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ANES 4061: Anesthesia Professional Skills

Students explore the standards that govern professional practice within the context of Anesthesia care teams as an Anesthesia Assistant (AA) and enhance their current understanding of professional practice by taking an in-depth look at the basic principles of professional and safety issues related to the position of Anesthesia Assistants. In addition, students have the opportunity to demonstrate professional skills needed for the AA work environment. Professionalism, communication, analysis and problem-solving, health and safety, and administration are examined in the AA context.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Function within professional, medical, legal and ethical guidelines / regulations
  • Demonstrate dependable and self-directed behavior in assuming responsibilities
  • Accept constructive criticism and act on it in a professional manner
  • Communicate effectively with physicians, staff and patients
  • Demonstrate critical judgment in professional practice
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • Carry out procedures and operations with respect to "Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System" (W.H.M.I.S.)
  • Adhere to quality assurance guidelines including manufacturer and Canadian Standards Association specifications in the proper use of equipment
  • Analyze quality assurance initiatives in terms of methodology, statistics analysis and implementation

Course topics

ANES 4061: Anesthesia Professional Skills includes the following modules:

  • Module 1: Professionalism
  • Module 2: Communication
  • Module 3: Analysis & Problem Solving
  • Module 4: Health & Safety
  • Module 5: Administration & Leadership

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course. Throughout the course, web links to other learning resources will be provided.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course.. Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum of 60% on the course overall to meet the program requirements.

Assignment 1: AA Responses 20%
Assignment 2: Active Listening 20%
Assignment 3: Clinical Decision-Making 20%
Assignment 4: Safety Labels 20%
Assignment 5: Leadership Initiatives 20%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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