New Student Orientation
Congratulations on your acceptance into the Anesthesiologist Assistant program here at Nova Southeastern University’s Tampa 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 2019 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 2021!
Dr. Llalando L. Austin II
Master of Science in Anesthesia Program
Nova Southeastern University
Orientation & White Coat Ceremony
The Orientation and White Coat Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Nova Southeastern University Tampa 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 for the ceremony.
3632 Queen Palm Drive
Tampa, Florida 33619
All medical requirements need to be met prior to the first day of class. The Anesthesiologist Assistant programs will no longer accept the Quantiferon (Q Gold) testing for tuberculosis. To meet the TB immunization requirements for the AA program you must complete a two-step PPD. A chest x-ray will be accepted if your PPD is positive.
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.
All White Coats will need to be obtained prior to the date of orientation. As this process can take up to six weeks, please make sure that you have ordered your white lab coats prior to April 2019. To ensure appropriate sizing for your white coat it is recommended that you receive a fitting for your white coats at your local uniform store. Once you have been fitted, you may then proceed with ordering your lab coat at the NSU bookstore website. You can order your white lab coat through the NSU bookstore at http://www.webmedbooks.com/nova. Please select Anesthesiologist Assistant - Tampa Program and follow the instructions. Here are the necessary item #’s:
- Men (#1961) and Women (#1960) Six-Pocket Consultation Coat by White Swan
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 April 2019. These cards will be required to access the Tampa Regional Campus. Please complete the shark card application at www.nova.edu/nsucard/apply/.
You will be required to join four anesthesia organizations that support the Anesthesiologist Assistant profession. Please complete the membership applications for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Florida Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants, and the Florida Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. Please follow the links below to complete your membership applications before the first day of class.