• 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.

    Shak Naqshbandi
    Shak Naqshbandi
    Graduate, 2013

    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.

     

    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
    AND
    - 2,000 hours of work experience within the last three years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or Registered Nurse (RN)*
    AND
    Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience

    Note:

    • *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 provides the student with a thorough understanding of the skills and knowledge required to safely operate an anesthetic delivery unit with all its components such as vaporizers, breathing systems, ventilators, gas scavengers, and gas monitors. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Anesthesia Assistant National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program and College Policies.
    HLTH-6032Cardiopulmonary Management2
    This course introduces students to the concepts of Cardiopulmonary Management and involves perioperative evaluation, basic airway maintenance, and acid-base balance. Cardiopulmonary management topics include the respiratory system, circulatory system, central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and temperature. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Anesthesia Assistant National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program and College Policies.
    HLTH-6041Laboratory Procedures 12
    This course introduces students to the principles of anesthesia pharmacology. Topics discussed include inhalational anesthesia, intravenous anesthesia, pain management, muscle relaxants, local anesthetics, resuscitative drugs, as well as post-op management. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Anesthesia Assistant National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program and College Policies.

    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 introduces students to the complete anesthesia patient care following the course of care throughout the anesthetic period. Topics discussed include anesthetic induction, maintenance, discontinuation, and post anesthesia care. Other topics include difficult airways, monitored anesthesia care, regional anesthesia, fluid & blood therapy, cardiac considerations & guidelines, respiratory diseases and considerations, and other special situations: obesity, elderly, neuro, trauma, renal and hepatic. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Anesthesia Assistant National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program and College Policies.
    HLTH-6036Case Study Management3
    This course provides the student with a thorough understanding of the skills and knowledge required to safely manage common case scenarios encountered by the Anesthesia Assistant. Presentation topics include Induction, Maintenance and Emergence of Anesthesia; Regional Anesthesia; Obstetric Anesthesia; Pediatric Anesthesia; and Crisis Resource Management. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Anesthesia Assistant National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program and College Policies.
    HLTH-6042Laboratory Procedures 21.5
    This is the second of two practical courses offered in the ANA2 curriculum. This course allows the student the opportunity to further develop and demonstrate competency of the topics addressed in HLTH6034, HLTH6035 and HLTH6036 in a controlled simulated laboratory environment utilizing high-fidelity simulation that encourages critical thinking and team-based management. The student will progress within the Psychomotor Taxonomy up to and including the intermediate stage where responses become habitual and performance is effective and proficient. In addition, the student will conscientiously ensure that their practice falls within professional legal boundaries along with continued enhancement of concepts pertaining to professionalism, communication, problem-solving and health and safety.

    Level 3Credits
    Take the following Mandatory Course:
    HLTH-6047Clinical Practicum30
    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 12 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

    Contact

    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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