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Program Director Helps Start State’s First Anesthesia Technology Associate Degree

NEWARK, Ohio, August 28, 2019 – If you're a quick thinker, good with details and would love to work in the healthcare industry in a rapidly growing and well-paying field, Erica Hittle, MSN, CRNA, has just the career for you. Hittle is the program director for anesthesia technology, a highly anticipated new associate degree starting in January 2020 at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). The groundbreaking program will offer the first anesthesia technology associate degree in the state.

ImageAnesthesia technologists play a critical role in providing patient care. Working under the direction of an anesthesia care team, the anesthesia technologist is proficient in the acquisition, preparation and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care."COTC is leading the way with this degree program," said Hittle. "This is the beginning of a paradigm shift in training for this role, and I'm so proud to be a part of this new program here at COTC."

Hittle understands the technical and educational requirements of the role well. She's currently the lead CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) at Genesis Healthcare in Zanesville. She's worked as a CRNA for eight years.

"Our regional healthcare provider partners have indicated a strong need for this program," said Sandra Walker, EJD, COTC dean for technical studies. "We are very excited that a professional with Erica's years of experience in the field will lead this new program."

Hittle earned a bachelor's degree in nursing science from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Anesthetist from Case Western Reserve University.

According to the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists & Technicians, the projected starting salary for a Certified Anesthesia Technologist is $36,000 to $55,000 annually depending on the job setting. Other sources show the Ohio salary average is approximately $41,000 (www.indeed.com).

Selection to the anesthesia technology program will be made annually through a competitive process. In addition to the general COTC admission application, prospective students must complete an anesthesia technology application form no later than October 1.

Visit go.cotc.edu/atech to learn more, or call or email the COTC Office of Admissions at 740.366.9222 or cotcadmissions@cotc.edu.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.