274 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Anesthesia The Master of Science in Anesthesia program is dedicated to developing a well-rounded practicing AA. The faculty and current students are dedicated to the following program objectives: • develop vigilant, knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate anesthesia care providers who are capable of functioning within the anesthesia care teammodel in the delivery of all perioperative anesthesia services • i nspire and prepare the future leaders in our profession for service in local, state, and national organizations that shall advance the utilization and practice of anesthesiologist assistants • advance anesthesiologist assistant education through the application of state-of-the-art technology and evidencebased learning practices that continue to support our student learning objectives • develop highly skilled, interdisciplinary, and culturally sensitive faculty members who model professionalism and exemplify ethical practice, effective communication, and organizational leadership • support the mission and goals of Nova Southeastern University—including our department, college, and division—in the provision of scholarship, service, teaching, and patient care Admissions Requirements Prospective Master of Science in Anesthesia students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA), which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include interpersonal skills, personal motivation, knowledge and understanding of the AA profession and the anesthesia care team, academic performance and level of achievement, life experiences, and recommendations. Personal interviews are offered to themost qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, altruistic attitude, maturity, and commitment to the AA profession and anesthesia care teammodel. Other requirements include 1. baccalaureate degree from a nationally recognized and regionally accredited college or university, including above average performance in courses required in a premed curriculum (refer to the following required courses) Required Courses • General biology with lab or Anatomy and physiology with lab (8 semester hours) • General chemistry with lab (8 semester hours) • Organic chemistry with lab (4 semester hours) • Biochemistry (3 semester hours) • G eneral physics with lab (calculus- or trigonometry-based, 8 semester hours) • Calculus (3 semester hours) • English composition (3 semester hours) Preferred Courses—Not Required • Anatomy with lab (4 semester hours) • Physiology with lab (4 semester hours) • Organic chemistry (an additional 3 semester hours) • Microbiology with lab* (4 semester hours) • Cell and molecular biology with lab* (4 semester hours) Four semester hours are equal to six quarter hours. Note: A grade of 2.0 (C) or better is required in all prerequisite classes. * An advanced course in Microbiology or Cellular and Molecular Biology is preferred and would meet 4 semester hours of the General Biology requirement. 2. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework 3. a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale; minimum GPA of 3.25 preferred 4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores (taken within the past five years) taken early enough for official scores to be received by admissions office by the supplemental application due date of February 15 The NSU code number is 7154. GRE information can be obtained from gre.org. Information for the MCAT is at aamc .org/students/mcat. 5. three letters of recommendation from people familiar with applicant’s prior academic performance, potential, character, work habits, and suitability for graduate study leading into a career in clinical practice 6. at least eight hours of documented anesthesia exposure by observation in the operating room 7. summary of an article published in a current anesthesia journal The applicant who has graduated from a college or university in a country where English is not the primary language, regardless of United States residency status, must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 or higher for the written test (or equivalent score for the computer-based test), an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0, or a Pearson Test of English—Academic (PTEAcademic) score of 54. An official set of scores must be sent to Nova Southeastern University directly from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey.