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Graduate Programs

Anesthesiologist Assistant Program

Drawing upon extensive, focused level of medical education and training, anesthesiologist assistants practice within the widely employed care team model of anesthesia delivery to provide safe and effective anesthesia care to patients of all ages and degrees of illness undergoing a range of surgical procedures.

Program Overview

As an anesthesiologist assistant, you are responsible for the delivery of anesthetic care and other forms of operating room support. Our 27-month, accredited program, one of only 11 in the United States, is offered through our Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. You’ll develop a breadth of clinical skills, strong clinical judgment and the ability to assess and respond to a multitude of patient needs. You’ll gain knowledge and practical experience to prepare you for a rewarding career in a hospital, clinic or surgical center. 

Our program’s integrated approach provides you with a strong foundation in physiology, pharmacology, advanced patient monitoring and anesthesia equipment. Your hospital rotations, beginning at the end of your first year, expose you to a variety of specialty and subspecialty areas, from trauma and neurosurgery to pediatrics and obstetrics. The experience you gain in these settings helps you to further define your personal career goals. 

The resources in our fully equipped anesthesiologist assistant laboratory simulate conditions in operating rooms, intensive care units and post-op recovery rooms. Our linked labs and classrooms offer you experiential, collaborative learning experiences under the guidance of experienced faculty.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following prerequisite coursework, completed within seven years of the application date at a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada, is required:

  • 6 semester credits or 9 quarter hours of general chemistry (labs required)
  • 6 semester credits or 9 quarter hours of anatomy and physiology
  • 3 semester credits or 4-5 quarter hours of organic chemistry (200 level - labs required)
    • It is preferred that an applicant have 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours of organic chemistry
  • 3 semester credits or 4-5 quarter hours of biochemistry (300 level - labs preferred)
  • 6 semester credits or 9 quarter hours of general physics (200 level - labs required)
  • 3 semester credits or 4-5 quarter hours of calculus
  • 3 semester credits or 4-5 quarter hours of statistics (math or statistics department) 

Substitutions are not permitted.

Survey courses or courses for non-science majors are not acceptable.

Advanced placement credits for prerequisite coursework that appear in official transcripts may be considered based on courses, scores and student's overall undergraduate performance.

Physician assistants and others may be given credit for human physiology taken on-ground at the graduate level. Others may qualify for credit if they have taken a graduate-level human physiology course that had acceptable course content. All courses must have been taken within 7 years of the application submission.

Curriculum and Requirements

The anesthesiologist assistant program begins in May coinciding with the start of the Quinnipiac summer semester. The program is 27 months in duration with graduation planned for August.

Course Structure

Summer, Semester 1 (19 credits, 0 clinical hours)

Course

Title

Credits

ANE 500

Medical Terminology (self-study - pass/fail)

1

ANE 501

Ethics and Professionalism in Health Care

1

ANE 503

Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia

2

ANE 510

Anesthesia Laboratory I

1

ANE 520

Physical and Chemical Principles of Anesthesia

2

ANE 530

Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology

2

ANE 533

Introduction to Pulmonary Physiology

2

ANE 550

Anesthesia Delivery Systems

2

ANE 560

Principles of Airway Management I

2

PY 517/517L

Anatomy with lab

4

Total 19

Fall, Semester II (18 credits, 202.5 clinical hours)

Course

Title

Credits

ANE 512

Anesthesia Laboratory II

1

ANE 532

Cardiovascular Physiology I

3

ANE 535

Pulmonary Physiology I

2

ANE 538

Autonomic Nervous System Physiology and Pharmacology

2

ANE 554

Patient Monitoring

3

ANE 563

Principles of Airway Management II

2

ANE 570

Anesthesia Principles and Practice I

3

ANE 590

Clinical Anesthesia I (40 hours/week for 5 weeks)

2

Total 18

Spring, Semester III (18 credits, 247.5 clinical hours)

Course

Title

Credits

ANE 514

Anesthesia Laboratory III

1

ANE 534

Cardiovascular Physiology II

2

ANE 537

Pulmonary Physiology II

2

ANE 539

Renal Physiology

1

ANE 540

General Pharmacology

3

ANE 544

Pharmacology for Anesthesia I

2

ANE 572

Anesthesia Principles and Practice II

3

ANE 576

Regional Anesthesia I

2

ANE 592

Clinical Anesthesia II (40 hours/week for 6 weeks)

