory apprentice course will train you to work with doctors and other health professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the heart and lungs. You will be involved in four distinct areas of medical care: respiratory therapy, pulmonary diagnostics and invasive and noninvasive cardiology. Under the direction of a physician, you will perform pulmonary (lung) diagnostic studies and assist in long-term respiratory therapy. You will draw blood from patients and perform tests on that blood to determine the oxygen levels, as well as other measurements. Electrocardiograms (heart tracings) and ultrasound tests (use of sound waves to produce images of the heart) are some tests that you will perform. You will assist in catheterization and other special studies of the heart; and you will be trained in life-support skills and the use of modern equipment to provide the most advanced techniques in patient care. All graduates are eligible for national credentialing. These credentials not only help your USAF career, but also make you eligible for high-paying jobs in the civilian community.
Pharmacy Apprentice – You will interpret, fill and dispense prescriptions to patients. You will also interpret drug orders for hospitalized patients and prepare doses to be given within the hospital. Pharmacy apprentices are required to perform mathematical calculations to determine the amount of ingredients needed to compound drugs in forms not available from manufacturers. This compounding includes the preparation of sterile, bacteria-free products that will be injected into the veins of patients.
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These are just two of the incredible medical careers awaiting you in the US Air Force. Like many military service careers, these also open doors to civilian career opportunities after your service and your training may qualify for certain credits applicable towards your degree.