Course Administrative Information
(Updated May 2010)
The following administrative information is provided to each nursing resident in a Course Welcome Letter. We include the same information here for your review and planning.
This specific information and dates are subject to change. Where there are disagreements between this web site and the Welcome Letter, the Welcome Letter will take precedence.
For more information, contact the OB/GYN Course as specified on the home page.
Officers scheduled to attend professional military schooling must be in compliance with height/weight screening prior to departing your home station/losing command. Ensure your height and weight is recorded on your TDY orders (block 16) or PCS packet. You will report to weigh-in on the morning of your report date. PT cards will be turned in to D Company during inprocessingf. If you do not meet the height /weight standards of AR 600-9, you will be referred within command channels for appropriate action. The Course Director will be notified regarding any student HT/WT failure following initial weigh-in. A physical fitness test will be conducted within 30 days of the start of the course. Those who fail the APFT will also be referred within command channels for appropriate action.
IAW AMEDDC&S Regulation 350-1, ordinary leave cannot be granted while you are in a TDY status except for emergency purposes, and at the discretion of the Chief, Department of Health Education and Training and the Program Director. If emergency leave is taken, the time lost will be evaluated for the attendee’s ability to continue in the course. Failure to appropriately complete DA-31 will prevent officers from being authorized leave between leaving the course and arriving/returning to your duty station.
PCS to Tripler: Officers who will be permanently assigned to Tripler after this course should arrive a minimum of two weeks prior to the course report date. This will allow adequate time to complete inprocessing and obtain permanent housing.
TDY and return: Those who are TDY and return who wish to take leave before or after the course should obtain a leave form from their unit prior to coming to the course. The DA-31 MUST include the entire course time with leave dates added as indicated IAW AR 630-5.
TDY enroute: Those who are TDY enroute to another duty station should arrive with leave forms covering the period from the date you sign out of your unit to the reporting date at your new assignment. Permissive TDY for house hunting purposes and leave at the new duty station must be coordinated before leaving the current duty station or upon arrival at your new duty station. Contact your gaining unit through your sponsor or Chief, Department of Nursing to determine eligibility for leave/TDY. You are authorized (and encouraged) to have a DA 31 leave form to cover travel until your report date on your orders. You can sign in early, but requesting additional leave after you've departed is very difficult and time consuming. Also ensure that orders reflect authorization to store/move POV, household goods and family to the new duty station. For example, if you are currently stationed at WRAMC and attend the course TDY en route to FT Sill, ensure that your POV is shipped from WRAMC to FT Sill before you come to the course, or that the orders allow you to return to WRAMC to pick up your POV and drive to FT Sill. To ensure that orders are correct, officers are encouraged to call Ms. Lori Sayers at Tripler AMC MILPO (808-433-6029) as soon as orders are received.
Permanent Party at Tripler: All officers presently assigned to TAMC will not receive orders to attend the course. You will be placed in a TDY status for the duration of the course. You are required to weigh-in on the first day of the course regardless of when you weighed-in last.
If you anticipate being promoted or scheduled for a board during the course, I encourage you to update your records and photo prior to your departure. While in TDY status, it is often difficult to make any changes to Personnel or Finance records through Tripler Army Medical Center’s Military Personnel Office. We had some officers who were able to make appointments for DA photos. The photos are taken at Fort Shafter and should not interfere with classroom or clinical hours. (If you plan to take your DA photo while attending the course, you will need to bring your Class A uniform.)
All officers attending the OB/GYN Nursing Course will receive an Academic Evaluation Report (AER) IAW AR 623-105 Chapter 5. Please bring a copy of your last OER to include explanations of any non-rated time.
Hold baggage is not authorized for this course unless you are TDY enroute to a new duty station. All individuals who are TDY enroute are encouraged to forward “hold baggage” to their new duty station, not to Hawaii. Your assigned housing does not have storage facilities and you will lose valuable class time to receive the baggage. Most airlines have a weight criterion for military; it may be helpful to call in advance to find out your limit and cost of excess.
All lodging expenses must be paid promptly and paid in full before completing the course. If you are using a government credit card to pay for your lodging , it is a monthly charge. While in the course, attendees are permitted to submit a DD Form 1351-2, Travel Voucher, every 30 days to DFAS(Defense Finance and Accounting Service for reimbursable expenses while TDY.
Do not use your government credit card to cover your non-official expenses. Examples of expenses not authorized are rental cars, sightseeing and leisure travel. Public transportation is accessible; however, many find this inconvenient and opt to share a rental car with others in the course. Hawaii is expensive, so plan accordingly.
Lodging while at the OB/GYN Course is normally in 2 locations, Army Family Housing and the Tripler Guest House. Reservations will be made for the length of the course, give and take a few days based on flight schedules. If you plan to arrive before your report date, you need to inform the Course Director so that housing arrangements can be made for you.
Army Family Housing is a 2 bedroom/1bath house. There is a full kitchen and washer and dryer. Being that you are in an housing environment, you will need to shop to obtain essentials for living (groceries, linen, pillows, detergent, etc. ) There is usually a student lending closet with supplies left over from the previous class. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of that.
In addition to the hospital’s dining facility, a snack bar is located on the 1St floor in the hospital. Meal/ Incidental reimbursement is at the Government Mess Available rate $14.30 per day as per TRADOC regulations. A small refrigerator and microwave are provided in each of the Guest House rooms and the Guest House serves a Continental Breakfast daily. Each room has an alarm clock radio and a TV/VCR.
You will need the following uniforms during the course:
|PFU||3 sets (shorts & T-shirt), 1 sweat jacket, 1 sweatpants|
|Civilian Attire||Casual and business|
|ACU Scrub Top||Optional|
|Clean, Comfortable shoes for L&D||Sneakers (other than those used for PT) or clogs allowed. Make sure clogs have no holes at the top|
The uniform for class will be ACUs. You may want to bring your stethoscope and bandage scissors with you since these are not provided by the nursing units. An ACU scrub top is allowed in the inpatient clinical area along with ACU pants and boots. This is not an issued item. You will need to purchase if you decide to wear the scrub top. The cost of the scrub top is $17.00. During your Labor and Delivery rotation, you will wear hospital scrubs. Remember if you plan to take a DA photo while you are here, you will need your Class A Uniform
All military students are required to attend any formally scheduled physical fitness classes and participate at the level of their ability. You will take a record APFT within 30 days of the start of the course. Students who meet academic course requirements, but fail to met the APFT and or the body composition standards, IAW FM 21-20, Physical Fitness Training and AR 600-9 will be considered an academic course graduate but will receive a Department of the Army DA Form 1059, Service School Academic Evaluation Report marked “ Marginally Achieved Course Standards” and will not be awarded the AOC by Human Resources Command until successful completion of these requirements. Bring your APFT card with you. If you have a valid permanent or temporary profile, you must bring a copy of it with you.
You must have a valid and unrestricted nursing license and a current BCLS card with you. Verification of these documents is required in order to practice at TAMC. If your license will expire while you are at the Course, make arrangements to ensure that current licensure will be maintained. If you have neonatal resuscitation provider or instructor certification, bring that documentation as well.
You will report to Medical Company D (Building 104) at 0800 in the Army PFU for height/weight screening (Check the Tripler Map- Locator 22 and TAMC Map). The telephone number to Student Company D CQ Desk is (808)433-1930. Inprocessing for the course will follow at 1000 in Classroom 10C120, Education & Training Division (10th floor, C Wing, TAMC). Report to that location in ACUs. Bring the following:
- Minimum of 10 copies of Orders (PCS and/or 1610 TDY orders)
- Copy of ORB
- Medical records
- Immunization Record – very important
- Current RN license
- Current BCLS Card (If your BCLS card expires before the last day of the course recertify before attending) )
- NRP Card (if you have one)
- DA 31 (leave form)
- Predeployment Checklist for OB/GYN Course (attached)
- Certificates of Training In: HIPPA, Age Specific & CBRNE
Close out your Outlook and CAC accounts at your home station as you will need Tripler accounts while you are here. This may be a challenge if you are TDY and return, your AKO is an option. However, it is easy to disperse information if you have a Tripler account.
Your DMHRSi will be completely here at Tripler while you attend the course.
The first two days will include inprocessing, entrance interviews, a hospital tour, and course orientation. If you have a personal notebook computer, we encourage you to bring it with you. However, do not bring a desktop computer or buy books. The Course has both for your use. You will be hand receipted the required textbooks, personal protective equipment, and a reflective belt for PT.
The following screenings/immunizations must be documented in your records. This is a requirement to attend clinical.
- PPD status documented in health record and immunization card. (Tuberculosis is prevalent in Hawaii.) Results must be documented within the last 12 months.
- b. Documentation of current Hepatitis antigen and antibody (HbSag and HbSab), HIV status, Rubella titer in your health record. HIV results must be within the last 12 months.
- Initiate or complete Heptovax series. (Mandatory for all military medical personnel.)
- Complete your routine annual pap smear (for female officers) and dental exam. (It will be difficult to schedule these appointments with the class and clinical schedule).
The easiest way to get to Tripler from the airport is to take a taxi. A taxi is a “special convenience” and is authorized from the airport to TAMC. The cost is approximately $20 –25. You are authorized reimbursement for baggage handling (tips), generally $1/bag. Tripler is located off Puuloa Road, approximately 4 miles from the airport.
Questions or problems regarding this web site should be directed to TAMC.66GPD@amedd.army.mil.