2

Total 18

Summer, Semester IV (17 credits, 337.5 clinical hours)

Course

Title

Credits

ANE 546

Pharmacology for Anesthesia II

2

ANE 556

Advanced Patient Monitoring and Anesthesia Delivery Systems

3

ANE 565

Advanced Airway Management

1

ANE 574

Anesthesia Principles and Practices III

3

ANE 577

Regional Anesthesia II

2

ANE 579

Pre-Anesthetic Evaluation

2

ANE 585

Simulation for Assessment of Clinical Acumen

1

ANE 594

Clinical Anesthesia II (40 hours/week for 7 weeks)

3

Total 17

A three-day comprehensive exam is administered at the end of Semester IV. Students also complete ACLS and PALS training prior to Semester V.

Fall, Semester V (9 credits, 600 clinical hours)

Course

Title

Credits

ANE 650

Senior Seminar I

2

ANE 670

Anesthesia Review I

1

ANE 690

Clinical Anesthesia IV (40 hours/week)

6

Total 9

Spring, Semester VI (9 credits, 600 clinical hours)

Course

Title

Credits

ANE 652

Senior Seminar II

2

ANE 672

Anesthesia Review II

1

ANE 692

Clinical Anesthesia V (40 hours/week)

6

Total 9

Summer, Semester VII (9 credits, 600 clinical hours)

Course

Title

Credits

ANE 654

Senior Seminar III

2

ANE 674

Anesthesia Review III

1

ANE 694

Clinical Anesthesia VI (40 hours/week)

6

Total 9

First-year clinical hours: 787.5
Senior-year clinical hours: 1,800
Senior-year on-call hours: 160
Total clinical hours for the program: 2,747.5
Total credits for the program: 99

Admissions Requirements

For admission to the Anesthesiology Assistant program, you must complete the common application, followed by Quinnipiac University's supplemental application. Both can be accessed and completed through the Centralized Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA). We ask that you provide a signed disclaimer regarding CT state law, MCAT scores no more than five years old, two letters of recommendation and a one-page essay detailing your experience with the anesthesiology profession and why you’ve chosen it as your career. You must also include a written summary of an article from current anesthesiology literature (acceptable sources include: Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia and the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia).

Admission to the Anesthesiologist Assistant program is highly selective, and requires completion of certain pre-requisite coursework in science, completed within seven years of your application date. Send all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, other application materials and payment to CASAA. You must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., or Canada only.

If you are among the most highly qualified candidates, you’ll receive an onsite interview request via USPS mail and e-mail. These interviews allow you to speak with students, faculty, administrators and financial aid representatives. They’ll answer questions about the curriculum, and the availability of funding.

The School of Medicine currently offers nine need and merit-based scholarships that can potentially cover up to full tuition cost. The office of admissions also offers counseling services for budgeting, debt management and loan repayment

Upon acceptance, you’ll be asked to complete criminal background check. You must also provide an official transcript prior to matriculation showing completion of all required course work and submit official verification of receipt of your undergraduate degree. The program does not discriminate against applicants with disabilities, though we do ask that you meet our technical standards requirements.

(Review the application checklist to ensure that all materials are accounted for, and all required steps are met.)

For more information, please contact:

Assistant director of operations, anesthesiologist assistant program
Quinnipiac University
275 Mount Carmel Avenue, NH-MED
Hamden, CT 06518
aaprogram@quinnipiac.edu

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

Entering Class:

2013*

2014

2015

Matriculated Students

4

4

5

Attrition

1

1

0

Graduated

3

3

5

Graduation Date

August 15, 2015

August 12, 2016

August 18, 2017

Pass NCCAA Exam**

3

2

5

Job Placement

100%

100%

100%

Composite, 2 Years

Taking Exam

Passing Exam

Failing Exam

Percent Pass

11

10

1

91%

*The Anesthesiologist Assistant program started its first class in May 2013
**The National Board of Medical Examiner's (NBME) National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) exam.

Disclaimer


Students should be aware that currently Connecticut law does not permit the licensing or practice of anesthesiologist assistants in the state of Connecticut. Upon graduation students will not be able to be employed as an anesthesiologist assistant in Connecticut. Students should contact the state board of medicine where they intend to practice or the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants for information on licensure prior to enrolling in the anesthesiologist assistant program. Students can also visit the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants webpage for more information or view a map of states that currently license anesthesiologist assistants.

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