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Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions



Performs urology functions. Operates special urological radiography equipment. Administers injections, catheterizes patients, performs laboratory tests and procedures, and administers intravesical medications.

Performs orthopedic functions. Applies and removes casts and splints as directed by health care providers. Assembles and applies orthopedic traction devices. Instructs patients in using crutches, canes, and other orthopedic appliances.

Performs otorhinolaryngology functions. Performs minor diagnostic and therapeutic ear, nose, and throat (ENT) procedures. Administers local anesthetics under supervision of the physician. Performs diagnostic hearing evaluations and vestibular function tests. Makes ear mold impressions for hearing aids. Performs facial nerve testing.

Performs management and training functions within surgical services. Plans and schedules workloads and duty assignments. Establishes work methods and standards. Evaluates work capability and proficiency of subordinates. Plans and conducts training. Interprets policies and regulations. Inspects and evaluates activities and procedures to ensure maintenance of asepsis and proper environmental, equipment, and facility safety conditions. Analyzes requirements and supervises requisition, storage, maintenance, and issue of equipment and supplies. Supervises preparation and maintaining reports and records.

Specialty Qualifications:

Knowledge. The following knowledge is mandatory for award of AFSC indicated:

4N1X1/X1X. Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology; principles of asepsis and sterile techniques; preparing and storing surgical sets and packs, surgical instrumentation, and equipment; OR and anesthesia procedures; pathology as it applies to specimen care and handling; basic microbiology and infection control principles; basic surgical pharmacology; sterilizing and disinfecting procedures; surgical and anesthesia complications and their treatment; hospital and OR environmental hazards and safety procedures; handling and storage of compressed gases; basic medical material procedures; basic medical administrations procedures; legal aspects of preoperative care and medical ethics; roles and qualifications of surgical team members; and basic clinical functions.

4N1X1B. Anatomy and physiology of the genitourinary system and its disorders, genitourinary system terminology, and radiology techniques in urological procedures.

4N1X1C. Anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system and its disorders; musculoskeletal system term
inology; common practices, techniques, and principles of fracture immobilization including plaster and other casting materials; methods and principles of traction application; and common orthopedic complications and their management.

4N1X1D. Anatomy and physiology of the head and neck; disorders of ENT; medical terminology related to the ENT specialty; and special audiometry testing.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school course in general science, biology, chemistry, hygiene, and psychology is desirable.

Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

4N131. Completion of the surgical service resident and clinical course.

4N151B. Completion of the basic urology course.

4N151C. Completion of the basic orthopedic course.

4N151D. Completion of the basic otorhinolaryngology course.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

4N151/51X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4N131/31X. Also, experience in functions such as general care and treatment of patients; assisting the operative team and nursing staff in surgery; preparing patients for surgery; and performing sterile, unsterile, and related surgical activities.

4N171/71X. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4N151/51X. Also, experience supervising and performing functions such as assisting surgeon and supervisor.

4N191. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 4N171/71X. Also, experience managing functions such as medical, surgical, and related patient care and administrative activities.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into shredouts B, C, and D, prior qualification and possession of AFSCs 4N151/71.

For award of shredout D, certification in audiology is mandatory for shredout D personnel assigned to hearing conservation diagnostic centers.

* Specialty Shredouts

Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related

B Urology
C Orthopedics
D Otorhinolaryngology

Deployment Rate for this AFSC

Strength Req: G

Physical Profile: 332333

Citizenship: No

Required Appitude Score : G-43(Changed to G-44, effective 1 October 2004).

Technical Training:

Course #: J3AQR4N131 002

Length (Days): 41

Location: S

Course #: J5ABO4N131 002

Length (Days): 30

Location: S

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