Quinnipiac University 

Graduate Programs

Anesthesiologist Assistant Program

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Introduction

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. Our 27-month, accredited program, one of only 12 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 second semester, 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 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.

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 517

Anatomy for Anesthetists

4

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
BLS training

2

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

Accreditation and History

In January 2013, the anesthesiologist assistant program was approved by the state of Connecticut. The program's inaugural class began in late May 2013 and continues to admit students on a yearly basis. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded Quinnipiac University's anesthesiologist assistant program initial accreditation on July 31, 2014 upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763.; 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org.

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes

Entering Class 2016
Matriculated Students: 5
Attrition: 1
Graduated: 4
Graduation Date: August 17, 2018
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 4
Job Placement: 100%

Entering Class 2015
Matriculated Students: 5
Attrition: 0
Graduated: 5
Graduation Date: August 18, 2017
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 5
Job Placement: 100%

Entering Class 2014
Matriculated Students: 4
Attrition: 1
Graduated: 3
Graduation Date: August 12, 2016
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 2
Job Placement: 100%

Entering Class 2013**
Matriculated Students: 4
Attrition: 1
Graduated: 3
Graduation Date: August 15, 2015
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 3
Job Placement: 100%

Composite, 2 Years

Taking Exam

Passing Exam

Failing Exam

Percent Pass

15

14

1

93%

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

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 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.