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Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science (Anesthesiologist Assistant)

Prepare for a Career as an Anesthesiologist Assistant

With hands-on classes and 3000+ clinical hours, our Anesthesiologist Assistant master’s degree program in Savannah, Georgia, can prepare you to provide safe and efficacious anesthesia care to patients of all ages and degrees of illness for a full range of surgical procedures.

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Hands-On Labs, Clinical Work, & Courses

Through classroom, laboratory, and clinical work, the South University Anesthesia Assistant program can prepare you to become a valued part of the anesthesia care team. Featuring a fully-equipped mock operating room and anesthesia learning lab, our 27-month program includes over 3000 clinical hours.

In your first year, you can gain increasing clinical responsibilities as you have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of anesthesia care. Hands-on experiences can help you to build new skills as you work with instructors and peers one-on-one and in small groups in classes and labs. Learning first on high-fidelity patient simulators and mannequins, you can practice your patient care, teamwork, critical thinking, and decision making as part of an anesthesia care team in various clinical scenarios.

During your second year, you’ll participate in multiple full-time, month-long clinical rotations in supervised practice settings, incorporating a full range of surgical procedures involving patients of all ages, at all levels and depth of illness.

How to Become an Anesthesiologist Assistant

To become an anesthesiologist assistant, you must first complete a bachelor’s degree with a pre-med curriculum. (View our prerequisites to see the type of classes required.)

From there, your next step should be applying to one of the Anesthesiologist Assistant accredited programs as determined by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Anesthesia assistant programs are designed to build on your existing science knowledge to prepare you to provide quality care as an anesthesiologist assistant.

At South University, our Anesthesia Assistant program’s courses explore:

  • Medical terminology
  • Airway management
  • Physics of anesthesia
  • Anesthesia delivery systems & equipment
  • Instrumentation and patient monitoring
  • Anesthesia principles and practice
  • General pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular physiology for anesthesia practice
  • Pharmacology in anesthesia practice
  • Pulmonary physiology for anesthesia practice
  • Regional anesthesia practice
  • Pre-anesthetic evaluation
  • Advanced anesthesia systems and monitoring
After completing your anesthesia assistant master’s program, you must pass the anesthesiologist assistant certification exam from the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA).*

At South University, for the four most recent reporting years, 100% of our graduates have successfully passed the NCCAA anesthesia assistant exam and achieved a 100% job placement.

*South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensure exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Program Outcomes

Upon successfully completing our Anesthesia Assistant degree program, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Demonstrate the clinical skills and judgment to deliver safe and efficacious anesthesia to a variety of patient populations and surgical specialties.
  • Apply your knowledge in biomedical and anesthesia sciences to ensure the safe and efficacious delivery of anesthesia.
  • Act ethically, morally, and with professionalism as an Anesthesiologist Assistant.
  • Communicate effectively when interacting with patients and working within an Anesthesia Care Team.
  • Become a lifelong learner, able to efficiently acquire, critically evaluate, and effectively apply evidence-based medical information to support clinical decision-making.
You can complete your anesthesia assistant schooling in as little as 27 months at South University.

Requirements for Anesthesia Assistant Program Admissions

A bachelor’s degree and familiarity with the practice of anesthesia are required for admission. Detailed Anesthesia Assistant requirements and prerequisites are listed on our campus pages and in the South University Catalog.

Anesthesia Assistant Exam Requirements (GRE or MCAT): Applicants to the South University Anesthesia Assistant master’s program must submit scores for either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Our Anesthesiologist Assistant Application Process page lists these requirements as well as our average anesthesiologist assistant MCAT scores and average anesthesiologist assistant GRE scores.

Anesthesia Assistant Program Cost: See the South University catalog for Anesthesia Assistant degree program tuition and fees. To help with anesthesiologist assistant education cost, financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

More questions? See our FAQs or contact us anytime at 1.800.688.0932 to speak with our Admissions team.

Anesthesia Assistant Job Outlook & Overview

An anesthesiologist assistant works under the direction of a Physician Anesthesiologist, administering anesthesia care to all ages, degrees of illness, and surgical procedures. Under the supervision of an anesthesiologist, an anesthesiologist assistant’s duties may include:

  • Gathering preoperative patient data
  • Establishing an airway and managing appropriate ventilation of the lungs
  • Administering the entire spectrum of drugs used in the current practice of anesthesiology
  • Placing various systems for vascular access
  • Continuously assessing the functionality of the anesthesia machine and all patient-related equipment
  • Establishing and interpreting a range of patient monitoring appropriate for the care of the patient during anesthetic management
Depending on state laws, an anesthesiologist may supervise up to four anesthetizing locations staffed by any combination of anesthesiologist assistants and nurse anesthetists. Anesthesiologist assistants can practice in a continually evolving list of states. For current information, contact your state board of medicine. The American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants also maintains a map of states where anesthesiologist assistants practice.

The American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants describes the anesthesiologist assistant employment outlook as very favorable. Anesthesia assistant salary can vary based on factors like experience level, type of organizations, and geographic region.

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