2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Anesthesia Technology, A.A.S.

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Program and Career Description:

Anesthesia technologists support the licensed anesthesia provider with the acquisition, preparation and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia. Other job responsibilities of the anesthesia technologist include maintaining the anesthesia machine, assisting with vascular access and regional anesthesia procedures, troubleshooting equipment, assisting with difficult airways, performing point of care lab tests and operating rapid infusers. More advanced duties might include the operation of autotransfusion equipment or intraaortic balloon pumps.

How long is the program?

Columbia State's program is designed with a focus on general education/foundation courses Fall/Spring of the first academic year. A new cohort of students will start the intense sequence of core courses each summer for three semesters (12 months.)

What does the program provide?

A competency based classroom & clinical experience which provides students with the skills and preparation for credentialing exam success, gainful in-field employment, and career satisfaction.

How is the job market?

Columbia State developed the Anesthesia Technology program for 2018 implementation in response to requests from area healthcare providers which experience difficulty hiring qualified technologists and filling vacant positions. The demand for formally trained Anesthesia Technologists is projected to grow in conjunction with availability of credentialed applicants in the region.

Program policies under development, contact program director for further information.

  • Admission criteria finalized Fall 2017.
  • Interested students MUST enroll in ANES 1001  Spring 2018.
  • Applications accepted Spring 2018.
  • Inaugural cohort begins Summer 2018.
  • Projected 1st Graduating Class May 2019.

Transfer Options

The Anesthesia Technology associate of applied science degree is designed for career-entry. However, some universities may accept some or all of the course work for transfer. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the receiving institution. Students are advised to inquire directly with advisors at the university level regarding expectations for transfer.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

Natural Science Requirement

Biology and math courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to start of the program.

Mathematics Requirement

Take 1 course

Biology and math courses must have been completed no more than five years prior to start of the program.

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Requirements for Graduation Include:

  • Earn 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
  • Earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in program courses.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or higher.
  • Take the Exit Exam required by Columbia State.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Anesthesia Technology, A.A.S. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 69

Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 17

Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15


*TN eCampus Course

For more information contact:
Sue Christian at
schristian@columbiastate.edu or 615.465.5720
Health Sciences Division office at
931.540.2599 or 931.540.2600

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution.

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