• Overview - 2018/2019

    Working everyday to improve the health and happiness of surgical patients is a noble career path, and one that is in-demand, secure and valued. As an Anesthesia Assistant, you'll be a vital member of the surgical team – trusted, respected and needed.

    If ensuring patients have a safe and secure surgical experience, and if working in an operating room with state-of-the-art equipment alongside talented colleagues excites you, then Fanshawe's Anesthesia Assistant Graduate Certificate program will get you on your way. You'll perform simulations in a brand new mock operating room, using the latest and most advanced equipment. You'll also complete clinical placements in London-area hospitals to prepare you for work as a valuable member of any hospital's anesthesia care team.

    When you graduate, you'll be ready to put your specialized, sought-after skills to work in hospital operating rooms across Canada, as well as in post-operative care, labour and delivery, emergency, and intensive care.

    As well, the program offers a flexible delivery format allowing you to attend classes one day each week during the first two terms, so you won't have to drop everything to make your career goals a reality.

    The clinical experience in the program was exceptional. The variety of patient populations as well as clinical tasks prepared me perfectly to jump right in upon graduation and become a valuable member of the Anesthesia team at the London Health Sciences Centre, where I'm currently employed as an AA.

    Shak Naqshbandi
    Shak Naqshbandi
    Graduate, 2013


    Program coordinator:

    Paul Williams, B.Ed, RRT, EMCA, FCSRT
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4002

  • Admission Requirements - 2018/2019

    ONE OF:
    - Respiratory Therapy Ontario College Advanced Diploma with a current Certificate as a member of the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO)
    - Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or Nursing Diploma with a current Certificate of Competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario
    - 2,000 hours of work experience within the last three years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or Registered Nurse (RN)*
    Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience


    • *The 2,000 hours of work experience within the last three years must have been completed in critical care areas such as the operating room, intensive care unit (ICU), coronary care unit (CCU) or post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) as outlined by submitting a resume and cover letter

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 570 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169 and a score of 176 in listening, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    • Applicants should have strong analytical and problem solving skills and be able to perform properly in stressful and changing environments.

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by April 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
  • Courses

    Anesthesia Assistant-2018/2019

    Level 1Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-6031Anesthesia Theory & Equipment4
    This course introduces students to anesthetic equipment commonly used in the operating room to assist the anesthesiologist. This course provides the student with a sound knowledge base in the operation of the anesthetic gas machine and all its components such as vaporizers, breathing systems, ventilators, anti-pollution equipment and gas monitors.
    HLTH-6032Cardiopulmonary Management2
    This course introduces students to standards required for a pre-operative assessment. The student will learn techniques for non-complicated intubations for adult, pediatric and neonatal patients. Cardiopulmonary monitoring will be discussed as it's applied in the operating room (OR). This includes the equipment, patient selection criteria, and procedures. Normal and abnormal ECG rhythms will also be discussed.
    HLTH-6041Laboratory Procedures 12
    This course allows the student to perform practical simulations in a supervised and controlled laboratory environment using anesthetic equipment as discussed in HLTH 6031 (Anesthesia Theory of Equipment) and HLTH 6032 (Cardiopulmonary Management).

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-6034Anesthesia Pharmacology2
    This course discusses anesthesia pharmacology. Specific areas include inhalation anesthesia, muscle relaxants, intravenous, local and regional anesthesia as well as post-op pain management.
    HLTH-6035Principles of Anesthesia Care2
    This course focuses on the complete anesthesia patient care from the start of an operation to the recovery room.
    HLTH-6036Case Study Management3
    Different patient case scenarios will be presented and discussed with respect to the role of the Anesthesia Assistant.
    HLTH-6042Laboratory Procedures 21.5
    Under direction of the Anesthesiologist, this course allows the student to perform practical simulations in a supervised and controlled laboratory environment using anesthetic equipment as discussed in HLTH 6035 (Principles of Anesthesia Care), HLTH 6034 (Pharmacology) and HLTH 6036 (Case Study Management).

    Level 3Credits
    Take the following Mandatory Course:
    HLTH-6038Clinical Practicum15.75
    Under the direct supervision of an Anesthesiologist, this course provides the student the opportunity to apply skills and techniques studied in the didactic portion of the program in a supervised clinical setting. Practicum areas include equipment setup and maintenance, perioperative assessment, assisting in clinical anesthesia and post anesthesia care.

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 9 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2018/2019

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates of this program will find employment in hospitals and surgical clinics working primarily in the operating room but also in such areas as post-operative care areas, labour and delivery, emergency, and intensive care.
  • More Information - 2018/2019

    A 45-Week Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
    Program Code: ANA2
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms

    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates


    School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207

    Program Description

    The Anesthesia Assistant Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is a 45-week program that trains students to become a valuable member of the anesthesia care team. This program offers a flexible delivery format allowing students to attend classes one day each week during the first two terms. The Anesthesia Assistant is a specially trained health professional that participates in the care of the surgical patient during general, regional, or local anesthesia under the immediate supervision of an anesthesiologist.
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1.Operate anesthetic equipment according to Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Canadian Anesthesiology Society (CAS) guidelines.

    2. Participate in the provision of comprehensive patient care by applying airway management concepts as required.

    3.Use applicable technology systems and software on anesthetic and monitoring equipment in the provision of patient care.

    4.Interpret patient hemodynamic data and adjust the patient care plan as needed.

    5.Provide anesthetic care according to pharmacological principles.

    6. Evaluate on-going patient condition and adjust care plan accordingly.

    7. Assist the Anesthesiologist with the patient care plan which may include preoperative assessment, induction, monitoring, maintenance of anesthesia and post-op care.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

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