Anesthesiologist Assistant Training and Degree Programs

A master's degree program for anesthesiology assistants can teach you how to administer pain management drugs and anesthesia under the direction of a supervising anesthesiologist. See what classes are required in this program, and find out about job outlook predictions and salary expectations. Schools offering Anesthesia Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What are the Admission Requirements for an Anesthesiologist Assistant Program?

The National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) requires applicants to possess a degree from an accredited anesthesiologist assistant program ( As of April 2016, there were only 10 accredited universities, which all conferred anesthesiologist assistant degrees at the master's degree level.

These anesthesiologist assistant programs generally require a bachelor's degree in a premedical degree prior to admission. You will need foundational coursework in areas like biochemistry, biology, physics and chemistry. Many programs also require Graduate Records Exam (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores, anesthesia observation hours and recommendation letters.

Master's Programs Limited accredited program available; many require a bachelor's degree for enrollment, minimum MCAT and GRE scores, observation hours, letters of recommendation
Common Courses Anesthesia delivery, pharmacology, instrumentation, anatomy
Job Outlook Growth rate 30%* between 2014 and 2024 for all physician assistants
Median Salary For physician assistants, $98,180* in 2015

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Classes Will I Take?

The Master of Science in Anesthesia is generally a full time, 2-year program that includes lecture classes, laboratory work and clinical rotations. Your first year is made up of the lecture and laboratory components, as well as some clinical activity.

The final year includes clinical rotations, about 2500 hours, and a continuation of some in-class lectures and professional seminars. Your course work will include instruction in areas like anesthesia delivery, instrumentation, pharmacology, anatomy, history and practice of anesthesiology, anesthesia delivery and physiology.

What is the Job Outlook?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that physician assistants, including this specialty position, will see a 30% growth rate between 2014 and 2024 ( The BLS also reported that the median salary for physician assistants overall was $98,180 in 2015. You can pursue careers in healthcare environments like physician offices, outpatient care centers and hospitals.

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