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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?

According to ExploreHealthCareers.Org, the average salary range for anesthesiologist assistants is $95,000 to $180,000 annually.

Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the employment of all physician extenders will grow 31 percent between 2019 and 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the demand for healthcare services grows, physician extenders like Anesthesiologist Assistants will be needed to provide care to patients in a variety of settings.

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.