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Top Schools with Anesthesiologist Assistance Programs

Read about programs for anesthesiologist assistants, typically offered at the graduate level. Find information about degree options at three universities, as well as a table with-a-glance information about the four schools in the U.S. that provide training for anesthesiologist assistants.

School Overview

An anesthesiologist assistant (AA) works under the direction of a licensed anesthesiologist, usually at a hospital or medical center. Professional responsibilities include developing and implementing anesthesia care plans. The three schools featured below two national universities that have received high rankings from U.S. News & World Report, as well as Nova Southeastern University, one of the largest not-for-profit postsecondary institutions in the U.S.

1. Emory University in Atlanta, GA

School Highlight: Students will spend about 2,500 hours in clinical rotations during the 27 months.

Emory offers a Master of Medical Science Program in Anesthesiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. The program takes place over the course of 27 straight months. Those who have completed basic courses in premed are able to enter into this program. Students also must complete the Certifying Examination for Anesthesiologist Assistants in order to become professionals in the field.

2. Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH

School Highlight: Case Western Reserve University also oversees the AA M.S. Program on campuses in Houston, TX and Washington, D.C.

The Anesthesiologist Assistant Program awards a Master of Science degree. Prerequisites to the program include a pre-med bachelor's degree and the MCATs. The 24-month program includes 66 credit hours over the course of six semesters.

3. Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL

School Highlight: The Anesthesiologists Assistant program aims to be locally, nationally and internationally known as one of the best sources for anesthesiologist assistant information and services.

The university offers a Master of Science in Anesthesia. The 27-month program prepares students for a team-oriented environment in the field. A mock operating room will be used in addition to an anesthesia simulator. 2,500 clinical hours are required. Clinical rotations will be on a full-time basis during the senior year of the program. Areas covered in these clinical rotations include general surgery, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and trauma. This M.S. program also prepares students for their national certification exam which is given by the National Board of Medical Examiners via the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants.

Top Anesthesiologist Assistance Programs

School Name Distinction Location
University of Missouri-Kansas City M.S. in AnesthesiaKansas City, KS

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