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Becoming an Anesthesia Technician...

Becoming an Anesthesia Technician prior to going to school to become a Anesthesiologist Assistant would be a great stepping stone to being accepted into an AA program!

Every state has different regulations on what you "can" or "can't" do as a Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist. Even though it's in our scope of practice, the goal for the Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist is to be "Licensed" so that the Anesthesia Technician is allowed to utilize learned skills at any hospital and in all patient care settings regardless in what state the Anesthesia Technician resides.

If you are seriously looking into becoming a Anesthesia Technician, place calls to several hospitals and try speaking to an Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist and find out how you can shadow them in their daily task in the O.R. as well as off site areas (Cath lab, MRI, Angio, GI, ICU, ER,etc.)

Make sure you pair up with an A.T.  preceptor with many years of experience who is ACLS / PALS Certified that can teach you about different "cardiac rhythms", "medications", and "shocking" a patient when in a "Code Blue" emergency.

Find out what Anesthesia Technicians / Anesthesia Technologists are actually responsible for operating such as,  intra-aortic balloon pump machines, cell saver machines, level one auto rapid machines, FMS auto rapid machines, starting IVs, drawing up and pushing medications under the supervision of a MDA or Anesthesiologist Assistant / CRNA, anesthesia machines as well as trouble shooting, train of four, assisting in floating a Swan-Ganz Catheter (PA), performing ABG/TEG, setting up & drawing back from patient lines such as ART, CVP, PA lines. Try following Anesthesia Technicians in specialty areas such as Transplant (Hearts and Livers, Adult & Pedi ), Trauma units, & Neuro (crani- head).

The knowledge gained by working as an Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist will insure a smooth transition in becoming a Anesthesiologist Assistant.  It definitely will look great on your admission application when applying to an Anesthesiologist Assistant program as a allied health care professional.

Why is it such a great idea to become an Anesthesia Technician if you want to eventually become an Anesthesiologist Assistant?  

Nurses are required to work 1-2 years in the ICU to gain skills required to become a CRNA, so by becoming an Anesthesia Technician for 1-2 years and learning skills in the O.R., ICU and E.R. settings you will actually be ahead of any applicant applying to an Anesthesiologist Assistant program!

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