Accreditation Status

Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia / California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs until Spring 2027.

The accreditation program for nurse anesthesia was initiated in 1952 by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). The accreditation function was transferred to the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs/Schools in 1975 in response to a major revision of the U.S. Office of Education criteria. Since 1975, the Council has existed as a fiscally autonomous multidisciplinary body. This multidisciplinary structure gives recognition to the various publics that represent the community of interest within which the nurse anesthesia profession resides. The 12 members of the Council are representative of the following groups: nurse anesthesia educators and practitioners, nurse anesthesia students, health care administrators, university representatives, and the public. All are voting members except the student member. Both the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize the Council as an accrediting agency for nurse anesthesia.

The accreditation process for an established program is based on self evaluation by the program and a site visit by a team of two or three reviewers. The process is repeated at intervals of up to ten years and may be supplemented by progress reports. A summary report of the review and the program's response to the report are presented to the Council for an accreditation decision.

Accreditation provides quality assurances concerning educational preparation through continuous self study and review. The ultimate goal of accreditation is to improve the quality of nurse anesthesia education and provide competent practitioners to health care consumers and employers. Graduation from an approved program is one prerequisite of eligibility for national certification and a consideration used by governmental funding and licensing agencies, employers and potential students.

Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
222 S. Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(847) 655-1160

California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) accreditation

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. Through its review processes, WASC confirms that an institution has substantially met the Commission's Core Commitments and Standards of Accreditation and associated Criteria for Review and, thus, possesses the resources, policies, and practices to achieve its educational goals and has provided evidence of the quality of its educational programs. Accredited institutions are also subject to the conditions established by the Commission, including its policies.

Institutions elect to undergo accreditation review for several reasons besides assurance of quality and adherence to academic standards. Accreditation determines a school's eligibility for participation in federal (Title IV) and state financial aid programs. Accreditation is also important for acceptance and transfer of college credit, and is a prerequisite for many graduate programs. Generally, college credits or degrees received at a regionally accredited institution are accepted by other regionally accredited colleges or universities.

Accreditation is periodically reaffirmed through a comprehensive review process that includes an institutional self study, external review, and site visit at least once every ten years. As a matter of Commission policy, Initial Accreditation requires institutional self review and peer evaluation no more than seven years after the date of the Commission action granting such status.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-9001

California State University, Fullerton School of Nursing accreditation

CCNE-Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.

CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791