Anesthesia Technologist Education Options

Anesthesia technologist associate's degree programs teach students to maintain and operate anesthesia equipment. Students learn theory while practicing skills via labs and clinical internships.

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Essential Information

Traditional and online anesthesia technologist programs are often designed for part-time students who take courses over an extended period of time. Students may be required to petition for program entrance and subsequently will undergo a selection process. Admittance is based on adherence to institution-specific application procedures and previous good academic standing in high school classes, particularly math and science courses.

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Anesthesia Technologist Associate's Degree Program

Students develop skills that may include pre-operative patient care and transport, machine monitoring and intubation procedures. Enrollees also learn about surgical procedures and how to explain these procedures to patients in an informative and reassuring manner.

A supervised externship or internship at a nearby hospital or clinic is often necessary for graduation, and some schools also require students to present a final research paper before receiving the degree.

Common course topics are listed below.

  • Emergency procedures
  • Heart monitors
  • Types and uses of anesthesia
  • Anatomy
  • Patient psychology
  • Drugs and the body

Popular Career Options

Anesthesia and surgical technologists are employed at facilities where surgeries are performed, such as hospitals and clinics. Private practice physicians and retirement homes may employee these professionals as well. Some graduate even choose to pursue work in anesthesia-related sales.

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that surgical technologists earned a median salary of $44,330 as of May 2015. These jobs are projected to see a much higher than average 15% increase in employment (an estimated 14,700 new positions) from 2014-2024.

Continuing Education Information

After a few years of supervised work, anesthesia technologists may train to become nurse anesthetists. Students must first become registered nurses before they can apply for the nurse anesthetist master's degree program. Students may also decide to become anesthesiologists. To achieve this goal, they must graduate medical school and complete a residency in anesthesiology.

The associate's degree in anesthesia technology is a popular option for healthcare-minded students with a strong foundation in math and science who want to pursue basic training in a surgical environment.

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