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Apply to the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program

IU School of Medicine accepts applications for the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program through the Centralized Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA).

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada. A graduating GPA of 3.0 or greater is highly preferred. Pre-requisites must be completed within ten years of matriculation. 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, but the following results are considered competitive: 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 courses should be completed with a B- or better. Survey courses are not accepted. Prerequisite courses for the IU School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant program: Biochemistry (1 semester), Biology with Lab* (2 semesters), Human Anatomy (1 semester), Human Physiology (1 semester) or a one-semester combined Anatomy and Physiology course, Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters), Organic Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters), Physics with Lab (2 semesters), Calculus (1 semester, Statistics** (1 semester), Writing/College English (1 semester). For questions regarding appropriate alternative coursework, contact the MSA program.

*A Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology course may be substituted for the Biology with Lab requirement.

**Introductory and 100-level courses will not fulfill this requirement.

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.

Three submissions from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s suitability for graduate study leading into a career in anesthesia clinical practice are required for program admission. At least two of the letters must be from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic abilities.

At least eight hours of anesthesia shadowing is required. The activity must demonstrate sufficient anesthesia focus by involving 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 shadowing experience must be documented on the Anesthesia Shadowing Verification Form on any similar form that appropriately confirms the shadowing experience.

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.

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.

While all admission requirements for the Anesthesiologist Assistant program must be completed prior to matriculation, coursework and/or standardized testing can be outstanding at the time of application. Survey courses do not fulfill course requirements. AP credit is accepted for pre-requisite coursework.

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.

Application Process

Applicants interested in Fall 2018 admission must complete an application through the Centralized Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA) by February 1, 2018. All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted through the CASAA application system. Documents submitted directly to the program cannot be accepted.

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions should be sent to CASAA. The GRE program-specific code is 2123. Educational Testing Services (ETS) will transmit official GRE scores electronically to CASAA. MCAT must be directly sent to CASAA from AAMC.

Application materials must be verified by CASAA in order for the IU School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant admissions committee to review the materials. Applicants will receive an email confirmation when the application has been verified by CASAA. Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and leadership. Interviews are required for admission consideration. Applicants can check the status of an application through CASAA.

Indiana University is a state school but non-residents are offered acceptances as well. Applicants can find rules of residency through the Registrar’s Office. IU School of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Application Instructions

  1. Create an applicant account on the CASAA system.
  2. Select “IUSM AA Program” from the list of programs.
  3. Complete all sections on the application, including personal information, academic history, supporting information and program materials). The program materials section is specific to the IU School of Medicine program.
  4. Submit the application for verification.
  5. Complete the supplemental application.

If invited, attend an in-person interview with the program admissions committee.

Admissions Process

The IU School of Medicine is dedicated to offering the highest quality of anesthesiologist assistant education, allowing its graduates to achieve excellence in their post-graduate careers as Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants. Upon offer of admission, a tuition deposit of $500 must be received within two weeks of notification of acceptance. This non-refundable fee will be applied to the student’s tuition upon matriculation. Students must apply for IU Professional Student insurance or submit an online waiver application. Find more information on the Professional Student Health Insurance Plan.

The following items must be completed and documentation submitted to the program office no fewer than 30 days prior to the program start date: Transcripts showing prerequisite course completion, signed Technical Standards, occupational health requirements, criminal background check and urine drug screen. Additional pre-matriculation requirements will be communicated as the matriculation date approaches.

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