Working as an Anesthesiologist Assistant
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, the most important parts of the application are the grades attained on prerequisite courses and standardized test scores. The admissions committee takes notice if an applicant has medical or research experience, but it is not a requirement.
The IU School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant Program uses the Central Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA) which opens on July 1 of each year and closes on February 28. Interviews begin in the fall, and continue until the class is filled. Classes start in August of each year.
The program interviews throughout the cycle and closes the process when the class is filled. For the program’s first year, the deadline may be extended if necessary.
Yes. The prerequisite courses need to be completed by the time you start the program, not by the time you apply.
The program accepts the MCAT and GRE scores. Applicants must take one or the other but may take both.
No. When applying, applicants only need to have the AAMC send the official MCAT score report to CASAA.
No. Send official transcripts to CASAA.
There is not a minimum GPA, but an overall 3.4 GPA or better is considered competitive and a B- or better on prerequisite courses is recommended. There is not a minimum MCAT or GRE score requirement, but an MCAT score in the 49th percentile or higher and a GRE Quantitative/Verbal score in the 55th percentile or higher is generally competitive.
Pre-requisite grades should be completed with a B- or better. Applicants may want to retake any pre-requisites in which a C+ or lower was earned. If an applicant retakes a course, the higher grade will be used for successful completion of the pre-requisite.
Contact the program at IUSMAA@iu.edu. Program staff are always happy to evaluate transcripts and look into possible courses. If you have a question about a specific course, you must provide the institution, course title, catalogue number, and direct web link to the listing in the course catalogue. Please provide the course syllabus (if available) as a web link or email attachment.
No. Due to the sequencing of the courses, the rigorous curriculum and the heavy clinical aspect of the Anesthesiologist Assistant program, no online or part-time options are available.
Students do not generally have time to work while they are enrolled in the Anesthesiologist Assistant program.
Applicants should contact hospitals and medical centers in their region and let them know that they are applying to an Anesthesiologist Assistant Program and are interested in shadowing a Physician Anesthesiologist (MD or DO), Anesthesiology Resident, Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who practices in the Anesthesia Care Team Model.
The tuition for in-state students is $13,252.67 per semester and the tuition for non-resident students is $16,666,67 per semester. The program is seven semesters in length. These numbers are approximate and do not include additional university fees or living expenses. For exact tuition and fees please visit the Office of the Bursar website.
Currently, all rotations are located within Indianapolis. If there are locations outside of Indianapolis that a program participant is interested in utilizing, the Anesthesiologist Assistant program team can try to secure them as a clinical rotation location.
The Anesthesiologist Assistant program anticipates enrolling twelve students in each cohort, and students will matriculate in August of each year.
Per IU School of Medicine acceptance guidelines, the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program does not accept international students. Applicants must have a permanent resident visa at time of application or be a U.S. citizen.