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Preferred Requirements

  • GPA 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

  • Inpatient and outpatient experience (either as part of training or employment)

  • Assessment (testing) experience

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • High-paying internship with postdoctoral supervision guaranteed.

  • Eligible for student loan repayment (after licensure).

Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland

  • San Diego, California

  • Portsmouth, Virginia


CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

DOCTORAL STUDENT PROGRAM-USUHS-Active Component ONLY

The USUHS Clinical Psychology Ph.D program includes a strong base in the foundations of psychology with specialty training in military clinical, health, and organizational psychology. The students in the program are primarily trained as a broad based clinical psychologist with an appreciation and understanding of the unique aspects of military and public health.



Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must possess a Baccalaureate or Master's Degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Candidates must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and score a minimum cumulative score of 1,100 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In addition, the Analytical Writing Section of the GRE must be completed and a score of 5 or greater must be obtained.


Preferred Requirements

  • Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the academic work or scientific achievements of the applicant.

  • A personal statement of goals.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Applying to the USUHS program is a multi-step process. Applicants must apply to the graduate program as well as apply for a commission in the Medical Service Corps.

  • There are no tuition costs.

  • While a student in the USUHS graduate program applicants are in a training status.

Typical Assignment

  • Bethesda, Maryland



CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM-Active Component ONLY

The Navy’s post‐doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology is organized around a Practitioner‐Scholar model and provides an intensive, twelve‐month, full‐time, in‐service period of clinical, didactic, and leadership experiences.


Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Doctoral Degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology from a university or professional school program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) to include an APA approved pre-doctoral internship. Applicants will typically be those who have not accrued sufficient supervised training hours to qualify to take their licensing exam. Applicants will be selected to attend a one-year post-doctoral fellowship position at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA; enabling them to fulfill their postdoctoral supervision requirements for licensure.

  • For those applicants whose internship was not APA accredited, waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Clinical Psychology Specialty Leader.

  • Applicants whose training program or university was not APA approved will not be considered.

  • Applicants will be commissioned as a Lieutenant and will incur a four-year obligation (including the one year fellowship).

  • Applicants are required to receive licensure within 6 months following completion of the post-doctoral fellowship. Officers who do not obtain licensure within 6 months of fellowship completion may be subject to separation.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Opportunity to participate in loan repayment program.

Enjoy access to outstanding continuing education activities.

  • Become eligible for fellowships at prestigious universities in child psychology, neuropsychology, and other specialty areas


Typical Assignment

  • Portsmouth, Virginia


DIETETICS/FOOD MANAGEMENT

There are approximately 30 Active Duty Navy Dieticians. Almost all duty stations for Navy dietitians are in hospitals. Dietitians are involved with patient Medical Nutrition therapy, outpatient nutrition counseling and food service operations. In addition to hospital dietetic responsibilities, they are involved in general nutrition education and wellness programs for service members and their families. Navy dietitians have opportunities to participate in field and shipboard patient care and food service operations when they are assigned to a deployable platform.


Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in dietetics, nutrition, exercise and sports nutrition, food service administration, public health, or closely related program. In addition, applicants must have completed a dietetic internship or pre-professional practice program, or other qualifying profession experience approved by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

  • Applicants must possess the credential of "Registered Dietitian" in accordance with the ADA and have a minimum of 1 year experience working in the field of dietetics. Applicants without a graduate degree may be considered on a case by case basis with greater than 2 years experience or national board certification that would off-set the requirement.


Preferred Requirements

  • Graduate GPA of 3.0/4.0, dietetics, nutrition, exercise and sports nutrition, food service administration, public health, or closely related programs.

  • Two or more years of professional experience as a clinical dietitian enhanced by supervisory responsibilities. Professional references indicating superior clinical knowledge and supervisory/leadership skills.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Navy Dietitians possess clinical skills needed to function as entry-level clinical dietitians –including patient assessment, medical record documentation, medical nutrition therapy counseling, and ability to organize and conduct classes on weight control, diabetic diets and cardiovascular risk reduction.

