Incoming Student Checklist

Welcome to the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program! We’re thrilled you have chosen CWRU to begin your journey towards becoming an anesthesiologist assistant. On this page, you will find all the information you will need to complete your initial onboarding requirements. Please read all documentation carefully and be sure to take note of all important deadlines. 

We suggest you bookmark this page for future reference.

Important deadlines and dates:

•    Within 3 business days: Complete background check and drug screen
•    April 15: Immunization records, health forms, social security number and biosketch due
•    May 31 - June 2, 2022: Three-day, mandatory orientation session begins
•    June 3, 2022: Classes start

The Checklist

The onboarding checklist is your complete guide to everything you need to get started on as a future MSA Student. This is the “master” list of what you need to do. Supplemental documentation is available below.

Click here to view and download the complete onboarding checklist. 

Background Check and Drug Screen

All admissions to the CWRU MSA Program are contingent upon successful passing of the background check. The background check and drug screen must be started within three business days of receiving your welcome email acknowledging receipt of your tuition deposit. Do not delay the start of this process as it could adversely affect your admission to the program.

Complete instructions for ordering your background check are available here. 


All MSA students must be compliant with the required immunizations to begin their studies at CWRU. The MSA Program utilizes the MedicatOne program to monitor student immunization compliance. Do not delay in uploading your immunizations to MedicatOne – many students are surprised to learn they are not 100% compliant and have to scramble to get their missing vaccinations and/or titers done right before the April 15th deadline, as not all immunizations may be given together (i.e. Covid vaccines may not be given in conjunction with any other immunization ). Also, as information regarding immunizations by the program, university or partner institutions may evolve over the course of the year, please check back here frequently for any updates to the requirements or process. We will also email you of any changes that take place as soon as that information is available.

Instructions for opening your MedicatOne account are available here.

The list of MSA Program required immunizations is available here. 

Financial Aid

Many students have questions regarding their financial aid status early on in the process. The School of Medicine’s Office of Financial Aid is ready to assist you in this process and is your best resource for your financial aid questions. More information is available here. 


Manager of Partnerships and Development, Lauren Bohatka, is available to assist you in this initial onboarding process. If you have any questions about the background check, drug screening, or immunizations, please reach out to her via email or by calling 216.368.5065.

Information is accurate at the time of publication