Aerospace Medicine Technician

The Aerospace Medicine Technician "C" school (NEC-8406) is a ten-week course to train hospital corpsmen as flight surgeon assistants. This course is designed to teach hospital Corpsmen the theory and practice of aviation medicine. The AVT will become a resident expert in aviation medicine policy and procedures to assist the flight surgeon in physical exams, sick call, health record maintenance, aircraft mishap investigations, and other duties assigned by their attending flight surgeon AVT’s are routinely assigned to aircraft carriers, Navy and U.S. Marine Corps squadrons, and highly desirable overseas assignments. AVT’s are frequently sought out by fellow Corpsmen for their technical expertise and knowledge in all fields of operational medicine.

The course includes training in:

  • special examinations and treatment
  • enforcing aviation physical standards
  • aircraft mishap investigation and
  • preparation and maintenance of medical reports and records

UNIT 1: Hearing Conservation Program, Audio Technician certification

UNIT 2: An introduction to Naval Aviation, Shipboard Organization, USN/USMC Squadron Organization, Customer Service procedures, and the Decedent Affairs program.

UNIT 3: A study of the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system, eye, ear, nose, sinuses, oral cavity and teeth, pharynx, larynx. Evaluation of specific eye, ear, nose, throat, respiratory, musculoskeletal injuries, illnesses, and diseases while performing basic cranial and neurological nerve checks. Introduction to sick call procedures, physical assessment, and documentation as required in SOAP Note format.

UNIT 4: Instruction and practice and transcribing and maintaining medical data and health and dental records, in compliance with the Privacy Act and HIPPA regulations.

UNIT 5: Instruction, demonstration, practice and laboratory study of various physical examination standards to include: ophthalmic, audiometric and electrographic examination equipment.

UNIT 6: Instruction, demonstration and practical experience in common medical examinations, occupational health, and aviation and routine physical examinations. Introduction to the Aeromedical Reference Waiver Guide (ARWG) and the Aeromedical Electronic Resource Office (AERO) their purpose and uses within naval aviation medicine.

UNIT 7: Instruction comprised of Basic Immunizations Course, immunizations and their affect on flight personnel, Tuberculosis Control Program, Periodic Health Assessments, Deployment screenings, and the Medical Readiness Reporting System (MRRS).

UNIT 8: Theory and practice in the academic instructor program to include: the effective instructor, factors affecting student learning, student motivation, avoiding sexist and racial remarks/language, questioning techniques, learning objectives and lesson topic guides.

UNIT 9: Instruction on the physiological factors in aviation medicine, aircraft mishap investigations, and pre-mishap planning.

UNIT 10: Comprehensive Examination and Health Record Project