Admission Process & Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution  

  • An MCAT score attained within 5 years of applying to the program  

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    The references portion is called Evaluations and is located in the Supporting Information section. You are required to have a minimum of 3 evaluations. Once you have saved an electronic evaluation, an email request will automatically be sent to the evaluator on your behalf. Please advise your evaluator to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out. 
  • All prerequisite courses must be taken by all applicants

    • All prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited institutions. More information regarding regionally accredited institutions can be found here.
    • If you have prerequisite courses that are older than 7 years, they may still be accepted if you earn an MCAT score of 500 or above. 
    • Completion of the prerequisite courses within 7 years of your start date in the program.   


1 semester (7 year window DOES NOT apply)  

Biology I & II with labs  

2 semesters   

General Chemistry I & II with labs  

2 semesters   

Organic Chemistry I & II with labs  

2 semesters 

General Physics I & II with labs  

2 semesters (Trigonometry or calculus based is preferred)  


1 semester 


1 semester   

Human Anatomy & Physiology  

1 semester combined, OR 1 semester of each  



  • A minimum of 8 hours of anesthetist shadowing (Applicants are encouraged to fulfill as many hours as possible.) Applicants to the program must be familiar with the practice of anesthesia, including related activities in the operating room. Individuals applying to the program must spend at least 8 hours with an anesthetist or an anesthesiologist in an operating room environment observing the conduct of anesthesia. Applicants who meet the minimum requirement will be considered for admission, but additional hours are strongly suggested. The applicant is encouraged to visit a local hospital and ask to speak with the anesthesiologist who directs the department of anesthesia.  
  • Personal Statement  

  • Background Check administered through the purchase of package code UF28 on 
  • A CASPer online assessment through Altus Suite
    • All applicants applying to the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program at the University of Colorado are required to complete Casper as part of their application for the 2024 admissions cycle. To complete these assessments visit to create an account and register to complete the following assessments:
    • Casper: 90-110 minute online, open-response situational judgment test (When searching for our program, please select “Other” under Programs. Be sure you are only registering for Casper; the Duet assessment is not needed.)
    • The Casper website will provide more information about the test.


Applicants need to create an account and complete an application through CASAA. You will submit all materials to and/or through CASAA (see above - MCAT scores, transcripts, letters of evaluations, forms, etc.). The application costs $165 for the first program. 

Under the Program Materials section, you will need to upload:

After you submit all materials, CASAA will verify your application. At that point, the Admissions Committee will review it. If you are selected for an interview, we will notify you via email.  



May / June

Application review begins.  

July / August

Interviews and rolling admission begin.  

October / November

Cohort is finalized and the CASAA application closes.

Mid August  

Orientation and classes begin.  

We operate on a rolling admissions basis which means we admit students as they apply and are interviewed. 

Anesthesiology (SOM)

CU Anschutz

Leprino Building

12401 East 17th Avenue

7th Floor

Aurora, CO 80045

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