Anesthesia & Surgical Technology (BHS - AST) - Gulf Medical University
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Anesthesia & Surgical Technology (BHS – AST)

Anesthesia and surgical technologists are commonly referred to as surgical technologists or operating room technicians; assist the surgical team in conducting different surgical procedures under optimal conditions. He/she as an integral member of the surgical team will work closely with surgeons, anesthetists, registered nurses and other surgical personnel in the delivery of patient care before, during, and after surgery. Students enrolled in this major develop knowledge and skills required to work in operation theatres, surgical centers, trauma and emergency centers, delivery rooms and as a vital member of the anesthesia care team. This program concentrates on developing skills to perform various tasks including preparation of operating room, organization and maintenance of instruments and equipment and replenishment of supplies which are very often related to general surgeries and anesthesia. A graduate of anesthesia and surgical technology will possess mastery of a broad range of skills to function as an immediate assistant for a surgeon and an anesthetist during the operative procedures.

Who is an Anesthesia and Surgical Technologist?

  • Assist surgeons and other medical professionals in hospital operating rooms and similar environments.
  • Handle and maintain anesthesia and surgical instruments and equipment
  • Prepare, scrub and circulate appropriate surgical and anesthetic equipment during surgery.
  • Immediate assistant to anesthetist and surgeon in performing procedures and surgery.
  • Assists the surgical team in the event of any complications arising in anesthetic, surgical or emergency conditions.
  • Verify and handles medications, solutions and specimens used in the surgical units.
  •  The applicant must have completed a minimum of 12 years of school education.
  •  All applicants must complete 17 years of age on or before the 31st December in the year of admission.
  •  The applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant must have passed the English language proficiency test. A minimum score of 500 TOEFL (CBT 180, iBT 64), IELTS Academic 5.0, PTE A (36-44), Cambridge ESOL (41) or any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  •  The applicants from UAE educational system must have secured an overall average of 70% or above marks as per UAE Secondary School Education Standards and should have scored an aggregate score of 60% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.
  •  Applicants from non-UAE educational systems must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% or above and minimum marks in the Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) as listed below:
    CountryEducation SystemMinimum Grade requirements as per UAE Grade Equivalence for BBMS/BPT/ BHS  program
    UAEUAEStudent should secure an overall minimum score of 70% (C Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.

    ·Completed all 3 Science subjects ( Biology, Chemistry, Physics in 10th, 11th, 12th Grades)

    ·An aggregate score of 60% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    India 

    Indian State Board

     

     

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 60% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.

    ·An aggregate score of 55% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

     

    Indian Central Board/ICSE

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 55% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.

    ·An aggregate score of 50% or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    Pakistan

    Bangladesh

    Pakistan Board

    Bangladeshi Board

    Student should secure an overall minimum score of 55% (B Grade)and above in the 12th Grade.

    · An aggregate score of 50%or above in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Mathematics in the 12th Grade.

    UKIGCSE/GCEStudied in all 3 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics in O Level, with a

    Minimum of:

    ·2 Cs in any of the two Science subjects in AS / A Level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) as equivalent to UAE criteria

    ECTSInternational

    Baccalaureate

    Student should secure an overall minimum 25 points,

    ·Must have at least 2 Science subject (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics)

    USAAmerican DiplomaStudent should secure an overall minimum score of 70% (C Grade)and above.

    ·Minimum of SAT II score of at least 550 in Molecular Biology

    Applicants from any other non-UAE educational systems not listed above must have secured a minimum aggregate score equivalent to UAE 70% or above as per International Grade Conversion Table published by WES.

  •  All applicants shall be evaluated for cognitive and non-cognitive traits demonstrating their aptitude for the chosen area of study by the Admissions Committee which include personal interview. Admission is finalized on competitive basis.

Upon successful completion of the program and fulfilling local license/regulatory requirements, the student can:

  • Work as:
    • Anesthesia and surgical technologist in hospitals, surgical centers, ambulatory centers, emergency and trauma units.
    • Sterile processing department manager.
    • Surgery scheduler.
    • Application specialist in surgical instrument manufacturers.
    • Self-employed surgical technologist.
  • Pursue career as a research assistant.
  • Advance in career by pursuing higher education in specialty areas like conscious sedation for dentistry, dialysis, anesthesiology, physician assistant (anesthesia), pain management, invasive anesthetic techniques and medical technology.