Anesthesiologist Assistant

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
College of Engineering, Letters, and Sciences

Anesthesiologist assistants are highly educated allied health professionals who work under the direction of an anesthesiologist to help implement the anesthetic plan as prescribed by the anesthesiologist. Anesthesiologist assistants are trained through master’s degree professional programs in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. Anesthesiologist assistants can be thought of as similar to physician assistants, except that they work exclusively with anesthesiologists and practicing independently or in a primary care setting is NOT included in the Anesthesiologist assistants' scope of practice. Anesthesiologist assistants usually practice in a hospital setting that uses an Anesthesia Care Team approach and are always supervised by anesthesiologists.

Viterbo University offers pre-health advising programs with majors in biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience. These three majors have been determined to best satisfy the pre-health professional admission requirements of most professional schools in a four-year major curriculum. See the Pre-Professional Handbook for more specific information about each pre-professional program.