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Admission Requirements

Applications for an August start in the Master of Science degree in Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine as part of the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program are accepted March 15–February 28.

All requirements must be completed and documentation submitted to the program office no fewer than 30 days prior to the program start date. Pre-requisites should be completed within ten years of matriculation. Coursework can be outstanding at the time of application. However, standardized testing must be completed prior to applying.

Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants to the Master of Science degree in Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine as part of the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program must have a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada. No absolute minimum applies, but the following results are considered competitive for admission to this program: An overall GPA of 3.52 or greater, Science GPA of 3.56 and Pre-requisite GPA of 3.58.


Applicants must have a permanent resident visa at the time of application or be a U.S. citizen.

Standardized Tests

Applicants must have taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within three years of matriculation. There is no absolute minimum requirement, but the following results are considered competitive for admission to this program: MCAT minimum total score of 499 (49th percentile) and GRE minimum score of 152 (55th percentile) in Verbal Reasoning and a minimum score of 154 (55th percentile) in Quantitative Reasoning.


Pre-requisite requirements should be completed with a B- or better within 10 years of matriculation to this program. Survey courses are not accepted. AP credit is accepted for pre-requisite coursework. Online courses are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Course Number of Semesters Note
2 Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology and Biochemistry may be substituted for this requirement.
Human Anatomy 1  
Human Physiology 1 A two-semester combined Anatomy and Physiology course is accepted.
Chemistry with Lab 2  
Organic Chemistry with Lab 2  
Physics with Lab 2  
Statistics 1  Biostatistics may be substituted for this requirement.  Introductory/100-level statistics classes are accepted.


For questions regarding acceptable coursework, please call 317-278-2532 or email the program staff.

Program Averages

Metric Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023 Class of 2024  Class of 2025
Overall GPA 3.48 3.59 3.55 3.58
3.75 3.61 3.77
Science GPA 3.5 3.43 3.45 3.49
3.73 3.51 3.79
Pre-req GPA 3.55 3.5 3.42 3.52
3.73 3.63 3.76
GRE - Verbal 60% 61% 62% 62%
67% 62% 61%
GRE - Quant 68% 60% 55% 62%
65% 60% 60%
MCAT (Raw Score) 498 496 499  498 499 503 505

Clinical Anesthesia Shadowing Experience

Applicants must complete at least eight hours of shadowing with either a Physician Anesthesiologist (MD or DO), Anesthesiologist Resident, Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who practices in the Anesthesia Care Team Model. The shadowing experience must be documented on the Anesthesia Shadowing Verification Form, or a similar form that captures the same information.

Letters of Evaluation

Letters of Evaluation must be submitted by faculty, advisors, school administrators, employers or other individuals who can comment on the applicant’s ability and personal character as relates to the pursuit of a career as an anesthesiologist assistant. Of the three required letters, one must be from a professor or instructor who can evaluate the applicant's academic ability. Letters from family or friends will not be accepted.

Student Health Insurance

Students must apply for IU Professional Student Health Insurance Plan or submit an online waiver application.

Credit Conversion Policy

The Anesthesiologist Assistant Program uses a semester system; however, the university does accept quarter credit hours. Quarter credit hours are worth 2/3 of one semester-hour. (One semester is approximately 4-5 quarter-hours, and two semesters is nine quarter-hours.) Quarter credit hours may be rounded to the nearest whole number at the discretion of the admissions committee with consideration given to the course work and grade earned.

Transfer Admission, Advanced Placement, Transfer Credit and Experiential Learning

The Master of Science in Anesthesia program presents a rigorous and fast-paced curriculum. Therefore, advanced placement, transfer credit and experiential learning are not accepted for program coursework. Additionally, transfer students are not accepted. Students must take every course offered within the IU School of Medicine Master of Science in Anesthesia curriculum.

Technical Requirements

All applicants are expected to meet the IU School of Medicine Technical Requirements in order to participate in the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program and to practice clinically. The IU School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant program requires learners to have access to reliable transportation across training sites. There is the potential for out-of-town clinical rotations during the final three semesters. Applicants and students in need of accommodations for a disability can apply to the IU School of Medicine Disabilities Accommodations Committee and register with the adaptive educational services office at the IUPUI campus.

Background Check

Applicants who are accepted to the program are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screen release form. A prior felony conviction might restrict an individual’s ability to obtain professional licensure or employment. Acceptance into the IU School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant program and completion of program requirements does not imply or guarantee that a student will be able to obtain such licensure or employment.