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Navy Enlistment Classification Codes (NEC)
HM-8445 Ocular Technician
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Description of NEC: Performs preoperative preparation of the ocular patient. Assists, scrubs, or circulates in the operating room as directed by the ophthalmic surgeon. Identifies, selects and maintains delicate surgical instruments. Sterilizes and sets up instruments for ophthalmic surgical procedures. Assists ophthalmologists in the treatment and care of patients with ocular diseases/disorders and performs a variety of diagnostic tests using specialized equipment.

Source ratings: HM

Paygrades Authorized to Hold NEC: E3-E6

Training Course: Course Mandatory

Open to Women: Yes

SPECIAL NOTES: NEC may be assigned to inactive duty Naval reservists who: 1) have successfully completed a BUMED-recognized training program and/or is certified by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, and 2) is an ophthalmic medical assistant with documented current clinical competency.

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Information from NAVPERS 1806F
Navy Enlisted Manpower & Classfications Manual


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