Sep 30, 2023  
2017-2018 South University Academic Catalog Version II 
2017-2018 South University Academic Catalog Version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anesthesia Science (MMSc)

Offered at South University, Savannah.


The mission of South University’s Anesthesia Science (MMSc) degree program (Anesthesiologist Assistant Program program) is to prepare competent entry-level anesthesiologist assistants in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains who will practice in the anesthesia care team model. Students will have the opportunity to learn to provide safe and efficacious anesthesia care to patients of all ages and degrees of illness for a complete range of surgical procedures.

The program strives to enhance the overall knowledge and practice of the anesthesia care team by providing students with proficiencies in physiology, pharmacology, patient monitoring, anesthesia equipment and the principles of safe anesthesia care.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the fundamental skills necessary for safe and efficacious delivery of anesthesia to a wide variety of patient populations and surgical specialties.
  2. Apply knowledge in biomedical and anesthesia sciences to the safe and efficacious delivery of anesthesia.
  3. Exhibit professionalism, including ethical and moral behavior as befits an Anesthesiologist Assistant.
  4. Practice effective verbal and written communication skills needed to be an effective member of the Anesthesia Care Team.
  5. Promote lifelong learning and apply evidence-based medicine to clinical decision-making through the use of information literacy skills.

Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science: 169 Credits

Quarter I Summer, 13 weeks: 18 Credits

Quarter II Fall, 14 weeks: 20 Credits

Quarter III Winter, 11 weeks: 20 Credits

Quarter IV Spring, 12 weeks: 20 Credits

Quarter V Summer, 13 weeks: 20 Credits

180 hours clinical experience


A Comprehensive Examination covering the material from the first five quarters will be administered to determine the preparedness of each student to advance to senior clinical year. Failure to successfully master the exam will result in remediation and necessary extension of the student’s program by at least one Quarter.

Quarter VI Fall, 14 weeks: 18 Credits

480 hours clinical experience

Quarter VII Winter, 11 weeks: 18 Credits

495 hours clinical experience

Quarter VIII Spring, 12 weeks: 17 Credits

480 hours clinical experience

Quarter IX Summer, 13 weeks: 18 Credits

480 hours clinical experience


The curriculum is dynamic and changes may be made to update and improve the curriculum at any time. Should the curriculum depart from that published above, on the recommendation of the curriculum committee, the Council of Deans and the Council of Presidents before matriculation, a letter identifying the changes will be mailed to all students that have been accepted into the incoming class. At this point, students may elect to continue with their planned matriculation accepting the changes in the curriculum, or cancel their registration and receive a full refund of their deposit without a penalty.

Generally, examinations for classroom and laboratory work will be administered outside of normal class periods. Occasionally, exams, review sessions, and special certification classes (Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support) may involve weekends. Clinical rotations may involve evenings, nights and weekends during the second year, depending upon the rotation and the clinical site. Clinical sites may require students to take in-house call. When a student, in their second year, participates in daytime operating room assignments and is expected to remain in-house for call or extended clinical opportunities that exceed midnight, the student will have the next 24 hours free of clinical obligations. By official request, special arrangements will be made for students who have religious obligations that may conflict with educational program activities.