In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Working under the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist.
- Through patient history and testing, evaluating patients’ physical condition as it relates to the anesthesia care plan.
- Preparing patients for anesthesia by assisting with preliminary procedures such as catheterization.
- Ensuring that anesthesia equipment is in good working order, and calibrating it before each use.
- Administering anesthesia, and monitoring and adjusting it as necessary throughout each procedure.
This is an emerging career, and not currently available in all states. However, the demand for anesthesiologist assistants is growing rapidly, so it is a career worth considering depending on your location.
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Typically requires a master’s degree. Obtaining a doctorate can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this career pathway, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a doctorate.
Certification is required for practice.
Anesthesiologist assistants are authorized to practice in 20 states and territories, and several additional states are also considering legislation to authorize anesthesiologist assistant practice. Licensure is required in most jurisdictions, although some states allow anesthesiologist assistants to work by “delegatory authority,” or at the discretion of the supervising physician anesthesiologist.