Anesthesia Technology Program, Oklahoma City Community College

Anesthesia Technology Program, Oklahoma City Community College


[ Music ]>>Oklahoma City
Community College stays on the cutting edge,
providing a new curriculum, the anesthesia technology
program. O triple C’s President, Jerry
Steward, says it is important for Oklahoma City Community
College to innovate new courses like the anesthesia
technology program.>>This is another in
a now significant line of medical programs
that will meet the needs of the Oklahoma City area.>>The anesthesia technology
program recruited me out of California
to move out here. The first time we
visited, we just happened to meet some people that
were friends with us from graduate school randomly, and that was immediately
our friend, like a friend connection
right there. And then, since that time
that we’ve been brought into the community, everybody’s
been really kind to us. I’ve noticed here that the
opinions are well mannered and are actually helpful.>>Brian Fulton brings
his experience from UCLA as a clinical coordinator,
which is pivotal in understanding how students
would want the anesthesia technology program
to work for them.>>Skills I developed
there was getting to know how students were
thinking about their programs so that when I went to
help go start this program, I knew what was on a student’s
mind, what they needed to get done in their
own personal lives. Petitioned pretty heavily
that we structure our classes in a particular way so that our
students can have personal lives outside of the program,
and most students who are in workforce development
already working. They’re trying to
develop another career.>>The new anesthesia technology
program has been in development for three years, setting
the stage for the launch of O triple C’s first
cohort program this year.>>Ours is one of the first
programs that was started purely from an academic
standpoint, and what I mean by that is this was started
by a college that wanted to have a robust curriculum
with robust requirements and full fledged academia. Other programs, they started on what we call an
on job situation. It was a particular
hospital had seen a need that technologists needed to
be certified and credentialed. So, they used their in house
resources to start a program and were getting their
students accredited that way. And then, eventually,
got affiliated with a community college. Where I was teaching, that was
kind of the, before O triple C, that was kind of the situation. Here, it’s actually 180. It’s a college has started the
program, built the curriculum, built the labs, gone out
and sought the clinicals. And, I think that makes our
situation vastly different because it is a 180,
but it also means that we are heavily
focused on the onset of strong, rigorous academia. Not to say the others
aren’t by any stretch. They’re great programs, but
that initial start, I think, some of those hiccups that an
OJT program would go through, we’re avoiding because we’re
just going from bare bones, we’re building up a structure. So, when our students
come in, it’s in place.>>The O triple C anesthesia
technology program has not only local support, but
regional support as well.>>Our biggest affiliate is OU. They were big advocates for
this program, so they’ve worked with O triple C to
build this up. They’ve been great community
partners in that respect, too. So, they’ve offered themselves
to help us clinically. Their anesthesia staff has
been incredible and onboard. They want to help with lectures. They want to help with labs. Like, they’re really
on board with this. Then, we also have
Saint Anthony’s and a few other hospitals in the
area that are already on board. It’s actually stretched
out beyond Oklahoma. We have interest in Tulsa where
hospitals are asking, you know, can we host your students. We have a little bit
of early conversations with Arkansas right now, partly
because they had a program that shut down a few years ago. And, they’ve, the need
in Arkansas is there. So, they’re trying to
work with students who, yeah, the need is there. Unfortunately, we’re still in
early stage in the credentialing of anesthesia technology
that there’s not a saturation of schools everywhere. We’re really a good middle
ground regionally, too, so not just in Oklahoma.>>Brian Fulton and the O
triple C’s health professions anesthesia technology program
are providing an indispensable pathway for students
wanting a career as anesthesia technologists.>>Because this is a
new program to Oklahoma and to Oklahoma City, it
opens another opportunity for those students who
wish to be employed in the medical field, but
for one reason or another, maybe don’t want to be a nurse or another assistant,
OTA or PTA. And, it is another opportunity
for a good job in a great and growing field where
someone can support their family for the rest of their career.>>If you like variety,
if you like being involved with technology and you have
this drive to be around patients and to be involved in a
really unique situation in a patient’s life when they’re
on an operating room table and you’re helping
keep them alive and safe during an operation. If you like that idea of things, anesthesia technology’s a great
stepping stone field for you to get into healthcare
and to see things that you otherwise wouldn’t see. Our program is also one that
is geared towards getting you in the door professionally to
where you can stay in that role if you like, but hopefully,
piquing your interest to where you continue to advance
your career in healthcare.>>Individuals wanting to join
the program must have admission requirements that
follow relatively close to O triple C’s health
professions nursing pathway because the anesthesia
technology program is demanding. These class sessions
prepare the students for their national exam. The simulation labs are a
critical component for success.>>You want clinical staff
that is minimizing mistakes, the best way to do that is to maximize the mistakes they’re
making in a safe environment so they can actually learn. So, right now, we have a
great base of simulation across the health professions. I want to help build that and
make that even more robust here, and I want us to be a draw in
the metro area and the state. If you want to get simulation
based training to aid you in your healthcare, come
to O triple C and do that.

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