Anesthesia & Surgical Technology (AST)

The Bachelor of Health Sciences-Anesthesia and Surgical Technology is a four-year bachelor program that aims at developing health professionals competent to work in surgical care settings with skills specific to anesthesia and surgical technology.

Anesthesia and surgical technologists are also referred to as operating room technologists who assist in the preparation of patients, equipment and medications for anesthesia and operation theatre, instruments, equipment and patients for different surgeries with principles of surgical asepsis and safety. Students enrolled in this major will be able to develop appropriate knowledge and training required to work as a vital member with anesthesiologists, surgeons and surgical team members in the perioperative patient care(preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases)

Who is an Anesthesia and Surgical Technologist?

  • Assist surgeons and other medical professionals in hospital operating rooms and similar environments.
  • Handle and maintain anesthesia and surgical instruments and equipment
  • Prepare, scrub and circulate appropriate surgical and anesthetic equipment during surgery.
  • Immediate assistant to anesthetist and surgeon in performing procedures and surgery.
  • Assists the surgical team in the event of any complications arising in anesthetic, surgical or emergency conditions.
  • Verify and handles medications, solutions and specimens used in the surgical units.

Vision

The AST program will become the premier provider of Anesthesia and Surgical Technology professionals in the Middle East region, recognized for its excellence in academics, clinical practice, research and community services.

Mission

  • Prepare highly skilled, competent and committed professional technologists to work and strengthen the surgical healthcare workforce in the region.
  • Prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in operation room policies and standards through a challenging teaching-learning environment, evidence based research and inter professional collaboration.
  • Develop operation theatre professionals of international standards and setting a benchmark to attract the best of students through Student First Policy.
  •  The applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 years of school education.
  •  All applicants must complete 17 years of age on or before the 31st December in the year of admission.
  • The applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant must have passed any one of the following English Language Proficiency Tests with a minimum score as applicable, of 1100 EmSAT Achieve (UAE Standardized test in English Language)/ 500 TOEFL (CBT 185 iBT 65)/ IELTS Academic 5.0/ PTE A (36-44)/ Cambridge ESOL (41)/ or equivalent in any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • The applicants from UAE education system offering General Track/Stream or Abu Dhabi Education Council criteria must have secured an overall average of 70% or above marks as per UAE Secondary School Education Standards and should have scored an aggregate score of 60% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
  •  Applicants from non-UAE educational systems must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% or above and minimum marks in the Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) as listed below:
    Country Education System Minimum Grade requirements as per UAE Grade Equivalence for BBMS/BPT/ BHS  program
    UAE UAE

    (General Track/Stream or Abu Dhabi Education Council criteria)

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% (C Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.·Completed all 3 Science subjects ( Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12thGrades)

    ·An aggregate score of 60% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    India Indian State Board

     

     

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 60% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.·An aggregate score of 55% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
    Indian Central Board/ICSE Student should secure an overall minimum score of 55% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.·An aggregate score of 50% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
    PakistanBangladesh Pakistan BoardBangladeshi Board Student should secure an overall minimum score of 55% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.· An aggregate score of 50%or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
    UK IGCSE/GCE Studied in all 3 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in O Level, with aMinimum of:

    ·2 Cs in any of the two Science subjects in AS / A Level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) as equivalent to UAE criteria

    ECTS InternationalBaccalaureate Student should secure an overall minimum 25 points,·Must have at least 2 Science subject (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)
    USA American Diploma Student should secure an overall minimum score of 70% (C Grade)and above.·Minimum of SAT II score of at least 550 in Molecular Biology

    Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems not listed above must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% or above as per International Grade Conversion Table published by WES.

  •  All applicants shall be evaluated for cognitive and non-cognitive traits demonstrating their aptitude for the chosen area of study by the Admissions Committee which include personal interview. Admission is finalized on competitive basis.

Upon successful completion of the program and fulfilling local license/regulatory requirements, the student can:

  • Work as:
    • Anesthesia and surgical technologist in hospitals, surgical centers, ambulatory centers, emergency and trauma units.
    • Sterile processing department manager.
    • Surgery scheduler.
    • Application specialist in surgical instrument manufacturers.
    • Self-employed surgical technologist.
  • Pursue career as a research assistant.
  • Advance in career by pursuing higher education in specialty areas like conscious sedation for dentistry, dialysis, anesthesiology, physician assistant (anesthesia), pain management, invasive anesthetic techniques and medical technology.

Competency Area 1: Professional Values

  1. Practice within the scope of the professional standards of Anesthesia and surgical technology.
  2. Demonstrate surgical consciousness in all procedures in operation theatre
  3. Practice all procedures following ethical and legal standards
  4. Uphold safety, privacy and cultural differences of patients
  5. Demonstrates dedication, reliability
  6. Maintains personal health and safety measures

Competency Area 2: Communication, Team Work

  1. Communicate effectively with professional team members
  2. Practice as a surgical team member
  3. Demonstrates ability to work as a team member
  4. Possess calm nature and demonstrates emotional maturity.
  5. Preparedness in emergency and unexpected situations
  6. Utilizes critical thinking in major decisions

Competency Area 3: Anesthesia and surgical practice

  1. Receives, transports and positions the patient safely on operating table
  2. Ensures informed consent and identification of patients
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of anesthesia products and its function and ensures availability of anesthesia  drugs and equipment
  4. Monitors and interprets patients vital signs
  5. Demonstrates skill in assisting for anesthesia techniques and emergency procedures
  6. Maintains surgical asepsis throughout the surgical procedure
  7. Prepares the operation theatre, equipment and instruments as  per standard protocols
  8. Demonstrates skills in prepping and draping the patient for specific surgery
  9. Demonstrates dexterity and skills in the role as a scrub technologists
  10. Maintains focus on surgical procedure and operation site requirements
  11. Prepares surgical drains, and dressings as required
  12. Demonstrates the role of a circulatory technologist
  13. Ensures labelling and handling of surgical specimens
  14. Report and deviations from the normal physiological functions

Competency Area 4: Leadership. Management

  1. Demonstrates management skills in the planning and execution of day to day activities
  2. Prepares the OT for any surgical emergencies
  3. Ensures readiness and prepared ness in all emergency situations
  4. Develops standards for surgical practice and specific protocols
  5. Develops professional membership and active role within professional bodies
  6. Presents papers at professional conferences
  7. demonstrates ability in planning staffing, inventory and fiscal management related to the operation theatre

Competency Area 5: Research and Evidence Based practice

  1. Research on operation theatre practices
  2. Participated in Collaborative research
  3. Publishes findings in international journals
  4. Incorporated Evidence based practice into operation theatre protocols