Anesthesiology Assistant

Overview

Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAs) are highly skilled health professionals who work under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans. AAs work exclusively within the anesthesia care team environment as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). All AAs possess a premedical background, a baccalaureate degree, and also complete a comprehensive didactic and clinical program at the graduate school level. AAs are trained extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. The goal of AA education is to guide the transformation of qualified student applicants into competent health care practitioners who aspire to practice in the anesthesia care team.

Anesthesiologist Assistants and certified registered nurse anesthetists are both defined as “non-physician anesthetists” within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services section of the Code of Federal Regulations. (Description from the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants)

While at CSU

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
Biology (2 semesters w/labs) LIFE 102 & one other lab-based biology course
Chemistry (2 semesters w/labs) CHEM111/112 & CHEM113/114
Organic Chemistry (2 semesters w/labs) CHEM 341 and CHEM343/344
Biochemistry (1 semester) BC351
Physics (2 semesters w/labs) PH121 and 122 or PH141 and 142 (UC-Denver prefers calculus-based)
Calculus (1 semester) MATH 155 or MATH 160
Statistics (1 semester) STAT 201, 301 or 307
Human Anatomy (1 semester) – Required by UC-Denver BMS301
Human Physiology (1 semester) – Required by UC-Denver BMS300 and BMS302
Preferred Courses: Cellular and Molecular Biology

 

Programs and Preperation

Accredited Programs:

·         http://www.anesthetist.org/educational-programs

Colorado Programs:

·         University of Colorado School of Medicine AA Program

Admissions Tests

Some AA Programs require students take the MCAT; others allow the use of GRE or MCAT.

MCAT https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

GRE http://www.ets.org/gre

Application Services

No centralized application – apply via individual programs

Associations

American Academy of Anesthesiology Assistants:  www.anesthetist.org