Online Anesthesiologist Schools and Classes
Anesthesiology programs are available online. Learn more about the requirements for becoming an anesthesiologist, and see how online coursework can be useful for maintaining your licensure or certification.
What You Need to Know
Anesthesiologists are vital members of a medical-surgical team. There are various anesthesiologist schools and classes that train aspiring anesthesiologists how to perform their medical tasks, which include minimizing pain and monitoring the vital signs of a patient during and after a medical procedure or surgical operation.
|Degrees||Graduate programs are widely available|
|Licensure||Licensure is required in all states|
|Online||Programs available along with continuing education courses for anesthesiologists|
Are There Online Schools in Anesthesiology?
Anesthesiologists, like other medical doctors, have completed a 4-year post-baccalaureate medical school program, a 1-year hospital internship and 3-4 years of clinical residency in anesthesiology. Due to the intensive on-site medical training necessary to learn how to safely administer anesthesia, monitor a patient's health before surgery and provide post-operative supervision, you can't complete an anesthesiology program entirely online.
One medical school does offer a 10-month online course for incoming anesthesiology students to complete while they're first-year medical interns, to bridge the gap between medical school and residency. If you're interested in becoming a nurse anesthetist (CRNA) working under the direction of doctors, some Web courses are available, but you'll still need to complete clinical education.
The following schools offer these classes:
- University of Detroit Mercy
- Stanford University
- Drexel University
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Arizona
Do I Need To Be Certified or Licensed?
All states require physicians, including anesthesiologists, to carry a license. After you have completed your residency as an anesthesiologist, you are eligible to sit for the American Board of Anesthesiology certification exam (www.theaba.org) or the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists certification exam (www.aocaonline.org). Once you are certified, you must stay up-to-date with anesthesiology practices and literature through refresher courses and pass periodic recertification exams. If you're a CRNA, you'll need to take the qualifying exam administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (www.nbcrna.com) and obtain state licensure in order to practice.
How Will Online Courses Help Me?
As a professional anesthesiologist, you'll need to keep up with current research and clinical techniques. You can take self-directed continuing education courses offered by the American Society of Anesthesiologists if you're a certified anesthesiologist (asahq.org). These Web classes assess your professional knowledge and help you prepare for recertification exams.
What Can I Expect From Certification?
If you're a CRNA, you'll need advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support certification. You can find certification and recertification courses accredited by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists offered online by the American Medical Resource Institute (www.aclsonline.us). If you're just beginning a CRNA program, there are a number of online or blended courses that only require you to meet on-campus a few times per term and offer computerized exams. Such hybrid classes include anatomy, physics for anesthesiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology.