History of the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia Technology Program

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A national and statewide need for quality Certified Anesthesia Technologists exists as expressed by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT). Certified Anesthesia Technologists will positively affect healthcare and quality standards by raising the level of patient care while providing a safe anesthetic patient experience. A local need for quality Certified Anesthesia Technologists has been expressed due to the expansion of new medical centers in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange Counties, due to the increase in member enrollment. In 2010, Kaiser Permanente partnered with Pasadena City College to operate an Associate of Science degree program in Anesthesia Technology.

This anesthesia technician educational program offers medical centers the ability to recruit and retain highly skilled Certified Anesthesia Technologists to further enhance the quality of anesthesia care delivery, currently practiced in these systems. Certified Anesthesia Technologists are certified by the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT). This certification is well received by the medical community and is becoming the standard for all new hires, at many local hospitals. Effective 2015, ASATT is requiring a minimum of an Associate of Science degree, for all college programs. An AS degree will also add value for higher pay, and advanced opportunities. The Kaiser Permanente / Pasadena City College program is the first AS degree program offered through a community college.