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AUT Requirements & Programme

AUT provides the theoretical learning programme in distance learning papers. All papers are supported by a block course, and the academic year commences February/March.

Any Trainee applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for previous study must provide evidence to support their application. Previous study being used to gain credit (RPL) must be in a programme of study that has been completed not more than five years prior. The application is made via AUT online, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Organisation RPL. There is no guarantee of cross-credit until the student has received official notification from AUT Board of Studies.

The information below is supplied by the Applied Sciences department of the Auckland University of Technology.

Course Outline for Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology), AK3750

AK3750 Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Anaesthesia I

SCIE501

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

HEAL505

Anaesthetic Technology I

SCIE502

co: SCIE501

A student entering this paper will have a position as a Trainee Anaesthetic Technician at a MSC approved training hospital.

Semester 3 Semester 4
Anaesthesia II

SCIE603

pre: HEAL505 & SCIE501

Biophysics

SCIE503

Semester 5 Semester 6
Anaesthesia III

SCIE604

pre: SCIE503 & SCIE502

Anaesthesia IV

SCIE703

pre: SCIE603 and SCIE604

Anaesthetic Technology II

SCIE704

pre: SCIE502

A student entering this paper will have a position as a Trainee Anaesthetic Technician at a MSC approved training hospital.

 

 

Entry Criteria for Diploma in Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology), AK3750:

Entry into the Diploma requires 48 level 2 credits including 8 level 2 credits in any subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science

 

Registered Nurses and Diploma of Applied Science: Updated Information.

Registered Nurses without a degree qualification enrolling in the Diploma of Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology)

Cross credit (RPL, recognition of prior learning) can be applied for if an equivalent paper has been studied and passed previously.

This often applies to the Human Anatomy and Physiology papers, and most Nurse Education will have included a ‘professional practice’ paper which has content similar to the Anaesthesia I paper.  Anaesthesia II can also be considered for RPL

It is therefore anticipated that Diploma registered nurses study towards the Diploma in Applied Science:

  • Anaesthetic Technology I
  • Biophysics
  • Anaesthesia II
  • Anaesthesia III
  • Anaesthesia IV
  • Anaesthetic Technology II

Note that cross credits must be applied for the papers Anaesthesia I and Human Anatomy and Physiology I to gain sufficient points for the qualification.

Degree Registered Nurses will enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Science and follow the programme: outlined.

Anaesthetic Technology I (to be used as orientation in hospital, and must pass National Machine Check, but does not need to be enrolled in)

  • Independent Learning
  • Anaesthesia III
  • Anaesthesia IV
  • Anaesthetic Technology II

 

Two year Diploma in Applied Science for Trainee Anaesthetic Technicians (AUT)

Entry Criteria:

  • Previous relevant professional health industry experience, Biology (level 3) and Physics (level 2)  OR
  • A relevant Science or Health degree OR
  • Having already completed or have RPL for Human Anatomy and Physiology and Biophysics, and
  • Hold a position as a Trainee Anaesthetic Technician at a MSC approved training hospital

Pathway of papers:

AK3750 Diploma in Applied Science – Anaesthetic Technology – 2 years (accelerated)
Semester 1 (Year 1) Semester 2 (Year 1)
Anaesthesia I  SCIE501  &

Human Anatomy and Physiology IHEAL505

BiophysicsSCIE503

 

Anaesthetic Technology I SCIE502

co –requisite : SCIE501

Semester 3  (Year 2) Semester 4 (Year 2)
 Anaesthesia II SCIE603

Pre-requisites: HEAL505 & SCIE501

Anaesthesia III SCIE604

Pre-requisites: SCIE503& SCIE502

Anaesthesia IV SCIE703

Pre-requisites: SCIE603 & SCIE604

Anaesthetic Technology II(SCIE704)

Pre –requisite : SCIE502

 

Course outline for Graduate Certificate in Science, HA1043  (for Trainee Anaesthetic Technicians who already have a relevant Health degree).

HA1043 Graduate Certificate in Science (Anaesthetic Technology pathway)
Semester 1 Semester 2
  Independent Learning

SCIE705

Anaesthetic Technology I

SCIE502

A student entering this paper will have a position as a Trainee Anaesthetic Technician at a MSC approved training hospital.

