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    • Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

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    Expected duration

    • 1 year

Program details

The Anesthesia Clinical/Physician Assistant Program at the University of Manitoba is a one-year training program designed to prepare licenced clinical or physician assistants for a rewarding career assisting in anesthesia.

An anesthesia clinical/physician assistant executes supplementary therapeutic interventions and monitors tasks that allow an anesthesiologist or physician to use their skills more effectively.


The program is open to qualified medical professionals such as registered nurses (RN), registered respiratory therapists (RRT), international medical graduates (IMG) and clinical/physician assistants (Cl.A/PA) who are licensed to practice in Canada and are eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

Candidates must have recent experience in critical care and or anesthesia-related operating room experience (2 years of experience within the last 5 years).
Please note this this program is not a Master’s or Bachelor’s Program and is not currently accredited through the University of Manitoba or other secondary education institutes.  

The program is a requirement for individuals meeting the eligibility and licensure requirements who wish to work as a clinical/physician assistant in anesthesia within Manitoba. A two (2) year return of service agreement is required with these training positions.


The Anesthesia Clinical/Physician Assistant Program at the University of Manitoba within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, is a one year training program that upon completion qualifies you to become an Anesthesia Clinical/Physician Assistant through advanced training. Training includes the following:

  • Orientation (three weeks)
  • Equipment, monitors and devices seminar series
  • Pharmacology series
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory seminar series
  • Talk rounds
  • Simulator lab sessions (12 scenarios, four sessions)
  • OSCEs (24 scenarios, four sessions)

Clinical preceptors

  • One-to-one clinical exposure
  • Mentor and preceptor roles

Apply now

The next program is planned for the fall of 2024 with applications accepted in spring 2024 through the Manitoba Healthcare Providers Network.

For further information please contact:

Susan Rubin
Regional program manager anesthesia/surgery

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Contact us

Susan Rubin
Regional Manager, WRHA Surgery and Anesthesia Programs
2nd Floor, 671 William Avenue
Winnipeg,  Manitoba, R3E 0Z2, Canada