Are the school and the program accredited? – The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program is awaiting initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

  1. 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.
  2. What is the total program cost? – View the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program's Tuition and Fees.Tuition costs are the same for Wisconsin and out-of-state residents.
  3. Is financial aid available? – Yes.  Additional information is located at our Office of Financial Aid's website.  Our schools FAFSA code is 015611.  Access a FAFSA form.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. How do I apply to the program?  All applications for our program must be submitted through CASAA
  9. What are the pre-requisites for the program?  Pre-requisite course requirements can be viewed at the Admissions tab.
  10. 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, 3rd floor, near Academic Affairs.  
  11. 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.
  12. What is a typical job description for a CAA? The AAAA provides information and descriptions of CAA scope of practice.
  13. 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. 



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