CCBC and Johns Hopkins Health System collaborate to create a new Anesthesia Technology program

Aug 24, 2017 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

New program unique to the state and region

Baltimore County, MD — Community College of Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins Health System have collaborated to create a new Anesthesia Technology program unlike any within the state or region. Under this new program, those currently employed or those interested in the field can earn an associate of applied science degree – a credential mandated in 2015 by the American Society of Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists.

The Anesthesia Technology program provides courses that offer the full range of clinical and instructional experience to practice as an anesthesia technologist. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification by the American Society of Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists – the organization responsible for maintaining the competency standards of technologists and technicians in all areas of anesthesia. Students within the program will be taught by experienced instructors with most being employed by the Johns Hopkins Health System as anesthesia technologists, nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists.

“Working collaboratively with Johns Hopkins has allowed us to develop a high quality educational program that will provide new opportunities for those in our community,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “With this being the first such program in Maryland, it will provide access to an occupation not easily obtained within the state and benefit both job seekers as well as employers.”

Anesthesia technologists are an important member of the anesthesia patient care team. They assist licensed anesthesia providers in the preparation and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia. Anesthesia technologists work in a variety of clinical settings such as operating rooms, intensive care units, dental suites, emergency rooms and more. Job responsibilities include equipment maintenance and servicing such as cleaning, sterilizing, calibrating, testing, troubleshooting and recording of inspections and maintenance. In addition, the anesthesia technologist assists licensed anesthesia providers with patient assessments, evaluations, transport, positioning, insertion of intravenous and other invasive lines and airway management.

“I am appreciative to Johns Hopkins and CCBC for the opportunity to participate in this program,” says Andrea Ethridge, a current student. “This program is affording me a far better outlook on job performance; and, through on the job training, showing me how I can better assist patients and staff in my department.”

The Anesthesia Technology program started its first class this summer with students from hospitals within the Johns Hopkins Health System as well as students within the community looking to enter an allied health career track. The first class will graduate spring of 2018.

For more information about the Anesthesia Technology program contact Program Director Cheryl McNamara at cmcnamara@ccbcmd.edu.

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