Schools for Aspiring Anesthesiologist Technicians: How to Choose

Jan 02, 2019

Aspiring anesthesia technicians can find training programs at community colleges and technical schools, while those aiming to become anesthesiology assistants will need to enroll in master's degree programs at 4-year universities.

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Anesthesia technicians are individuals who have received a certificate or associate's degree in anesthesia technology and work as entry-level assistants in a team of anesthesia caregivers. Anesthesiology assistants, on the other hand, have received graduate-level education and work directly under the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist. Every program includes different degree requirements, concentrations, and certification opportunities.

Schools with Anesthesiology Technician or Assistant Programs

The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer anesthesiologist technician or assistant programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Tuition (2015-2016)*
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 4-year, Private Master's Graduate tuition $17,190
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 4-year, Private Master's Graduate tuition $41,137
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Private Master's $16,760
University of Colorado - Denver Denver, CO 4-year, Public Master's** In-state $6,516; Out-of-state $20,358
University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO 4-year, Public Master's In-state $6,213; Out-of-state $16,043
Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA 2-year, Public Associate's** In-state Undergraduate tuition $1,152; Out-of-state Undergraduate tuition $6,180
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI 2-year, Public Associate's In-state Undergraduate tuition $4,360; Out-of-state Undergraduate tuition $6,286
Renton Technical College Renton, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's Undergraduate tuition $4,836

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School websites

School Selection Criteria

Students interested in anesthesiology technician schools have several factors to keep in mind when selecting their program.

  • Certificate and associate technician programs require less time, however, graduate-level education is required to work as an anesthesiology assistant.
  • Programs that offer graduate certificates in specialty areas such as cardiac or pediatric care may be appealing to aspiring anesthesiology assistants with specialty interests.
  • Students may immediately qualify for certification through the American Society of Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists (ASATT) by completing an associate's degree program. Certificate holders may require additional work experience before earning certification.
  • Aspiring anesthesiology assistants are encouraged to enroll in programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs in order to sit for the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants certification exam.

Certificate for Anesthesia Technicians

A certificate program for anesthesia technicians can be completed in one year. Certificate programs may offer the necessary level of education to sit for the ASATT certification exams, though not all will fulfill clinical experience requirements.

Associate's Degree for Anesthesia Technicians

An associate's degree for anesthesia technicians may be completed as a 2-year program. Students complete clinical experiences in hospitals under the supervision of an anesthesia technologist.

Master's Degree for Anesthesiology Assistants

A master's degree for anesthesiology assistants is typically designed as a 2-year program to be completed by students who hold a science-based bachelor's degree of a pre-medical nature.

A number of public and private 2- and 4-year colleges and universities offer programs for anesthesiology technicians and assistants. It is possible to complete studies for a certificate, associate's degree, or master's degree; tuition costs vary widely based on the type of school and type of program pursued.

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