Houston 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 Houston location NCCAA exam outcomes since 2012.

Cohort Examinees First Attempt Pass First Attempt Fail Cumulative Pass Cumulative Fail
2019 21 18 3 18 31
2018 22 18 4 22 0
2017 22 22 0 22 0
2016 20 20 0 20 0
2015 22 20 2 22 0
2014 21 21 0 21 0
2013 21 21 0 21 0
2012 14 14 0 14 0
Total 163 154 9 160 0
Rates   94.48% 5.52% 98.16% 1.84%

Houston Student Attrition

Attrition refers to the percentage of students in Houston 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 Houston location student attrition rates since 2012.

Cohort Initial Enrollment Voluntary Withdrawal Separated
2019 22 2 0
2018 24 1 1
2017 25 3 0
2016 25 4 1
2015 25 2 1
2014 22 1 0
2013 22 0 1
2012 16 1 1
Total 181 14 5
Rates   7.73% 2.76%

Houston 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 Houston location employment rates since 2012.

Cohort Graduated Employment Seeking Work
2019 20 20 0
2018 22 22 0
2017 22 22 0
2016 20 19 12
2015 22 22 0
2014 21 21 0
2013 21 21 0
2012 14 14 0
Total 162 161 1
Rates   99.38% 0.62%

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

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

 


1 The Houston students who were 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. While most graduates from the MSA Program consider multiple locations for employment, the student in the 2015 cohort who was still seeking work after six months was specifically limiting his search to one city. He found employment after the August cutoff.