An Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA) is a skilled person qualified by advanced academic and clinical education to provide anesthetic care under the direction of a qualified anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist who is responsible for the AA is available to prescribe and direct particular therapeutic interventions in the operating room and the intensive care setting.
By virtue of the basic science education and clinical practice experience, the AA is skilled in the use of contemporary state-of-the-art patient monitoring techniques in anesthesia care environments. The AA performs complementary and supplementary anesthetic care and monitoring tasks that allow the directing anesthesiologist to use his or her own skills more efficiently and effectively.
The Anesthesiologist Assistant is prepared to gather patient data, to assist in the evaluation of patients’ physical and mental status, to record the surgical procedures planned, and to help the directing anesthesiologist administer the therapeutic plan that has been formulated for the anesthetic care of the patient. The tasks performed by AAs reflect regional variations in anesthesia practice and state regulatory factors.
The University of Houston does not offer an Anesthesiologist Assistant degree program.
Anesthesiology Assistant Program Directory
- 2-3 year program
- GRE required (MCAT may also be accepted)
- GPA: 3.2+ preferred
- Need significant observation/shadowing hours (>100 hours) in medical field (especially in anesthesia)
- AA Programs in Texas:
- Case Western Reserve – Houston (in affiliation with Memorial Hermann)
Pre-Requisite Courses for Case Western Reserve – Houston:
Pre-requisite courses must be completed with at least a B- or higher. AP credit is accepted for courses in which a score of 4 or 5 was received (AP score report must be submitted with application).
- Advanced Statistics: MATH 3339
- Anatomy & Physiology: BIOL 1334/1134 & BIOL 1344/1144 (*BIOL 2301/2101 & BIOL 2302/2102)
- Biochemistry: BCHS 3304
- Biology: BIOL 1361/1161 & BIOL 1362/1162 (*BIOL 1306/1106 & BIOL 1307/1107)
- Calculus: MATH 1431 (*MATH 2413)
- English: ENGL 1303 & ENGL 1304 (*ENGL 1301 & ENGL 1302)
- General Chemistry: CHEM 1331/1111 & CHEM 1332/1112 (*CHEM 1311/1111 & CHEM 1312/1112)
- Organic Chemistry: CHEM 3331/3221 & CHEM 3332/3222 (*CHEM 2323/2123 & CHEM 2325/2125)
- Physics: PHYS 1301/1101 & PHYS 1302/1102 or PHYS 1321/1121 & PHYS 1322/1122