Semester 3 Semester 4
Anaesthesia III

SCIE604

 

Anaesthesia IV

SCIE703

pre: SCIE604

Anaesthetic Technology II

SCIE704

pre: SCIE502

A student entering this paper will have a position as a Trainee Anaesthetic Technician at a MSC approved training hospital.

 

Graduate Certificate in Applied Science (for trainees who already have a degree) consists of : 60 points (4 papers) from Bachelor of Science papers with at least 3 papers at level 7. This requires 18 months study.

Graduate Certificate in Science

A trainee with a relevant degree (e.g. Nursing) will study, to complete the Graduate Certificate:

  • Independent Learning  (which will have significant Biophysics content)*
  • Anaesthesia III
  • Anaesthesia IV
  • Anaesthetic Technology II

* The Independent Learning paper will include assignments which are based on Anaesthesia I, II and Biophysics principles and related to Anaesthesia

To qualify for the Anaesthetic Technology II paper they must, during an orientation programme as a Trainee, complete the Anaesthetic Technology I manual and pass the National Machine Check assessment as part of that manual.

Paper Descriptors

SCIE501 Anaesthesia I

Introduces the student to professional practice, health and safety, microbiology in the clinical setting, the history and principles of anaesthesia, and patient care.

 SCIE502 Anaesthetic Technology I

Training in equipment in anaesthetic technology through supervised work experience; theoretical teaching in a clinical setting; the completion of practical tasks through logbooks and practical assessment.

HEAL505 Human Anatomy & Physiology

Introduces the fundamental concepts of human anatomy and physiology.

SCIE603 Anaesthesia II

Introduces the student to basic assessment of the peri-operative patient and relates aspects of intra-operative patient care to anaesthetic practice.

SCIE503 Biophysics

Principles of physics with an emphasis on biological applications, measurement and instrumentation.

SCIE604 Anaesthesia III

Introduces the student to the operating principles of anaesthetic equipment, including monitoring.

SCIE703 Anaesthesia IV

Pharmacology of anaesthetic agents; anaesthetic management of emergencies and co-existing morbidities; fluid, blood and blood  product administration. Emergency situations.

SCIE704 Anaesthetic Technology II

Training in management of complex procedures in Anaesthetic Technology at an advanced level through supervised work experience; theoretical teaching in the clinical setting; completion of practical tasks through log books and practical assessments.

 Costs (as per the standard Diploma programme)

Year 1:

  • 3 papers approximately $940 each
  • 2 block courses, 3 days total

Year 2:

  • 2 papers approximately $940 each
  • 1 block course (if enrolled into Biophysics) 2 days

Year 3:

  • 3 papers approximately $940 each
  • 1 block courses 2 days total

Guidelines for commencing study/training in Anaesthetic Technology at AUT

  • Once you have a training position confirmed at a training hospital, become a member  with NZATS
  • Contact the Student hub for advice on which programme you are eligible to enrol in (Diploma or Grad Cert), and for more information relating to these programmes
  • Complete the enrolment form and supply all required documentation (copies of which must be certified by a JP). You can apply online, in person or via the postal system
  • Ask your Supervisor of Training (SoT) to write a letter to AUT confirming your employment on a training scheme
  • AUT will then offer you a place on the relevant programme. You must respond by accepting this place in writing
  • Select which papers you wish to enrol in for the first year. Seek advice from your SoT and AUT
  • You will then receive an invoice from AUT

AUT Resubmissions and Re-sits

The amalgamation of the Sciences and Health Science at AUT has created the opportunity for re-submissions and re-sits. Previously assessment was Pass or Fail, but now there is a ‘region’ of results which may qualify for a re-submission (assignment, logbook etc) or re-sit (test and exam). All students are treated the same and can accept or decline the offer. It is extremely important to enforce the 100% completeness of the clinical logbooks, otherwise they are seen as something which can be passed without too much care, effort or validity.

 AUT Official Advice

Study Expectations of Students in AUT

Anaesthetic Technicians Workplace Assessor Training Course

  •  AUT provides a Workplace Assessors course for new WPAs once a year. The course covers assessment, communication and information on how to assess the trainees and fill out course manuals. Anaesthetic Technicians on the course become work place assessors (WPA) and the certification is valid for three years. An online refresher or attendance at the workplace assessors course must be completed every three years to maintain current WPA status.