Welcome Aboard HS A School

On behalf of the entire staff of the Medical Support Schools, we want to say congratulations on your orders, and welcome to the world of military medicine! We look forward to your arrival and trust you are prepared to accept the challenge before you. Below you will find links to the Training Center and HS “A” School websites.

Your first week of class, you will be taking a Petty Officer Indoctrination Class required by the Training Center. The next seven weeks will be in EMT School. Here you will get you started on your way through "A" School.

Upon successful completion of EMT class, your last 16 weeks will take you into the heart of military clinical medicine. You will be assigned Class Advisors and a mentor to help you throughout the remainder of your “A” School experience.

If for any reason you will not be attending HS "A" School, please contact your current unit’s chain of command immediately.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you be fully prepared while attending HS "A" School.

HS “A” School is a fast paced and challenging course, which will challenge you to do things you have never done before. A positive attitude with the expectation of becoming a Health Services Technician will better prepare you to succeed in this course and in our rate. Our instructors are looking forward to meeting you during your training.  If you have any questions or concerns that are not answered in this letter or the Training Center's homepage, please contact “A” School.

HS "A" School Course Description

Course Overview

  • Class size: 30 - 35 students per class
    (this includes active, reserve and international students)
  • "A" School duration: 120 training days:
    • 1 week INDOC
    • 7 weeks EMT
    • 15 weeks HS
  • "A" School convening's per year: 3

HS "A" School Eligibility

Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): VE + MK + GS + AR = 207, with a minimum AR of 50

Applying for School

Route a Special Request Authorization (chit) though your chain of command.

Curriculum Outline

This primarily performance based course provides lecture, laboratory demonstration, practical exercises, and clinical experiences in the areas of anatomy, medical administration, basic clinical laboratory procedures, asepsis and sterilization technique, preventive medicine, nursing skills, pharmacy, clinical sick call, wound repair, clinical services, leadership and management. The Management Information Systems are a vital part of the "A" School curriculum. Currently included in the curriculum is the seven week Coast Guard Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course.