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Army MOS 68C Practical Nursing Specialist

Army MOS 68C Practical Nursing Specialist

68C Practical Nursing Specialist Job Description The Practical Nursing Specialist supervises or performs preventive, therapeutic, and emergency nursing care procedures. Practical Nursing ...

68C Practical Nursing Specialist

Job Description

The Practical Nursing Specialist supervises or performs preventive, therapeutic, and emergency nursing care procedures.

Practical Nursing Specialist work under the supervision of a physician, nurse or Non commissioned Officer.

Soldiers earning this MOS are credentialed as Licensed Practical Nurses, both within the Military and Civilian sectors.

68C Training Requirements

Job training for a Practical Nursing Specialist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 55 weeks of Advanced Individual Training.

MOS Training is conducted at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

68C requires a 72 month enlistment.

68C Qualifications

ASVAB Score: 101 ST and 107 GT

PULHES Profile:  111121

Vision: Normal Color Vision

Physical Demands Rating: Moderately heavy

Additional Notes: No aversion to blood. Have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.

No history of alcoholism, drug addiction, indiscriminate use of habit foreign or dangerous drugs. No history of felony conviction. No history of conviction of crimes involving an out of hospital patient or patient or resident of medical care facility. Financial exploitation of a person entrusted to a care of the applicant. Any weapons ammunition explosives arson charges.  Any drug activity, violence against persons or property, or sexual misconduct.

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  1. Reply Cappiello April 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    When can i start reenlisting as 68c? Currently a 68w.

  2. Reply Derrick Schneider April 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Can I sign a contract for 68C when enlisting? Or do I have to go in as a 68W first? Also, how to I get into line school for medics?

  3. Reply Maria Rodriguex April 7, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    HI I am currently a 12N a heavy equipment engineer. I am currently in school to become a CMA and have some credits to become a RN going for associates. My ultimate goal is to commission become a PA or finish my BSN in nursing and commission that way. I am going to reenlist next year and thinking to become a 68w but I just read about the LPN positing which I didn’t know about and I am thinking to go that route.

  4. Reply Julian Jasper Magaña March 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Any corpsman go blue to green and strike 68c?

  5. Reply Ben March 6, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Does anyone know, or is there a way to find out where 68C Phase 2 location would be for a particular AIT Phase 1 start date (starting on or about June 21, 2015), along with subsequent locations if possible?

    • Reply Sam July 27, 2015 at 9:38 am

      My 68 c class starts in november of 2015, first phase is in Fort Sam Houston, Texas and my phase two appears to be in Fort Gordon, Georgia

    • Reply Colin-Rivera March 6, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Hey, idk the answer to your question but i start my AIT on June 22! Where are you going for basic?

  6. Reply Fallen1007 February 16, 2015 at 2:31 am

    I’m an LVN/LPN in San diego CA and I’m looking into joining the army reserve. Do I have to still go through the training if I already have my license?

    • Reply D W February 28, 2015 at 9:35 am

      It used to be that if you already had your LPN/LVN license you only had to attend the basic medical portion at Ft Sam Houston, to get you up to speed on the military aspect. You did not have to attend the PN course itself, however.

  7. Reply Cimera Simone Reid January 5, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    So to be clear, you have to have your LPN before you can even sign up for this MOS? Also is the whole 55 week training in Fort SamHouston or will you finish out phase 2 wherever you are stationed?

    • Reply dallasdawg2010 February 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      No they”ll train you. You do have to score high on the ASVAB. And it’s 10 weeks at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio and the 55 weeks is called Phase 2 at FSH or another duty station. I did mine at William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Ft. Bliss, El Paso Texas where I was previously station at as a hospital medic and restationed for the 55 weeks and then reassigned after graduation from LPN school. LOVE IT!

      • Reply Sharelle August 6, 2015 at 4:09 pm

        What component are you with? Are you Active duty Army, Guard or Reserve and what state where you from. I am prior service Army Guard and I’m trying to reenlist and reclass. I was told that there are no slots for this job in the state of Georgia period and the I also talked to the Army reserve and they said prior service can’t just get the practical nurse slot. I’m confused and trying to get more information. This is my top choice but I’m getting the run around. Please help!

      • Reply Cimera Simone Reid February 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

        Thanks for the response. I don’t have a specific recruiter yet, but when I asked about this specifically they didn’t know the answer (Not talking down, I realize there are quite a few jobs in the military and you can’t know the specifics about EVERY single one of them). So do you get to pick where you are stationed for phase 2 or will they just place you. Also is phase 2 just in Texas?

