Enter a Student. Emerge an Anesthesia Professional.
The Master of Science in Anesthesia (MSA) Program provides high quality education through challenging curriculum and comprehensive clinical teaching. We prepare safe and competent providers for the surgical patient.
MCW's MSA program is the first in the state, and one of only 12 nationwide, to train anesthesiologist assistants, who will work under the direction of leading physician anesthesiologists after graduation. Our curriculum immerses students in all areas of anesthesia knowledge throughout the 28-month program, transforming you into an expert clinician. Based at MCW's Milwaukee campus, the MSA program at MCW teaches to the highest level of professionalism. As part of MCW's Department of Anesthesiology, our students learn at top academic medical centers.
As I was applying to the MCW MSA program and throughout the interview process, I was impressed by how engaged every faculty member is in the students' academic and professional success. The outstanding faculty, the caring atmosphere, and the experience of the professors drew me to choose MCW over other similar MSA programs.
Andres Vazquez, member of the inaugural MSA class at MCW
My expectations for the MSA program have not only been met, but also exceeded since I started the program. Working through cases as a group in the STAR Center helps us to gain confidence and a good understanding of what we need to do in a surgery.
Hope Lundberg, member of the inaugural MSA class at MCW
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Focused on Your Success
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.
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 Wisconsin. Froedtert Hospital is home to the only adult Level I Trauma Center in eastern Wisconsin, and Children's 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.
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.
Become a Clinical Partner
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.
We answer your most pressing questions.
Resources for current students including the academic calendar, enrollment verification form, the MSA student handbook and MCW All student handbook.
MCW’s Master of Science in Anesthesia program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
For phone inquiries and appointments, program administration can be reached Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside of these hours, please contact the program via email for a response within one business day.