Bachelor of Science – Anesthesia Technology (BSc. AT)

Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia Technology is a four-year bachelor program aims to develop health professionals who are competent to work in healthcare settings with skills specific to anesthesia technology.

Anesthesia technologists are involved with all aspects of care delivery to patients who are in need for perioperative anesthetic care and provide a key role in the emergency resuscitation of patients, taking into account the patients’ religious and cultural beliefs and respecting their right to medical privacy and dignity at all times.

Students enrolled in this program will be able to develop appropriate knowledge and skills required to work as a vital member with other healthcare professionals in different healthcare settings which are related to his/ her specialty, mostly in the perioperative units, (preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative phases).

The Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia Technology (AT) program learning outcomes are aligned to Level 7 of the NQF Emirates (National Qualifications Framework).

Who is an Anesthesia Technologist?

  • Provides pre-operative and intra-operative patient care regarding anesthesia preparation and induction.
  • Sets up anesthesia machines/equipment, monitoring equipment, and supplies for procedures per department expectations and according to the scope of practice.
  • Anticipates needs by obtaining/preparing proper equipment.
  • Delivers needed or required supplies and/or equipment.
  • Immediate assistance to anesthetist in performing anesthesia procedures.
  • Assists the surgical team in the event of any complications arising in anesthetics, or emergency conditions.
  • Maintains the appropriate performance of skills roster/competencies related to patient care including surgical positioning and surgical skin preparation.
  • Transports patients in a safe and timely manner according to department protocol.

Vision

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

Mission

The mission of BSc. AT program is to:

  • Prepare highly skilled, competent and committed professional anesthesia 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 interprofessional collaboration.
  • Develop anesthesia technologist professionals of international standards and setting a benchmark to attract the best of students.

Goals and Objectives

This program Bachelor of Science in Anesthesia Technology has been developed to enable the graduates to integrate a broad generic base of knowledge, skills, and behaviors common to all health professions while developing technical skills specific to their healthcare major.  This will help the graduates to work effectively both as a team member in multi-professional healthcare delivery teams and in an individual capacity while working in an area of specific technical expertise related to the concentrated area of study.

  • 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 173 iBT 61)/ 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 Advanced stream / General Track 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

    (Advanced stream / General Track or Abu Dhabi Education Council)

    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.

    Pakistan

    Bangladesh

    Pakistan Board

    Bangladeshi 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 a

    Minimum of:

    · Cs in all ‘O’ level subjects and ‘D’ any of the two Science subjects in AS level and ‘E’ in A Level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)

    ECTS International

    Baccalaureate

    Student should secure an overall minimum 22 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. Studied higher level of science subjects.

     

  • 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 technologist in operating rooms in hospitals, surgical centers, ambulatory centers, emergency and trauma units.
  • Pursue a career as a research assistant.
  • Advance in the 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 technology
  2. Demonstrate surgical consciousness in all procedures in operation theatre
  3. Practice all anesthesia 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 the 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 practice

  1. Prior to anesthesia: Anesthesia technologist prepare equipment needed for the patient to safely undergo anesthesia. This involves:
    1. checking and setting up the anesthetic machine
    2. preparing intravenous drugs
    3. preparing intravenous therapy administration equipment
    4. preparing a range of devices to maintain the patient’s airway (e.g. laryngeal masks, endotracheal tube)
    5. communicating with the patient when they arrive at the operating theatre
    6. establish peripheral intravenous access
    7. placing the anesthesia monitoring devices to help in the assessment of patients condition while they are under anesthesia. This may include electrocardiography (ECG), blood pressure, oxygen saturation, anesthesia depth monitors devices and other parameters 
  2. During anesthesia: The anesthesia technologist’s role includes assisting with:
    1. inducing and maintaining adequate anesthesia
    2. establishing and securing an airway
    3. making sure that patients are positioned in such a way NOT to cause discomfort or injury during their procedure
    4. monitoring and maintaining patients’ vital signs and anesthesia depth.
    5. temperature monitoring and regulation
    6. collection and analysis of patient (blood) samples
    7. acquiring and administering transfusion fluids and equipment
  3. Post-anesthesia: Anesthesia technologist assists the anesthetist with:
    1. waking the patient
    2. removing airway devices
    3. transferring patients to post-operative care units
  4. Other Competencies: Anesthesia technologist may also be involved with:
    1. Intra-operative intra-aortic balloon pump setup, operating and monitoring
    2. Swan-Ganz pulmonary artery catheter insertion and monitoring
    3. Intra-operative blood salvage setup, operating and monitoring
    4. Arterial blood gas analysis, including maintenance of analyzers
    5. Arterial line insertion and monitoring
    6. Peripheral IV-line insertion
    7. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    8. Central IV lines
    9. Thromboelastography (TEG) Sampling
    10. Autotransfusion

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 emergency case
  3. Ensures readiness and preparedness in all emergency situations
  4. Develops standards for anesthesia practice and specific protocols
  5. Develops professional membership and active role within professional bodies
  6. Demonstrates ability in planning, staffing, inventory and fiscal management related to the scope of practice

Competency Area 5: Research and Evidence-Based Practice 

  1. Research on his / her scope of practice
  2. Participated in Collaborative research
  3. Presents papers at professional conferences
  4. Publishes findings in national and international journals
  5. Incorporated Evidence-based practice into anesthesia protocol