The instructional design of this course is group paced. The Independent Duty Medical Technician program provides mandatory training for members of the 4N0X1 career field prior to being assigned to operate a medical aid station at a remote or isolated duty station, or providing medical support to a non-medical field unit or other government agencies and joint service missions as directed by DoD. Course instruction includes obtaining medical histories, examining, assessing, treating and documenting patient care encounters, training in emergency medical, dental, and surgical procedures to stabilize patient condition until evacuation for definitive care can occur, general knowledge and procedural skill in medical administration, monitoring medical aspects of special interest programs and health promotions, advanced medication administration and dispensary operation IAW AFI 44-103, and low complexity laboratory procedures. Instruction also addresses procedures for conducting preventive medicine and food safety inspection in lieu of public health and bioenvironmental health personnel. Upon completion, the graduate is eligible for CCAF credit hours and NREMT continuing education hours. The training also qualifies as NREMT refresher training. The graduate is awarded the "C" shred on the AFSC (4N0X1C) and assigned a National Provider Identifier.
The Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT) program provides mandatory training for members of the Air Force AFSC 4N0X1 prior to assignment to remote or isolated duty stations; medical support of non-medical field units; or medical support to other government agencies and joint service missions as directed by DoD.
The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. The IDMT program is a single military service program that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military medical treatment facilities (MTF).
Upon entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into qualified Independent Duty Medical Technicians within fixed and deployable medical facilities.
Training includes: obtaining medical histories, examinations, assessments, treatments and documentation of patient care in the absence of a physician, as well as emergency medical, dental, and surgical procedures to stabilize patients until medical evacuation occurs. Further instruction in general knowledge and procedural skills for medical administration, monitoring medical aspects of special interest programs and health promotions, advanced medication administration and dispensary operation, and low complexity laboratory procedures.
The program also addresses procedures for conducting occupational health services, preventive medicine, field hygiene, and food/water safety inspections in lieu of public health and bioenvironmental health personnel. 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.
Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in an acute care setting at an MTF. Under the purview of a licensed physician, students are given adult patients to provide a systemic review of signs, symptoms and treatments of medical conditions likely to be encountered in military populations.
Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performing patient evaluation to include patient history, physical examination, appropriate diagnostic studies and written documentation with no instructor assists. Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the program director and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis