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Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (GPAN), Phase II

The Eisenhower Army Medical Center has been designated as a Phase II training site for the US Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing conducted jointly by the US Army Medical Department Center and School and Northeastern University. The program is a fully-accredited 130-week course, which awards graduates the 66F MOS, and establishes their eligibility to sit for the National Certification Examination for Nurse Anesthetists.

After 51 weeks of classroom instruction at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, this Phase II program site provides classroom and clinical rotations within Eisenhower Army Medical Center. The student's education is supplemented by clinical rotations to Doctor's Hospital, Augusta, Ga., the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Augusta, Ga., Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, N.C., Memorial Health Hospital, Savannah, Ga., and Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga.

Successful completion of all academic requirements, an submissdion of an approved/accepted clinical research thesis, awards a Master of Nursing Degree from Northeastern University. Additional information is available by visiting the US Army Nurse Corps Branch and the US Army Program in Anesthesia Nursing homepages.

Practical Nurse (68WM6) Course

The mission of the EAMC Practical Nurse Course is to educate and prepare highly trained battlefield medics in the ranks of Private through Sergeants. Health Care Specialist (68W) and Practical Nurse (M6) training enable graduates to provide first line trauma care far forward on the battlefield, perform as members of Forward Surgical Teams, and function in expanded and support roles in Combat Support Hospitals and fixed medical facilities.

The course is a 44-week Phase II course that includes both a junior and senior class. This 44 week-period that focuses on clinical care is in addition to the 8 weeks that all Practical Nurse Course students spend at the AMEDDC&S. EAMC graduates approximately 100 students per year in two graduation ceremonies that are held about every 6 months.

The 68WM6 (Practical Nurse) Course is accredited through Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners. Upon successful completion of the course, Soldiers qualify to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The Soldier must obtain and maintain licensure as a Vocational Nurse/Practical Nurse for award of the ASI M6.

68D Operating Room Technician Program

Headed by the Chief, Hospital Education and Training (C, HET), the 68 Delta Operating Room Specialist Course is a two-phased course. Phase I of the course is comprised of nine weeks of training conducted at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDDC&S). Phase II is comprised of didactic and hands-on training at one of 14 clinical training sites over a 10-week period.

A Senior Clinical Instructor (Registered Nurse) and a Primary Clinical Instructor (68D, OR Specialist) monitor the day to day operations and implementation of the course. They are responsible for ensuring that students meet course requirements in accordance to the guidelines set by AMEDD C&S, supported by C, HET and the Head Nurse, Operating Room.

During Phase II, students rotate through the Operating Room (OR) and Central Material Section (CMS). In the OR, students actually practice their skills during surgical procedures while maintaining basic aseptic techniques. Their rotation through CMS teaches them the proper techniques for assembling and sterilizing surgical instruments. Upon completion of the course, students are able to demonstrate entry level skills in both the OR and CMS as an Operating Room Specialist (OR technician).

During the 10 weeks of Phase II training, students rotate through a variety of surgical services. These services include Orthopedic, Vascular, Gynecology, Otolaryngology (Ears, Nose, Throat), Ophthalmology (Eyes), Plastic, Oral Maxillofacial and General Surgery. Students are required to do daily case studies on the surgical procedures they will encounter the next day. The case studies are used to evaluate the student’s comprehension of the surgical procedure.

In addition, daily evaluations of students’ performances are also obtained from their assigned staff member. These evaluations are essential in determining the student’s eligibility to graduate and should show a constant improvement in skills development over the 10 week period.

Students are also required to pass examinations while in Phase II. The examinations consist of instrument identification as well as written exams. The instrument identification exams are used to indicate the student’s ability to recognize instruments for particular services while written exams measure the student’s basic surgical knowledge. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 75% to pass the course.

Students must maintain their Physical Fitness readiness while enrolled in the program. They attend physical training (PT) sessions three times a week. If a student arrives at Phase II and has not passed an Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), he/she must attend PT five times a week and must pass the APFT to be eligible to graduate. Failure to meet academic or APFT requirements prohibits a student from graduating from the course.

BG (R) Anna Mae Hays Clinical Nurse Transition Program (CNTP)

Purpose of CNTPThis program provides a discipline-specific structured clinical nurse transition program framework for new graduate Registered Nurses (RNs) entering the military health care system. New graduate RNs include Army Nurse (AN) Corps Officers and civilian employees. The current program is mandatory for all new graduate AN officers only. The program will provide evidence that the new graduate nurse has completed a nursing preceptorship program in anticipation of the State Boards of Nursing requirement for license renewal.

The program is structured to be a minimum of 24 weeks with the CNTP RN completing a total of 960 clinical hours of direct patient care and learning experiences (936 clinical hours of direct patient care and 24 hours of learning experiences). The program may be extended up to 25 6/7 weeks.

Program Goals

  • Provide an environment in which to successfully transition new graduate RNs to independently function as capable staff RNs.
  • Produce a capable, confident RN who demonstrates clinical leadership skills at the point of patient care.
  • Support and enhance the development of the Triad of Nurse Leaders.
  • Improve patient outcomes based on improvement in nurse sensitive indicators.

Program Objectives
At the completion of the BG (R) Anna Mae Hays Clinical Nurse Transition Program (CNTP), the new graduate RN will:

  • Provide safe, quality care for medical-surgical patients of varying acuity.
  • Document and practice in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, local policy, and scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate effective decision-making skills related to clinical judgment and performance.
  • Incorporate research into nursing practice and conduct an evidence-based initiative emphasizing basic nursing care, using the Iowa Model of Evidenced-Based Practice.
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership skills at the point of patient care to include appropriate delegation of nursing care to LPNs and Nursing Assistants.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and officership.

Special Forces Medical Sergeant’s Course - Clinical Rotation Training (SOCT)

About the Special Forces Medical Sergeant’s Course - Clinical Rotation Training (SOCT) at DDEAMC...

The primary objective of SOCT is to evaluate the Special Operations Medical Sergeant student’s ability to apply patient assessment/management/care skills in various clinical settings. The overall objective is to provide the SFMS student an environment in which he may apply his practical skills; the desired result is a confident, proficient and competent Special Operations Medical Sergeant.

Contact Information
Education & Training: 706-787-7288/7262
Fax: 706-787-8126
Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing:
Fax #: 706-787-8123
Practical Nurse (68WM6) Course:
Fax: 706-787-3394
68D Operating Room Technician Program: 706-787-1291
Fax: 706-787-8126
Clinical Nurse Transition Program:
Fax: 706-787-8126
18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant’s Course - Clinical Rotation Training (SOCT): 706-787-7288/7262
Fax: 706-787-8126

Education & Training:
Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing:
Mon - Fri: 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Practical Nurse (68WM6) Course:
Mon - Fri: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

68D Operating Room Technician Program:
Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Clinical Nurse Transition Program:
Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant’s Course - Clinical Rotation Training (SOCT):
Mon - Fri: 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Education & Training
Bldg 300, Room 11C18

Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing
Bldg 300, Room 3C-09

Practical Nurse (68WM6) Course
Bldg 38715

68D Operating Room Technician Program
Bldg 300, Room 11B-11

Clinical Nurse Transition Program
Bldg 300, Room 11C-06

18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant’s Course - Clinical Rotation Training (SOCT)
Bldg 300, Room 11C18
Fort Gordon, GA 30905