Paid: $110,000 – $120,000
Description: An anesthesiology assistant works under the direction of a licensed anesthesiologist to design and implement anesthesia care plans. Anesthesiology assistants operate anesthesia equipment, monitor patients, and provide quality anesthesia care and are trained to assist in life saving measures such as CPR and life support.
Years of Schooling: 6-8 Years
– 4 Year Bachelor Degree (with Premedical curriculum and coursework in general and organic chemistry, advanced college math, general and advanced biology and physics)
– The two-year, master’s level anesthesiologist assistant training program which focuses on coursework that enhances basic science knowledge in physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, and biochemistry with special emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, nervous, and neuromuscular systems.
Tuesday Factoids: You can find an Anesthesiologist working their butt off at a hospital or surgery center.
Here’s a link explaining some more about Anesthesiology Assistants
Job Outlook: Excellent. Because the position is fairly new, the demand is high and is expected to continue in the future.
Certifications: Students must pass a six hour certification exam administered by the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA). Anesthesiologist Assistants are also required to complete 40 hours of continuing medical education every two years and pass a qualifying exam every six years.
Here’s a link for contacting some Anesthesiologists for a possible job shadow:
What classes you can take now:
Human Anatomy and Physiology
AP Calculus AB/BC
ROP Medical Terminology