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Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant

Anesthesiologist assistants work under the direction of an anesthesiologist (a physician — either MD or DO) to design and operate anesthesia care plans. They operate anesthesia equipment; monitor patients before, during and after anesthesia; and assist in lifesaving measures such as CPR and life support.

Anesthesiologist assistants take patient histories perform physical exams; administer necessary lab tests; prepare the patient to be monitored as directed by the physician; assist with preparatory procedures; insert venous, arterial and other catheters; test anesthesia equipment; maintain anesthesia levels; perform airway management tasks such as intubation; work with intensive care units and pain clinics; and prepare case summaries.


  • 2 semester General Biology with labs
  • 2 semesters Anatomy & Physiology with labs
  • 2 semesters General Chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 1 semester Biochemistry
  • 2 semesters General Physics with labs
  • 1 semester English Composition
  • 1 semester Calculus
  • 1 semester Statistics
  • Other recommended courses: Medical Terminology, Cell Biology, Microbiology
  • Optional: a Pre-Med Planning Seminar

Generally, a grade below a C is not acceptable for prerequisite courses

Career Guide with Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant Course Options at Purdue

Program Options

A master’s degree is required and typically requires 24 to 28 months to earn. During the clinical portion of the training (over 2000 hours), students typically administer 600 different anesthetics during a variety of surgeries. Students must pass a certification exam in order to practice.

Aptitude Test and Application

The GRE or the MCAT are generally acceptable for admission. Application is made directly through the progam you wish to apply.

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