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Master of Science in Anesthesia with Case Western Reserve University

John Carroll University has partnered with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to help JCU graduates pursue careers as anesthesiologist assistants. These highly skilled health professionals implement anesthesia care plans under the direction of licensed anesthesiologists.

Each year, a limited number of qualified JCU students can gain preferred consideration for admission to CWRU’s Master of Science in Anesthesia program. The two-year program trains students extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. The program is offered in three locations: Cleveland, Houston, and Washington, D.C.

What is a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant?

A Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) is a highly skilled professional, qualified by advanced education and clinical training, to work cooperatively with an anesthesiologist in developing and implementing the anesthesia care plan.

Under the direction of an anesthesiologist, CAAs may establish patient monitoring devices and intravenous access; assist in the application and interpretation of advanced monitoring techniques; assist in the induction, maintenance and emergence of a patient’s anesthetic; and perform many other important functions.

Learn more about the Anesthesiologist Assistant profession on the Case Western Reserve University Master of Science in Anesthesia program website.

Applicants must:

  • Be working towards a bachelor’s degree at JCU;
  • Have completed at least 3 1/2 years, and no fewer than 105 credits of coursework, with an average of 3.25 GPA at JCU (overall and major) with no grade less than a “B-“;
  • Receive the endorsement of his/her candidacy to the Program by the JCU Health Professions Advisory Committee;
  • Attain an MCAT score of 493 or higher, or a GRE minimum score of 153 in Verbal Reasoning, 156 in Quantitative Reasoning, and 4.0 in Analytical Writing;
  • Complete the Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics, or CASPer test.


Students must have completed the below-listed prerequisite course with a grade of B- or higher in each course:

  • BL 155-158: Principles of Biology & Labs
  • *BL 230-231: Human Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
  • CH 141- 144: General Chemistry & Labs
  • CH 221-224: Organic Chemistry & Labs
  • CH 431 (or 435, 436, 439): Biochemistry
  • MT 135: Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
  • MT 228/DATA 228: Statistics for Biological Sciences
  • *Human Physiology and Laboratory
  • English with Expository Writing (one semester)
  • PH 125/125L and PH 126/126L: General Physics I & II with Laboratory

*Note: Human Anatomy & Physiology I with laboratory (BL 230/230L), and Human Anatomy & Physiology II with laboratory (BL 231/231L)–one year–may substitute for Human Anatomy and Laboratory (one semester) and Human Physiology and Laboratory (one semester).


  • Complete and provide all the necessary forms and documents required by the program and submit your application to CWRU by August 1.
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of ethical, moral and professional behavior, as determined in CWRU’s sole discretion.