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Master of Science in Anesthesia

About the Program

This two-year program prepares students for careers as certified anesthesiologist assistants. CAAs are highly skilled allied health professionals who work under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists to implement care plans and who are integral members of the anesthesia care team. This is a growing field with high demand for our graduates.

What to Expect

Our full-time program starts in May each year in one of four locations: Cleveland, Houston, Austin or Washington D.C. Learning is clinically based and hands-on, with students beginning training in the operating room within one month of starting the program. Students participate in clinical rotations at one of more than 80 hospitals that work in partnership with the program.

"I love the balance of patient interaction and action in the operating room. We are a vital part of the patient experience while undergoing various procedures, and it gives a great sense of duty and purpose to my life and career."

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Beyond the Classroom

MSA students can request rotations at any number of clinical sites that partner with Case Western Reserve University. University Hospitals Health System and MetroHealth System are the primary program affiliates for students in Cleveland. Students in Houston can be placed at Memorial Hermann Health System and Texas Heart Institute, and students rotate at a number of regional teaching hospitals in southeast Texas. MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center, Georgetown Washington University Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital  are the primary clinical settings for students in Washington, D.C.

By the Numbers


students based in Cleveland in a typical year


students based in Washington, D.C., in a typical year


students enrolled in the Houston-based program in a typical year


students enrolled in the Austin-based program in a typical year


pass rate on certification exams


job placement for program graduates

Application Requirements

  • Apply online by Oct. 1 for early decision or Feb. 1 for regular decision
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • MCAT or GRE test
  • Online assessment

View full application details on our website.

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Jennifer Puin
Jennifer Puin, PhD
Admissions Director, Master of Science in Anesthesia Program
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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