Announcing: New IU School of Medicine Master Program: Anesthesiologist Assistant Program – Master of Science in Anesthesia!

The Indiana University School of Medicine Anesthesiologist Assistant program is the twelfth AA program to be established in the country and is developing an integrated curriculum taught in advanced facilities using the latest equipment. Students will be prepared through a combination of classroom, simulation lab, and clinical experiences. This Master program is located on IUPUI’s campus in Indianapolis.


Each entering class will consist of 12 students.  The program will begin in August of each year. It is a 28-month full-time program; the first 4 semesters are a blend of didactic and clinical education.  In the second year, students participate in full time clinical rotations and two senior level courses.

We will have two cycles for applicants this year:


Matriculation in 2017:

March 1, 2017 – Interviews begin and will continue until the class is filled

May 1, 2017- IUSM AA program deadline for CASAA applications


Matriculation in 2018:

July 1, 2017 – IUSM AA Program portal opens in CASAA

September 1, 2017 – Interviews begin and will continue until the class is filled

February 1, 2018 – IUSM AA Program deadline for CASAA applications.


Program Requirements:

Pre-requisite Requirements: Should be completed with a B- or better.  Survey courses will not be accepted. For questions regarding appropriate alternative coursework, contact the MSA program (IUSMAA@IU.EDU).


  • Biochemistry – 1 semester
  • Biology with Lab – 2 semesters.

The following courses may be substituted for this requirement: Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology

  • Human Anatomy – 1 semester
  • Human Physiology – 1 semester

A 1 semester combined Anatomy and Physiology course will be accepted

  • Chemistry with Lab – 2 Semesters
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab – 2 Semesters
  • Physics with Lab – 2 Semesters
  • Calculus – 1 semester
  • Statistics – 1 semester

Introductory and 100 level courses will not fulfill this requirement

  • Writing/College English – 1 semester


Either the GRE or MCAT entrance exam can be taken and must be within 5 years at time of application.


Official GRE Scores: 

GRE scores will be submitted electronically to CASAA directly from ETS using the CASAA-school specific GRE code of 2123. Official GRE scores from ETS can be received by CASAA at any point during the application cycle, even after the application has been submitted and verified. It is advised that all applicants check with their schools directly to determine if they need the scores by a certain deadline date. CASAA will provide detailed instructions to applicants on the official GRE score process.


Official MCAT Scores:

MCAT Scores will be sent electronically from AAMC. Applicants must contact AAMC to have the MCAT scores released to CASAA. On the application, applicants must self-report their MCAT score in the “Standardized Tests” section and include their AAMC ID#. The applicants name, date of birth, and AAMC ID# must match the information on their MCAT exam you’re your name or date of birth appears differently on the MCAT than it does on CASAA, then the scores will not post automatically to your account.


  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 8 hours of shadowing a Physician Anesthesiologist, Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who practices within the Anesthesia Care Team. It is strongly recommended that applicants complete more than the required 8 hours to be sure this is the correct career choice for them.


  • Three letters of recommendation are required. Two letters from persons familiar with the applicant’s prior academic performance, academic potential, work habits, and suitability for graduate study leading to a career in clinical practice.


  • Students who wish to apply to the program must have completed a bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite coursework from a Regionally Accredited U.S. institution prior to matriculation.


  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed in the past 10 years. No substitutions for these courses will be accepted.  Advanced placement classes for which a student received credit for from their undergraduate institution will be accepted.


The program conducts on-campus interviews for students whose applications are complete and who are deemed qualified by the admissions committee to be competitive.   Applicants will be notified via email if they are granted an interview, so please keep your email address up to date with our office.


Contact Information:


Currently, the Indiana University budget office is finalizing the program tuition. Once determined it can be viewed at


There is financial aid officer willing to work with you based on your individual circumstances:


For any additional information on the program please visit:


Applications are submitted via CASAA:


If you have further questions about the AA profession check out the following website: or the following video:


Please let me know if you have any questions.


Thank you,


Sara A. Hickman

Program Coordinator, Anesthesiologist Assistant Program

Indiana University School of Medicine

1130 West Michigan Street

Fesler Hall, 204

Indianapolis, IN 46202