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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 MCAT score. The admissions committee will take notice if you have medical or research experience, but it is not a requirement. Be organized and prepared to apply early.
What is the application cycle timeline?
April 15, 2019 – CU AA Program portal opens in CASAA
Late Summer 2019 – Interviews begin and will continue until the class is filled
January 31, 2020 – CU AA Program deadline for CASAA applications
When you say your admissions process operates on a rolling basis, what does that mean?
While we have a deadline set for January 31, 2020, we will interview throughout the cycle and will close the process down when we have filled the class.
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. HOWEVER, if you have more than 3 outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of application, contact the Program Office for further advisement. If you have more than 4 outstanding prerequisite courses, we would encourage you to wait until the next cycle as it makes it extremely difficult for the Admissions Committee to evaluate you alongside applicants who have completed more of the prerequisite courses.
Does the CU AA Program accept the GRE?
No. Our program ONLY accepts the MCAT.
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 and MCAT score I should have to apply?
You should try to achieve a 2.7 (B-minus) GPA or better on your prerequisite courses in order to apply, but there isn't a minimum GPA that the Admissions Committee is looking for. There isn’t a minimum MCAT score requirement either, but you need to score in the 45th percentile or higher if you have prerequisite courses older than 7 years and you have been clinically active in a health profession since completing your prerequisites. Our average MCAT percentile the past 3 years has been 65th Percentile for accepted applicants.
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?
If you have a couple of C’s, you may choose to retake those courses and the Admissions Committee will be looking for a higher MCAT score from you.
How can I find out if certain courses I have taken or want to take fulfill prerequisite requirements?
You can contact Steven Winterbach, our Lead Program Coordinator, at 303-724-0197 or via email at 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, please provide us with a copy of the syllabus.
Can I complete the CU 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?
Given the rigorous nature of the Program, students are strongly discouraged from working while they are enrolled.
How do I go about fulfilling the shadowing requirement?
Applicants should contact hospitals and medical centers in their region and let them know that they are applying to Anesthesiologist Assistant School and are interested in shadowing an anesthesiologist (MD or DO), anesthesiologist assistant (CAA), or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). Unfortunately the CU AA Program cannot set up shadowing for applicants at this time. However, some anesthetist/faculty members at the University of Colorado are open to applicants shadowing them. You will need to contact them directly, without the assistance of the Program Office.