Carolinas HealthCare System

Anesthesia Technician Program

About Anesthesia Technicians

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.

Anesthesia technicians also provide supportive care along with other ancillary members in the surgical environment to ensure that the perioperative patient's journey (PreOp, Program Overview, IntraOp, and post anesthesia recovery) results in the best possible outcomes.

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, et cetera).

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. Once you earn certification, they 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/distance learning 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. Applicants must present an official unopened transcript from high school or GED equivalent. Students must also submit and pass a criminal background release and negative drug screen prior to enrollment. CCHS is an Equal Opportunity Provider. All applicants are considered without regard to race, sex, national origin, age, religion, or disability.

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.

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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

Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

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