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Program Type: AS Degree/Certificate of Achievement

Division: School of Health Sciences

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.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.
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 of Science degree is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a C or better. The two-year program includes one summer session. (67-72 units).

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.



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

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement (30 units):
AT 110
AT 111
AT 112
AT 113
AT 114
AT 115
AT 116
AT 117
AT 118



Required Units in the Major:    30

Required Courses
  Summer Intersession I (5 units)
AT 110 - INTRODUCTION TO ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY (2.0 units)
  AT 111 - BASIC PRINCIPLES OF ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY (3.0 units)
  &
  Fall Semester II (14 units)
AT 112 - ADVANCED PRINCIPLES OF ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY (3.0 units)
  AT 113 - ANESTHESIA PHARMACOLOGY (3.0 units)
  AT 114 - ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY INSTRUMENTATION I (3.0 units)
  AT 116 - ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE I (5.0 units)
  &
  Spring Semester III (11 units)
AT 115 - ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY INSTRUMENTATION II (3.0 units)
  AT 117 - ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE II (5.0 units)
  AT 118 - ANESTHESIA TECHNOLOGY CLINICAL SEMINAR (3.0 units)

Required Electives (0 Units)

None

Recommended Electives

None