Otolaryngology technologists are allied health professionals who function under the supervision of physicians or audiologists. These paraprofessionals are specifically focused on diagnostic and interventional treatments of patients with otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) and/or hearing-related conditions. The Otolaryngology Technologist program provides simulated and live training in all aspects of otolaryngology and/or audiology services, to include invasive and non-invasive otolaryngology procedures and diagnostic audiology services. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, and laboratory practice are utilized during pre-clinical training. Clinical training may occur at military or civilian treatment facilities. Clinical training includes instruction in invasive and non-invasive otolaryngology medicine and audiology procedures.
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Otolaryngology Surgical Services Apprentice
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Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialist
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School Code 083
Otolaryngology and Audiology Technologists are allied health professionals who function under the supervision of physicians or audiologists. These paraprofessionals are specifically focused on diagnostic and interventional treatments of patients with Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat) and/or hearing related conditions.
The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. This is a consolidated program with two military services 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 and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).
Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Otolaryngology Technologists within fixed and deployable medical facilities.
Students will perform procedures for invasive and non-invasive otolaryngology medicine and will demonstrate:
the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information relevant to the role of the entry-level otolaryngology technologist; technical proficiency in all skills required to fulfill the role of an entry-level otolaryngology technologist; hearing surveillance through micro-processor monitoring as well as a comprehensive battery of diagnostic clinical testing; health education briefings and protective fittings that target hearing loss prevention; and personal behaviors consistent with professional expectations for the entry-level Otolaryngology Technologist.
Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Simulated and live training is provided for all aspects of otolaryngology and/or audiology services to include invasive and non-invasive Otolaryngology procedures and diagnostic audiology services. 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 a MTF. The clinical practicum is designed to provide in-depth experience in the Otolaryngology Clinic performing clinical procedures learned in the pre-clinical training to include: ear and nasal exams, ear cleaning, assisting in sinus irrigation, nasal fracture, and control of epistaxis.
The program includes a rotation in the Audiology Clinic performing air and bone conduction testing, speech discrimination, tympanometry and otoacoustic emission tests. A surgical rotation in the operating room focuses on performing functions of an Otolaryngology Surgical Technician. Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the program director and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis.