The anesthetist profession dates back to the 1960s, when three anesthesiologists—Joachim S. Gravenstein, John E. Steinhaus, and Perry P. Volpitto—became concerned with the shortage of anesthesiologists in the United States. Their concern eventually resulted in the creation of a baccalaureate program at Case Western Reserve University, which began accepting students in 1969 and graduated its first class in 1973.
The program eventually transitioned to a master-level graduated program in 1987, a decision made to ensure the program graduated competitive anesthetists who could contribute to the care team and who had mastered the latest innovations in anesthesia and patient care.
Traditionally, the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University has allowed students for both vertical mobility toward a medical degree and lateral mobility into other areas requiring training in biomedical equipment and physiologic measurement.
The Cleveland location received initial accreditation in 1988 from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA). The current status is accredited.
The next review will take place in 2022.
Find more details on the accreditation of both the Cleveland location and the university here.