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    Posted: 10 Sep 2009 at 12:58pm
Nova Southeastern University Anesthesiologist Assistant Admission Requirements

Prospective M.H.Sc. Anesthesiologist Assistants 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 premed curriculum. ( refer to required courses below)

      REQUIRED and cannot be survey courses

      English:  3 Semester hours

      General biology:  6 Semesters hours

      General chemistry with lab:  6 Semesters hours

      Organic chemistry with lab:  3 Semester hours

      Biochemistry:  3 Semester hours

      General physics with lab: 6 Semesters hours

      Calculus:  3 Semester hours

      PREFERRED but not required

      Cell & molecular biology:  1 Semester

      Organic Chemistry:  2nd Semester
      Note: a “C” or better is required in all prerequisite classes.

   1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.

   2. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is preferred.

   3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores must have been taken within the past five years and must be taken early enough for official scores to be received by admissions office by the supplemental application due date of February 28.The GRE information can be obtained from, and information for the MCAT at

   4. 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.

   5. At least eight hours of documented anesthesia exposure by observation in the operating room.

   6. Summary of an article published in a current anesthesia journal.

   7. 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.

   8. 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 do the following:

          * Applicant must obtain a minimum score of 600 on the written (or comparable score on the computerized) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official set of scores must be sent to Nova Southeastern University directly from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.


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