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Anesthesia Technologist

In the rapidly expanding health care field, there is a steady demand for well-trained anesthesia technologists. Anesthesia techs work at the forefront of clinic treatment and surgery practice in outpatient clinics, hospitals, and private practice. They support the anesthesiologist in operating complex medical equipment, maintain the patient's vital blood-flow and respiratory levels before, during, and after surgery. If you want to be a critical member of a surgical team, consider training for this rewarding profession.

Formal training and licensing programs are available all across the country, leading to certification and employment. The anesthesia technician learns the trade in qualified medical assisting schools, community colleges, and applied programs. Many programs lead to testing for national credentials offered by The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians.

Coursework and Hands-on Learning Training programs vary state-to-state, so it?s important to learn which credentials are respected by medical institutions where you hope to work. Accelerated programs last from 9 months to 2 years, depending on whether you seek a certificate, diploma, or associate degree.

Expect to take classes in anatomy & physiology, EKG analysis, medical terminology, anesthesia technology, physical principles of medicine, and practical work in clinical seminars. Graduates may choose to take additional training in surgical technology, respiratory therapy, or biomedical engineering training programs. The good news is many schools combine distance-learning or online coursework with on-location clinical practice, allowing students to maintain a busy work or family life while preparing for their new careers.

Publish date: February 10, 2011