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Schools and Colleges for Aspiring Anesthesiologist Assistants

Sep 25, 2019

A handful of accredited master's degree programs for anesthesiology assistants are available in the U.S. Read on for some tips on selecting a school with an anesthesiology assisting program.

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Anesthesiologist assistants are medical professionals who assist anesthesiologists with patient care and monitoring and the administration of anesthesia. Programs that train students to become anesthesiologist assistants can be found at 4-year colleges and universities; these are graduate-level programs that result in a master's degree.

Schools with Anesthesiologist Assistant Programs

This list of colleges and universities identifies some schools offering anesthesiologist assistant programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered* Graduate Tuition** (2015-2016)
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Master's $41,137
University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO 4-year, Public Master's In-state $6,213; Out-of-state $16,043
Emory University Atlanta, GA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Master's $38,800
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Master's $17,190

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Important considerations for students in this field include the following:

  • Some schools will exempt students from certain prerequisite courses if they've taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and students who are certified physician assistants with some master's degree prerequisite courses under their belts may be placed in a different educational track.
  • To gain specialized skills, look for programs that offer clinical rotation opportunities in areas like neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, opthalmology, pediatrics, and obstetrics.
  • Membership in the American Academy of Anesthesiology Assistants or the American Society of Anesthesiologists is mandatory in some programs, so students may want to seek colleges or universities that offer financial assistance toward that membership.
  • Students anticipating sitting for the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) certification examination should look for anesthesiologist assistant graduate programs that have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

Master's Degree for Anesthesiologist Assistants

Master's degree programs for anesthesiologist assistants typically are comprised of one year of academic study and one year of clinical experiences.

A master's degree anesthesiologist assistant program can be pursued at a number of four-year colleges throughout the country. These programs can prepare individuals to work as medical professionals through in-class training and clinical rotations, and are available at public and private institutions.

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