MEDCOE Credentialing Program (MEDCP)
This website is designed to support the initiatives of the Army Credentialing and Continuing Education Services for Soldiers ACCESS (External Link) program. On this website you will find information on MEDCOE specific programs as well as broader programs under the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, and the Department of Labor.
Army University is part of a university system under the U.S. Army`s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). As the proponent for the ACCESS program, they are a single source for a multitude of educational opportunities for Soldiers and Civilians of all ranks and grades. This MEDCOE website is focused more specifically on military opportunities particularly for enlisted Service Members in order to meet the guidance published in numerous directives (see reference section). If the information you are looking for is not found on our website, we encourage you to visit Army University`s ACCESS (External Link) website or contact us directly for more information.
The programs under ACCESS that the MEDCOE can assist Soldiers in the 68 Career Management Field series with are: Institutionally Delivered Credentials (IDC), Degree Completions, and Apprenticeships. The following provides more information on those programs.
Currently, the MEDCOE funds credentials for two programs:
-68W Combat Medic Specialist Emergency Medical Technician Certification
-68C Licensed Practical Nurse License
Since these are mandatory credentials that must be obtained during AIT to graduate from the course, there is no separate application process for these MOSs.
The MEDCOE is expanding the IDC program in 2023 to include voluntary credentials for four MOSs. These MOSs include 68D, 68L, 68P, and 68X. We expect to be able to expand the program to other MOSs in the upcoming fiscal years. For expansion of the IDC program, the credentials must be closely aligned with the selected MOS. These credentials are generally the same ones that are listed on the Army COOL website as a Star credential. The benefit of using the IDC program instead of obtaining credentialing assistance through the COOL website is that IDC programs are funded by the MEDCOE instead of tapping into your Tuition Assistance (TA). This will allow you to save your TA funding for another credential or for a degree program.
IDC may pay for both your certification exam cost (up to $800) as well as study material. It will be up to you to ensure you are adequately prepared to take the certification or licensing exam, but our MEDCOE Subject Matter Experts can help you with your funding application and the assessment of your preparedness upon request. If you are in MOSs 68D, 68L, 68P, or 68X, you will need to apply for funding through MEDCOE since these credentials are voluntary. Please click on the appropriate link below to find more information on the application process specific to these MOSs:
68L Occupational Therapy Specialist
68X Behavioral Health Specialist
There are also several programs under the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) for which credentials are funded. Though not part of the IDC program, they are fully funded by METC and also do not tap into TA. It is not mandatory that you obtain a credential for any MOS other than 68C or 68W but obtaining one closely aligned with your MOS sets you up for success in both your military and post-military career.
Additional information about Institutionally Delivered Credentials that you may find helpful can be found on the Army COOL website under the MOS Proponent Funded page at this link: Army COOL - Costs and Funding - MOS Proponent Funded (osd.mil)
The MEDCOE has partnered with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences` College of Allied Health Sciences (USU CAHS) to provide degree pathways for several programs. Currently, the MEDCOE has degree pathways established for the Health Physics program (ASI N4), the Combat Paramedic Program (ASI 3P), and will soon have this established for the MOS 68C Practical Nurse course. MEDCoE additionally coordinated through the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) on Fort Sam Houston, TX and the Tri-Service Optical School in Yorktown, VA for Soldiers to earn college credit, and potentially an associate degree, from USU CAHS for Preventive Medicine (MOS 68S), Medical Laboratory (MOS 68K), Nutrition Science (MOS 68M), Occupational Therapy (MOS 68L), Radiology (MOS 68P), Respiratory Therapy (MOS 68V), Eye Specialist (MOS 68Y), and Pharmacy (MOS 68Q), and Optical Laboratory (MOS 68H) specialties. This partnership with USU CAHS will continue to grow until all eligible programs have a degree pathway established or offers college credit that is transferable to another university.
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) www.msche.org (External Link). The Commission`s most recent action on the institution`s accreditation status on June 27, 2013 was to reaffirm accreditation. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
MEDCOE is a USU College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) Additional Location. Additional Information regarding the CAHS and its programs can be found at https://cahs.usuhs.edu (External Link).