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A degree in anesthesiologist assistance will provide students with the knowledge and skill necessary to assist in the treatment of pain through medication before, during and after surgery. A student wishing to pursue a degree in anesthesiologist assistance will have to have a bachelor's degree in a pre-medical field, such as biology or chemistry. Once earned, the student will enter an anesthesiologist assistance master's program. Students in these programs will learn how to take patient histories, learn about various anesthetics, the delivery and recovery from such anesthesia, and how to monitor the effects of various anesthesias throughout surgical procedures.
A curriculum in anesthesiologist assistance may include:
- Clinical Anesthesia
- Medical Terminology
- Pharmacology for Anesthesia
Anesthesiologist assistants will work under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, typically in a hospital or clinical setting. Individuals pursuing a career in as an anesthesiologist assistant will be responsible for taking patient histories and observing the effects of medication and anesthesia on the patient. During the course of surgery, an assistant will administer the anesthesia as prescribed by the anesthesiologist. Assistants will do well to note any complications and changes in a patient's condition, immediately reporting such changes to the supervisor and offering corrective remedy when necessary.
Anesthesiologist assistants must obtain licensure depending on the state. Nearly half the states in the union require some form of licensure, with 6 states allowing work specifically ascribed to anesthesiologists to be performed by assistants while under the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist.
The average salary for an anesthesiologist assistant is approximately $84,000 per year. Most anesthesiologist assistants will find work in large medical centers, such as clinics or hospitals. Job opportunities are expected to grow faster than average over the next decade as the population ages and the need for medical professionals at all levels increases in demand.