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    Posted: 27 Jan 2009 at 9:17am
Who are Anesthesia Technicians, Certified Anesthesia Technicians and Certified Anesthesia Technologists? 




The entry level Anesthesia Technician assists the Anesthesiologist, Anesthesiologist Assistant, CRNA and the O.R. circulating nurse (R.N.).  There are three levels of hierarchy in the Anesthesia Technician’s profession: Anesthesia Technician (A.T.) to Certified Anesthesia Technician (Cer.A.T.) to Certified Anesthesia Technologist (Cer.A.T.T.).
The Anesthesia Technician and Anesthesia Technologist is a strong and growing profession with their own society (ASATT), By Laws, their own official publication magazine, annually conference meeting both clinical & technical, accredited schools obtaining a 1 year certification, 2 year Associate Degree in Science (health), and 5 year Bachelor of Science Degree in Anesthesia Technology (Stony Brook in New York). The Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist’s Liaison consists of an: ASA-Anesthesiologist M.D.A., AANA/C.R.N.A., and hopefully soon to be American Society of Anesthesiologist Assistants – (AAAA), Anesthesiologist Assistant (A.A.-C).   
 
The Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist Certification Test Development and Test Writing Committee consists of an Anesthesiologist MDA, CRNA, a professor of Anesthesia Education, PAs, a corporate representative, Certified Anesthesia Technician and Certified Anesthesia Technologist.  In the Anesthesia Technician’s scope of practice, the Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist can perform Technical & Clinical skills such as operating, training and teaching trouble shooting techniques with anesthesia machines, Intra Aortic Balloon pump machines (counter pulsation procedures), cell saver machines, level one auto rapid machines, F.M.S. auto rapid machines, R.I.S. machines and IMed Pumps. The Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist are also certified in BCLS, ACLS,& PALS, they operate cardiac output monitors, obtain PA wedge pressures (Swan-Ganz catheter line), obtain cardiac calculation out put from patients and read back numbers to the MDA,CRNA, or AA-C (under supervision).  The Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist start IVs and start Arterial Lines under supervision of an Anesthesiologist M.D.  Anesthesia Technician’s are "trained" and "certified" by the MDAs and Hospitals.  Anesthesia Technician’s and Anesthesia Technologist’s can mentor and train lower level technicians, nurses, medical students, and anesthesia residents on anesthesia technology procedures.

In closing, the Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist works within their "scope of practice" and this practice depends on the particular state where the Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist resides.  The Anesthesia Technician and Anesthesia Technologist are highly knowledgeable, skilled, respected and competent members of the Anesthesia Care Team.

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How long does it take to become an Anesthesia Technician?  It depends on what state you live in and what hospital have on the job training what I would do is find out what hospitals in your area have on the job training or can make an exception for you. There are 5-6 Accredited schools in the nation to become an Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist obtaining a 1 year Certification, 2 years Associate Degree in Science, & 5 years Baccalaureate of Science Degree( In Anesthesia Technology).

Explain to them you are going to school to become a Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA-C) within
a year or two and you have done research on the Anesthesia Technician and Anesthesia Technologist profession and educated yourself on their scope of practice and you feel that becoming an Anesthesia Technician would be a great stepping stone in becoming an Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA-C/CRNA).

keep in mind that every state is different on what you "can" or "can't" do as a
Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist  (A.T./A.T.T.) even though we work within "our scope of practice" the goal is for Anesthesia Technicians / Anesthesia Technologists  (A.T.s/A.T.T.s) to become "Licensed" so that we are allowed to utilize our skills at any hospital and in all patient care settings regardless of what state we live or work in.

Assuming you are looking to become an Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA-C)..I would call several hospitals and try speak to an
Anesthesia Technician or Anesthesia Technologist and find out how can you shadow them in their daily task in the O.R. and in all settings and off site areas (Cath lab,MRI,Angio,GI,ICU,ER,etc.)...if you like it then I would try to get on as a regular staff Anesthesia Technician.

Make sure you pair up with a
Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist preceptor with many years of experience Certified or not - you WILL learn a lot from both, try working with an Anesthesia Technicians / Anesthesia Technologists who are ACLS/PALS Certified that can teach you about different "rhythms", "medications", and "shocking" a patient when operating a "CODE" in the O.R. or off site areas.

Find out what
Anesthesia Technicians / Anesthesia Technologists actually operate like intra-aortic balloon pump machines, cell saver machines, level one auto rapid machines, FMS auto rapid machines, Learn how they start IVs, operate anesthesia machines as well as trouble shoot, train, & teach, assist in floating a Swan-Ganz Catheter (PA), perform ABG / TEG, set up & draw back from patient lines ART, CVP, PA . Try working in specialty areas such as Transplant (Hearts and Livers, Adult & Pedi "both"), Major Trauma, & Neuro (crani- head).

You will be surprised how much you will learn as a
Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist and the knowledge you will have under your belt in becoming a Anesthesiologist Assistant or CRNA but again mostly Anesthesiologist Assistant...It will look great on your admission application when applying to an Anesthesiologist Assistant program as a allied health care professional.

Why?..Nurses have there 1-2 years of skills in ICU in becoming a CRNA, and
Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist have their 1-2 years skills in O.R. setting receiving patients from all ICU specialties, E.R., Floor status patients, and Off site area patients in becoming a Anesthesiologist Assistant when having a Bachelor of Science Degree in allied health care not nursing.

Other allied health care professional who work in ICU/O.R. setting with 1-2 years skills with a Bachelor of Science(Health) besides nursing who become Anesthesiologist Assistant with out going to nursing school just to become a Anesthetist (CRNA) they are RCP, RRT, & CCP.

With the exception there are nurses BSN and ADN who are Anesthesiologist Assistants (Anesthetists) who have met the requirements and prerequisites to be admitted to Anesthesiologist Assistant program and they are excellent anesthesia providers FACT!, There are many other allied and nursing health care professionals who function as a Certified
Anesthesia Technicians or Anesthesia Technologists and they are RRT, RCP, LVN, LPN, RN, PM, EMT, Cpht & ST. Fact! There are Certified Anesthesia Technicians / Anesthesia Technologists who are CPHT (Certified Pharmacy Technician as well). I hope this help people interested in learning more about Anesthesia Technicians!
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JCole (or anyone) know the names of the schools referenced in this post?  My own internet searches have not been helpful in finding Anesthesia Technician schools.

"....There are 5-6 Accredited schools in the nation to become an Anesthesia Technician / Anesthesia Technologist obtaining a 1 year Certification, 2 years Associate Degree in Science, & 5 years Baccalaureate of Science Degree( In Anesthesia Technology). "

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Hi alpha10,
Look through this website below and click the photos of the schools on the right side of the page. This will take you to the A.T. programs you are looking for! Smile

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