Anesthesiologist Assistant

Anesthesiologist assistants are health care professionals who work under the direction of a licensed anesthesiologist as part of an anesthesia care team to design and implement patients' anesthesia care plans. They work with patients throughout their experience to ensure quality and continuity of care. They collect patients' medical histories, administer some diagnostic tests, prepare patients for undergoing anesthesia, and assist with preparation procedures, calibrations, life support, etc. They work in hospitals and surgery centers and are in high demand as skilled professionals.


Student Resources

Professional Associations and Accreditation

    Entrance Exam

    Master's degree programs in anesthesia typically require either the MCAT or the GRE as an entrance exam. If interested in a specific program, inquire with that program about entrance exam requirements. Learn more about the MCAT and the GRE here.

    Accredited Programs

    Master's programs in anesthesia are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. There are currently 12 accredited AA programs:

    Important Note:

    Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements