US Army Enlisted Job: 68D Operating Room Specialist

Basic Job Description

The operating room specialist assists the nursing staff in preparing the patient and the operating room (OR) environment for surgery and for providing assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures. They also operate the centralized material service (CMS) and are responsible for preparing and maintaining sterile medical supplies and special equipment for medical treatment facilities.

The operating room specialist also assists in the management of operating room suites.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Assists in preparing patients and operating room environments for surgery and provides assistance to the medical staff during surgical procedures. Performs various preoperative and postoperative procedures as directed. Maintains the cleanliness of the operating room and sets up sterile fields for surgical procedures. Receives, cleans, decontaminates, sterilizes, stores and issues various medical supplies and equipment used during surgical procedures.

Provides technical guidance to subordinates. Performs operating room scrubs and provides scrub and circulator services as required. Sets up, positions, and operates specialized operating room equipment. Supervises and advises subordinate personnel.

Training Information

Job training for an operating room specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 19 weeks of Advanced Individual Trainingat a major military hospital for residency training, which includes on-the-job instruction

  • Possible locations include:
    • Fort Sam Houston, TX
    • Fort Gordon, GA
    • MAMC, Tacoma, WA
    • TAMC, Honolulu, HI
    • WRAMC, Washington, DC
    • Fort Bliss, TX
    • Fort Hood, TX
    • Fort Belvoir, VA
    • Fort Jackson, SC
    • Fort Leavenworth, KS
    • Fort Bragg, NC
    • Fort Campbell, KY
    • Fort Carson, CO
    • Fort Stewart, GA

ASVAB Score Required: 91 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: medium

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • No aversion to the sight of blood and freedom from chronic or recurrent skin infections or allergies when handing antiseptics, disinfectants, or cleaning agents

Similar Civilian Occupations

  • Surgical Technologists