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Anesthesia Technology Admissions Packet

Thank you for your interest in the Anesthesia Technology program. This packet provides important information regarding the Anesthesia Technology program. 

For additional questions or more information on the Anesthesia Technology program at College of DuPage, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • Office of Admissions & Outreach - (630) 942-2626 or admissions@cod.edu
    Application & General Program Information
  • Health Sciences Program Advisors - (630) 942-2259 or healthcareadvising@cod.edu
    Course Selection Assistance
  • Health and Sciences Division - (630) 942-8331
    Health Requirements Information
  • Anesthesia Technology Program Coordinator - Kathy Cabai, EdD, RN, MSN, CNOR at (630) 942-8328 or cabaik@cod.edu

 
Associate of Applied Science Degree

"Online Program"
Packet currently under revision for Fall 2018

 

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Career

Anesthesia technologists are integral members of the anesthesia patient care team. Their role is to assist licensed anesthesia providers in the acquisition, preparation and application of various equipment and supplies required for the delivery of anesthesia care. This may be performed in a variety of clinical settings including the operating room, interventional and diagnostic radiology, post anesthesia care unit, intensive care unit, cardiac catheterization lab, emergency department, endoscopic and dental suites and ambulatory surgery centers.

Job responsibilities may include equipment maintenance and servicing such as cleaning, sterilizing, assembling, calibrating, testing, troubleshooting, and recording of inspections and maintenance. In addition, the anesthesia technologist assists licensed anesthesia providers with patient assessments, evaluations, transport, positioning, insertion of intravenous and other invasive lines, and airway management.
Information about a career as a Anesthesia Technologist is available at: www.asatt.org or http://www.caahep.org/

Program Profile

The Anesthesia Technology program prepares the student to be an integral member of the anesthesia patient care team. Emphasis is on fundamental and advanced clinical procedures to assist licensed anesthesia providers in the acquisition, preparation and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care.

College of DuPage Anesthesia Technology program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org/) (727) 210-2350. College of DuPage is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Students are expected to comply with the rules, regulations and procedures of College of DuPage and the affiliated clinical hospital sites.Non-compliance with rules, regulations and procedures is a basis for dismissal from the program. The Health and Sciences Program Standards for Professional Conduct is available upon request and will be presented to the students upon their acceptance into the program.

Laboratory Skills, Competencies and Exams
This program has mandatory exams that must be passed prior to going to clinical rotations. If the student does not successfully complete these, then the student will be asked to withdraw from the program. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA for all required coursework once accepted into the program.

Program Information Disclaimer
This Program information is published for that purpose only; however, the information in this packet is not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and the Program. The Program reserves the right to change, at any time, without notice, graduation requirements, fees and other charges, curriculum, course structure and content, and other such matters as may be within its control, notwithstanding any information set forth in this Program information packet in accordance with College of DuPage policies and procedures.

Classes

This program is delivered entirely online for the classroom component. Students will be required to make arrangements for their own clinical sites if they are out-of-state in order to complete the clinical component of the program. Please contact the Program Coordinator for additional information.

For those who have an Associate's Degree or higher, a Certificate in Anesthesia Technology can be obtained by completing the core ANES courses & SURGT 1000 course.

Anesthesia Technology highly recommended Pre-Entry courses:

Students must have a minimum of three (3) categories from the below General Education required courses completed prior to beginning the program (Preferably your Physical/Life Science, Global/Multicultural Studies or Contemporary Life Skills category, and English). Individuals with a higher number of completed General Education requirements will receive acceptance priority. It is encouraged that students complete the General Education requirements prior to starting the Anesthesia Technology Core Courses. (There is no specific age limit regarding pre-entry courses).

General Education required course categories

  • Communications (6 credit hours)
  • Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • Mathematics (3-5 credit hours)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • Global/Multicultural Studies or Contemp. Life Skills - (3 credit hours)
  • Physical and Life Sciences - (3-5 credit hours)
  • Electives - Humanities/Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences (3-6 credit hours)

Total: 24-26 credit hours (26 credit hours are necessary for graduation)

    • A&P 1500* - Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology
      (4 credit hours)
      OR
    • A&P 1551 AND 1552- Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
      (4 credit hours)
      OR
    • A&P 1571 AND 1572 - Human Anatomy & Physiology with Cadaver I and II
      (4 credit hours)

 NOTE: A&P courses count towards physical/life science requirement.


