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Cardiopulmonary Laboratory

Overview: Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States, yet proven procedures are available to prevent, monitor and minimize the progression of this health problem. Cardiopulmonary Lab personnel perform many of the heart and lung function tests that determine a patient’s current condition and risk profile, and also serve on surgical teams.

Position: Enlisted


Specific Tasks: 

  • Perform electrocardiograms, exercise stress testing, echocardiograms, Doppler and other non-invasive cardiopulmonary function tests
  • Serve on cardiac catheterization (invasive) procedure teams
  • Operate respiratory and pulmonary evaluation equipment and administer respiratory care
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Adhere to established infection control, contaminated materials, safety and security procedures


  • HS diploma or GED. For entry into this specialty, the following college courses are required: English Composition I (3 credits), English Composition II (3 credits), College Algebra (3 credits), Humanities (3 credits) and Social Sciences (3 credits)
  • ASVAB score of 44 on General


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Cardiovascular Technologist