ANES 4061

Anesthesia Professional Skills

1.0 Credit


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.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced


It is highly recommended that the student be a RRT, RN, MD or an equally qualified individual with at least one year of clinical experience prior to taking this course.. Taking this course does not imply admission to the Anesthesia Assistant program.


  • Function within professional, medical, legal and ethical guidelines / regulations
  • Demonstrate and evaluate dependable and self-directed behavior in assuming responsibilities
  • Accept constructive criticism and act on it in a professional manner
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with physicians, staff and patients
  • Demonstrate critical judgment in professional practice
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • Analyze and perform 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 Outline

  • Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Analysis & Problem-Solving
  • Health & Safety
  • Administration & Leadership

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

No textbook is required for this course. Other materials may be required for purchase.

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

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%