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College of Health Care Sciences - Anesthesia Assistant Program

M.S. in Anesthesia - Jacksonville

Admissions Requirements

Prospective Master of Science in Anesthesia students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA), which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include interpersonal skills, personal motivation, knowledge and understanding of the AA profession and the Anesthesia Care Team, academic performance and level of achievement, life experiences, and recommendations. Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, altruistic attitude, maturity, and commitment to the AA profession and anesthesia care team model.

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a nationally recognized and accredited college or university, including above average performance in courses required in a pre-med curriculum. (Refer to required courses below.)
    Required Prerequisite Courses
    Required Prerequisite Courses Semester Hours
    General Biology I with Lab and General Biology II with Lab
    OR
    Anatomy with Lab and Physiology with Lab
    OR
    Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab and Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
    8 semester hours
    General Chemistry I with Lab and General Chemistry II with Lab 8 semester hours
    Organic Chemistry with Lab 4 semester hours
    Biochemistry 3 semester hours
    General Physics I with Lab and General Physics II with Lab (trigonometry or calculus based) 8 semester hours
    Calculus 3 semester hours
    English 3 semester hours
    Note: a "C" or better is required in all prerequisite classes. In order to meet pre-requisite requirements, math and science courses must include sufficient rigor and detail in the discipline (Introductory, survey, or business courses will not satisfy the requirements).
    Preferred Courses - Not Required
    Preferred Courses - Not Required Semester Hours Course Substitution
    Anatomy 3 semester hours 1 semester General Biology
    Anatomy Lab 1 semester hour 1 semester General Biology Lab
    Physiology 3 semester hours 1 semester General Biology
    Physiology Lab 1 semester hour 1 semester General Biology Lab
    Microbiology 3 semester hours 1 semester General Biology
    Microbiology Lab 1 semester hour 1 semester General Biology Lab
    Cellular and molecular biology 3 semester hours 1 semester General Biology
    Organic Chemistry II 3 semester hours N/A
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.  Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below.  A course-by-course with GPA calculation is required.
    NACES Approved Services
    Contact Information

    World Education Services
    P.O. Box 5087
    Bowling Green Station
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    www.wes.org

    Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
    International Education Consultants
    7101 SW 102 Avenue
    Miami, FL  33173
    305-273-1616
    305-273-1338 (fax)
    Email: info@jsilny.org
    Website: www.jsilny.org

    Educational Credential Evaluators
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
    414-289-3400
    www.ece.org

  3. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is preferred.
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores must have been taken with the past five years and must be taken early enough for official scores to be received by admissions office by the application deadline. Information can be obtained from the GRE website and the MCAT website.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's prior academic performance, potential, character, work habits, and suitability for graduate study leading into a career in clinical practice.
  6. At least eight hours of documented anesthesia exposure by observation in the operating room.
  7. Literature summary of an article published in a current anesthesia journal.
  8. All applicants must show evidence of computer skills through coursework or self-study prior to the end of the first semester. Students may obtain instruction through the NSU Student Microcomputer Laboratory or other training facilities.
  9. The applicant who has graduated from a college or university of a country for which English is not the primary language, regardless of United States’ residency status, must take the computerized Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official set of scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, to NSU’s EPS.
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