District of Columbia

Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants


CAAs complete a premedical education and achieve a master's degree from an accredited anesthesia program. Their educational background makes CAAs uniquely proficient in contemporary patient monitoring and interpretation of data in all anesthesia care environments. They may also perform and maintain regional anesthesia or respond to life-threatening situations with the cardiopulmonary resuscitation team.


All programs matriculate in the summer and are 24-28 month full time programs.  Within these two years, each student completes their didactic studies while incorporating their clinical rotations.  Students are supervised 1:1 with other AA’s, Anesthesiologists, and Resident Anesthesiologists in their clinical rotations which include general surgery, cardiac, obstetrics, trauma, outpatient surgery, neurosurgery, urology and pediatrics.

The certification board exam is held twice a year, and a passing grade is required to practice.  AAs are then required by the medical board to complete CME credits, as well as recertification examinations. 

DCAAA, P.O. Box 73766, Washington D.C. 20056

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