* A&P 1551 or A&P 1571 may be substituted for A&P 1500. If you take A&P 1551 or 1571, you must take A&P 1552 or 1572 as well.

 

    •  HLTHS 1110 - Biomedical Terminology (3 credit hours)

NOTE: This course will count towards the Global/Multicultural Studies/Contemporary Life Skills Category.

 

    • SURGT 1000 - Ethical Considerations in the Health Care Industry
      (3 credit hours)


Anesthesia Technology Program Required Course
NOTE: The curriculum is currently going through a revision process. Please monitor packet for changes. 

First Semester

    • ANES 1501 - Anesthesia Technology Principles I
      (8 credit hours)
    • ANES 1510 - Anesthesia Technology Clinical Practicum I
      (4 credit hours)
    • SURGT 1000 - Ethical Considerations in the Health Care Industry
      (3 credit hours) (Required if not previously taken).

Total: 15 credit hours


Second Semester

  • ANES 1502 - Anesthesia Technology Principles II
    (11 credit hours)
  • ANES 1520 - Anesthesia Technology Clinical Practicum II
    (4 credit hours)

Total: 15 credit hours 


Third Semester

    • ANES 1503 - Anesthesia Technology Principles II
      (4 credit hours)
    • ANES 1530 - Anesthesia Technology Clinical Practicum II
      (4 credit hours)

Total: 8 credit hours

General Education Required Categories

    • Communications (6 credit hours)
    • Humanities (3 credit hours)
    • Mathematics (3-5 credit hours)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credit hours)
    • Global/Multicultural Studies or Contemp. Life Skills (3 credit hours)
    • Physical and Life Sciences (3 - 5 credit hours)
    • Electives - Humanities/Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Sciences (3-6 credit hours)

Total: 24-26 credit hours (26 credit hours are necessary for graduation)

Total Program (Certificate) Credits:
38 credit hours
(includes SURGT 1000)

Total Credits for A.A.S. Degree: 64 credit hours

Clinical Education

If you are an out-of-state student, you will be required to make arrangements for your own clinical site in order to complete the clinical component of the program.

Progress on General Education Requirements

All general education courses support the requirements of the Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Technical Standards of Acceptance

Standard Skills in Health Career Programs
To participate in any Health Career program at College of DuPage that has a direct patient care or clinical education component, applicants must possess additional non-academic skills. These occupational standards are consistent with the duties of the entry-level professional in that field and are set by the individual program. These skills, which protect the health and well-being of patients, may include but are not limited to the ability to the list below. Please refer to the Health Science programs' Essential Functions

    • Lift, push, pull and/or carry greater than 100 pounds
    • Lift and transfer patients to and from wheelchairs, stretchers, beds and imaging tables
    • Move, adjust and manipulate equipment
    • Position patients for exams
    • Respond appropriately to sounds such as the patient's voice and movements at a normal conversational volume
    • Respond appropriately to equipment signals such as sound and light
    • Manipulate the necessary hospital equipment for patient care such as dials, switches, push buttons & keyboards
    • Perform for a prolonged period without breaks in a typical shift of eight hours
    • Communicate orally and in writing with patients, doctors and other personnel clearly and effectively, and have the ability to follow verbal and written directions

In the Anesthesia Technology profession you may be exposed to fumes, chemicals, cold, noise, radiation, blood/body fluids and infectious diseases. See the packet for the Health Career program to which you are applying for specific occupational requirements. Students who do not meet these standards may be considered ineligible for a program and can be withdrawn from all program classes. If you are unsure whether you can meet these requirements, you are advised to consult an adviser, counselor or member of the program faculty to discuss the situation, and/or schedule an appointment with your physician prior to applying to the program or enrolling for classes.

Rubric / Rank Score

See Anesthesia Merit Evaluation.

 

Determination of Acceptance

See Admissions Requirements & Rubric for specific details. Priority for admission is given to those who meet the application deadline but we will accept other qualified candidates' admission beyond the deadline if seats are available. The Admissions Committee will meet and approximately 4-6 weeks from the deadline date, the decision letters will be mailed.

