Story Number: NNS140402-22Release Date: 4/2/2014 4:45:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Bruce Cummins, Navy Medicine Education and Training Command Public Affairs
PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Members of a nationally recognized accreditation organization visited two commands belonging to the U.S. Navy's premier training facility for operational medicine and aviation survival training March 31.
The Council on Occupational Education (COE) visited the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center's (NMOTC) Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) and Naval Survival Training Institute (NSTI) as part of a process to determine if Sailors completing requisite course work in two classes offered at these facilities will be eligible for college credit.
According to NMOTC Business Officer and NMOTC COE team leader Lt.j.g. Matthew Forbes, this visit, which is the second phase of the COE inspection and could certify a course at NAMI and NSTI, is integral in the continued professional development of Sailors taking courses at the two facilities.
"This is an opportunity to train world-class operational medicine corpsmen while also giving a head-start of a post-Navy trade or college education," he said. "Throughout the entire inspection and during the out brief with the [NMOTC Commanding Officer, Capt. James Norton, MSC], the COE team stressed how pleased they were with the quality and uniqueness of our programs and most notably, the pride that the staff takes in the command and the courses."
The Council on Occupational Education, originally founded in 1971, examines various technical fields, ultimately determining if these courses meet the criteria for credit toward a university or college degree. The two courses examined through NMOTC include NAMI's Aerospace Medicine Technician, a 10-week course designed to train hospital corpsmen as flight surgeon assistants, and NSTI's Aviation Physiology Technician, a five-week course designed to train hospital corpsmen to work as technical assistants to Aerospace Physiologists at Aviation Survival Training Centers (ASTC).
Other NMOTC courses under COE review offered around the United States include: the Submarine Independent Duty Corpsman course; the Radiation Health Technician course; the Advanced Dental Assistant Program; the Surface Independent Duty Corpsman course; the Deep Sea Diving Independent Duty Corpsman course; and the Navy Drug and Alcohol Counseling School.
The process for accreditation is lengthy, requiring a series of steps leading up to the accreditation team visit, something Forbes said took place this week, with results expected to be announced in April, reaffirming accreditation.
Forbes added that the impact of accredited courses offered through NMOTC facilities stems across the Navy, and can have a significant impact on a Sailor's career.
"Sailors taking these courses are impacting our Fleet in areas too numerous to count," he said. "What they're accomplishing as graduates of these classes, is providing dividends in all aspects of what we, Navy Medicine, do on a daily basis: support the warfighter. Being able to use these skills and classes while on active duty and have them transfer to a potential job or to a university after the Navy is something NMOTC has always taken seriously; supporting the Sailors who make this Navy what it is today."
NMOTC, the recognized global leader in operational medical and aviation survival training, oversees NSTI and NAMI and reports to Navy Medicine Education and Training Command (NMETC). NMETC manages Navy Medicine's formal enlisted and officer education and training programs, medical operational training for medical and medical support personnel deploying worldwide, and training that prepares aviators and flight crews to survive in land and water mishaps.
NSTI, NAMI, NMOTC and NMETC are part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
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