American Society of Anesthesiologists - Anesthesiologist Assistants

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants

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Summary: Certified anesthesiologist assistants are highly skilled health professionals who work under the direction of physician anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans. Certified anesthesiologist assistants work exclusively within the Anesthesia Care Team environment as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). All certified anesthesiologist assistants possess a premedical undergraduate background and complete a comprehensive didactic and clinical program at the graduate school level. Certified anesthesiologist assistants are trained extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. The ASA strongly believes in the Anesthesia Care Team and supports certified anesthesiologist assistant practice authorization in all states. To date, certified anesthesiologist assistants may practice in 17 jurisdictions and Guam. Learn More ...

ASA Policy
ASA Statement on the Anesthesia Care Team (2013)
Comparing Anesthesiologist Assistant and Nurse Anesthetist Education and Practice, Statement on (2012) 

Additional Resources
2007 Kentucky Legislative Research Commission Study Report
• The website of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants

ASA Contact(s)
For additional information, please contact Ashli Eastwood, State Affairs Associate.