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 3.52 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.
While most rotations are in Indianapolis, there will be requirements to travel for some out of town requirements. 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.
Stethoscopes and Clinical Supplies. Students are required to have an adequate stethoscope to use for clinical educational purposes. The cost varies according to the type and model. One recommendation is the Littman Classic II; stethoscopes cost approximately$75. Other clinical supplies such as pens, handbooks, etc. are at the discretion of the student to determine what is needed, and students are responsible for these costs.
Parking. Students are responsible for parking fees.
Away Rotations. Students who participate in rotations outside of the Indianapolis area will be responsible for paying for their transportation and lodging expenses. There are some clinical sites that offer housing but it varies by location. Additional financial aid is available for lodging and mileage for away rotations.
Professional Conferences. Students who attend the American Academy of Anesthesiologists Assistants Annual Conference will typically pay for their own registration, meals, and travel expenses. The program will typically pay for lodging. Students who attend the American Society of Anesthesiologist Annual Conference will pay for their own registration, meals, lodging, and travel expenses.
Living Expenses. Students are responsible for all living expenses.