Master of Science in Anesthesia

Student Learning Outcomes


Academic Assessment

Assessment for student learning and institutional improvement is a core value and ongoing activity at UMKC. Our faculty members have developed a course and program focused outcomes assessment process for the Master of Science in Anesthesia program, which is completed every year. The process is guided by the following mission, program goals, and student learning outcomes.

The mission of the MSA program is to prepare and educate students with advanced specialized knowledge and skills; thereby graduates will become compassionate, competent and ethical patient-centered anesthesiologist assistants who work within an Anesthesia Care Team.

Program Goals:
  1. Produce competent entry-level anesthesiologist assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains
  2. Advance the Anesthesiologist Assistant Profession
Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes were approved in Fall 2023 and are applicable to students matriculating in 2024 and beyond.

  1. Anesthetic Plan & Preparation
    Students will demonstrate competency in three domains of anesthetic plan and preparation: 1) operating room setup, equipment setup, and drug setup, 2) knowledge of equipment and procedures, and 3) anesthetic plan.
  2. Medical Knowledge
    Students will demonstrate competency in applying key concepts from foundational coursework in the clinical setting (i.e., co-existing diseases, physiology, and pharmacology).
  3. Anesthetic Management & Multitasking
    Students will demonstrate competency in six domains of anesthetic management and multitasking: 1) overall case management, 2) multitasking, 3) diagnostic and problem-solving skills, 4) monitoring and responding to changes in patient status, 5) patient positioning, and 6) documentation of anesthesia care.
  4. Clinical Procedural Skills
    Students will demonstrate competency in five domains of patient clinical procedural skills: 1) mask ventilation, 2) advanced airway insertion, 3) vascular access, 4) regional anesthesia, 5) other anesthetic-related procedures (gastric tube insertion, oral/nasal airway insertion, gowning and gloving, aseptic technique, etc.).
  5. Professionalism & Communication
    Students will demonstrate competency in continuous self-learning and professional conduct.  Students will take part in the anesthesia care team and effectively communicate with preceptors, operating room staff, and patients.