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Anesthesia Technology

Occupational Description

Anesthesia technology is an allied health profession specifically focused on fundamental and advanced clinical procedures which assist the anesthesia provider in the safe and efficient care of patient’s under anesthesia. The Anesthesia Technologist works under the direction of an anesthesia provider as a vital member of the anesthesia care team. The Anesthesia Technologist is proficient in the acquisition, preparation, and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care. Cognitive abilities involve knowledge of anatomy/physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and principles of anesthesia technology. Independent judgment is required for rapid response to the quickly changing circumstances in the patient care environment. The Anesthesia Technologist exhibits professionalism in patient and staff interactions.

Employment Characteristics

Anesthesia technologists work in a variety of clinical settings including: hospital operating rooms, interventional and diagnostic radiology, labor and delivery units, intensive care units, emergency rooms, outpatient procedure suites, and ambulatory surgery centers.

Educational Programs

Length. Accredited programs must assure graduates have obtained an Associate Degree upon completion of the program.  Programs can be 1-4 years in length depending on the program design, required prerequisites, and student qualifications.  Applicants must meet specific entrance/admission requirements of the institution sponsoring the program.

Inquiries

Hospitals continue to use both certified and non-certified ATs. The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians has the only nationally recognized certification for the anesthesia technicians (Cer AT). In order to maintain certification, technicians must earn 20 continuing education contact hours. Certification is granted for a 2-year period. Certification for technologist level has been developed. Technologists must obtain a minimum of 30 continuing education hours to maintain certification.

Certification/Registration

American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians
7044 South 13th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154
414-908-4942 ext. 119
email:
 customercare@asatt.org
www.asatt.org

Careers/Curriculum

American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians
7044 South 13th Street
Oak Creek, WI 53154
414-908-4942 ext. 119
email:
 customercare@asatt.org
www.asatt.org