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Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science

Anesthesiologist Assistant Program, Orlando

South University, Orlando developed a Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science to provide education in current practices in anesthesiology and instill the highest standards of professionalism and service to patients. 

The Anesthesiologist Assistant program consists of 169 quarter hours of classroom, laboratory, and clinical education, and takes place over the course of nine quarters or 28 months. In the first year of instruction, you’ll spend time in the classroom, simulation laboratory, and clinical settings, gaining experience and knowledge. During your second year, you’ll participate in multiple full-time, month-long clinical rotations in practice settings, incorporating a full range of surgical procedures involving patients of all ages and at varying degrees of illness. Upon completion of the South University Anesthesiologist Assistant program you will be prepared to work as a member of the anesthesia care team under the direction of a qualified physician anesthesiologist, administering anesthesia care to all ages, degrees of illness and for the entire spectrum of surgical procedures. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program recognizes that anesthesia shadowing hours may be difficult to obtain. In response, the AA program is waiving the verification of familiarity with the practice of anesthesia requirement for the 2022-2023 admission cycle. Although the requirement is waived, anesthesia shadowing hours are highly encouraged, and every effort should be made to obtain them safely. If an applicant is able to obtain shadowing hours, the verification form should be uploaded into the CASAA application.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

The Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science Program at South University, Orlando has a site visit scheduled for pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org). This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Course Requirements

Entrance Exam

The South University Anesthesiologist Assistant Program requires applicants to submit scores for either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as part of the application for admission. Exams must be taken within five years of matriculation and results submitted directly to the AA Program Office. Entrance Examination scores are assessed in conjunction with the applicant’s complete application. Average GRE scores for students accepted into the South University Anesthesiologist Assistant program are in the 55 percentile or higher range for both the Verbal and Quantitative sections. If the applicant takes the MCAT, the typical score for an accepted applicant is 125 per section or higher.

Official GRE Scores:
GRE scores will be submitted electronically to the CASAA directly from ETS, using the CASAA-school specific GRE code of 7450. Official GRE scores from ETS can be received by the CASAA at any point during the application cycle, even after the application has been submitted and verified. It is advised that all applicants check with their schools directly to determine if they need the scores by a certain deadline date. The CASAA will provide detailed instructions to applicants on the official GRE score process. 

Official MCAT Scores:
MCAT scores will be sent electronically from the AAMC. Applicants must contact the AAMC to have their MCAT scores released to the CASAA. On the application, applicants must self-report their MCAT score in the "Standardized Tests" section and include their AAMC identification number. The applicant's name, date of birth, and AAMC identification number must match the same information listed on his or her MCAT exam. If the applicant's information listed on the MCAT exam does not match the information listed on the CASAA, the scores will not post automatically to the applicant's account.


Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the fundamental skills necessary for safe and efficacious delivery of anesthesia to a wide variety of patient                              populations and surgical specialties.
  2. Apply knowledge in biomedical and anesthesia sciences to the safe and efficacious delivery of anesthesia.
  3. Exhibit professionalism, including ethical and moral behavior as befits an Anesthesiologist Assistant.
  4. Practice effective verbal and written communication skills needed to be an effective member of the Anesthesia Care Team.
  5. Promote lifelong learning and apply evidence-based medicine to clinical decision-making through the use of information literacy                skills.

GRADUATION YEAR. CLASS OF...

2018

2017

2016

Graduates

24

23

23

Attrition

0.0%

4.2%

4.2%

Retention

100.0%

95.8%

95.8%

Positive Job Placement

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

NCCAA Certifying Exam -% of grads Attempting

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

NCCAA Certifying Exam - Pass Rate - Success

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

-Based on statistics provided by ARC-AA and CASAA

Prerequisites

All general admission requirement coursework presented below must be completed prior to matriculation into the South University Anesthesiologist Assistant program.

REQUIRED

PREFERRED, not required

English

3 Semester hours or 4-5 Quarter hours

General biology
(Full academic year)
Labs preferred but not required

6 Semester hours or 9 Quarter hours

Cell & molecular biology,
Anatomy and Physiology

3 Semester hours or 4-5 Quarter hours

General chemistry
(Full academic year)
Labs are required

6 Semester hours or 9 Quarter hours

Organic chemistry
Labs are required

3 Semester hours or 4-5 Quarter hours

6 Semester hours or 9 Quarter hours

Biochemistry
(Junior 300 level)
Labs preferred but not required

3 Semester hours or 4-5 Quarter hours

General physics (Full academic year)
(Sophomore 200 level)
Labs are required

6 Semester hours or 9 Quarter hours

Trigonometry or Calculus based Physics

Calculus

3 Semester hours or 4-5 Quarter hours

Statistics
(Math or Statistics Dept)

3 Semester hours or 4-5 Quarter hours


FAQ

FAQ: Orlando Anesthesiologist Assistant Program

1. What degree is offered by the Anesthesiologist Assistant program?

The South University Anesthesiologist Assistant program awards a Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science (MMSc) degree. Graduates are eligible to take the certifying examination for Anesthesiologist Assistants offered by the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA).

