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2015-2016 South University Academic Catalog version II 
2015-2016 South University Academic Catalog version II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anesthesia Science (MMSc)

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Offered at South University, Savannah.


The mission of South University’s Anesthesia Science (MMSc) degree 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

The Anesthesia Science (MMSc) degree program will strive to accomplish this mission by providing the opportunity for students to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Facilitating development of the fundamental skills necessary for safe and efficacious delivery of anesthesia
  • Providing the necessary foundation in biomedical and anesthesia sciences for understanding the basis of safe and efficacious delivery of anesthesia
  • Promoting professionalism, including ethical and moral behavior
  • Promotion of strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively in a team-based healthcare environment
  • Encourage practice of evidence based medicine through development of information literacy and lifelong learning

Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Science: 169 Credits

Quarter I Summer, 13 weeks: 18 Credits

20 hours clinical experience

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

200 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

648 hours clinical experience

Quarter VII Winter, 11 weeks: 18 Credits

540 hours clinical experience

Quarter VIII Spring, 12 weeks: 17 Credits

540 hours clinical experience

Quarter IX Summer, 13 weeks: 18 Credits

640 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.

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