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.
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.
Summer, Semester 1 (19 credits, 0 clinical hours)
Medical Terminology (self-study - pass/fail)
Ethics and Professionalism in Health Care
Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia
Anesthesia Laboratory I
Physical and Chemical Principles of Anesthesia
Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology
Introduction to Pulmonary Physiology
Anesthesia Delivery Systems
Principles of Airway Management I
Anatomy with lab
Fall, Semester II (18 credits, 202.5 clinical hours)
Anesthesia Laboratory II
Cardiovascular Physiology I
Pulmonary Physiology I
Autonomic Nervous System Physiology and Pharmacology
Principles of Airway Management II
Anesthesia Principles and Practice I
Clinical Anesthesia I (40 hours/week for 5 weeks)
Spring, Semester III (18 credits, 247.5 clinical hours)
Anesthesia Laboratory III
Cardiovascular Physiology II
Pulmonary Physiology II
Pharmacology for Anesthesia I
Anesthesia Principles and Practice II
Regional Anesthesia I
Clinical Anesthesia II (40 hours/week for 6 weeks)
Summer, Semester IV (17 credits, 337.5 clinical hours)
Pharmacology for Anesthesia II
Advanced Patient Monitoring and Anesthesia Delivery Systems
Advanced Airway Management
Anesthesia Principles and Practices III
Regional Anesthesia II
Simulation for Assessment of Clinical Acumen
Clinical Anesthesia II (40 hours/week for 7 weeks)
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)
Senior Seminar I
Anesthesia Review I
Clinical Anesthesia IV (40 hours/week)
Spring, Semester VI (9 credits, 600 clinical hours)
Senior Seminar II
Anesthesia Review II
Clinical Anesthesia V (40 hours/week)
Summer, Semester VII (9 credits, 600 clinical hours)
Senior Seminar III
Anesthesia Review III
Clinical Anesthesia VI (40 hours/week)
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
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
275 Mount Carmel Avenue, NH-MED
Hamden, CT 06518
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.
August 15, 2015
August 12, 2016
August 18, 2017
Pass NCCAA Exam**
Composite, 2 Years
*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.
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.