South Carolina Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants

Preparing the Palmetto State for the Future of Anesthesia

Who are Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAs)?

Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAs) are highly skilled health professionals who work under the direction of licensed Anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans. AAs work exclusively within the anesthesia care team environment as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). All AAs possess a premedical background, a baccalaureate degree and also complete a comprehensive didactic and clinical program at the graduate school level. AAs are trained extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. The goal of an AA education is to guide the transformation of qualified student applicants into competent health care practitioners who aspire to practice in the anesthesia care team.

Anesthesiologist Assistants and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA's) are both defined as "non-physician anesthetists" within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services section of the Code of Federal Regulations.