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    Posted: 12 Aug 2009 at 1:38pm
Hi AnesthesiologistAssistant.com, it is nice to know that someone out there truly has respect for Anesthesia Technicians and Anesthesia Technologists. Anesthesia technicians are hard working knowledgeable professionals, with years of experience, certifications, diplomas, associate degrees and many with a bachelor degree's as allied health professions.

Being an Anesthesia Technician, CER. Anesthesia Technician, and CER. Anesthesia Technologist with many years of technical and clinical (skills) experience, who holds a Bachelor's of Science or Arts Degree (B.S., B.S.H., B.Sc., B.H.Sc. and B.A.) and/or an Associate of Science degree and grandfathered into the ACT is a huge stepping stone in becoming an Anesthetist... mostly as an Anesthesiologist Assistant or a CRNA, it just depends on how long you want to take to start your anesthesia career!

AT to MDA Route: (3 steps) Anesthesia Technician to Anesthesiologist Assistant to MDA.

The RN to MDA Route: (4 - 5 steps) Anesthesia Technician to RN to CRNA to DNAP? to MDA


One of my colleagues is an Anesthesiologist Assistant AA-C (Anesthetist) with a Master of Medical Science Degree in Anesthesiology and Patient Monitoring Systems (MMSc.).  At the AA program he attended his classmates were Anesthesia Technicians, Emergency Medical Technicians, Para Medics, Registered Respiratory Therapists, and Registered Nurses.  All of which these professionals obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree before they were eligible to enter the AA program.

There are many Anesthesia Technicians with years of experience specializing in Anesthesia Technology who are practicing as Anesthesiologist Assistants today!

Another Anesthesia Technician colleague of mine was working in Dallas, TX at a Level One Trauma Center who obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology then applied and got excepted into an AA program.

It only makes sense for an Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist who already has years of experience in the O.R. to the AA route which takes 2.5 years to obtain a Masters Degree in Anesthesiology vs. going the CRNA route wasting 5.5 to 6 years to obtain a Masters Degree in Nurse Anesthesia, NA (Nurse Anesthetist) no offense.

Without Anesthesia Techs how could the O.R. run properly!!


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