Army 68C MOS Overview: Practical Nursing Specialist

practical nursing specialistIt is a newer MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). And, I would say it is a wise Army job to take on. The opportunities for you after Army service are immense.

Today, I am going to give an overview of the Army 68C MOS: Practical Nursing Specialist.

Because of the fact that this is such a new MOS, I will only be able to give you information that I can find. Hopefully, any 68C’s who see this post can tell us more.

Army 68C Basic Job Description

The Army 68C performs nursing care in preventive, therapeutic and emergency conditions. All of which are under supervision of a physician, nurse or an experienced NCO.

Army 68C Responsibilities And Duties

Often, a patient in an Army care facility will be seen first by a 68C. The Practical Nursing Specialist has a huge range of responsibilities and duties, which can include:

  • Administering medication prescribed by a physician, both orally and via injections.
  • Change dressings on wounds.
  • Assessing the patient’s condition and monitoring changes.
  • Obtaining vital signs.
  • Providing immunizations.
  • Recording medical history.
  • Coordinating patient discharge.
  • Supervising Nursing Assistants.
  • And much more…

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Requirements To Become an Army 68C

As I stated, there is not a whole lot of information available especially about the requirements to become an Army 68C.

I do see where your ASVAB scores need to be a 101 in Skilled Technical (ST) and 107 in General Technical (GT).

I assume they would be similar to other nursing MOS’s.

Training For The Army 68C

Training to become a 68C is long.

You will first have to complete Basic Combat Training. From there you will go through 3 phases of Advanced Individual Training. Leading off, you will train at Fort Sam Houston, getting a lot of information in a short time. From there, you will go to a secondary training site which could stay at Fort Sam Houston, or to Walter Reed, Joint Base Lewis-McChord or a number of others. Part of the 2nd phase will be in classroom and also clinical rotations. The 3rd phase is where you directly with a hospital staff member and essentially be their shadow.

This all lasts approximately 52 weeks.

Once completed, you will be sent to an Army medical care facility and will work closely with other staff.

Final Thoughts

This is a great MOS to move up in the Army. Plus, the advantages of after Army service are numerous. Medical care facilities always need people with this kind of experience.

I do wish I could have provided you with more information on this newer MOS. So if there are any 68C’s out there reading this, please tell us more.

Thank you for visiting and we wish you good luck and tidings with your Army career choice.



About The Author

Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer and the author of over 50 books. He served in the United States Army in the early 1980’s and enjoys writing about military subjects. You can see Greg’s books on Amazon by searching his name and you can also visit his website at

1 thought on “Army 68C MOS Overview: Practical Nursing Specialist”

  1. This is not a new MOS. Before it was 68C it was 68WM6 and before that it was 91C.
    The US Army Practical Nurse program was establish circa 1951.
    Please feel free to ask me questions, not only am I a graduate of the program, I am phase 1 cadre.

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