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Admission Requirements


ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university prior to matriculation in the program. For those applying to the University of Colorado Anesthesiologist Assistant program with a degree from a country outside of the United States, please see Section III.
Documentation that each of the perquisites listed below has been completed, with a grade of B- (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. 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, the 7 year requirement for prerequisites will be waived.
  • English: One semester
  • General Biology with lab: Two semesters
  • General Chemistry with lab: Two semesters
  • Organic Chemistry with lab: Two semesters
  • Biochemistry: One semester
  • General Physics with lab: Two semesters; trigonometry or calculus based is preferred
  • Calculus: One semester
  • Statistics: One semester (Must be from Math or Statistics Dept.)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: One semester of combined A&P or one semester each of anatomy and 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
General Requirements
A certified background check must be completed within three months prior to the date of certification.
Acceptance into the University of Colorado Anesthesiologist Assistant Program does not imply or guarantee that a student will be able to obtain such licensure or certification. Graduate Record Examination [GRE] scores from either the written examination or the computer-based examination taken within five years prior to application. The program must receive official score reports directly from the Educational Testing Service. The Code for University of Colorado is 0200.
A score in the 55th percentile on each section of the GRE will be considered competitive. Medical College Admission Test [MCAT] scores may be submitted for consideration in place of the GRE if completed within five years of the application. The applicant may print official results from the Medical College Admission Testing service website.
A Score of 25 or higher on the MCAT will be considered competitive.
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.
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). In addition to the General Admission Requirements (above) and the first three requirements in this section (i-iii), 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. Scores must be from 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 Section
Paper Based 
Exam
Computer Based 
Exam
Internet Based 
Exam
Listening 60 25 26
Reading 56 22 22
Speaking     26
Structure/Writing 58 24 20
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.
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.
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.
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. A form must be submitted as part of the application to verify the number of hours that the applicant has spent in the OR.