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Enter a student. emerge an anesthesia professional.

Anesthesiology Clinical

The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program provides high quality education through challenging curriculum and comprehensive clinical teaching. We prepare safe and competent providers for the surgical patient.

Focused on Your Success


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We will prepare you to succeed on the National Certification Exam. Our curriculum immerses students in all areas of anesthesia knowledge throughout the 28-month program, transforming you into an expert clinician.  The competency-based coursework connects the science of anesthesia with clinical applications, so you can approach the exam with confidence.

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As part of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Anesthesiology, our students learn at top academic medical centers, including Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Froedtert Hospital is home to the only adult Level I Trauma Center
in eastern Wisconsin, and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin has been ranked among the best in the nation in nine specialties.  Learning alongside residents, our students will experience caring for the most challenging patients, found only in an academic medical setting.

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The Master of Science in Anesthesia program at MCW teaches to the highest level of professionalism. You will learn what employers expect of you as a certified Anesthesiologist Assistant. No other program provides more dedicated professionalism coursework to prepare you for the transition from student to practitioner.


Connected to the Community

  Living in Milwaukee

Located in Wauwatosa amidst the vibrant city of Milwaukee, MCW employees celebrate a wide array of communities including charming small towns, convenient suburbs, and cosmopolitan urban neighborhoods. Known as the “City of Festivals”, the Milwaukee area offers its residents an abundance of fine dining, cultural events, and outdoor activities.

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  • How We Learn
  • Admissions
  • Become a Clinical Partner
  • Accreditation


Curriculum  Simulation  Clinical Learning


MSA clinical learning takes place in a variety of hospital and ambulatory settings, both on-campus and in our community. Becoming a clinical partner can be an engaging experience that supports the development of Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants, anesthesia providers that support the ASA’s model of the anesthesia care team. The following information can serve as a guide on how to become an MCW clinical affiliate.

  • Are MSA students right for my practice?
    • Yes! Our students are trained one-on-one with a variety of qualified anesthesia providers including Anesthesiologists, Anesthesiology Residents, CAAs and CRNAs.
    • Our team will coordinate with your providers to ensure a learning model that fits within your fast-paced practice setting.
    • Students receive broad foundational knowledge and clinical skills prior to entering the operating room. Advanced simulation and standardized patients ensure our students are ready for patient care, making it easier for clinical site educators.
    • If you enjoy teaching and interacting with students, clinical preceptorship is an excellent fit. Educating students is an excellent way to give back to the anesthesia community.
  • We’re interested in becoming a clinical partner. Where do we begin?
    • Our MSA program team can guide you through the process. We provide information regarding the benefits of becoming a clinical educator, the Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant profession, and the anesthesia care-team model.
    • We welcome a visit with your clinical and administrative staff. Contact our clinical site representative Amy Homel, MS, at (414) 955-5607 or to schedule a meeting!
  • What are the benefits of becoming a clinical educator?
    • Share your expertise and experience
    • Excellent recruitment opportunities
    • Ensure the quality of future providers
    • Eligibility for Clinical Faculty Appointment
    • Access to MCW Library resources
    • Clinical instructor appreciation event


MCW’s Master of Science in Anesthesia program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Only graduates from a CAAHEP accredited program are eligible to take the national certification exam, a key component to obtaining the ability to practice after graduation.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional accreditors that ensure the quality of higher education in United States.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
(800) 621-7440


  • Meet Our Team
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Current Students


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Michael Stout, EdD, CAA

Michael Stout, EdD, CAA

Assistant Professor and Program Director

Lois Connolly, MD

Lois Connolly, MD

Professor and Chief of Anesthesiology, Medical Director

David Howard MMSc, CAA

David Howard MMSc, CAA

Assistant Director of Curriculum

Kyle Goham, MHSc, CAA

Kyle Goham, MHSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor

Jessica Vitch, MMSc, CAA

Jessica Vitch, MMSc, CAA

Faculty Instructor

Amy Homel, MS

Amy Homel, MS

Program Manager

Tiffany Buell, AA

Tiffany Buell

Administrative Assistant Senior

Abby Haak, MA

Abby Haak, MA

Medical Education Coordinator

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Are the school and the program accredited?

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and CAAHEP.


Are standardized tests are required for admission?

Applicants must submit scores for either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The MCW Master of Science in Anesthesia Program’s GRE code is 7150. The exam must have been taken within 5 years of the program start date.

Applicants must take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) within 5 years of the program start date.  Applicants must submit the scores to CASAA, and also request that the examining body release the scores to Medical College of Wisconsin: use code 7150 for GRE scores to be released, and select Medical College of Wisconsin from the AAMC’s list of schools for MCAT scores to be released.


What is the total program cost?

The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program’s tuition and fees can be viewed here. Tuition costs are the same for Wisconsin and out-of-state residents.


Is financial aid available?

Yes. Additional information is located at our Office Financial Aid’s website. Our schools FAFSA code is 015611. A FAFSA form can be completed here.


Can students be employed during the program?

The Master of Science in Anesthesia program is academically challenging and time intensive. Students are not encouraged to work while enrolled in the program.


Will a Criminal Background Check be performed?

Yes. Once accepted into the program, all students are required to undergo a Criminal Background Check and Wisconsin Caregiver Background Check.


Can I transfer into the program?

Our rigorous and fast-paced competency-based curriculum is unique to our program. Therefore, students must complete the entire course of study at MCW.


Are classes available online or part-time?

All MSA students must be full-time and the majority of classes are delivered in-person, with online learning modules delivered during your clinical rotations.


How do I apply to the program?

All applications for our program must be submitted through CASAA.


What are the pre-requisites for the program?

Pre-requisite course requirements can be viewed at the Admissions tab.


Where are the program offices located?

We are located in the main MCW building located at 8701 W. Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226. Parking is located across 87th street in Visitor Parking. The MSA Program offices are in the main medical education building on 87th street, 2nd floor HRC Suite.


How do CAAs work with Anesthesiologists?

CAAs work with Anesthesiologists in what is referred to as the Anesthesia Care Team. For more information, view the ASA’s Statement on Anesthesia Care Team.


What is a typical job description for a CAA?

The AAAA provides information and descriptions of CAA scope of practice.


Which organizations are available to MSA students?

As future leaders in the anesthesiologist assistant profession our students are expected to support the organizations that promote our profession. Upon enrollment, MSA students are required to become members of the ASA, AAAA, WSA, and WAAA. Membership fees are included in each student’s financial aid package.


Will my application still be considered if I am not from Wisconsin?

Yes! While MCW’s MSA program highly values Wisconsin applicants in order to fulfill the mission of advancing the CAA profession in Wisconsin, applicants that do not reside in Wisconsin will still be given consideration.


For phone inquiries and appointments, program administration can be reached at (414) 955-5649, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Outside of these hours, please contact the program via email at for a response within 1 business day.

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