Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice Program


Program Description:

The Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice Program (AMSA) is an introduction to the delivery of medical care and the associated duties of providing quality emergency, nursing and primary care procedures. 

 The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. AMSA is a service specific program that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military treatment facilities (MTF). 

 Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Medical Technicians for field and deployable medical facilities. Students are introduced to the duties and responsibilities of medical technicians and will be instructed in: medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, Basic Life Support (BLS), Emergency Medical Technician curricula, as well as various aspects of nursing and primary patient care. 

Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. 

Accreditation Agency:

The Medical Education and Training Campus/University of the Incarnate Word (Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Apprentice Program), 200543, AS degree, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

Credentialing Information:

Students of the Cardiopulmonary program are eligible for multiple credentials prior to, or upon program completion through, the National Board for Respiratory Care (

Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT), the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), and the Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) credentialing examinations through the National Board for Respiratory Care ( upon meeting the degree requirements. The RRT credentialing examination must be completed within 3 years of graduation from an accredited Respiratory Therapy program.

Graduates are also eligible to take the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) and the Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) credential examinations through Cardiovascular Credentialing International ( upon meeting degree and case study requirements. Current Students are eligible to take the Certified Cardiographic (CCT) after completing the Cardiovascular Diagnostic block of instruction during clinical training.


3480 Garden Ave
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234


METC Information
(210) 808-6382