Anesthesiologist Assistant

***NOTE: This program is no longer accepting new applicants. It will close in August 2021.***

Anesthesiologist assistants are responsible for the delivery of anesthetic care. AA’s develop a breadth of clinical skills, strong clinical judgment and the ability to assess and respond to a multitude of patient needs.

AA students are provided with a strong foundation in physiology, pharmacology, advanced patient monitoring and anesthesia equipment.


Students should be aware that currently Connecticut law does not permit the licensing or practice of anesthesiologist assistants in the state of Connecticut. Upon graduation students will not be able to be employed as an anesthesiologist assistant in Connecticut. Students should contact the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants for information on licensure prior to enrolling in the anesthesiologist assistant program. Students can also visit the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants webpage for more information or view a map of states that currently license anesthesiologist assistants.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Program of Study

Course Structure

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredits
ANE 500 Medical Terminology 1
ANE 501 Ethics and Professionalism in Health Care 1
ANE 503 Introduction to Clinical Anesthesia 2
ANE 510 Anesthesia Laboratory I 1
ANE 517 Anatomy for Anesthetists 4
ANE 520 Physical and Chemical Principles of Anesthesia 2
ANE 530 Introduction to Cardiovascular Physiology 2
ANE 533 Introduction to Pulmonary Physiology 2
ANE 550 Anesthesia Delivery Systems 2
ANE 560 Principles of Airway Management 2
Fall Semester
ANE 512 Anesthesia Laboratory II 1
ANE 532 Cardiovascular Physiology I 3
ANE 535 Pulmonary Physiology 2
ANE 538 Autonomic Nervous System Physiology and Pharmacology 2
ANE 554 Patient Monitoring 3
ANE 563 Principles of Airway Management II 2
ANE 570 Anesthesia Principles and Practice I 3
ANE 590 Clinical Anesthesia I 2
Spring Semester
ANE 514 Anesthesia Laboratory III 1
ANE 534 Cardiovascular Physiology II 2
ANE 537 Pulmonary Physiology II 2
ANE 539 Renal Physiology 1
ANE 540 General Pharmacology 3
ANE 544 Pharmacology for Anesthesia I 2
ANE 572 Anesthesia Principles and Practices II 3
ANE 576 Regional Anesthesia I 2
ANE 592 Clinical Anesthesia II 2
Second Year
Summer Semester
ANE 546 Pharmacology for Anesthesia II 2
ANE 556 Advanced Patient Monitoring and Anesthesia Delivery Systems 3
ANE 565 Advanced Airway Management 1
ANE 574 Anesthesia Principles and Practices III 3
ANE 577 Regional Anesthesia II 2
ANE 579 Pre-Anesthetic Evaluation 2
ANE 585 Simulation for Assessment of Clinical Acumen 1
ANE 594 Clinical Anesthesia III 3
Note: A three-day comprehensive exam is administered at the end of Semester IV. Students also complete ACLS and PALS training prior to Semester V.  
Fall Semester
ANE 650 Second-Year Seminar I 2
ANE 670 Anesthesia Review I 1
ANE 690 Clinical Anesthesia IV 6
Spring Semester
ANE 652 Second-Year Seminar II 2
ANE 672 Anesthesia Review II 1
ANE 692 Clinical Anesthesia V 6
Third Year
Summer Semester
ANE 654 Second-Year Seminar III 2
ANE 674 Anesthesia Review III 1
ANE 694 Clinical Anesthesia VI 6
 Total Credits99

First-year clinical hours: 787.5
Senior-year clinical hours: 1,800
Senior-year on-call hours: 160
Total clinical hours for the program: 2,747.5
Total credits for the program: 99

In January 2013, the anesthesiologist assistant program was approved by the state of Connecticut. The program's inaugural class began in late May 2013. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded Quinnipiac University's anesthesiologist assistant program initial accreditation on July 31, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant (ARC-AA). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763.; 727-210-2350;

Program Outcomes

Entering Class 2017
Matriculated Students: 5
Attrition: 1
Graduated: 4
Graduation Date: August 16, 2019
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 4
Job Placement: 100%

Entering Class 2016
Matriculated Students: 5
Attrition: 1
Graduated: 4
Graduation Date: August 17, 2018
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 4
Job Placement: 100%

Entering Class 2015
Matriculated Students: 5
Attrition: 0
Graduated: 5
Graduation Date: August 18, 2017
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 5
Job Placement: 100%

Entering Class 2014
Matriculated Students: 4
Attrition: 1
Graduated: 3
Graduation Date: August 12, 2016
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 2
Job Placement: 100%

Entering Class 2013**
Matriculated Students: 4
Attrition: 1
Graduated: 3
Graduation Date: August 15, 2015
Pass NCCAA Exam*: 3
Job Placement: 100%

Composite, 2 Years

Taking Exam: 19

Passing Exam: 18

Failing Exam: 1

Percent Pass: 95%

*The National Board of Medical Examiner's (NBME) National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) exam.
**The Anesthesiologist Assistant program started its first class in May 2013.