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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.

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

AK3750 Diploma in Applied Science – Anaesthetic Technology
Semester 1 (Year 1) Semester 2 (Year 1)
Anaesthesia I (SCIE501) &
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (HEAL505)
Anaesthetic Technology 1
Semester 3 (Year 2) Semester 4 (Year2)
Anaesthesia II
Semester 5 (Year 3) Semester 6 (Year 3)
Anaesthesia III
Anaesthetic Technology II
Anaesthesia IV

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

Previous healthcare experience is preferable but not mandatory. An interest in people and a desire to participate in providing a high standard of service to patients is essential. AUT require that applicants have the following qualifications prior to enrolment in the Diploma Applied Sciences (Anaesthetic Technology):

  •  48 credits at level 2 or higher including 8 credits at level 2 in any one subject from the list below*

And prefer that applicants have:

  • Level 2 NCEA Physics OR AUT Biophysics Level 4 (or equivalent)
  • Level 3 NCEA Biology OR AUT Anatomy and Physiology Level 4 (or equivalent)


*Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science

A letter confirming the appointment to the position of Anaesthetic Technician trainee is required from the Training Hospital.

Accelerated Diploma

The 2 year Diploma programme (accelerated) has been supported by the MSC and is available as of 2018. There are criteria to apply, which AUT will check before enrolments occur, see below.

Entry Criteria:

  • Previous relevant professional health industry experience, Biology (level 3) and Physics (level 2) OR
  • A relevant degree (Science or Health) OR
  • Having already completed or have RPL for HAP I and Biophysics.

Pathway of papers:

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

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 I HEAL505



Anaesthetic Technology I SCIE502

co –requisite : SCIE501

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


Pre-requisites HEAL505 & SCIE503

Anaesthesia III SCIE604

Pre-requisites: SCIE503& SCIE502

Anaesthesia IV SCIE703

Pre-requisites: SCIE603 & SCIE604

Anaesthetic Technology II (SCIE704)

Pre-requisite : SCIE502

Please contact AUT wendy.emson@aut.ac.nz if you have queries and if you have trainees who you would put forward for this accelerated (and therefore more demanding) programme.

For Registered Nurses without a degree qualification enrolling in the Diploma of Applied Science (Anaesthetic Technology) cross credit 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 Nursing education will have included a ‘professional practice’ paper which has content similar to the Anaesthesia I paper. It is therefore anticipated that Diploma Registered Nursesstudy towards the Diploma in Applied Science:

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

Note: 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 (with theatre or equivalent experience) can apply for the Graduate Certificate in Science and follow the programme:

  • Anaesthetic Technology I (to be used as orientation in hospital, and must pass Machine Check,but does not need to be enrolled in).
  • Independent Learning  (which will have significant Anaesthesia II and Biophysics content)
  • Anaesthesia III
  • Anaesthesia IV
  • Anaesthetic Technology II

Course outline for Graduate Certificate in  Science, HA1043  (for trainees who already have a relevant health degree)

HA1043 Graduate Certificate in  Science – Anaesthetic Technology
Semester 1 Semester 2
Independent Learning SCIE705
Anaesthetic Technology I SCIE502 (for orientation only not to be enrolled in)
Semester 3 Semester 4
Anaesthesia III
Anaesthetic Technology II
Anaesthesia IV

Entry Criteria for the Graduate Certificate in Science (Anaesthetic Technology), HA1043

Entry requires a relevant undergraduate degree. Graduate Certificate in Science (for Trainees who already have a degree) consists of 60 points (4 papers) from Bachelor of Applied Science papers with at least 3 papers at level 7. This requires 12 – 18 months study.

The Clinical hours are determined by Medical Science Council.

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.