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.

 

2. When does the program start each year?

The program in Orlando begins in March each year. A day long orientation will be held the Friday before the formal start of class.

 

3. Does the program enroll students more than once a year?

No. The program starts one class per year.

 

4. Does the Anesthesiologist Assistant program require applicants to have a specific undergraduate major?

While most incoming students have earned their bachelor’s degrees in a science or health care field, it is not required. Strong preparation in science is highly valued. The number of courses, level of courses, and performance are important considerations.

 

5. Can I enter the Anesthesiologist Assistant program with outstanding prerequisites?

No, all coursework must be completed and transcripts received prior to matriculation in March.

 

6. Do you accept prerequisites besides those specified?

In general, prerequisites cannot be substituted. Exceptions to the prerequisite requirements will be considered only in very rare instances and must be approved by the admissions committee.

 

7. Does the AA program participate in CASAA?

Yes. To apply to the South University Anesthesiologist Assistant program, visit CASAA at https://casaa.liaisoncas.com

 

8. Is a certain amount of health care experience required?

South University strongly encourages applicants to obtain more than the required 8 hours of anesthesia shadowing experience. While it is advantageous that entering students have some kind of direct patient care, applicants that meet the minimum requirement prior to submitting an application may be considered for admission. Significant shadowing hours are valued in considering the admissions qualifications of any given applicant.

 

9. Do you require the GRE or MCAT for admission?

Applicants are required to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Official exam results should be submitted in CASAA.

 

10. Should I send my official GRE/MCAT scores to the Anesthesiologist Assistant program office?

Official GRE Scores:

GRE scores will be submitted electronically to the CASAA directly from ETS using the code 3908 for South University Orlando, 2840 for South University West Palm Beach, and the code 7450 for South University Savannah. Official GRE scores from ETS can be received by CASAA at any point during the application cycle, even after the application has been submitted and verified. It is advised that all applicants check with their schools directly to determine if they need the scores by a certain deadline date. CASAA will provide detailed instructions to applicants on the official GRE score process.

Official MCAT Scores:

MCAT scores will be sent electronically from the AAMC. Applicants must contact AAMC to have their MCAT scores released to the CASAA. On the application, applicants must self-report their MCAT score in the "Standardized Tests" section and include their AAMC identification number. The applicant's name, date of birth, and AAMC identification number must match the same information listed on his or her MCAT exam. If the applicant's information listed on the MCAT exam does not match the information listed on the CASAA, the scores will not post automatically to the applicant's account.

 

11. Do you give preference for admission to Florida residents?

Admission preference is not given to residents of Florida. Tuition for all students is the same.

 

12. Does the Anesthesiologist Assistant program conduct applicant interviews?

Yes. After review of applications, those applicants deemed competitive are invited for an on-campus interview.

 

13. Does the Anesthesiologist Assistant program offer part-time or online courses?

Our program does not offer a part-time option or online courses.

 

14. Can I transfer into the program?

No. Every student accepted to our program must apply for admission.

 

15. Should I send official transcripts to the AA office?

When starting your application through the Central Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants, CASAA, all transcripts are to be sent to them for verification. If after you submit your application and have prerequisite course grades to update, at that time you may have your transcripts (not verified by CASAA) sent to the AA program office.

 

16. Will I be able to work while being a student in the Anesthesiologist Assistant program?

Due to the intensity of the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program, students are not permitted to hold a job while they are enrolled in the program. Students may engage in outside employment during breaks and vacation periods.

 

South University- Orlando, South University-West Palm Beach, and South University-Savannah have financial aid counselors available to assist the students in finding adequate sources of financing during a student’s enrollment.

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Anesthesia Science at South University

The Anesthesiologist Assistant program strives to enhance the overall knowledge and practice of the anesthesia by providing you with the proficiency needed in physiology, pharmacology, patient monitoring, and anesthesia equipment to provide safe anesthesia care.

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