  • After initial assignments in clinical roles, Navy Dietitians usually progress to Administrative /Food Service responsibilities.

  • New and diverse experiences make Navy Dietetics an exciting and challenging career choice. Dietitians may be clinical one tour, administrative the next, and have the opportunity to conduct field or shipboard operations at any time.

Typical Assignments

  • Camp Lejune, North Carolina Yokosuka, Japan

  • San Diego, California Naples and Sigonella, Italy

ENTOMOLOGY

Navy Entomologists perform a wide range of interesting and exciting duties, primarily focused toward preventing vector-borne diseases in the operational forces of the Navy and Marine Corps. Military medical entomologists plan, direct and participate in operational, consultative, training, quarantine and research programs for the prevention and control of arthropod pests and vectors of disease.



Basic Requirements

  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Entomology or closely related field in which the course work taken had an emphasis on Entomology.

  • GPA of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale in graduate study and a 3.5 or better in Entomology course work.

  • Course work taken should include 30 or more hours (graduate and undergraduate) in entomology, including courses in the areas of medical entomology, pest management, insect taxonomy, insect morphology, immature insects, insect ecology, insect toxicology, insect physiology, mosquito biology, and medical veterinary entomology.

Preferred Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 3-5 hours in each of the following areas is highly desirable: acarology, parasitology, invertebrate zoology, insect virology, computer science, statistics, epidemiology and environmental health.

  • Experience in surveillance and control of disease vectors or medically important insects is also high desired.

Key Fact and Opportunities

  • Provide training to military and civilian personnel of the medical and other commands of the Navy.

  • Perform in operational and consultative roles on the staffs of preventive medicine activities in the continental United States and several overseas locations.

Collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations to develop and evaluate novel pesticides, pesticide application equipment and techniques

Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

  • San Diego, California Lima, Peru

  • Jacksonville & Gainesville, Florida Cairo, Egypt

  • Atlanta, Georgia

  • Norfolk & Portsmouth, Virginia

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) focus on prevention and control of diseases in Navy and Marine Corps active duty and civilian populations – identifying potential health threats, developing courses of action and advising commands of risks and countermeasures to protect our forces. EHOs are trained to determine effective methods of health-threat assessment, conduct disease and environmental surveillance, and develop countermeasures to meet potential and actual threats.



Basic Requirements

  • Baccalaureate or Master’s Degree in Environmental Health from a National Environmental Health Science and Accreditation Council (EHAC) accredited program or a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in environmental health from a College of Public Health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

  • Degrees should include coursework in environmental health, epidemiology, food safety, water quality, air quality, solid waste and wastewater management, communicable disease, public health sanitation, vector control, toxicology, risk assessment, risk communication, biostatistics and microbiology.

  • Master’s applicants should have an undergraduate degree in environmental health, biology, chemistry, or physics.

Preferred Requirements

  • Field experience in environmental health and certification as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) or Registered Sanitarian (RS) through the National Environmental Health Association, or state agency highly desirable.


Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Provide guidance to Operational Commanders, Commanding Officers, Officers in Charge, Joint Forces, US Embassy Staff, and United Nations on food safety, water/wastewater safety, communicable disease prevention/ control, disease outbreak investigations, and environmental threats.

  • Many EHOs have a nationally recognized credential as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) from the National Environmental Health Association or Registered Sanitarian credentialing from a local or state agencies.

Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland Okinawa and Yokosuka, Japan

  • San Diego, California Naples and Sigonella, Italy

  • Norfolk VA Rota Spain

HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATORS

Health Care Administrators (HCAs) take administrative and leadership roles in various medical and dental treatment facilities, and other naval enterprises worldwide. HCAs may also work in subspecialty vocations such as, Patient Administration, Medical Logistics, Medical Data Services, Medical Construction Liaison, Plans Operations Medical Intelligence, Manpower and Personnel Management, Financial Management, Education and Training, Operations Research and Information Systems Management.



