A PROGRAM FOR FUTURE ANESTHESIOLOGIST ASSISTANTS

With Nova Southeastern University’s Dual Admission program, you can earn your bachelor's and your Master of Science in Anesthesia (M.S.) degree in six years and three months. This program will prepare you for a rewarding career as a highly trained anesthesiologist assistant.

My success in the program is mainly due to my relationship with the faculty. They’re so accessible.

Giselle R. | Anesthesiologist Assistant Program

Graduates of NSU’s anesthesia master’s program are highly sought-after by top health systems because of their experience and training. Hands-on learning starts early: You’ll practice in our state-of-the-art mock operating room with an anesthesia simulator before you begin your hospital-based clinical rotations.

Our close-knit community within the program will help support you, and the low student-to-faculty ratio will help you build close connections with professors who are experts in their fields. That’s the NSU Edge in action.

What Can You Do with an Anesthesia Master’s Degree?

NSU’s M.S. in Anesthesia will prepare you for a career as an Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA), also known as an anesthetist.

Anesthesiologist Assistants are highly educated and skilled allied health professionals who work under the supervision of physician anesthesiologists to develop and implement anesthesia care plans. AAs work exclusively within the anesthesia care team environment as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

If you’re interested in pursuing a lifelong learning and leadership role that will benefit the health care community, NSU’s Anesthesiologist Assistant program could be right for you.

Master of Science in Anesthesia

Related Careers

  • Anesthesiologist assistant
  • Anesthetist

Competencies

  • Develop and implement anesthesia care plans
  • Use advanced patient-monitoring techniques
  • Provide safe, quality and compassionate anesthesia care of all degrees of illness for the surgical patient

Career Potential

7% Growth

Job Outlook 2018–2028

$208,000

Median Pay 2019

756,800

Number of Jobs as of 2018

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Dual Admission Anesthesia program can be completed in a total of six years and three months (4+27). Students finish a four-year undergraduate major and are awarded a bachelor’s degree before starting the anesthesia program. Students will receive their master’s in anesthesia after 27 months of training at the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences.

Degrees Earned

You can earn any bachelor’s degree and your Master of Science in Anesthesia (M.S.).

Program Length

Earn your bachelor’s in four years and your master’s
in two years and three months.

Interview Required

Students applying for dual admission must interview during Shark Preview Weekend, an exclusive admitted student event.

Deadline to Apply

Fall Admission: February 1

ELIGIBILITY

To be considered for this dual admission program, there are some requirements you must meet. Undergraduate Admission Requirements are for first-time freshmen students applying to earn a bachelor’s degree. Graduate Admission Requirements are the standards students need to maintain while earning their undergraduate degree to remain eligible for the graduate or professional program.

For students applying for fall admission who are initially unable to take the SAT or ACT due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your admission counselor directly prior to submitting your Premier Programs application.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

GPA

3.5 Weighted GPA
in High School

ACT/SAT

25 Composite ACT
1220 Total SAT

Years of...

Math: 3
Science: 3
English: 4

Courses

Biology*, Chemistry;
Pre-Calculus or Trigonometry;
Additional Science

*Anatomy and Physiology, and Living Environment may be substituted for Biology.

Graduate Admission Requirements

Keep your dual admission status while you earn your bachelor’s.

Dual admission reserves your seat in NSU’s M.S. in Anesthesia program, but you must still complete a graduate application once you finish your bachelor’s degree.

Keep in mind that these are the basic requirements, and final determination of admission into the professional program is at the discretion of the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences.

Degree Required

You must complete a bachelor’s degree in any major you choose. Additional prerequisites may be communicated upon admission.

Required Test Scores

GRE: No less than a 150 on the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections. *All minimum test scores must be achieved on the same test attempt (no superscoring).

Undergraduate GPA

You must maintain a 3.2 cumulative and science GPA. You must also earn at least a C in each prerequisite course.

Calculation of cumulative and science GPA for the purpose of program eligibility for dual admission will not reflect the "grade forgiveness / repeated courses" policy; all grades for retaken courses will be included. The science GPA for dual admission purposes is composed of only those courses with BIOL, CHEM and PHYS prefixes.

Credits Required

You must earn at least 120 credits to enter the Anesthesiologist Assistant program.

Additional Requirements

Transfer students are not eligible to apply to the Health and Medical Professions Dual Admission programs. Only students coming to NSU in the fall semester as first-time college freshman applicants are eligible to apply.

College credits that were earned through advanced high school programs such as AP, IB or college academy—or in summer coursework following high school graduation, prior to attending NSU—may transfer to NSU.

Students who enter NSU with earned college credits through advanced high school programs may be able to complete their degree and program requirements earlier than scheduled and request to enter their graduate professional programs earlier as well.

Please contact your admissions representative for more details regarding high school transfer credits.

Please be advised that a student's initial course placement in mathematics, science or composition may impact the timing of the completion of all dual admission prerequisites and major courses, and could result in the need to take summer courses.

Ready for the Next Step?

Here’s how to apply.

Dual Admission is just one of NSU’s distinctive Premier Programs. These programs are designed to help highly motivated students accelerate their success, and most offer at least $20,000 in annual scholarships.

You can apply for just about any combination of the following Premier Programs:

  • Dual Admission
  • The Fischler Academy of Education
  • Huizenga Business Innovation Academy
  • Razor’s Edge Scholars

You may apply for and be admitted into only one Dual Admission program for your first semester. Each program is unique and has its own eligibility requirements.

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Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application or the Common App to apply to Nova Southeastern University.

Submit a Supplemental Application

Complete the supplemental Premier Programs application for fall entry.

Interview During Shark Preview

If you’re admitted to NSU and submit the supplemental application, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.