Anesthesiologist Assistant Program
The anesthesiologist assistant program at Quinnipiac University is designed to produce highly qualified anesthetists who provide direct anesthesia care to patients as valued members of the anesthesia care team led by an anesthesiologist. An anesthesiologist may supervise up to four operating rooms, depending upon state law, with each operating room having either an anesthesiologist assistant (AA) or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) delivering anesthesia care to the patient. Anesthesiologist assistants accept a high level of responsibility for patient care that they share with the supervising anesthesiologist.
The philosophy of the anesthesiologist assistant program is to provide a solid, integrated foundation of physiology, pharmacology, patient monitoring, anesthesia equipment and anesthesia sciences that permits students to develop reliable clinical judgment and a basis for life-long learning in anesthesia.
The anesthetist caring for the patient must be able to recognize and respond immediately and appropriately to a vast array of events that may potentially impact the patient. The goal of the program is to provide a broad range of clinical experiences encompassing patients of all ages, most types of surgical procedures, and all degrees of illness, along with a substantial knowledge base that will permit the anesthesiologist assistant to respond appropriately to unfamiliar situations and events. As a result of providing students with a solid foundation in basic and clinical sciences, and hospital-based clinical experiences, graduate anesthesiologist assistants develop sound and appropriate clinical judgment for optimal patient care as a member of the anesthesia care team.
The program relies upon classroom lectures, hands-on laboratory studies, small group discussion sessions, personal learning experiences, clinical skills training, simulation of clinical scenarios with high fidelity manikins, and hospital-based preceptored clinical learning. Our modern anesthesiologist assistant laboratory – which includes two, fully-equipped operating rooms, a learning laboratory, post-anesthesia recovery room bed, intensive care unit bed and more – provides students with hands-on learning guided by our faculty members. View a video about the lab.
Working in the operating room providing direct anesthesia care to a wide range of patients undergoing surgery can at times be intensely demanding, and requires long periods of vigilance, constant communication with the surgical team, and frequent interaction with many clinical laboratories including the blood bank. A career as an anesthesiologist assistant is gratifying, intellectually satisfying and financially rewarding for those who are willing to accept the challenges of a rigorous demanding educational program and profession.
For additional information, please contact the assistant director of operations by email.
Students should be aware that currently Connecticut law does not permit the licensing or practice of anesthesiologist assistants in the state of Connecticut. Students will be required to do their clinical work in another state and 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.