Questions on the first part of the anesthesia technologist test relate to the perioperative environment, while questions on the second part cover anesthesia-specific topics, explains Medical Technology Schools. The first section consists of 70 items, while the succeeding segment contains 55 items. Anesthesia technologist exams replaced the previous anesthesia technician certification exams, which expired on July 15, 2015.
The American Society of Anesthesiology Technologists and Technicians manages the anesthesia technologist and anesthesia technician tests and certifications, according to Medical Technology Schools. The organization partners with Applied Measurement Professionals to develop and administer these tests.
Applied Measurement Professionals, which administers the computer-based exams at its test centers, allows candidates to take practice tests before sitting for certification exams, informs Medical Technology Schools. Scores for the certification tests are available on completion. Candidates who fail can apply to retake the test as many times as they wish.
The American Society of Anesthesiology Technologists and Technicians only accepts candidates who've graduated from the two-year programs it certifies, and who've also submitted the necessary exam fees for the anesthesia technologist certification tests, notes Medical Technology Schools. To provide candidates with more information on the tests, the organization provides downloadable handbooks on its site.
Previously, the organization required prospective candidates for the now-expired anesthesia technician certification tests to either have worked as anesthesia technicians for at least two years or be graduates of the two-year programs it accredits, states Medical Technology Schools. Other stipulations included elementary computer skills and proficiency in English.