PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County Boyce Campus has created an Anesthesia Technician (ANE) program through a partnership with UPMC. The program will begin this spring semester on February 1, 2016 and will run for four academic semesters and one summer session.
In the past, anesthesia technicians were trained on the job or in hospital-based programs. Due to recent changes in the educational training required by their accreditation body, an associate degree is now required to practice as an anesthesia technician.
The CCAC ANE program will be the sixth associate degree program in the country and the only one in the Tri-State area. Carla Hill, director of Diagnostic Imaging at UPMC, predicts 15 anesthesia technician position openings at UPMC facilities each year.
According to Richard Allison, academic dean at Boyce Campus and coordinating dean of CCAC’s Allied Health programs, with the addition of the Anesthesia Technician program there are now 23 CCAC Allied Health degree or certificate program offerings.
“CCAC has been successful in developing health career programs that continue to provide our graduates with professional careers that offer a respectable income and long-term job security,” Allison said. “Our student interns and graduates are working in almost every health care facility within a 50-mile radius. Together with our degree program in Nursing, CCAC is leading in the number of graduates helping to meet the health care workforce needs for this region.”
The ANE program prepares graduates to work under the supervision of an anesthesia provider in a variety of clinical settings that include hospital operating rooms, diagnostic radiology, labor and delivery units, intensive care units, emergency rooms, outpatient procedure suites and ambulatory surgery centers. Anesthesia technicians assist with the preparation of various types of equipment and pharmacology required for the delivery of anesthesia care. Students gain hands-on experience in a state-of-the-science laboratory with medical equipment that replicates that used in surgical settings.
For more information and an application to the ANE program, contact Dr. Lillian Briola, Boyce Campus ALH department chair at firstname.lastname@example.org