Important News Aout the Anesthesia Program

Carolinas College of Health Sciences is no longer admitting students to the Anesthesia Technician program.

Effective July 15, 2015, the technician level exam is no longer offered. The technologist certification exam is the only option available. Applicants seeking certification must complete an approved program offering an associate degree in Anesthesia Technology. Work experience is no longer a valid qualification of the certification exam.

We apologize for any inconvenience. An Associate Degree program may become an option in the future. Please check back or contact Susan Thomasson for more information.

Anesthesia technicians are members of a surgical team that provide care to the perioperative patient under the immediate direction of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), anesthesiologist assistants and medical doctors of anesthesia, in the operating room.

Program Overview

The Anesthesia Technician (AT) program is designed for anesthesia staff members with recent or current experience working as Anesthesia Technicians. Students in the program enter from a variety of prior healthcare backgrounds (EMT/paramedic, LPN, RN, respiratory technicians).

This program gives students the opportunity to learn and understand the anesthesia equipment and how it is used to provide care for the surgical patients through structured lectures and interactive activities in the online environment. Certified anesthesia technicians have the competence and capability to continue with clinical advancement in a perioperative or private practice surgical setting.

Developing the Total Professional

The AT program is a 36-week non-credit, online program. The program coordinator/instructor has many years of experience in both clinical work in major hospitals and classroom settings.

The primary goal of the program is to provide graduates with the knowledge and competence to successfully pass the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) certification examination.

Our commitment is to go beyond the technical education and develop a total professional by graduating caring, competent, and proficient anesthesia technicians.

Admission Requirements

Students are eligible for admission into the AT Program providing they meet specific education, work experience and other requirements.

System/Technology Requirements

Students will need access to a computer with an updated internet browser and high-speed internet access, in addition to Microsoft Office. Additional applications and plugins necessary for the AT program are required. Our informational technology staff will provide additional information and support.


Program Information

Certificate Program
ATC 002 Anesthesia-related Basic Anatomy and Physiology
ATC 005 Anesthesia-related Basic Pharmacology
ATC 006 Anesthesia Machines, Medical Gases and Scavengers
ATC 008 Clinical Monitoring
ATC 010 Critical Care Procedures
ATC 014 Survey of Perioperative Administration
A certificate of completion is awarded upon successful completion of the program. The program does not offer clinical placement at this time.