Anesthesiologist assistants, also known as anesthetists, help develop and implement anesthesia care plans. Under the direction of an anesthesiologist, they record patient histories, perform physical examinations, establish patient monitoring devices and administer anesthetics. They are also responsible for the continuity of care for patients after an operation to make sure they recover from anesthesia.
Anesthesiologist assistants usually work in hospitals and medical centers. They are a part of the anesthesia care team that includes anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists, working in operating rooms, intensive care units, pain clinics and other settings as necessary. Anesthesiologist assistants have a typical work week with optional evenings, weekends and on-call hours.
Anesthetists have a master’s degree from an accredited training program, which takes about two years to complete.
There are currently only five anesthesiology assistant programs in the United States, with the closest one at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Licensure and Certification
Upon graduation from an accredited program, anesthetists can take the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) exam to become certified in their profession..
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Anesthesiologist assistants are specialized physician assistants. The outlook for physician assistants is excellent. The expected job growth is 35% for the state and even higher in the Cedar Valley region.