There are many levels of anestheoloy depending on where you are in your current career. During surgery or other medical procedures, anesthesiologists are responsible for administering drugs to reduce or eliminate pain. Some other job responsibilities of anesthesiologists include: adjusting the amount of anesthetic as needed; monitoring patient heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and body temperature; and working with other doctors to decide on treatments and procedures prior to, during and after surgery. Anesthesiologists may work in many different medical settings including: clinics, dental offices, outpatient surgical centers, hospital surgical units, and pain management clinics—among others. An anestheologist may be a nurse anesthetist (CRNA), a Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrNP) or a Anesthesiologist Assistant.
Wondering which anesthesiology degree may be right for you? Pursuing an online graduate program may be a wise choice for people who want the flexibility to control where and when they learn, particularly, if you plan to continue to work as you earn your degree. And rest assured that you’ll still have the chance to interact with fellow students in your online classes by participating in forum discussions and group projects. If you are already an RN with your bachelor's degree, you may want to look into an online Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree (which leads to a certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). If you are already a CRNA and would like to move your career to the next level, you may want to consider an online Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrNP).