Welcome to the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program

The mission of Case Western Reserve University's Master of Science in Anesthesia Program is to train the best anesthetists in the world.

Our graduate program immerses students in didactic instruction, simulation and hands-on clinical training over the course of two years. This rigorous curriculum enables students to work higher acuity cases, test their skills in emergency situations and grow increasingly confident in the operating room—which is why nearly 100% of CWRU MSA graduates have job offers before graduation with starting salaries averaging $150,000 a year.

An Unparalleled Profession

Certified anesthesiologist assistants, or CAAs, are well-respected members of the anesthesia care team, which is comprised of supervising anesthesiologists, anesthetists, nurses and resident physicians-in-training. CAAs work closely with anesthesiologists caring for patients from the preoperative stage through surgery, ending with postoperative recovery.

Outside of the operating room, many CWRU MSA alums pursue personal interests and professional goals, such as working as faculty or clinical instructors, advocating for the profession, participating in medical mission trips around the world, and raising families.

Meet Our Students

Students begin their coursework each summer at our locations in Cleveland, Houston, and Washington, D.C. Each class consists of approximately 25 students, with backgrounds in areas such as biochemistry, clinical research and medical physiology.

Learn more about our current students and our alumni.