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A New Degree of Care | How to Become an Anesthesiologist Assistant

If you are interested in a fulfilling and financially rewarding career as a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA), the College of Graduate Studies at NEOMED will prepare you to change your community for the better while providing essential patient care.

This guide will provide more information about the growing field of Anesthesiologist Assistants, what to expect as a CAA and how to begin your education.

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What Is an Anesthesiologist Assistant?

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs) are healthcare professionals with extensive training in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care and advanced patient monitoring techniques. All CAAs work exclusively within an anesthesia care team environment, under the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist.

How much do anesthesiologist
assistants make?

For several years the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has presented data showing that the United States is facing a shortage of physicians in almost every specialty — anesthesia included. The most recent report predicts that the U.S. healthcare system will face a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 physicians in primary and specialty care in just over a decade.

What degree do you need to become an anesthesiologist assistant?

All Anesthesiologist Assistants have a pre-medical background, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree from an accredited anesthesia program. During their education, Anesthesiologist Assistants are trained extensively to provide and maintain high quality anesthesia care and advanced patient monitoring techniques. 

Unlike some other health care professions, Anesthesiologist Assistants are not required to earn a bachelor’s degree in a specific field, but they must complete certain prerequisite science and pre-medical training to be admitted to a master’s program.

The NEOMED MMSc-A program uses state of the art, high-fidelity simulation, an innovative didactic curriculum and hands-on clinical experiences to ensure students are equipped to provide a superb anesthesia experience for patients across the country.


The College of Graduate Studies tries to instill critical thinking, inspire curiosity, and promote innovation in order to graduate future generations of scientists, researchers, teachers, and community leaders.