Anesthesiologist Assistant (MHS)

The School of Health Sciences is developing an anesthesiologist assistant program that will educate qualified individuals to practice on an anesthesia care team under the direction of anesthesiologists.

Anesthesiologist assistants participate in the provision of all types of anesthesia including administering drugs; obtaining vascular access; applying and interpreting monitors; establishing and maintaining airways; and assisting with preoperative assessment. Emphasis is placed on safe and efficacious delivery of anesthesia, acute care physiology and pharmacology, patient monitoring and anesthesia delivery systems. Graduates are anesthetist members of the anesthesia care team supervised by an anesthesiologist who may have responsibility for as many as four operating rooms, each with an anesthetist caring for a patient.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree along with prerequisite courses required for admission to medical school. In addition, students must submit scores or either the Graduate Record Exam or the Medical College Admission Test. Additional admission requirements can be found by contacting the Office of Graduate Admissions.

The anesthesiologist assistant program is completed over 27 months with classroom, laboratory, skills laboratory, simulation and proctored clinical experience. Once the program receives accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP), students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam developed and administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) during their last semester in the program. Pending approval by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education, the anticipated matriculation of students will occur in May 2013.

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 review the webpage for a list of states that currently license anesthesiologist assistants.

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