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The instructional design for the Hospital Corpsman Basic (HCB) program courses are group lockstep. The program provides Navy enlisted personnel with a basic medical knowledge of pre-hospital, inpatient and outpatient medical care within the scope of the Hospital Corpsman. Subjects include Basic Life Support (BLS), medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, pre-hospital care, and inpatient and outpatient aspects of each body system. Outcome-based practice and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. The program consists of lectures, group activities, demonstrations, hands-on instruction and clinical practice.
Performance exercises, written examinations, and clinical/practicum are used to assess accumulation and retention of knowledge and skills. Quality assurance and safety techniques have been incorporated into the program administration. Lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, and laboratory practice are utilized throughout the program. This program provides graduates with technical skills and knowledge required to achieve entry-level (HM-0000) Basic Hospital Corpsman competencies.
Graduates are trained to proficiency in Tactical Combat Care Course (TC3) principles.
All graduates are certified in Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support.