I totally agree with J and CJ 100% pertain to having excellent skills an an A.T. and/or CCP when applying to AA program.
Here are a few reason why being an AT is an excellent stepping stone in becoming an AA.
ANESTHESIA TECH/HealthcareSource.com 05/18/2011
Schedule: Per Diem
-Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Required
-Basic Life Support (BLS) Required
-Pervious experience preferred.
POSITION SUMMARY: Prepare operating rooms and equipment for surgery, using appropriate techniques and following anesthesia guidelines. Provides technical services and assist in operating room when requested by provider. Monitors and maintains equipment repair records and coordinates the timely repair and maintenance of anesthesia equipment.
Holy Cross Hospital
Silver Spring, MD
Laed Anesthesia Technician
Surgery (Operating Room)
*40 hrs/wk; 7:00 am-3:30 pm
*Computer Skills required
*Customer service skills required
*Experience is required
*Good communication skills required
General Summary: Coordinate and perform a variety of technical and supportive patient care task to assist attending anesthesiologist in performing anesthetic procedures for patients ranging from infancy to geriatrics. Perform routine and delegated duties according to hospital and departmental policies. Support the Mission of Trinity Health and Holy Cross Hospital.
Minimum Requirements: Basic Life Support Provider Certification, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification (PALS), Certified Anesthesia Technician (Cer.A.T.) Associate degree in allied health or related field or a graduate of an ASATT two-year approved program. A minimum of two (2) years experience an an anesthesia technician. Successful completion of adult basic education evaluations for math and reading. Ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend the English language.
07/08/2011 ASATT Career Center
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Type: Full Time Exp. Category Anesthesia Technician Preferred
Education: Some College
Job Summary-As an Anesthesia Technician at SpecialtyCare, you will be functioning under the supervision of an Anesthesiologist, CRNA or Registered Nurse and performing delegated functions in and around the operating room environment. This position serves hospitals in the Las Vegas, NV and surrounding area.
As an Anesthesia Technician at SpecialtyCare, you may perform the following duties:
*Assist Anesthesiologist, CRNA or Registered Nurse in preparing the environment and the patient for each assigned case as it relates to anesthesia
*Assists the anesthesiologist during each case by providing requested/required equipment, instruments supplies, etc. during and after the procedure
*Organizes in preparation of end case clean up and assist in clean up
*Operates the Autologous Blood Salvage machine during perioperative period
*Monitors and assists with Intra-Aortic Balloon Counterpulsation
*May assit perfusionist during open heart procedures
*Operats Point of Care Testing laboratory equipment and report results to appropriate primary care provider as allowed by scope of practice
*Assists with set-up and monitoring of invasive and non-invasive physiological monitoring devices
*Assists the movement/relocation of patients with invasive and non-invasive physiological monitoring devices
*Works with medical staff to maintain and environment that is clean, safe, and adequately stocked with sterile and non-sterile supplies
*Other clinical services as assigned
*Our Anesthesia Technicians receive orientation and training through our in house program and ongoing training opportunities will also be provided.
As an Anesthesia Technician, your job responsibilities may also include:
*Read, understand and apply job related policies and procedure guidelines.
*Demonstrate working knowledge of anesthesia machines, equipment and invasive lines.
*Demonstrates competence in clinical knowledge, skill required and technology of the department employed in the care of the patients
*Collect and report quality improvement data as requested.
*Work through emergent types of situations.
*Complete required documentation, reports, charting, and monitoring according to established protocol.
*Clean (and sterilize as needed) and prepare equipment.
*Assist physician, perfusionist and other clinical staff as requested.
Any questions?..why would I need to go to perfusion school vs. practicing as an A.T. prior to applying to an AA program.
In closing, I am aware of the profession of perfusionists and salary, Though, I have tremendous respect for perfusionists whom I work very closely with, I don't see your logic of advising me to go to perfusion school vs. already having years of experience as an anesthesia technician as well as member of the Anesthesia Liver Transplant Team!
I'm referring to experience vs. salary, If I wanted to become an perfusionist I would have done perfusion school years ago. In my opinion, whether your an AT/Cer.AT, CCP, RRT/RCP, EMT/Para Medic etc. all are excellent transition into becoming an AA-C.
May I ask why aren't you an CCP (Certified Clinical Perfusionist) earning $60,000.00-80,000.00 to upper $120,000.00 ?..just curious.
The profession of anesthesia techicians/technologists is moving forward thanks to the support of ASA/CAAHEP especially, every state and institution is different on what ATs are allowed to do with in their scope of practice although things are now changing for the better of ASATT.
ASATT is becoming recognizable as a true profession just as all other allied health profession and nursing profession, we all have to start somewhere. That's why It's called ADVOCATE! believing in your self and watch your profession grow in the same manner as the AA profession.
I wish you all the best in your future endeavors as an AA-C.