Online Anesthesia Assistant Undergraduate Programs
Anesthesia assisting is a graduate field of study, so undergraduate programs in this subject are not available. Read on to find out about undergraduate work that will prepare you for this field, what you will learn and online options for completing courses. Also, learn about requirements to enter these programs and career options.
What Degree Do I Need to Be an Anesthesia Assistant?
You cannot work as an anesthesia assistant with only an undergraduate degree; you'll need a master's degree. There are only a few graduate anesthesia assistant programs in the country and competition to enter these programs can be high.
To enter a master's program, you'll need a bachelor's degree, preferably in a science field, such as biology, physics or physiology. Although most anesthesia assistant programs don't require a specific bachelor's field, most programs do require that you have extensive undergraduate coursework in these subjects. You'll also need undergraduate coursework in areas such as:
|Required Subject Areas||Chemistry, statistics, calculus, anatomy|
|Common Courses||Organic chemistry, natural sciences, mechanics of physics, electricity and magnetism in physics|
|Online Options||Bachelor's degrees in biology and physics available online|
|Master's Program Prerequisites||Bachelor's degree, science-related coursework, MCAT scores|
|Median Salary (2020)||$148,215 (for anesthesia assistants)*|
|Job Outlook (2019-2029)||31% growth (for all physician assistants)**|
Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Will I Learn in One of These Programs?
In a bachelor's program, you'll gain a solid foundation in the sciences through these programs, which will provide a useful backdrop to your future study in anesthesiology. Coursework can include:
- Mechanics of physics
- Organic chemistry
- Calculus applications
- Natural sciences
- Electricity and magnetism in physics
Are These Undergraduate Degrees Available Online?
While master's programs for anesthesia assistants are not available online, you can earn your bachelor's degree needed for entrance into one of these programs fully online or in a hybrid format that allows you to take some classes online. There are online degree programs in biology and physics, as well as courses in medical physiology that will help fulfill the majority of your undergraduate requirements.
What Are the Educational Prerequisites?
Typically, the entrance requirements into a bachelor's program include a high school diploma or its equivalent, letters of recommendation and an entrance essay. For entrance into a master's degree program for anesthesia assistants, you'll need a bachelor's degree, specific undergraduate coursework in science-related areas and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores.
Will I Be Able to Get a Job?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that the employment rate for physician assistants, which includes anesthesia assistants, will grow by 31% between 2019 and 2029 (www.bls.gov). Like most medical professions, growth in this field is largely due to an aging baby boomer population who will need medical attention as they get older. According to PayScale.com, the median annual salary for anesthesia assistants was $148,215 in 2021.