• Eligibility
  • Improving Your Application
  • Apply Now
  • Upon Admission
  • Current Students

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree - In order to apply to the program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university located in the United States or Canada that is accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • GPA - Applicants must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or meet the requirements of the Recent Academic Achievement Pathway.
    • (GPAs include all coursework attempted without grade replacement or grade forgiveness for any repeated courses.)
  • Test Scores - Applicants must have taken the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within 5 years of the application deadline and received the following minimum score:
    • MCAT: minimum total score of 490
    • GRE: minimum total score of 290 AND a minimum score of 150 in Quantitative Reasoning
    • When taking your standardized test, indicate our program as a score recipient. Our program’s GRE code is 7150.
  • Letters of Recommendation (3) from individuals who are familiar with your suitability for graduate study leading into a career in anesthesia clinical practice.
  • Clinical Anesthesia Shadowing Experience - At least 8 hours of anesthesia shadowing is required. The activity must demonstrate sufficient anesthesia focus by involving an Anesthesiologist, Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant, or Nurse Anesthetist. The shadowing experience must be documented on the Verification of Exposure to Anesthesia Practice Form (PDF).
  • Prerequisites listed below must be completed within a grade of C or better. College credit for high school Advanced Placement courses do not satisfy the requirement. Students with AP credit in a prerequisite course may substitute a similar course that is equal to, or higher than, the pre-requisite course. For example, a student with AP credit in Calculus I could substitute Calculus II or Statistics I. For questions regarding appropriate alternative coursework, contact the MSA program (MCWMSA@mcw.edu).
Course Duration
Biochemistry 3 Credits
Human Anatomy*
Courses with Lab are recommended but not required.
3 Credits
Human Physiology*
Courses with Lab are recommended but not required.
3 Credits
    *Combined Anatomy/Physiology courses will be accepted; minimum 6 credits required.
Advanced Mathematics
Calculus I or Statistics I (Courses designed for health professions or research applications will be accepted provided significant computation is included. Theoretical or conceptual application only is not sufficient.)
3 Credits
Biology I with Lab 4 Credits
Biology II with Lab
The following courses may be substituted for this requirement: Microbiology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Genetics)
4 Credits
Chemistry I with Lab 4 Credits
Chemistry II with Lab
(The following courses may be substituted for this requirement: Biochemistry II, Organic Chemistry II)
4 Credits
Organic Chemistry with Lab 4 Credits
Physics I with Lab 4 Credits
Physics II with Lab 4 Credits
1 quarter credit hour = 0.75 semester credit hour


Recent Academic Achievement Pathway

The program recognizes that some students with superior academic ability may also have experienced academic difficulty early in their education for a variety of reasons. In such cases the program may consider evidence of recent academic achievement. To qualify, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

1. Maintain a minimum of 3.5 GPA in the most recent 30 credits attempted.

2. Most recent coursework must include at least one prerequisite course.

3. Notify the program in writing by selecting the appropriate response in the CASAA application.

Advanced Placement, Transfer Credit and Experiential Learning

The Master of Science in Anesthesia program presents a rigorous and fast-paced curriculum. Therefore, advanced placement, credit for previous coursework, or experiential learning will not be offered.


International Students

Applications will be accepted from international students who meet all general admissions requirements.

Note to applicants: A prior felony conviction might restrict an individual’s ability to obtain professional licensure or employment. Acceptance into the Medical College of Wisconsin program or its completion does not imply or guarantee that a student will be able to obtain such licensure or employment

Improving Your Application

Admission to the MSA program is selective with multiple applicants per admitted student. In addition to meeting the minimum eligibility requirements, highly-competitive applicants will have:

GPA of 3.4 or higher (Cumulative and Science GPA)

A test score of 502 or higher (MCAT) or 60th percentile or higher (GRE)

In addition to academic ability, our program values professionalism, diversity, and service to our community. Our admissions process considers the whole applicant, not just GPA and test scores. The following attributes can help you stand out among your peers:

  • Are you a Wisconsin resident or interested in working in Wisconsin after graduation?
  • Have you served in a leadership role?
  • Have you participated in scientific research?
  • Do you possess prior healthcare experience or have you participated in more than the minimum number of anesthesia shadowing hours?
  • Are you fluent in more than one language?

We value all of these skills and attributes. Participating in these activities can improve your chances of selection for an interview.

2015-2016 Admissions Statistics

Verified CASAA Applications 118
Interviews Offered 27
Admitted Students 12


2016 Entering Class Statistics

  Average Range
Cumulative GPA 3.42 3.01-3.79
Science GPA 3.32 2.92-3.77
GRE Qualitative 158.8 158-161
GRE Verbal 157.4 154-162
MCAT (Old) 25.5 23-29
MCAT (New) 500 498-501


2016 Entering Class Demographics

Prior Health Care Experience 16.7%
Prior Research Experience 33.3%
Prior Leadership Experience 100%
Gender 66.7% Male, 33.3% Female
Age 24.5 (range 21-40)
Self-identified Race  
     White, not Hispanic or Latino 83.3%
     Black or African American, not Hispanic or Latino 8.3%
     Hispanic or Latino 8.3%
     Asian 0%

Application Process

All interested applicants for Fall 2017 admission must complete an application via the Centralized Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA) by February 28, 2017. All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted through the CASAA application. We are unable to accept documents submitted directly to the program.

Step One: Create an applicant account on CASAA

Step Two: Select MCW from the list of programs

Step Three: Complete all sections on the application

Step Four: Submit your application for verification

Step Five: If selected, attend a required interview with the program Admissions Committee

Important Application Information

  • There is no supplemental application. Everything you need to apply (fees, instructions) is all contained within the CASAA application.
  • You must list your standardized test scores (including percentiles) in your CASAA application.
  • Your application materials must be verified in order for our admissions committee to review your materials. Please check the status of your application after you submit your full application. If several weeks have gone by and CASAA has not verified your application, please contact CASAA as pieces may be missing from your application.
  • Our program will send you an email confirmation when your application has been verified by CASAA.
  • Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and leadership.  Interviews are required for admission consideration.

Upon admission

The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to offering the highest quality of anesthesiologist assistant education, allowing its graduates to achieve excellence in their post-graduate careers as Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants. Upon admission, the following items will be required:

  • Completion of all specific prerequisite coursework prior to the program start date, with a final grade of C or better. Transcripts documenting prerequisite course completion are required within 30 days after the program start date.
  • Receipt of your signed Technical Standards and Safety Hazards documents, 30 days prior to program start date.
  • All mandatory occupational health requirements must be completed prior to the program start date.
  • Criminal background check, no later than 30 days prior to the program start date.
  • A mandatory drug screen will be facilitated by the program during orientation.
  • Comply with the requirements regarding your credit report, according to MCW’s Office of Financial Aid’s requirements.
  • Additional pre-matriculation requirements will be communicated as your matriculation date approaches.

Financial Aid

Please visit our Financial Aid Office’s website for more information on filing the FAFSA (code 015611), our financial aid application, and other eligibility information.

Tuition and Fees

Download our current tuition and fee document (PDF)

Current Students

MSA Academic Calendar 2016-17 (PDF)


MCW Medical Student H (PDF)


Page Updated 06/14/2017