What to expect from a career in Anesthesiology

Because of their advanced skill, health care professionals with anesthesia training are highly sought after across Canada. Anesthesia programs at Ontario colleges prepare students for this specialized position, equipping them to play a vital role in many medical operations. These programs are taken as additional certification on top of completed healthcare diplomas or degrees, and will allow students to expand their skills to become part of a focused medical team.

If you thrive on working under pressure, want to advance your healthcare knowledge and certification, and are interested in anesthesia training, here’s what you need to know.

Anesthesia Courses

Students in anesthesia programs gain a full understanding of the procedures and safety regulations related to all three types of anesthesia (general, local and regional). They will learn to operate the anesthesia gas machine, as well as how to assess, monitor and properly care for patients. Courses will also focus on the pharmacology of anesthesia.

Anesthesia programs involve field experience, where students learn under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist. At the end of the program, graduates have the experience and knowledge to support the anesthesiologist when administering all three types of anesthetic.

General Anesthesia Program Requirements

Anesthesia programs at Ontario colleges are post-graduate opportunities that will likely have the following requirements:

  • Respiratory Therapy Advanced Diploma OR Nursing Degree
  • 4000 hours of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) or Registered Nurse (RN)

Applicants may also need to be a member of a related College or Society (such as the College of Respiratory Therapists), and will need to undergo an assessment evaluation. Check requirements at individual colleges, as they will vary.

Anesthesia Jobs and Salaries

Ontario college anesthesia programs prepare students to work in multiple departments in hospitals, including intensive care, post-operative care and delivery.

The average entry level salary for an anesthesia assistant is around $50,000. Salaries may depend on your healthcare experience and education level. Adding an anesthesia program to your medical skill set should have a positive effect on your salary.

Ontario Colleges Offering Anesthesia Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of anesthesia programs at Ontario colleges. 

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