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Become a CAA

Why consider a career as a CAA?


Joining an Anesthesia Care Team as a CAA is a rewarding career. CAAs medically manage patient conditions under anesthesia, expand access and quality of anesthesia care to rural and under-served areas, and advocate for patient safety.


Many AA students receive multiple job offers before they even graduate. The starting salary for CAAs is about $150,000 annually, with generous sign-on bonuses, an average of five weeks vacation each year, pension and profit-sharing, and other excellent benefits.

How can you become a CAA?


All CAAs possess a premedical background, a baccalaureate degree, and also complete a comprehensive didactic and clinical program at the graduate school level.


The combination of educational coursework and clinical practice trains CAAs extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques.


There are currently 20 AA programs around the country.


Case Western Reserve University

  • Cleveland, OH

  • Houston, TX

  • Washington, D.C.

  • Austin, TX

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Bluefield University

  • Auburn, AL*

Emory University

  • Atlanta, GA

Indiana University​

  • Indianapolis, IN

Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Milwaukee, WI

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

  • Rootstown, OH

Nova Southeastern University

  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Tampa, FL

  • Denver-Centennial, CO*

  • Jacksonville, FL

Ohio Dominican University

  • Columbus, OH

South University

  • Orlando, FL

  • Savannah, GA

  • West Palm Beach, FL

University of Colorado

  • Denver, CO

University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • Kansas City, MO

University of New Mexico

  • Albuquerque, NM


*AAA EP Provisional Program: Refer to AAAEP for more information.

**Interested in a new program? Complete this form from NCCAA.

Interested in learning more? Download our student overview or view education and training at a glance.

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