Program Learning Outcomes

Anesthesia Technology Program graduates will:

  • List the function of the anesthesia care team
  • Describe the scope of practice for the different types of anesthesia care providers
  • Summarize the role of the anesthesia technologist
  • Define the scope of practice of the anesthesia technologist
  • Describe the importance of accreditation, certification, and education in an effort to enhance the anesthesia technologist profession
  • Define the policies and standards of anesthesia technologist patient care practice
  • List the concepts associated with the different areas of the perioperative arena
  • Summarize different hospital codes and the role of the anesthesia technologist during each code
  • Describe the techniques used for basic anesthesia setup and daily anesthesia machine check
  • Differentiate between the various medications used in the anesthesia drug cart
  • Compare and contrast the various sterilization and cleaning procedures used to clean anesthesia equipment
  • List the types of non-invasive and invasive monitoring modalities used in patient care
  • Describe the necessary equipment used conjunction with the anesthesia gas machine
  • Demonstrate preparation of anesthesia equipment for necessary proper disposal, cleaning, and sterilization
  • Differentiate between the various types of airway equipment located in the difficult airway cart
  • Summarize the various types of anesthesia
  • Define the proper steps for cleaning and sterilization of anesthesia equipment
  • List the American Society of Anesthesiologists guidelines for gas machine checkout
  • Identify the various patient anatomical positions for surgical cases
  • Summarize the use of advanced equipment for anesthesia care
  • Describe various types of anesthesia equipment one may need for variety of anesthesia cases

Program Goals:

To prepare competent entry-level Anesthesia Technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.

  1. Provide a comprehensive education to prepare individuals for employment in the anesthesia technology profession.
  2. Stimulate technical and critical thinking in an effort to develop students' problem solving skills.
  3. Educate students to provide safe and quality patient care by applying knowledge to practice by means of incorporating technical and critical thinking along with clinical reasoning in assisting the anesthesia provider with patients of all types, ages, and physical conditions for a variety of surgical and medical related procedures.
  4. Prepare students to meet the current and emerging standards of care as an anesthesia technologist professional along with devoting themselves to lifelong learning.
  5. Cultivate an educational atmosphere that prepares students to work successfully in a multicultural diverse environment. To prepare students to positively influence health care policy decisions and participate in activities which enhance anesthesia technologists' role in improved patient care and as an advocate for patients, families, and communities. And finally, to develop an understanding of the various needs of diverse multi-cultural and complex client populations in the delivery of culturally competent care.
  6. Create a culture where students learn to demonstrate personal and professional integrity and have the ability to communicate, on a professional level, verbally and non­verbally, regarding the delivery of perianesthesia care. Students will also show respect for human dignity to patients, peers, and organizations.
  7. Develop and implement a curriculum that encourages collaboration with the anesthesia multi-disciplinary care team in the development of an anesthesia plan of care for patients in areas to which they are assigned, and subsequently assist the anesthesia provider in a variety of current anesthesia techniques and use of equipment for providing anesthesia. To provide support for anesthesia services to all patients, regardless of the type of anesthesia they are receiving.
  8. Implement curricula to prepare students to function as anesthesia technologists who function within appropriate professional standards, ethical and legal requirements, and accept responsibility and accountability while assisting with the delivery of patient care.
  9. Maintain vigilance and patient safety throughout the peri anesthetic continuum, by actively protecting patients from iatrogenic complications, and utilize appropriate precautions in infection control.

Source: 2018 ANES Annual Update submission

Contact Information

Register for a program Advising Session

Program Coordinator:
Kathy Cabai
Health & Science Center (HSC), Room 2202G, (630) 942-8328 cabaik@cod.edu

Meet with a Health Program Advisor (must have a COD ID)
Academic Plans:

(630) 942-2259 or healthcareadvising@cod.edu

Nursing & Health Sciences Division

Colleen Gonzalez - Program Support Specialist
Health & Science Center (HSC), Room 1218, (630) 942-2994 prolac@cod.edu

Pam Dinucci - Administrative Assistant
Health & Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-2902 dinuccip@cod.edu

Debbie Nosek - Administrative Assistant

Health & Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, Reception Desk, (630) 942-8331 
nosekd@cod.edu