New Student Orientation

Dear Students:

Congratulations on your acceptance into the Anesthesiologist Assistant program here at Nova Southeastern University’s Tampa Regional campus! The faculty and staff here in Tampa would like to extend a salutation to each of you and look forward to officially embracing you as a member of our 2016 entering class. You have completed the initial steps toward the fulfillment of an exciting career in anesthesia. The faculty and staff here in Tampa are dedicated to ensuring that you receive a preeminent educational experience to assist in the attainment of your professional goals.

The faculty and staff sincerely look forward to working with your class in a collaborative effort that will culminate your graduation as Anesthesiologist Assistants. The goal of the Anesthesiologist Assistant program is to prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership roles that will benefit the healthcare community. All program faculty and staff are committed to training and educating competent anesthetists who will embrace the anesthesia care team to provide safe, quality and compassionate anesthesia care of all degrees of illness for the surgical patient.

Thank you again for choosing Nova Southeastern University, and please know that we stand prepared to work with you and serve you at every step along this journey. It is with great pleasure that we extend a warm welcome to you, the class of 2018!


Dr. Llalando L. Austin II
Program Director
Master of Science in Anesthesia Program
Nova Southeastern University

Orientation Schedule

Orientation will be Thursday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Nova Southeastern University Tampa Regional Campus. You will initially meet in the lobby of the university (same area as when you interviewed) and sign in at the registration table. You will then proceed to the atrium of the building. Please see attached Orientation Schedule.

3632 Queen Palm Drive
Tampa, Florida 33619

Summer Courses

Please review the following documents in preparation for your entrance into the AA program. You will be tested on the entire "Anesthesia Medication Sheet" within the first two weeks of the program. Please know all drug names, type of drug it is, and dosages. Please read the "Introduction to Anesthesia Booklet" and become familiar with the medical abbreviations and terminology of the practice of anesthesia. You will have an exam on this material in the Summer semester.

Please note that you will NOT be registering for summer courses. The program personnel will be completing your registration prior to orientation to ensure timely disbursement of financial aid.

Anesthesiologist Assistant Course Text List

A booklist is provided for the program. The student should purchase all textbooks that are denoted in “red” in preparation for the first semester. Many of these books are available electronically and can be purchased in that format from various resources on the internet. Free electronic versions of certain anesthesia textbooks are available for reading only through the NSU HPD library. However, it is highly encouraged that each student buys a hard copy of each textbook.

Shark Cards

All Shark Cards will need to be obtained prior to orientation. As this process can take up to three weeks, please make sure that you have completed the necessary online application for your card prior to May 1, 2016. These cards will be required to access the Tampa Regional Campus. Please complete the shark card application at

Membership Applications

You will be required to join three anesthesia organizations that support the Anesthesiologist Assistant profession. Please fill out the two that are provided by the American Society of Anesthesiologists and American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. The third application, from the Florida Society of Anesthesiologist Membership, will be provided to you at orientation. Please follow the links below to complete your membership applications before the first day of class.