Anesthesiologist Assistant Program

Learn how to be a leader on the anesthesia care team

The Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia (MMSc-A) program is designed to provide students with the didactic, clinical, and simulation education required to deliver safe, patient-centered anesthetic care as a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA).

CAAs are an integral part of the anesthesia care team, working with physician anesthesiologists to provide the highest quality of care to patients across the country. The anesthesia care team can consist of one physician anesthesiologist and, in Ohio, up to four CAAs. CAAs care for some of the most ill patients during some of their most vulnerable times of need, medically guiding the patient throughout the preoperative, intraoperative, and immediate postoperative periods of their surgeries.

The NEOMED MMSc-A program uses state of the art, high-fidelity simulation, an innovative didactic curriculum and hands-on clinical experiences to ensure students are equipped to provide a superb anesthesia experience for patients across the country.

The Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA).

Application Deadline

September 2

Prerequisite Courses

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Entry Term

Spring Semester

Delivery

In-Person

Program Length

28 months

Credit Hours

111 credits

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree
  • Have maintained a cumulative GPA (undergraduate/post-bacc/graduate) of at least a 2.8 (3.2 recommended) and a prerequisite course GPA of at least 2.8 (3.0 recommended)
  • Have completed prerequisite coursework
  • Have either an MCAT score greater than 490 or a GRE score of 150 (Verbal), 150 (Quantitative), 4.0 (Analytical)
  • Have shadowed an anesthesia practitioner for a minimum of 8 hours (or provided an explanation of why shadowing could not be completed this cycle)
  • Complete the CASAA application for NEOMED
  • Submit an updated curriculum vita (CV)/resume containing contact information, education, employment, scholarly activities, and licensure (if applicable)
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions that you have taken courses at. This includes both undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a certified anesthesiologist assistant (CAA)?

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants* are highly skilled healthcare professionals that work with physician anesthesiologists as part of the anesthesia care team to provide safe, patient-centered care of patients throughout various types of surgeries. CAAs work exclusively within the anesthesia care team model, as defined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). All CAAs possess a premedical background, a baccalaureate degree, and must complete a comprehensive didactic and clinical program at the graduate school level. CAAs are trained extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. The goal of CAA education is to guide the transformation of qualified student applicants into competent health care practitioners who aspire to practice in the anesthesia care team.

*Definition adapted from the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants

How much do certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) make?

According to Salary.com, the average salary for anesthesiologist assistants is $165,686, with the range falling between $134,972 and $204,441. Salary information by state can be found at ZipRecruiter.

Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment of all physician extenders will grow 31 percent between 2019 and 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the demand for healthcare services grows, physician extenders like Anesthesiologist Assistants will be needed to provide care to patients in a variety of settings.

Where can I find a list of required courses for the program?

Where do certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) work?

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants* can work in any institution under a physician anesthesiologist in the anesthesia care team. The states CAAs practice is a dynamic and evolving situation, as multiple states are actively pursuing legislation to allow CAAs to practice in their states. CAAs can currently practice in 18 states and Guam, with Kansas passing legislation for practice in 2021.

*Definition adapted from the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants

What is the cost of the program?

Detailed cost tuition and fee information for the Anesthesiologist Assistant program can be found in the University Fee Register.

QUESTIONS?

We are happy to help. Write to cogs.staff@neomed.edu or call 330.325.6859.

NEWS

A Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant student dons her white coat for the first time.NEOMED’s First Master of Medical Science in Anesthesiology Class Celebrated With White Coat Ceremony

“It has been incredible to watch this first class create a culture that will set the foundation of success for this program,” said Nathanial Flath, CAA, program director, during the ceremony. “They have come together to form one family of future health care providers, each committed to ensuring family, not individual, success.”