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Anesthesiologist Assistant (MHS)


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 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. 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, as described above, graduate anesthesiologist assistants develop sound and appropriate clinical judgment for optimal patient care as a member of the anesthesia care team. 

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 educational program coordinator at 203-582-8726 or e-mail at aaprogram@quinnipiac.edu

Disclaimer
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 https://aaaa.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/aaworkstatesmap.pdf for a list of states that currently license anesthesiologist assistants.

Application Process

In January 2013, the anesthesiologist assistant program was approved by the state of Connecticut. The program starts each year in late May. The deadline for a completed application for the summer 2014 semester is Jan. 15, 2014. Early applications are strongly encouraged and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students can apply with outstanding pre-requisite courses as long as all pre-requisite courses will be completed by the start of class. Please review the Application Checklist for detailed instructions regarding the application. Online applications for the Summer 2015 semester will open on July 15, 2014.

All applicants should be aware that admission to the anesthesiologist assistant program is highly selective and competitive due to the limited number of spaces available in the program. Qualification criteria specified herein are minimum criteria, and no applicants are guaranteed admission to the program, even though they may meet such minimum criteria. Quinnipiac University reserves the right to select for admission those applicants it deems best qualified for admission while complying with all applicable laws. Quinnipiac University also reserves the right to determine program size.

The most highly qualified candidates for admission will be invited for personal interviews. During the interview process, candidates will have the opportunity to meet faculty, attend a brief orientation to the University and the program, and tour the unique facilities that provide unparalleled learning opportunities for students. Interviews are by request of the admission committee only. Interviews will take place in the fall and in the beginning of the new year. 

Eligible applicants will receive a request for an interview from the program via email and USPS mail. All interviews are scheduled at the Quinnipiac University North Haven Campus. The interview, which is a mandatory part of the application process, is held on Saturdays and typically begin at 8 a.m. and end by 5 p.m. The program provides information about transportation, lodging, and on-campus parking at the time the interview is scheduled. It is important that the program office have an applicant's current, daytime phone number so that he/she can be contacted in a timely manner about any last-minute interview changes.

Please note that for all components of the application, failure to provide complete and accurate information or to knowingly provide false information will result in immediate withdrawal of the application and denial of admission to an applicant.

Prior to matriculation, each person accepted into the anesthesiologist assistant program must provide an official transcript showing completion of all required course work and must submit official verification of receipt of undergraduate degree.

Complete transcripts and an official record of undergraduate degree must be on file with the program before registration will be permitted for the first semester.

Admission Requirements

We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2014 semester, the application deadline was Jan. 15.

Online applications for the Summer 2015 semester will open on July 15, 2014.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis during the application period.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.  Please review the Application checklist for detailed instructions regarding the application.

In order to be considered for the anesthesiologist assistant program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree MUST be from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada, including required prerequisite coursework. No exceptions.
  • A completed application form. You must complete the online application; a paper application will not be accepted for this program. 
  • Prerequisite coursework, completed within seven years of the application date at a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada.
      • 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 dept) 
    • 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 seven years of the application submission.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score taken within five years prior to application. Please have your GRE Scores sent directly to Quinnipiac, institution code 3721. You can report your MCAT score on the online application by providing your verification code.  
    • GRE or MCAT scores will not be used as a substitute for prerequisite coursework.
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation - two letters from persons familiar with the applicant's prior academic performance, academic potential, work habits, and suitability for graduate study leading to a career in clinical practice. An optional letter may be included attesting to the candidate's character.
  • A one-page essay describing your experience with the anesthesia profession and why you think anesthesia is an appropriate career path
  • The applicant must choose an article from the current anesthesia literature and submit a written summary of the article (acceptable journals are: Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia)
  • A signed disclaimer regarding CT State Law
  • An interview will be requested by the admissions committee, on-site at Quinnipiac University, North Haven, Conn.
  • A criminal background check is required as part of the admissions process. Please contact the program office by email at aaprogram@quinnipiac.edu for additional details.

Applicants with disabilities - In accordance with policies of Quinnipiac University, the program does not discriminate against any individual because of disability. However, applicants must meet the requirements for technical standards.

Curriculum + 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 I (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 550 Anesthesia Delivery Systems 2
ANE 560 Principles of Airway Management I 2
PA 515 Human Physiology 4
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 (12 hours/week for 4.5 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 (15 hours/week for 5.5 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 III (20 hours/week for 7.5 weeks) 3
Total 17
A two-day written comprehensive exam is administered at the end of the Semester IV. Students complete ACLS and PALS training

Fall Semester V (8 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) 5
Total 8

Spring Semester VI (8 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) 5
Total 8

Summer Semester VII (8 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) 5
Total 8

First year clinical hours 787.5
Senior year clinical hours 1800
Senior year on-call hours 160
Total clinical hours for the program 2747.5
Total credits for the program 96

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Anesthesiologist assistant program earns grant

The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority has awarded a $70,341 grant for the construction and development of a fault simulator anesthesia workstation that will be used to educate students in the new graduate anesthesiologist assistant program.

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University’s new anesthesiologist assistant program receives state approval

Quinnipiac has launched an anesthesiologist assistant program, which will begin this summer. The program was recently approved by the Advisory Committee on Accreditation of the Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education and the state Board of Education.