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Case Western Reserve University's Master of Science in Anesthesia Program opened its doors to its first class in 1970. Since then, the program has established an outstanding reputation for quality certified anesthesiologist assistant education.  The MSA Program spread its wings in 2010 with the opening of its off-site location in Houston and graduated its inaugural class in 2012.  Continuing on the premise of strategic growth with the focus of getting better, not just bigger, Case Western Reserve University opened its third MSA Program location in Washington, D.C. in June 2012.

The Master of Science in Anesthesia is a graduate level program for certified anesthesiologist assistants. At the completion of the program each student earns a Master of Science in Anesthesia. This is a clinically oriented degree program that provides for additional elective clinical training and knowledge in the senior year, assuring that our graduates stay on the cutting edge of the national trend in CAA education. The American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) endorsed Master’s level education for CAAs. The MSA Program at Case Western Reserve University feels that the advanced degree produces a graduate not only educated in clinical medicine, but also aware of community and global health issues.

The MSA Program is divided into two phases. The Basic Science Phase is twelve (12) months in length and consists of basic science and clinically focused didactic courses, as well as clinical experience in general anesthesia. The Clinical Phase is also twelve (12) months in length and provides rotations in all subspecialties of anesthesia. A student who enters the clinical phase has completed basic science and clinical medicine courses and is able to perform a history and physical exam, generate a well-crafted anesthetic plan, complete basic technical skills, and possess the rudimentary fund of knowledge to manage a basic anesthetic.

Our Mission

“As the premier educator of certified anesthesiologist assistants, our dedication to quality assurance and innovative education ensure that the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program will provide superior non-physician anesthetists to the Anesthesia Care Team. Students and employers prefer us over available alternatives because of our focus on service and commitment to the profession.” 

Our Vision

“To educate the finest non-physician anesthesia providers in the world”