Program Application Timeline
If you’re planning to apply to the Anesthesiologist Assistant program, it’s best to start early.
Applications for the June 5th, 2023 program start are due in late September for early admission and no later than mid-January for standard admission. No matter which interview cycle you choose, starting early will give you more time to prepare and polish your application. Applying early will also increase your odds of being admitted as the VCOM-Bluefield program runs on a rolling admissions cycle throughout the academic year.
Here’s a sample schedule for a student hoping to enter the MHSA Program in the Summer of 2023. This is the best-case scenario, which leaves time to craft a great application, resolve unforeseen issues (i.e. a lost transcript, a delinquent recommendation, etc.), and submit with time to spare. Of course, you’ll need to adjust this schedule if you intend to apply for early admission.
November 2021: Begin researching the Anesthesiologist Assistant profession, investigating potential programs, joining online forums for prospective AA students, and visiting the MHSA Program in Auburn.
February 2022: Request information programs that interest you and consider visiting the program or shadowing an AA in the clinical setting – they can recommend a good program fit and may even help you make some connections.
March 2022: Begin writing your Personal Statement and identifying whom you’d like to write your Letters of Recommendation.
April 2022: Finalize your list of programs to which you will apply. Familiarize yourself with the AA profession, the program, and the academic institution. Contact your recommenders and continue to polish your Personal Statement.
May 2022: Request official transcripts from any secondary education institution from which you’ve received a degree, enrolled in coursework, or were issued a certificate. Send your recommenders supplemental materials (like your resume, personal statement, etc.) that they can use as a reference. Make contact with students and professors at your AA programs of interest – arrange a program visit, if you can.
June 2022: Have someone in the medical field (preferably in anesthesiology, surgery, or perioperative services) and a few friends read over your Personal Statement. Though not required at the MHSA program, send any MCAT/GRE (or other graduate-level standardized entrance exams) scores directly to the program.
July 2022: Complete and submit all applications, keeping two copies of every section for your records. Verify that your recommendations have been sent. Complete the online behavioral analysis assessment test.
August 2022: Focus on financial aid – fill out all federal loan paperwork and look into private loans, grants, and fellowships. Attend the MHSA Program Open House in Auburn.
September – November 2022: Interview at the MHSA program and any other program of interest. Try to relax while you wait to hear back from the programs.
December 2022: Celebrate your acceptance! Appeal the aid package (or apply for alternative loans) if the amount offered doesn’t meet your needs.