292 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 team model in the delivery of all perioperative anesthesia services • inspire 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 M.S. 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 the most 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 accredited college or university, including above average performance in courses required in a premed curriculum (refer to the following required courses) Required • English (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours) • General biology with lab or Anatomy and physiology with lab (6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours) • General chemistry with lab (6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours) surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, genito-urinary surgery, vascular surgery, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, transplantation, and trauma. Clinical rotations include days, evenings, nights, weekends, and on-call—depending upon the rotation. Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Science in Anesthesia programwill prepare the student for the national certification exam administered by the National Board of Medical Examiners under the auspices of the National Commission for the Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants. The certification process involves successfully completing the Certifying Examination for Anesthesiologist Assistants for initial certification, registration of continuingmedical education credits every two years, and successful completion of the Examination for Continued Demonstration of Qualifications every six years. Accreditation The Master of Science in Anesthesia program at NSU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP: 9355 113 Street North, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, 727-210-2350; fax 727-210-2354). Mission The mission of the Master of Science in Anesthesia is to prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership roles that will benefit the health care community. The educational process will be committed to training and educating competent anesthetists who will embrace the anesthesia care team to provide safe, quality, and compassionate anesthesia care for all degrees of illness for the surgical patient. Vision The Master of Science in Anesthesia at Nova Southeastern University will provide state-of-the-art educational facilities and environment, which will allow anesthesiologist assistant students to cultivate into health care providers who are driven by compassion and guided by science to provide the best and safest patient care. It will be locally, nationally, and internationally recognized as an authority and primary source for anesthesiologist assistant information and services related to promoting the practice of delivering safe and quality anesthesia as a member of the anesthesia care team. The faculty members and students will be recognized as leaders within the profession through our collective service to the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and other professional organizations.