Basic Requirements

  • Applicants must have a Masters Degree with a major in Health Care, Hospital or Health Service Administration, Health Policy or a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration with a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Programs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) or Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Masters Degrees of Public Administration with an emphasis in healthcare administration accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) are also accepted.

  • Candidates with masters programs not accredited as mentioned above may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Latitude may be given to access “exceptionally qualified” candidates who have obtained a Master’s in Business Administration or Public Health, with a concentration in health management or health administration disciplines. These programs must show specific concentration in health care and candidates must have work experience in a health care related field. Residency completion and employment experience in Health Care Administration.

  • “Exceptionally qualified” applicants having a Baccalaureate Degree with a major in Health Care, Hospital or Health Service Administration, Health Policy or Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration will be considered on a limited case-by-case basis. Programs accredited by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) are highly desired. Online degrees do not meet this requirement. AC candidates having a Baccalaureate Degree are required to submit a GRE or GMAT score, with a minimum GMAT score of 525 and minimum GRE score of 1050.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Choose from a variety of subspecialty vocations.

  • Serve at top Navy Medical facilities worldwide.

Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland Okinawa and Yokosuka, Japan

  • San Diego, California Naples and Sigonella, Italy

INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE

Industrial Hygiene Officers (IHOs) focus on protecting people, installations and equipment by managing risk within working, living and operating environments to preserve mission capability. The IHO is responsible for professional direction of a broad and rapidly expanding array of environmental and occupational control programs. These include hazardous material assessment and disposal; biohazards; safety; respiratory and personal protection equipment; ergonomic hazards; and detection, assessment and monitoring of chemical and biological agents in wartime and natural disaster contingencies.



Basic Requirements


Preferred Requirements

  • Preferred applicants have a Master’s of Science or Public Heath degree, with a concentration in industrial hygiene, engineering, or a related field, such as, toxicology, chemistry, biology, or environmental sciences.

  • Ideal applicants have completed a Master of Science or Master of Public Health in industrial hygiene from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABE) or a degree from an institution with a strong program of industrial hygiene or occupational health. Applicants without such a degree must have relevant work experience and the following academic coursework as a minimum: one year of calculus and biology, two academic years of chemistry including inorganic and organic with labs, and a total of a least 40 semester hours of pure science courses.

  • Field experience in industrial hygiene and certification by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), or Doctoral Degree in Industrial Hygiene.

  • Knowledge and /or experience in Consequence Management, Emergency Management Systems, Safety and Occupational Health Assessments are highly desirable.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Provide direction worldwide to the Department of Navy (DON) Environmental and Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene and Safety Programs.

  • Serve as advisor to Headquarters and Operating Force Commanders for environmental and occupational health issue, resulting in the reduction of risks of preventable injuries and diseases in Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

Typical Assignments

  • Norfolk, Virginia Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan

  • San Diego, California Sigonella, Italy

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Navy Medical Technologists serve as managers and supervisors of state-of-the art clinical laboratories and blood Banks in Navy Hospitals in the United States and many foreign countries. They are integral members of the health care team.



Basic Requirements

  • Baccalaureate or Master’s of Science Degree from an accredited college or university, certification of completion of a one year course of study in Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Science by a school or program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and two years experience in a clinical laboratory. The NAACLS program completion requirement may be waived if the applicant has at least four years of documented clinical laboratory training and/or experience.

  • Must have successfully passed a national Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Science certification examination (American Society of Clinical Pathologist or National Credentialing Agency)

Preferred Requirements

  • Supervisor and leadership experience is highly desired.

  • Blood Banking experience is highly desired.

  • Evidence of continuing education through course work, seminars, workshops, and attendance at professional meeting.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Become eligible for additional assignments as an educator at DoD training schools

  • Assignment as a staff officer with oversight of policy and practice.

  • Perform and manage a full range of lab services with accuracy and compliance with the industry’s highest standards

Typical Assignments

  • Portsmouth, Virginia Yokosuka, Japan

  • San Diego, California Sigonella, Italy

  • Camp Lejune, North Carolina Rota, Spain

  • Jacksonville, Florida

  • Bremerton, Washington

MICROBIOLOGY

Navy Microbiologists currently serve in 20 locations performing a wide range of interesting duties, including: Research and Development (both medical and non-medical) overseas in Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, and Singapore; within the Continental U.S (Washington DC metro area, Norfolk VA, San Diego CA); Environmental Preventive Medicine in Pearl Harbor, HI, Norfolk VA, and San Diego, CA; and Clinical Microbiology at our three large teaching medical centers in Bethesda MD, Portsmouth VA, and San Diego CA. Our primary focus is on the prevention, detection, diagnosis and/or treatment of infectious disease threats to our armed forces.



Basic Requirements

  • Master’s Degree (MS/MPH) or Doctoral degree (Ph.D., DrPH, DSc) from a U.S. accredited institution in microbiology or a closely related field, i.e., bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, virology, mycology, parasitology, food microbiology, veterinary microbiology, Biology, or Molecular Biology.

  • GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale in graduate studies and 3.5 GPA or better in microbiology coursework. If a Biology, molecular biology, Epidemiology major, several upper (300/400+) level microbiology courses (16 hours +) including laboratory must be part of the candidate’s curriculum.

  • Master’s level applicants must have completed a research thesis, have published in nationally recognized peer-review scientific journals and have completed at least one additional year (post Master’s) in research in microbiology.

  • Both Master’s and Doctoral level applicants are eligible for initial assignment to clinical and preventive medicine billets, however, only applicants who have earned a doctorate will be assigned initially to research billets.

Preferred Requirements

  • Candidates with a Doctoral degree.

  • Clinical microbiology, infectious disease surveillance or biowarfare defense experience.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Consult, train and conduct infectious disease research and participate in operational deployments. Conduct defensive research including vaccine development.

  • Have the opportunity to serve as department head, program manager and research director; senior members may serve as senior scientists or in Navy Executive Medicine as Liaisons, Officers in Charge, Executive Officers and Commanding Officers.

Typical Assignments

  • Bethesda, Maryland Cairo, Egypt

  • San Diego, California Lima, Peru

  • Washington, District of Columbia Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Navy Occupational Therapists practice in a wide variety of clinical settings throughout the U.S. and Japan. The primary clinical practices areas include: neuromusculoskeletal screenings for the upper extremity as physician extenders; upper extremity and hand rehabilitation; acute inpatient rehabilitation; pediatric/school based therapy; ergonomic and injury prevention; lymph edema management; mild traumatic brain injury; and in the behavioral health arenas of post-traumatic stress disorders and substance abuse. There has been considerable growth in the clinical practice arena of mild traumatic brain injury which focuses on vision therapy, driving simulation, and return to duty/community transitional care. Navy Occupational Therapists currently serve in the combat environment in Afghanistan.



Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from a university or college accredited by the American Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and have successfully passed the national registration exam and been certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).

  • Applicants shall possess a licensure in one of the 50 states or District of Columbia.

  • Applicants with a Baccalaureate Degree will be considered on a case by case basis.

Preferred Requirements

  • Work experience in acute rehabilitation services.

  • Work experience in evaluation and intervention techniques.

Key Facts and Opportunities

  • Play a pivotal role in the rehabilitation and retraining of our nation’s wounded service members in the orthopedic, neurological and behavioral health models.

  • Engage in training to become a physician extender with advanced clinical credentials as a neuromusculoskeletal evaluator (direct access evaluations, order x-rays, prescribe NSAIDs, write duty status chits).

  • Duty assignments may include an outpatient rehabilitation setting at an military treatment facility/satellite clinic, a DoD school (overseas), the Navy Medical Training Center (OT assistant program instructor), or as a full-time graduate student if selected for Duty Under Instruction.
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