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Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science

Gina Scarboro, Program Director, Anesthesia Science
South University, Savannah 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 Mercer University School of Medicine, based in Macon and Savannah, Georgia, provides support to the program by providing medical education expertise through the office of the Dean.

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. 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

The Anesthesia Science program at South University 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) (1361 Park St; Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350).

Graduation Rate

100%

South University Savannah's Anesthesiologist Assistant graduation rate for the Class of 2018

Pass Rate

100%

NCCAA certifying exam pass rate for the Class of 2016, 2017, and 2018

Employment Rate

100%

Employment rate of Anesthesiologist Assistant graduates for the Classes of 2016, 2017, 2018

Admission Requirements

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

Course Requirements

Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science: 169 Credits
Quarter I Summer, 13 weeks: 18 Credits
34 hours clinical experience
ANS5001 Clinical Anesthesia I, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5020 Medical Terminology, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5081 Principles of Airway Management I, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5100 Physics of Anesthesia, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5120 Introduction to Anesthesia Delivery Systems & Equipment, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5160 Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia, 3 Credit Hours
ANS5181 Anesthesia Laboratory I, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5191 Anesthesia Simulation I, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5931 Anatomy & Physiology I, 4 Credit Hours
ANS5941 Anatomy & Physiology Lab I, 1 Credit Hour

Basic life support certification will be accomplished during Quarter I

Quarter II Fall, 14 weeks: 20 Credits
120 hours clinical experience
ANS5012 Clinical Anesthesia II, 4 Credit Hours
ANS5182 Anesthesia Laboratory II, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5192 Anesthesia Simulation II, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5221 Principles of Instrumentation and Patient Monitoring I, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5345 Anesthesia Principles and Practice I, 3 Credit Hours
ANS5932 Anatomy & Physiology II, 4 Credit Hours
ANS5942 Anatomy & Physiology Lab II, 1 Credit Hour
PHA5001 General Pharmacology I, 4 Credit Hours
Quarter III Winter, 11 weeks: 20 Credits
150 hours clinical experience
ANS5013 Clinical Anesthesia III, 5 Credit Hours
ANS5183 Anesthesia Laboratory III, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5193 Anesthesia Simulation III, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5201 Cardiovascular Physiology for Anesthesia Practice I, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5222 Principles of Instrumentation and Patient Monitoring II, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5346 Anesthesia Principles and Practice II, 3 Credit Hours
ANS5421 Pharmacology in Anesthesia Practice I, 2 Credit Hours
PHA5002 General Pharmacology II, 4 Credit Hours
Quarter IV Spring, 12 weeks: 20 Credits
170 hours clinical experience
ANS5014 Clinical Anesthesia IV, 5 Credit Hours
ANS5184 Anesthesia Laboratory IV, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5194 Anesthesia Simulation IV, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5202 Cardiovascular Physiology for Anesthesia Practice II, 3 Credit Hours
ANS5300 Pulmonary Physiology for Anesthesia Practice, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5347 Anesthesia Principles and Practice III, 3 Credit Hours
ANS5422 Pharmacology in Anesthesia Practice II, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5510 AA Professional Seminar, 1 Credit Hour
ANS5601 Regional Anesthesia Practice I, 2 Credit Hours
Quarter V Summer, 13 weeks: 20 Credits
180 hours clinical experience
ANS5015 Clinical Anesthesia V, 6 Credit Hours
ANS5140 Pre-anesthetic Evaluation, 3 Credit Hours
ANS5302 Pulmonary Physiology for Anesthesia Practice II, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5348 Anesthesia Principles and Practice IV, 3 Credit Hours
ANS5502 Advanced Anesthesia Systems and Monitoring, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5520 Advanced Airway Management, 2 Credit Hours
ANS5602 Regional Anesthesia Practice II, 2 Credit Hours

Advanced Cardiac Life Support and PALS certification will be obtained during this quarter.

Note(s):

A Comprehensive Examination covering the material from the first five quarters will be administered to determine the preparedness of each student to advance to senior clinical year. Failure to successfully master the exam will result in remediation and necessary extension of the student's program by at least one Quarter.

Quarter VI Fall, 14 weeks: 18 Credits
480 hours clinical experience
ANS6011 Clinical Anesthesia I, 16 Credit Hours
ANS6021 Senior Seminar I, 1 Credit Hour
ANS6041 Anesthesia Review I, 1 Credit Hour
Quarter VII Winter, 11 weeks: 18 Credits
495 hours clinical experience
ANS6012 Clinical Anesthesia II, 16 Credit Hours
ANS6022 Senior Seminar II, 1 Credit Hour
ANS6042 Anesthesia Review II, 1 Credit Hour
Quarter VIII Spring, 12 weeks: 17 Credits
480 hours clinical experience
ANS6013 Clinical Anesthesia III, 15 Credit Hours
ANS6023 Senior Seminar III, 1 Credit Hour
ANS6043 Anesthesia Review III, 1 Credit Hour
Quarter IX Summer, 13 weeks: 18 Credits
480 hours clinical experience
ANS6014 Clinical Anesthesia IV, 16 Credit Hours
ANS6024 Senior Seminar IV, 1 Credit Hour
ANS6044 Anesthesia Review IV, 1 Credit Hour
Note(s):

The curriculum is dynamic and changes may be made to update and improve the curriculum at any time. Should the curriculum depart from that published above, on the recommendation of the curriculum committee, the Council of Deans and the Council of Presidents before matriculation, a letter identifying the changes will be mailed to all students that have been accepted into the incoming class. At this point, students may elect to continue with their planned matriculation accepting the changes in the curriculum, or cancel their registration and receive a full refund of their deposit without a penalty.

Generally, examinations for classroom and laboratory work will be administered outside of normal class periods. Occasionally, exams, review sessions, and special certification classes (Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support) may involve weekends. Clinical rotations may involve evenings, nights and weekends during the second year, depending upon the rotation and the clinical site. Clinical sites may require students to take in-house call. When a student, in their second year, participates in daytime operating room assignments and is expected to remain in-house for call or extended clinical opportunities that exceed midnight, the student will have the next 12 hours free of clinical obligations. By official request, special arrangements will be made for students who have religious obligations that may conflict with educational program activities.

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

Questions about the Anesthesiologist Assistant program

Read below for answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Anesthesiologist Assistant program at South University.

Application Related Questions

1. Is South University accredited?

Yes. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University.

2. Is the Anesthesiologist Assistant program accredited?

The Anesthesiologist Assistant program offered 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 Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA). Commission Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756; 727.210.2350

3. 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.

4. What is the deadline to apply to the program?

A completed application must be submitted through the Centralized Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA) by February 1st. The application portal is open June 1st and the deadline for all materials is February 1.

5. When does the program start each year?

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

6. Do you have more than one start date?

No. The program starts one class per year in June.

7. What is the cost for the Anesthesiologist Assistant program?

View current tuition and fee estimates for the Anesthesiologist Assistant program here: Tuition and Fees

8. Does the Anesthesiologist Assistant program require a bachelor’s degree?

Yes. Students must have earned their baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university, including above average performance in courses required in a premed curriculum. All prerequisite coursework must be taken within seven years from the date of application. Survey courses are not accepted.

9. Does the Anesthesiologist Assistant program require 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. Applicants should attain above average grades in the prerequisite required coursework.

10. Can I apply if I have outstanding prerequisite courses?

Yes.

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

All coursework must be completed and transcripts received prior to matriculation.

12. 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.

13. Does the AA program participate in CASAA?

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

14. 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.

15. Do you require the GRE or MCAT?

Applicants are required to take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

16. Can I apply if I have not taken the GRE or MCAT?

Yes. Applications will be reviewed if GRE scores are not yet received by the CASAA. However, requests for an onsite interview cannot be made until all application materials are on file with CASAA, including GRE/MCAT scores.

17. 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 CASAA-school specific GRE code of 7450. 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.

18. What is the GRE code for South University?

The South University GRE code is 7450.

19. Do you give preference to GA residents?

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

20. Does the Anesthesiologist Assistant program conduct applicant interviews?

Yes. After review of applications, those applicants deemed competitive are invited for an on-campus interview. Interview sessions are held October through February and are conducted on Saturday for convenience to the applicant.

21. Must I have a criminal background check prior to entry?

Yes. Upon acceptance, each student is required to purchase a criminal background check. The background checks are at the expense of the student and are performed by a third party agency. Finding of any prior criminal activity may terminate the student’s acceptance into the South University Anesthesiologist Assistant program.

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

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

23. Can I transfer into the program?

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

24. What are the TOEFL guidelines?

TOEFL: Student must obtain minimum listed below for each section. Scores must be from exam taken within 7 years of application to the program. The program must receive an official score report directly from Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ.

Minimum Score per section

Paper Based Exam

Computer Based Exam

Internet Based Exam

Listening

60

25

26

Reading

56

22

22

Speaking

26

Structure/Writing

58

24

20

25. 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.

26. Where can I get information on financial aid?

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. You can find information about student loans at:www.studentloans.gov/ or on our Financial Aid Page

27. What is South University’s FAFSA school code?

The South University school code for filling out the FAFSA is 013039. You can complete a FAFSA form here: //www.fafsa.ed.gov/

28. 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.



There are many financial aid programs available to students to help pay for schooling and living expenses. South University-Savannah has financial aid counselors available to assist the students in finding adequate sources of financing during a student’s enrollment.

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