Frequently Asked Questions

Is there anything that can make my application stand out amongst the other applications?

Generally, the most important parts of your application will be the grades you attained on your prerequisite courses and your standardized test scores. The admissions committee will take notice if you have medical or research experience, but it is not a requirement.

 

What is the application cycle timeline?

Matriculation in 2017:

February 10, 2017- IUSM AA Program portal opens in the Central Application Service for Anesthesiologist Assistants (CASAA)

March 1, 2017 – Interviews begin and will continue until the class is filled

May 1, 2017- IUSM AA program deadline for CASAA applications

Matriculation in 2018:

July 1, 2017 – IUSM AA Program portal opens in CASAA

September 1, 2017 – Interviews begin and will continue until the class is filled

February 1, 2018 – IUSM AA Program deadline for CASAA applications

 

When you say your admissions process operates on a rolling basis, what does that mean?

We will interview throughout the cycle and will close the process down when we have filled the class. However, for our first year, we will extend the deadline if necessary.

 

Can I apply if I haven’t finished taking my prerequisite courses?

Yes. The prerequisite courses need to be completed by the time you start the program, not by the time you apply.

 

What standardized tests does the program accept?

Our program accepts the MCAT and GRE.  You must take one or the other but you may take both.

 

Do I send my MCAT Score Report to the Program Office?

No. When applying, you only need to have the AAMC send your official MCAT score report to CASAA.

 

Do I send my official transcripts to the Program Office?

No. You will send your official transcripts to CASAA.

 

Is there a minimum GPA or standardized test score I should have to apply?

There is not a minimum GPA, but an overall 3.0 GPA or better is considered competitive and a B- or better on your prerequisite courses is recommended. There is not a minimum MCAT or GRE score requirement, but an MCAT score in the 49th percentile or higher and a GRE Quantitative/Verbal score in the 55th percentile or higher is generally competitive.

 

What if I’ve gotten a couple of C’s on my prerequisite courses?  Do I still have a chance to make it into the program?

Pre-requisite grades should be completed with a B- or better. You might want to retake any pre-requisites in which you received a C+ or lower. If you retake the course, the higher grade will be used for successful completion of the pre-requisite.

 

How can I find out if certain courses I have taken or want to take fulfill prerequisite requirements?

You can contact our Program Coordinator, at 317-278-2532 or via email at IUSMAA@iu.edu in order to check.  We are always happy to evaluate transcripts and look into possible courses.  If you have a question about a specific course, it is always helpful to give us a copy of its syllabus.

 

Can I complete the IUSM AA Program online or part-time?

No. Due to the sequencing of our courses, the rigorous curriculum, and the heavy clinical aspect of the program, there are no online or part-time options.

 

Can I work part-time while I am in the Program?

Students do not generally have time to work while they are enrolled in the program.

 

How do I go about fulfilling the shadowing requirement?

Applicants should contact hospitals and medical centers in their region and let them know that you are applying to an Anesthesiologist Assistant Program and are interested in shadowing a Physician Anesthesiologist (MD or DO), Anesthesiology Resident, Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who practices in the Anesthesia Care Team Model.


What is the tuition for the program?

The tuition is currently being developed by the Indiana University Budget Office and cannot be published until officially approved. 


Will I have to travel for rotations?

Currently, all rotations are located within Indianapolis.  If there are locations outside of Indianapolis that you are interested in utilizing, we can try to secure them as a clinical rotation location.


What is the size of the matriculating class?

The program anticipates enrolling twelve students in each cohort, and students will matriculate in August of each year.

 

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