Program Description

The Anesthesia Technician program prepares the student to be an integral member of the anesthesia patient care team. Emphasis is on fundamental and advanced clinical procedures to assist licensed anesthesia providers in the acquisition, preparation, and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care.

Anesthesia technicians are integral members of the anesthesia patient care team. Their role is to assist licensed anesthesia providers in the acquisition, preparation and application of various equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care. This may be performed in a variety of clinical settings such as: the operating room, interventional and diagnostic radiology, post anesthesia care unit, intensive care unit, cardiac cath lab, emergency room, endoscopy, dental suites, and ambulatory surgery centers.

Job responsibilities may include equipment maintenance and servicing such as cleaning, sterilizing, assembling, calibrating, testing, troubleshooting, and recording of inspections and maintenance. In addition, the anesthesia technician will assist licensed anesthesia providers with patient assessments, evaluations, transport, positioning, insertion of intravenous and other invasive lines, and airway management.

Certification/Accreditation/Eligibility:

A Certificate of Achievement and an Associate in Science degree is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a C or better. The two-year program includes one summer session.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the American Society of Anesthesia Technicians/Technologists (ASATT) National Certification Examination to become certified as an Anesthesia Technician (Cer. A.T.)

Highlights of the PCC program include professional, experienced academic and clinical instructors, and a multitude of clinical sites with state-of-the-art technology and hands-on instruction. The Anesthesia Technician program is a partnership program with Kaiser Permanente.

Requirements for Admission:

  1. Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent.
  2. Overall minimum GPA of 2.0 in all required prerequisite courses. An overall minimum GPA of 2.5 in the following prerequisite courses: Speech 010, Physiology 002A/002B or Anatomy 025 and Physiology 001, English 001A, and Chemistry 002A.
  3. Current CPR/ Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification.
  4. Completion of application for admission into the program.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply theory and knowledge of social sciences in effective communication with anesthesia care providers in the delivery of patient care.
  2. Apply theory and knowledge of chemistry and biology to assist the anesthesia provider in the selection and operation of appropriate anesthesia equipment for patient care.
  3. Apply theory and concepts in pharmacology specific to anesthesia surgical procedure in preparation of patient care.
  4. Apply theory and knowledge of basic anatomy/physiology, and pathophysiology in assisting the anesthesia provider in the development of patient care plans.


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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 30

Recommended Preparation

High school courses in biology, anatomy/physiology, and chemistry with a laboratory.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required Units: 30

  • AT 110 - Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Technology (2)
  • AT 111 - Basic Principles of Anesthesia Technology (3)
  • AT 112 - Advanced Principles of Anesthesia Technology (3)
  • AT 113 - Anesthesia Pharmacology (3)
  • AT 114 - Basic Anesthesia Equipment - Theory and Lab (3)
  • AT 115 - Advanced Anesthesia Equipment - Theory and Lab (3)
  • AT 116 - Anesthesia Technology Clinical Experience (5)
  • AT 117 - Anesthesia Technology Clinical Experience II (5)
  • AT 118 - Anesthesia Technology Case Study and Program Review (3)
 

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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