        • dallasdawg2010 February 11, 2015 at 11:02 am

          Also, you’re thinking the right thing by going medical if you decide to ultimately enlist. Should you not desire to make it a career, you will at least have a chosen occupation that translates well and most importantly immediately in the civilian world.

        • dallasdawg2010 February 11, 2015 at 10:58 am

          No, you don’t get to pick. You can strengthen your choice of MOS simply by taking a medical specialist or certified nursing assistant course. While I can tell you what to do if you really want to serve, I would suggest going to school as a fulltime student and getting your LPN or maybe your BSN and having the military pay off your school loans. There are phase 2 sites(at least there were) all over the country. I went to 68C(91C) school before you were even born in 1990. At least bring something to the table that will strengthen your negotiating with whatever MOS you may choose.

  8. Reply Ryan December 18, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Yes, 90% of my class were new privates. The 2 year 68w requirement was changed at beginning fiscal 2014.


    Ryan A. McCollum
    Practical Nursing Specialist

  9. Reply Isaiah Dion Cobbs November 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Is there currently any incentives for soldiers that reclass? And when does the next school start and how often?

    • Reply Ryan December 18, 2014 at 1:38 am

      Person to talk to is your retention NCO, they will have the most accurate, most recent info.


      Ryan A. McCollum
      SGT, USAR
      Practical Nursing Specialist

  10. Reply Jonthan James Michael Sinclair June 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Would this MOS open up for someone who is already in the army and wants to reenlist? Do you have to be a 68W in order to reclass? I am currently not a 68W, I am an 11B trying to reclass to 68C, is it possible? Anyone have any info? My window doesn’t open up until November 2014.

    • Reply Ryan December 18, 2014 at 1:35 am


      Began my career as 11b, then 68w to 68c. The school os open to IET privates–if you meet the criteria mentioned above on this site, I see absolutely no reason why not.


      Ryan A. McCollum
      SGT, USAR
      Practical Nursing Specialist

    • Reply Chino August 18, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Reclassed from 11c. Possible

  11. Reply navydoc April 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    I’m currently active duty HM, NCLEX-LVN/LPN passer looking into transitioning as 68C under the FY14 UM14-022. however my EAS is not until Jun2015. looking to get some info (Aside from recruiters) about details of going about the transition. one thing i’m worried is that the 68C option may not be available on the FY15 UM revision. Does anyone know If i can submit my conditional release by Dec2014 and still make it under the UM 14-022?

  12. Reply SEUN TAIWO March 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Please I need an advise from you cos i believe we are in the same category. Am presently an LVN in Texas before joining the army. am an active duty soldier rightnow working as a 68x. How do i get into the program

  13. Reply jen January 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    How often is 68c offered in a yr?

  14. Reply D W November 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    The 68C course is accredited through Texas a LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse). The vocational training attribution is a limiting factor on the ability to transfer any ACE guide recommendation for credits. Traditional colleges will not always give the maximum number of credits, especially if attempting to apply to a RN program.

    Note: I am Retired Army, former 91C/68WM6/68C, who obtained his RN while in service. I do speak from experience.

    • Reply Karlie Tate-wilcox January 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      I would like to pick ur brain

      • Reply D W February 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

        Sorry for the late reply – been off-line for awhile. Feel free to ask questions, and I will attempt to answer them for you.

  15. Reply Ebony Battle October 24, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    right now it e-4 only they are balanced for e5-e7 and they wont reclass promotables

    • Reply ryan mccollum November 6, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      I am an e4(p) and just received orders for this school (USAR).

      • Reply Solo December 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

        Hello, am trying to get on here as well. Am reservist have been for 8 yes and want to know 1) is there a different clearance needed? And2) does having been a whiskey help the situation at all?

        • Ryan December 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

          Just graduated 68c from Fort Gordon. You will eventually need a security clearance to be MOS qualified. Being a whisky as I was helped during Phase 1 in Texas. It helped very little in class at Phase 2, learning new disease processes, pharmacology, and lab value interpretation. In application, a foundation of pregospital care may make you more confident, which can improve performance on the floor vastly.


