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September 12, 2012

Anesthesiologist Assistant Tips!

Anesthesiologist Assistant Tips and More!

Do you want to become an anesthesiologist assistant? All you need is a Bachelor’s degree and the required prerequisites! Even if you have a business degree you can apply to an AA program, but you must complete the prerequisites which include physics, math, physiology, anatomy, chemistry and biology.  The majority of aa students major in biology, sciences, mathematics and even nursing.

Anesthesiologist assistants have almost identical job responsibilities to nurse anesthetists but nurse anesthetists are governed by the state board of nursing and the anesthesiologist assistant by the state board of medicine.

The scope of work of an anesthesiologist assistant varies with the rules of the state board of medicine, the anesthesiologist in charge and other applicable laws, according to the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants.

In each state, the state board of medicine determines the rules that all anesthesiologist assistants must follow. The anesthesiologist assistant must also follow the anesthesiologists protocols while working in the anesthesia care team.




September 5, 2012

What is the difference between Anesthesiologist Assistants and Nurse Anesthetists?

The difference between an Anesthesiologist Assistant and Nurse Anesthetists is primarily their scope of practice. When it comes to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist (AANA) vs. the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) there is politics in motion. Not all CRNAs are Anti-Anesthesiologist Assistants but the vast majority of CRNAs are against Anesthesiologist Assistants being licensed and working in all 50 states (the nurses just don’t want the competition).

Anesthesiologist Assistants work under the direction (supervision and/or medical direction) of a licensed Anesthesiologist in the Anesthesia Care Team. Anesthesiologist Assistants in the U.S. are either licensed or work under delegatory authority at hospitals, such as an academic teaching institution, private practice setting institution, or outpatient service day surgery centers in the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT). 100% of Anesthesiologist Assistants work in the ACT model.

CRNAs may work under the medical direction (and/or supervision) of an Anesthesiologist M.D. or D.O. part of the Anesthesia Care Team, or they may work under the supervision of a surgeon, dentist or independently licensed practitioner legally authorized to deliver anesthesia services delineated in the rules and regulation written in accordance with various state laws. 80% of CRNAS work in the ACT in the same manner as Anesthesiologist Assistants and the other 20% of CRNAs work out of the ACT independently mostly in rural areas of the U.S.

HOWEVER, one-third of all practicing nurse anesthetist have not earn an undergraduate degree. All Anesthesiologist Assistants must have obtained an undergraduate degree with pre-med core curriculum courses which is very “rigorous” and must take either the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination Test).

Hospital that have both Anesthesiologist Assistants and CRNAs employed at their institution in the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT), their jobs are identical and both are used interchangeably doing the same exact job. Anesthesiologist Assistants and CRNAs in the ACT stay in the O.R. (suite) with their patients from the beginning of the case to the end of the case anywhere from 30mintues to 8 hours or more depending on the type of surgery that is being performed.

Anesthesiologist Assistants and CRNAs jobs are both amazing and intriguing professions in the Anesthesia Care Team. Nurses (R.N.s) who meet the criteria and prerequisites can also be admitted to an Anesthesiologist Assistant program (anesthetist), there are several nurses who are Anesthesiologist Assistants who chose to take the Anesthesiologist Assistant route vs. CRNA route for different or personal reasons.

FACT: there is a nurse who is an Anesthesiologist Assistant and her title reads R.N., M.M.Sc., A.A.-C., she has thirteen (13) years experience as an Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant – Anesthetist and twenty-three (23) years experience as Registered Nurse.

She is licensed as an R.N.,A.A.-C. (Anesthesiologist Assistant).

*AA School attended – Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

*B.S. Nursing (Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing).

*M.M.Sc. Anesthesiology (Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiology).

In closing, both Anesthesiologist Assistants and CRNAs are highly respected as anesthetists in the Allied Health/Nursing as mid-level providers in or out of the Anesthesia Care Team (ACT).

FACT: Anesthesiologist Assistants can train and teach SRNA (student nurse anesthetist) = CRNAs. Anesthesiologist Assistants also train and teach their own AA-S/RN,AA-S (student anesthetist/student nurse anesthetist) = AA-C/RN,AA-C.

September 4, 2012

The BEST Anesthesiologist Assistant Schools In The Country

To become an elite level anesthesiologist assistant, it is important to graduate from the best school possible! Having been trained at one of the leading Anesthesiologist Assistant programs, this will insure landing a dream job at a leading medical facilities of your choice. Below you will find tips for the future Anesthesiologist Assistant student:

  • » There are currently seven schools accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). You must graduate from one of these accredited schools.
  • » The seven accredited schools are Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia ~ Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio ~ Case Western Reserve University in Houston, Texas ~ South University in Savannah, Georgia ~ University of Missouri Kansas City ~ Nova SouthEastern University in Fort-Lauderdale-Davie, Florida ~ Nova SouthEastern University Tampa Student  Educational Center adhere to the guidelines as prescribed by the CAAHEP in setting the curriculum for prospective anesthesiologist assistants. To be eligible for and to be considered for admission into one of these seven Anesthesiologist Assistant schools, it requires that the student pass the entrance exam in form of a GRE or an MCAT (each Anesthesiologist Assistant school has a preference). Aside from the entrance exam and due to this profession being a masters degree,  each potential candidate must have a bachelor’s degree with required prerequisites in english, science and math.
  • » The typical Anesthesiologist Assistant program covers 24 and 28 continuous months, together with curriculum hours up to 160 hours with clinical hours totaling up to 2,700 hours.
  • » As per the CAAHEP, students are required to study topics pertaining to anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, and pharmacology, with special emphasis on cardiovascular, renal, nervous, respiratory, and neuromuscular systems. Apart from these, the program involves study of life support systems, and principles related to medical instrumentation. Training in the functionality, as well as calibration of equipments in associated clinical laboratories is included in the program. Understanding the concepts of clinical decision making also remains a prominent part of the program undertaken in schools.
  • » After completing the Anesthesiologist Assistant graduate program, prospective candidates can begin internships in their prospective areas of preference.
  • » After passing the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA), Anesthesiologist Assistants are eligible to work in medical or hospital facilities of their liking. Currently there are 18 states, which allow Anesthesiologist Assistants to practice.

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