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Anesthesiologist Assistant Program (Master of Science)

Indiana University School of Medicine offers a Master of Science degree in Anesthesia as part of an Anesthesiologist Assistant Program. This program is a 28-month didactic curriculum that prepares learners for certification as Anesthesiologist Assistants.

Clinical Training

This graduate program offers access to world-class clinical facilities and simulation laboratories and is housed within one of the top academic health care centers in the midwest. The IU School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant Program is housed on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus, which is within walking-distance to IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, Eskenazi Hospital and Methodist Hospital.

Curriculum

Curriculum for this program includes 28 months of intensive didactic sessions complemented by clinical rotations through a variety of subspecialties, including pediatrics, trauma, orthopedics, regional anesthesia, neuro and OB. The program, including classroom, laboratory and clinical requirements, prepares students for the certification examination offered by the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants. At the successful conclusion of the program, students are awarded a Master of Science degree in Anesthesia.

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.

Matriculation in 2017: The IU School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant Program portal opens in the Central Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA) on February 10, 2017. Interviews begin March 1, 2017, and continue until the class is filled. The deadline for program applications is CASAA is May 1, 2017.

Matriculation in 2018: The IU School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant Program portal opens in the Central Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA) on July 1, 2017. Interviews begin September 1, 2017, and continue until the class is filled. The deadline for program applications is CASAA is February 1, 2018.

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 3.0 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 Anesthesiologist Assistant Program Coordinator at 317-278-2532 or at IUSMAA@iu.edu to check. Program staff are always happy to evaluate transcripts and look into possible courses. If you have a question about a specific course, it is helpful to give program staff a copy of its syllabus to reference.

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 is currently being developed by the Indiana University Budget Office and cannot be published until officially approved.

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.