Gaining Experience

Pre-Anesthesiologist Assistant Pathway

It is strongly recommend that a student shadow a certified anesthesiologist assistant in the operating room environment. If you are in an area where CAAs are not prevalent, then shadowing an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is suggested. You should keep a detailed record of your shadowing hours so that you may upload that document to your CASAA application. Check with individual programs for experience records requirements.

Find ways to get experience in the medical field before you attend an anesthesiologist assistant program. There are many different ways to do this. Check out our resources to get some ideas: