ANES 4101
Clinical Anesthesia

4.0 Credits


Students are exposed to a wide range of anesthesia cases and experiences. Students develop an understanding of clinical anesthesiology and demonstrate their clinical skills through their choice of anesthetic agents, managing airways, starting routine IVs, arterial line insertion, patient monitoring and operation of anesthetic machines.

Delivery Method

Face-to-face clinical course. Online access may be required.


ANES 4001-Anesthesia Workstations

ANES 4011-Hemodynamic and Physiological Monitoring

ANES 4021-Pharmacology and Principles of Clinical Anesthesia

Current ACLS certification and current enrolment in the Anesthesia Assistant program.

ANES 4031-Clinical Anesthesia and Special Considerations

ANES 4003-Airway Management

ANES 4005-Anesthesia Adjunct Equipment

ANES 4061-Anesthesia Professional Skills

ANES 4071-Research Skills for Anesthesia Assistants

Students may be required to submit proof of a clear Criminal Record Check before registration in the clinical course.


In this clinical practicum course, students will be exposed to a wide range of clinical cases utilizing general, regional, or local anesthetic techniques, alone or in combination.

  • Identify patient and surgical concerns as well as physiological problems. Students will be instructed in how to develop safe Anesthetic plans to address these problems / concerns.
  • Manage the airway and ventilating adult and pediatric patients including:
  • Use of bag and mask
    Insertion of oral airways
    Intubation of normal patients (grades I and II)
    Insertion of LMAs (laryngeal mask airways)
    Use and adjustment of O.R. ventilators
    Use of adjunct airway equipment
  • Start I.V.'s, small and large bore, in pediatric and adult patients
  • Achieve competence in the insertion of arterial lines.
  • Anticipate the monitoring required for specific cases
  • Set up equipment for monitoring
  • Assist with insertion of CVP and Swan-Ganz catheters
  • Demonstrate skills in the maintenance, testing, operation and troubleshooting techniques of:
  • Anesthetic machines
    Anesthetic vaporizers
    Anesthetic ventilators
    Anesthetic circuits
    Anesthetic gas monitors
    Cardiac monitors
    Non-invasive monitors (BP, pulse oximetry ECG)
    Autologous blood transfusion equipment
    Trace gas monitoring
  • Demonstrate an understanding of which drugs are commonly used in the practice of anesthesia, as well as the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of each of those
  • Assist with peripheral nerve blocks with and without ultrasound.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anesthetic considerations and the clinical management required for many types of anesthetic cases.

Course Outline

Professional Competencies in eight areas

  • Clinical Skills Procedures
  • Anesthesia Equipment
  • Patient Assessments
  • Pharmacology
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • Pediatric Considerations
  • Clinical Management
  • Special Considerations

Maximum Completion

30 weeks:

Required Text and Materials

There are no text required, however, other materials may be required for purchase.

Students will receive a clinical practicum competency document that must be filled out for successful course completion.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty member will be assigned to each student upon registration in this clinical practicum. Primary communication is by phone or email. Students will receive contact information at start of the course. Regular contact with the Faculty member is required to ensure that all clinical competencies are being met successfully.


This course is assessed on the basis of a student's completion of the checklists in the competency manual. Successful completion of all aspects of the evaluation will result in a successful completion of this course. No grades are issued; the transcript for ANES 4101 will read "COM" (Complete) or "NCG" (No Credit Granted).