Requirements after Acceptance

You must maintain a 2.0 GPA through the program for all required coursework. If a 2.0 GPA is not maintained the student will not continue in the program and/or graduate from the program.

Once accepted, the health requirements must be completed bythe first day of class. Please do not complete these requirements until you are instructed to do so. You will need to complete health requirements, a Chart Review with Edward Corporate Health, Background Check, Drug Test and the Medical Document Manager piece through Castle Branch. Please see the health requirement packet for details. You are also responsible for submitting your CPR card and you must be certified through the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support Provider. You will also need to provide evidence of current health insurance coverage.  

Students with chronic medical problems or physical limitations, such as back or knee problems, must have these conditions specifically addressed on the forms, including any restrictions and current medications the student is required to take for health maintenance. For all students, the physician must indicate whether the student’s health status will allow them to safely pursue the educational objectives of the program to which they have applied and/or have registered. The health examination and vaccinations are completed at the student's expense.

If applicants do not submit the necessary paperwork, do not obtain the required examinations and vaccinations, and/or are unable to obtain clearance to participate in all the program’s clinical activities, without restrictions and/or precautions, they may be considered ineligible for the program and can be withdrawn from the program courses in which they are registered.

Mandatory Drug Testing: Policy and Procedures
Health Career students with direct patient contact must be drug-tested annually prior to clinical experience in every program at the student’s expense. 

Health Insurance
Students are responsible for their own medical care and must carry personal health insurance. The student is responsible for any costs that may be incurred related to personal injuries acquired while performing routine activities at the clinical affiliate. The affiliating clinical facility and/or College of DuPage cannot be held liable for such injuries. Students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours of classes may purchase student health insurance through University Health Plans or Integrity Insurance and Financial. Please visit http://www.cod.edu/student_life/student_services/access_accommodations/index.aspx for additional details. All students accepted into the program are required to provide evidence of current health insurance coverage.. All students accepted into the program are required to provide evidence of current health insurance coverage.

 

Licensure / Credentialing

Certificate of Achievement and an Associate of Science degree is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a C or better. The two-year program includes one to two summer sessions. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs National Certification Examination to become certified as an Anesthesia Technologist (Cer.A.T.T.).

Admission Requirements

Students must complete the following Admissions Check List and all Program Entrance Requirements to be considered for admission to the Anesthesia Technology program. Each of these steps must be completed by the application deadline.

NOTE: Admission Committees for all Health Science programs has the right to deny admission to any applicant that they feel is unable to fulfill these essential functions as described.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all material listed below have been completed and received by the Office of Admissions & Outreach, SSC 2207 or hsadmissions@cod.edu by 5 p.m. on October 31, 2017.

  1. Schedule and complete a mandatory individual advising session/interview with the program coordinator that will be scored on a rubric. Call (630) 942-8328 or email cabaik@cod.edu to schedule. It is required that an applicant attend an advising session within a 12 month period prior to the application deadline.

  2. Complete the College of DuPage General Admissions Application online There is a non-refundable $20 general admissions fee due upon submission. If you have previously submitted the General Admission Application or attended College of DuPage, you can omit this step. This application is for general admissions to College of DuPage only; it is not an application to the Anesthesia Technology program.

  3. To ensure that all of your eligible credits are evaluated towards the admission requirements turn in all official Transcripts from any schools that you have attended. Please follow the steps listed below: Submit your official transcript(s). If College of DuPage is the only institution you have attended you do not need to request official transcripts. Contact your previous institution(s) to order an official copy of your transcript to be sent to the College of DuPage, Office of Student Records, 425 Fawell Blvd, SRC 2150, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599.
    Verify receipt of your transcript(s). Login to your myAccess account, click on 'myAccess for Students', then select 'My Profile'. The receipt status of your transcript will be listed under 'Transcript Institutions'.
    NOTE: If you have an international transcript from high school or college, it must be evaluated by EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATORS, Inc. Forms may be obtained from www.ece.org.

  4. Have your 7-digit Student ID # ready and complete the online Health Sciences Application. Select Anesthesia Technology when asked "which Health Sciences program are you applying to?" and Spring 2018 as your "anticipated entry term".

    NOTE: You can only submit the application online and must pay a $50 non-refundable application fee by credit card. If you do not have a credit card, you can purchase a prepaid credit card from your local retailer. Be sure you have selected the correct entry term and program. Once your term is selected and application submitted, you may not change this without submitting a new application and paying another $50 non-refundable application fee. If you previously applied to the Anesthesia Technology program, you will need to complete this step again and pay another $50 non-refundable fee to be considered for this admissions cycle.

  5. Pre-Entry course categories listed under "Classes - General Education Requirements": These pre-entry course categories will be used to score candidates on a rubric. Student must complete a minimum of three (3) categories from the General Education required courses completed prior to beginning the program (Preferably your Physical/Life Science, Global/Multicultural Studies or Contemporary Life Skills category, and English).

    Students may be accepted based on program availability and coursework completion. Decisions are made by the admissions' committee. There are no specific age limit regarding pre-entry courses. (Grades of "F" are not accepted).

  6. Course: SURGT 1000 – Ethical Considerations in the Health Care Industry
    NOTE: It is preferred that SURGT 1000 be taken prior to program application. If taken prior, then points will be given towards your rubric score. (see rubric for details). Otherwise, students can take SURGT 1000 during their first semester of the program.

  7. Because the coursework will be in the online format, in order to ensure that students have an understanding of their online readiness, ALL applicants will need to complete the SmarterMeasure self-assessment tool. This assessment tool is designed to evaluate your online learning readiness. Go to the College of DuPage's SmarterMeasure site at http://cod.readi.info/ to learn more about the assessment and take the test. Results will be sent to your email. Please email a copy of the results to hsadmissions@cod.edu.

  8. A goal letter is due with your application. The goal letter essay should include three components: general information about you, a positive quality you would like to convey to the Admissions Committee, and your "story" ie. your reason for seeking admission into the program, relevant preparation you have had for the program, relevant professional experience you may have, your capacity for self-directedness, and your long- and short-range goals, including educational goals.The goal letter must be typed using one and one-half-inch line spacing. It should be two to four pages in length and submitted as a Word Document. The goal letter needs to be emailed to hsadmissions@cod.edu. Please be sure to include your full name, student ID number and Anesthesia Technology in the letter.

  9. If you are currently working as an Anesthesia Tech, you are required to submit an official letter (on company letterhead), written by your Supervisor, stating that you are employed as an Anesthesia Tech. Please email this letter to hsadmissions@cod.edu.

  10. Completion of the college's placement tests in Reading and Writing and score in Category One for both tests at the College of DuPage Testing Center, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A06 or at the Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville or Westmont Learning Commons. If you live more than 50 miles from DuPage County please refer to the Remote Placement Testing procedures.

    If you have an Associate's Degree or higher, you do not need to complete this requirement. Individuals not scoring in Category One could possibly be accepted depending upon class availability and completion of coursework. The decision will be up to the admissions' committee. 

    Placement test taken prior to April 2016: (e-write test is not acceptable). You must complete the COMPASS Reading and Writing placement test and score Category One on both.

    Placement test taken after April 2016: You must complete the ACCUPLACER placement tests. You must complete the
    ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension and ACCUPLACER Writing Sentence Skills and score Category One on both.

    For ESL students:

    Placement test taken prior to April 2016:
    You must complete the ESL COMPASS Reading and Writing placement test and score Category One on both. Students will also need to complete the ESL ACCUPLACER Listening test and score 102 or higher. 
    Placement test taken after April 2016:

    You must achieve a score of 102 or higher on each of the following in order to be eligible for admission:
    ESL ACCUPLACER Reading Skills
    ESL ACCUPLACER Sentence Meaning
    ESL ACCUPLACER Language Use
    ESL ACCUPLACER Listening

 

Please Note: "All application documents delivered to the College of DuPage pertaining to a health sciences admissions file become the property of the College of DuPage and will not be returned to applicants. This includes but is not limited to transcripts, letters of recommendation, clinical evaluation forms or outside test reports."

Requests for admission are not automatically carried over to the following cycle. Applicants who were not accepted for the cycle in which they originally applied are asked to pay the $50 non-refundable Health Science application fee and submit any/all supporting documents as listed on the Admissions Checklist of the Application Packet requirements (if applicable).

 

Contact Information


If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
                   and/or
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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