The Anesthesiologist Assistant program was initially approved by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges in 2003 to grant a Master of Medical Science degree for the academic program to train anesthesiologist assistants. The South University Anesthesiologist Assistant program also received initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in January of 2005. Since that time seven classes have graduated from the Master of Medical Science in the Anesthesiologist Assistant program.
Accreditation and Affiliation
South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges to award doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, www.sacs.org . Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; or call 1-404-679-4500 for questions about the status of South University.
A nonsectarian, co-educational institution of higher education, South University in Savannah, Georgia, is authorized under the Georgia Non-public Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990 to confer doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s degrees
The Anesthesiologist Assistant program at South University, Savannah is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756 727-210-2350
Collaboration with Mercer University School of Medicine
South University, Savannah, and the Mercer University School of Medicine based in Macon and Savannah, Georgia, has developed a consortium to bring together the unique resources of each institution to establish an Anesthesiologist Assistant Program. Mercer University currently provides instruction in anesthesia for medical students and surgical residents at the Macon campus and at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. Mercer’s participation in the South University, Savannah Anesthesiologist Assistant Program extends beyond provision of anesthesiologist faculty to the program.
The Mercer School of Medicine administration, through the office of the Dean, is represented in governing committees to provide medical education expertise to the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program. South University - Savannah, through Graduate Faculty, provides basic science instruction, including program courses on instrumentation, monitoring, and anesthesia equipment. South University, Savannah provides a mock operating room with mannequin based educational opportunities and provides students with the resources to optimize their learning experience and educational opportunities in anesthesia.