Admission Requirements

‚ÄčAcademic Requirements

In order to enter the Master of Science Program in Anesthesiology, students will need:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • An MCAT score attained within 5 years of applying to the program
  • Completion of the prerequisite courses noted below
  • A minimum of 8 hours of anesthetist shadowing (Applicants are encouraged to fulfill as many hours as possible)
    • Due to the decrease in shadowing opportunities because of COVID-19, we will accept the following alternative: Interview two Anesthesiologist Assistants about their job and be prepared to discuss these conversations at the Program interview. 
  • Background Check administered through the purchase of package code UF28 on
  • A CASPer online assessment (see Application Process page)

Prerequisite Courses

Documentation that each of the prerequisites listed below has been completed, with a grade of B-minus (2.7) or higher. Substitutions are NOT permitted, and survey courses for non-science majors are NOT acceptable. For those courses that have been repeated, the highest grade will be recognized. We accept courses taken at a four year institution, community college or online as long as they are from an accredited institution. We do not accept home lab kits as part of any course that requires lab. 

The prerequisites must be completed within 7 years of the application deadline; however, if a student takes the MCAT and receives a score of 25 or higher (or above the 45th Percentile on the new MCAT) and has been clinically active in a health profession since completing your prerequisites, the 7 year requirement for prerequisites will be waived. (Call or email the office to confirm.)

  • English: 1 semester (7 year window DOES NOT APPLY)
  • General Biology with Lab: 2 semesters total
    • General Biology I with lab (1 semester)
    • General Biology II with lab (1 semester)
  • General Chemistry with Lab: 2 semesters total
    • General Chemistry I with lab (1 semester)
    • General Chemistry II with lab (1 semester)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab: 2 semesters total
    • Organic Chemistry I with lab (1 semester)
    • Organic Chemistry II with lab (1 semester)
  • General Physics with Lab: 2 semesters total (trigonometry or calculus based is preferred)
    • General Physics I with lab (1 semester)
    • General Physics II with lab (1 semester)
  • Biochemistry: 1 semester
  • Calculus: 1 semester
  • Statistics: 1 semester
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: 1 semester of combined A&P or 1 semester each of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (Courses in vertebrate embryology and developmental anatomy or mammalian physiology and embryology will NOT satisfy this requirement.)
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology: Preferred, but not required

Advanced placement credit for prerequisite coursework that appear in official transcripts may be considered based on courses, scores, and student’s overall undergraduate performance.

Credit Conversion Policy

The University of Colorado uses a semester system; however, the university does accept quarter credit hours. Quarter credit hours are worth 2/3 of 1 semester hour. (One semester is approximately 4-5 quarter hours, and two semesters is 9 quarter hours.) Quarter credit hours may be rounded to the nearest whole number at the discretion of the admissions committee with consideration given to the course work and grade earned.

Test Scores

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores from within five years of the application cycle year. The applicant must have MCAT score reports sent to CASAA. A Score of 25 or higher on the MCAT will be considered competitive using the pre-2015 version.  Scores in the 45th percentile or higher on the new MCAT2015 Exam will be considered competitive for current test-takers. The GRE will NOT be accepted in place of the MCAT.

Shadowing Experience

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.

The Documentation of Familiarity with Anesthesia Form must be submitted as part of the application to verify the number of hours that the applicant has spent in the OR.

Background Check

A certified background check must be completed at the time of application. You will not be invited for an interview unless a background check from CastleBranch‚Äč has been completed. Make sure that you ONLY purchase the UF28 Package Code (Background Check). Do not purchase any of the other packages at this time (UF28a, UF28dt, UF28r).

Foreign Graduate Admission

No exemptions will be made for required course work regardless of degrees or certification received outside the United States, experience, work background, or education. In addition to the General Admission Requirements (above), the applicant who has graduated from a college or university outside of the United States regardless of United States’ residency status must do the following (not necessary for United States Territories):

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work taken outside the United States must be submitted to the program, along with the report from a credentialing organization (e.g. Educational Credential Evaluators, Incorporated) demonstrating equivalency to a Bachelor’s degree received at an American college or university, and evaluating the transcript course-by-course for equivalency to required prerequisites for admission to the Anesthesiologist Assistant Program. This is the first step that you are responsible for.
  • A statement from a responsible person certifying that the applicant’s financial resources are sufficient to meet necessary expenses (International Students only). Deficiencies in required course work must be made up by taking appropriate courses in a college or university in the United States.
  • A statement from a qualified physician describing any emotional or physical illnesses suffered by applicant during the preceding five years, or certifying freedom from such illnesses (International Students only).
  • A photocopy of the student’s passport to provide proof of birth date and citizenship (students outside the United States who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate).
  • For all applicants residing in the United States at the time of application: a photocopy of the visa page contained within the student’s passport, as well as a photocopy of the student’s I/94 arrival departure record (both sides).
  • For all applicants residing in the United States at the time of application in either F, M, or J non-immigrant classification: written confirmation of non-immigrant status at previous school attended before transferring to the University of Colorado Denver.
  • Proof of health insurance. Students who do not possess health insurance upon applying to the University of Colorado must be prepared to purchase health insurance through an approved provider upon commencement of studies.
  • If an international student is transferring from a college or university in the United States, the international Student Transfer Clearance Form is also required.
  • All documentation must be submitted to the University of Colorado registration office 30 days prior to a term’s registration date for acceptance for that term. The University reserves the right to update these admissions requirements; subject to current federal regulations concerning the enrollment of nonimmigrant alien students. The University of Colorado is authorized under federal law to admit non-immigrant alien students.

In addition to the General Admission Requirements (above), the applicant who has graduated from a college or university of a country for which English is not the primary language, regardless of United States residency status, must do the following:

Students must obtain minimum scores listed below for each section of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Scores must be from an exam taken within 7 years of application to the program. The program must receive an official score report directly from Educational Testing Services, Princeton, NJ.

Minimum Score per SectionPaper-Based ExamComputer-Based ExamInternet-Based Exam


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Transfer Admission

As providers of anesthesiologist assistant profession training, the program’s primary responsibility is to offer such training to any person who meets the admission requirements. However, program format and enrollment constraints usually do not permit acceptance of transfer applicants.