Cleveland Annual Outcomes Report

Anesthesiologist Assistant Certification Exam Results

Second-year students in their last semester at the Cleveland location apply for initial certification from the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants, or NCCAA. The majority of CWRU MSA students sit for the certifying exam in February of each year. Students sit for certification prior to graduation, meaning CWRU MSA students are applying for certification prior to formally completing their program of study.

The program believes sitting for the exam in February gives our students a competitive edge on the job market over peers from other anesthesiologist assistant programs. The first attempt pass rates noted below are an illustration of our students preparedness and the excellence of our curriculum.

Students who may not pass on their first attempt have the opportunity to sit for the exam again in June of the same year, and the benefit of continued education in the classroom and operating room. The program works with these individuals to review their results, identify areas of improvement, and support strong study habits. The cumulative pass rates illustrate the certification success rate of our students at the time of graduation.

Each August, the program publishes the number of students who graduated, the number who passed the exam, and the number who failed. Numbers are reported for both the first attempt and the cumulative rates. The following table shows the Cleveland location NCCAA exam outcomes since 2011.

Cohort Examinees First Attempt Pass First Attempt Fail Cumulative Pass Cumulative Fail
2019 18 17 1 17 11
2018 20 19 1 20 0
2017 20 19 1 20 0
2016 18 18 0 18 0
2015 20 20 0 20 0
2014 17 17 0 17 0
2013 21 18 3 21 0
2012 16 15 1 16 0
2011 14 13 1 14 0
Total 164 156 8 163 1
Rates   95.12% 4.88% 99.39% 0.61%

Cleveland Student Attrition

Attrition refers to the percentage of students in Cleveland who enrolled but voluntarily withdrew or were separated from the program. The program publishes these numbers each August.

Withdrawal and separation are taken seriously by the MSA Program. In the event a student is considering withdrawing, they are asked to meet with the program director. Each situation is different, and the program strives to accommodate the student whenever possible.

The following table shows the Cleveland location student attrition rates since 2011.

Cohort Initial Enrollment Voluntary Withdrawal Separated
2019 22 2 0
2018 22 2 0
2017 22 2 0
2016 20 2 0
2015 21 1 0
2014 21 3 1
2013 22 1 0
2012 18 2 0
2011 15 1 0
Total 183 16 1
Rates   8.74% 0.55%

Cleveland Employment Rates

At the time of commencement, the MSA Program requests employment information from all graduates. The program publishes these numbers within six months of graduation.

The following table shows the Cleveland location employment rates since 2011.

Cohort Graduated Employed Seeking Work
2019 20 18 22
2018 20 20 0
2017 20 20 0
2016 18 18 0
2015 20 20 0
2014 17 17 0
2013 21 20 1
2012 16 15 1
2011 14 14 0
Total 166 162 4
Rates   97.59% 2.41%

For an overview of the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program's, click here.

Review outcomes for our Houston location here or Washington location here.

 


1 The Cleveland student who was not successful on the first attempt sat for the exam again in June 2019, and results are forthcoming. Please note that this has skewed the cumulative pass and fail rates.

2 Two Cleveland students from the 2019 cohort are graduating late, and will seek work at the time of graduation. The chart will be updated following their commencement to reflect their employment status at that time.