          Ryan A. McCollum
          SGT, USAR
          Practical Nursing Specialist

        • Sharelle June 30, 2015 at 6:38 am

          Just wondering about getting back in the Army guard as prior service. I’m wanting to reclass into 68c and hopefully be able to do second phase at Fort Gordon because my family lives in GA so it’s the most convenient. How was the 1st phase vs. 2nd phase? In 2nd phase as prior service do they treat you like one of the privates? Also when do you have down time and what’s the class schedule look like? Do you know if the Army LPN translates into a civilian LPN? Sorry for all the questions but I’m ready to do this and want to make sure I’m making the best decisions for me and my family! I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. Thanks

        • Ryan June 30, 2015 at 8:12 am


          As I was leaving Fort Gordon, the new director was consistently making changes to the program. How it is now, is hard to say. The way it was for me, I can tell you. I was the second class since 68C became a separate MOS. When it did, the prerequisite to be a 68w for two years was waved. Most of my class were IET/AIT privates who had just finished basic. They had phase patches denoting what privileges they had earned. Prior service wore prior service patches and lived in our own barracks. We constantly attempted to refuse partaking in their student leadership–however by the time we got to phase II almost all of us were in leadership roles. Leadership without any real authority, in a group right out of basic, no real military bearing, customs, courtesies–yet faculty still imparted their expectations on the leaders. In phase 2, faculty no longer really separate prior service from privates. We had NCOs living in the same barracks. Its like one big platoon, with the same leadership frustrations, except if you fail a test you will be answering to IET/AIT privates who just replaced you in a leadership role. Be prepared for that–we had two tests where 60% + failed.

          As far as class work goes, basic A&P is phase I, phase II is looking at disease processes, medications, and clinicals. Unless they changed it, ACLS as well. You will graduate with a Texas Board of Nursing LPN license, which post grad, I successfully transferred to Florida where I have been working Urgent Care. Yes, the licensure transfers to civilian application.

          If you do wind up at Gordon, I can recommend the names of a few astounding faculty members to guide you on your way. Stay in touch and let me know. If I may be of further assistance please do not hesitate to let me know.


        • Sharelle June 30, 2015 at 9:42 am

          First off let me say thanks for replying so fast!
          I should have asked do they let you choose your top choice or choices for phase 2 location? I live in GA and my husband has an excellent job on Robins AFB so I’m trying to get phase 2 at Fort Gordon because it’s the most convenient for seeing my husband and kids.
          That really sucks that they put NCO’s in leadership positions but with no real authority. I’m definitely not looking forward to that!
          I assuming that you were prior service because of your rank. Am I correct? If so how hard was it to get them to allow you to reclass. Were you given a hard time or told anything like the class is limited for LPN training? I know that you have to have a certain GT and ST scores to get it but otherwise is it pretty easy to get the 68c mos? I just feel like my recruiter might give me the run around and I know that this is what I want. I spent 8+ years as a 31B and I hated it. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse so this is the only way I’m getting back in the Army is this or nothing. Also I’m a Certified Medical Assistant civilian wise. I wonder if I get any credit for that?
          One last thing. Once you graduated and moved to Fl. What all did you have to do to convert your military LPN to civilian LPN? Did you just take a test for the state of Florida or did you have to take any additional classes?
          Sorry again for the million question! I’m trying to secure my future military and civilian wise! I need an mos that I not only enjoy but that also easily converts to the civilian sector so that I can work. I’m also planning on doing an LPN to RN not too long after I graduate so that’s a big part of why I’m making sure their LPN program Is recognized in the civilian world. I appreciate your response and wish all the best for you!

        • Ryan June 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

          Please click on my photo, then the webpage link underneath it. It will be much easier for me to give you more complete information there. V/R

  16. Reply Gabriel October 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I signed as a 68c for the reserves and am aware I have to go to basic and It says 51 weeks and 3 days on my contract of AIT however i was wondering if we are required to do anything after AIT or will I be able to go home and report back to my unit?

  17. Reply kevin September 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Hello all I just join the army as a 68c a I will be leaving BCT in 1 week I just want to know how many college units I get after I’m done with AIT and what kind of classes are they? thank you

  18. Reply kelly August 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I am interested in reclass to this MOS i am currently a 68W can I declass as an E-4 promotable or E-5 or is it restricted to E-4 and below only?

  19. Reply Jessica Hammonds August 14, 2013 at 6:54 am

    I am already an LPN with a current license. I meet the qualifications and would not have to attend AIT. What rank would I be going in?

  20. Reply Kelli August 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    This mos becomes available as of October of this year. I’m enlisting as one, and will be enlisting as a specialist. You have to have your practical nursing license and have passed the NCLEX to have this mos, as far as I’ve been told. I will be in the acasp program and will not have to attend AIT, but will have to do some proficiency test.

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