Anesthesiology Graduate Programs & Schools

Graduate anesthesiologist programs combine classroom education and clinical training to prepare students to take on a range of anethesiologist roles. Students might study the theories and methods of anesthesiology, as well as gain a better understanding of pharmacology, physiology, and the healthcare system. Many anethesiology graduate programs are designed for nurses who wish to expand their knowledge and specialize as Nurse Anesthetists. Other schools for anethesiologists may be open to those holding a bachelors degree and who have completed basic premed courses, or certified primary care physician assistants (PA-Cs) who have completed masters-level courses in anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology.

What is an Anesthesiologist?

There are many levels of anestheology depending on where you are in your current career. During surgery or other medical procedures, anesthesiologists are responsible for administering drugs to reduce or eliminate pain. Some other job responsibilities of anesthesiologists include: adjusting the amount of anesthetic as needed; monitoring patient heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and body temperature; and working with other doctors to decide on treatments and procedures prior to, during and after surgery.  An anestheologist may be a nurse anesthetist (CRNA), a Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrNP) or a Anesthesiologist Assistant. For each of these types of roles, there are different Anesthesiology Graduate Programs to choose from.

Types of Anesthesiology Degrees

Wondering which anesthesiology degree may be right for you? If you are already an RN with your bachelor's degree, you may want to look into the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree (which leads to a certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist).  If you are already a CRNA and would like to move your career to the next level, you may want to consider a Doctor of Anesthesia Practice (DrNP). Or for PAs and those with a bachlors degree and pre-med background, there may be programs to prepare for the national Certifying Examination for Anesthesiologist Assistants. Read program descriptions and contact advisors to learn which might be a great fit for you.

Choosing Anesthesiology Graduate Programs

Your next step is to think about where you’d like to study. You can filter your search by location to find a wide variety of accredited graduate-level anesthesiologist programs in your area—or online. For example, select the campus parameter and GradSchools will show you a list of schools that offer anesthesiology graduate programs near you.  

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