Program Information

Program Statistics

Graduating ClassAttrition Rate*Pass Rate of Certification Exam (NCE) on First AttemptJob Placement Rate
20216%100%100%
20196%97%100%
20182%100%100%
20177%93%100%
20165%94%100%
20152%91%100%
20145%97%100%
20139%87%100%
20125%97%100%

*The average national attrition rate reported by the Council of Accreditation in 2013 was 6% ± 3.

Post-Graduate Job Placement

The school has developed an outstanding reputation not only in the community but also throughout the country and our graduates are held in high esteem. Many of our graduates have grown professionally and attained faculty positions, administrative teaching positions, program administrator positions in nurse anesthesia programs, and have held positions for state and national nurse anesthesia associations.

Every student has achieved employment upon graduation in a variety of settings throughout the United States, including the Armed Services, facilities of the Veteran’s Administration, and areas that are medically underserved. Our most recent graduates have received jobs spanning nineteen different states across the country.

Curriculum

The curriculum of the DNP Nurse Anesthesia concentration provides students with scientific, clinical and professional foundations upon which to build a sound and safe clinical practice. All nurse anesthesia concentration courses are held at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, California and affiliated clinical sites utilizing state-of-the-art facilities. This concentration requires 109 units of full-time study including a doctoral project. Clinical hours are based on competency guidelines from Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia.

  • Year One
  • Year Two
  • Year Three
TermCoursesUnits
FallNURS 542/L - Advanced Health Assessment (2) / Lab (1)
NURS 601 - Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 605 - Advanced Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (3)
NURS 610 - Leadership, Management, and Economics in Adv. Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 615 - Epidemiology and Clinical Prevention (3)
15
SpringNURS 602 - Data Management, Quality Improvement, and Evaluation for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 620 - Informatics in Healthcare (3)
NURS 630 - Healthcare Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy (3)
NURS 680 - Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia I (3)
NURS 681 - Anesthesia General Principles (3)
15
SummerNURS 682 - Anesthesia for Surgical Procedures and Special Populations (4)
NURS 683 - Advanced Physiology (3)
NURS 684 - Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia II (3)
NURS 685L - Nurse Anesthesia Practicum I (2)
12
TermCoursesUnits
FallNURS 686 - Pediatric and Obstetric Anesthesia (3)
NURS 687L - Nurse Anesthesia Practicum II (5)
NURS 695 - Seminar in Integrative Clinical Scholarship (Proposal Writing) (2)
NURS 697A - Integrative Clinical Scholarship I: Evidence-Based Practice (1)
11
SpringNURS 688 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia I (4)
NURS 689L - Nurse Anesthesia Practicum III (6)
NURS 697B - Integrative Clinical Scholarship II: Evidence-Based Practice (3)
13
SummerNURS 690 - Advanced Pathophysiology for Anesthesia II (4)
NURS 691L - Nurse Anesthesia Practicum IV (6)
NURS 694 - Advanced Pharmacology for Anesthesia III (3)
13
TermCoursesUnits
FallNURS 692 - Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Clinical Integration (3)
NURS 693L - Nurse Anesthesia Practice (6)
NURS 697C - Integrative Clinical Scholarship III: Evidence-Based Practice (3)
12
SpringNURS 692 - Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Clinical Integration (3)
NURS 693L - Nurse Anesthesia Practice (6)
9
SummerNURS 692 - Professional Nurse Anesthesia Role: Clinical Integration (3)
NURS 693L - Nurse Anesthesia Practice (6)
9

*All courses and sequencing are subject to change at any time.

Terminal Objectives

Patient Safety

  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health (DNP Essential VII)
  • Maintain vigilance and patient safety throughout the perianesthetic continuum
  • Protect patients from iatrogenic complications and utilizes appropriate precautions in infection control
  • Conduct a comprehensive and appropriate equipment check

Individualized Perianesthetic Management

  • Demonstrate an understanding of:
    • Scientific underpinnings for practice (DNP Essential I)
    • Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice (DNP Essential III)
  • Provide:
    • Care throughout the perianesthetic continuum
    • Anesthesia services to patients of all ages and physical conditions for a variety of surgical and medically related procedures, including trauma and emergency cases
  • Use a variety of current anesthesia techniques, agents, adjunctive drugs and equipment while providing anesthesia
  • Perform a pre-anesthetic assessment and formulates an anesthesia care plan for patient to whom he/she is assigned to administer anesthesia
  • Function collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to affect patient outcomes
  • Deliver culturally competent perianesthetic care throughout the anesthesia experience
  • Identify and take appropriate action when confronted with anesthetic equipment-related malfunctions
  • Interpret and utilize data obtained from noninvasive and invasive monitoring modalities
  • Calculate, initiate and manage fluid and blood component therapy
  • Recognize and appropriately respond to anesthetic complications that occur during the perianesthetic period

Critical Thinking

  • Demonstrate an understanding of information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care (DNP Essential IV)
  • Apply theory to practice in decision making and problem solving
  • Provide nurse anesthesia care based on sound principles and research evidence
  • Critique and integrate scholarly research in order to improve anesthesia care and patient outcomes

Communication Skills

  • Demonstrate:
    • An understanding of interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes (DNP Essential VI)
    • The ability to deliver a clear and organized public presentation
  • Effectively communicate with all individuals influencing patient care
  • Utilize appropriate verbal, nonverbal and written communication in the delivery of perianesthetic care

Professional Role

  • Demonstrate:
    • An understanding of organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking (DNP Essential II)
    • An understanding of healthcare policy for advocacy in healthcare (DNP Essential VIII)
    • An understanding of advanced nursing practice (DNP Essential VIII)
    • Personal and professional integrity
    • Respect for human dignity to patients, peers and organizations
  • Function as an advocate for patients, families and communities
  • Positively influence healthcare policy decision and participate in activities which influence advanced nursing roles and improve patient care
  • Understand sound principles of anesthesia risk management to include preventive and procedural strategies
  • Participate in quality management activities and operate with budget restraints and cost effectiveness

The Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice

  • Demonstrate an understanding of:
    • Scientific underpinnings for practice
    • Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
    • Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
    • Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
    • Healthcare policy for advocacy in healthcare
    • Interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
    • Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health
    • Advanced nursing practice

Clinical Affiliations

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
400 N Pepper Ave.
Colton, CA 92324
Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital
200 Mercy Cr.
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Kaiser Permanente Anaheim
441 N. Lakeview Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92807
Kaiser Permanente Bellflower
9400 E. Rosecrans Ave.
Bellflower, CA 90706
Kaiser Permanente Downey
9333 E. Imperial Hwy.
Downey, CA 90242
Kaiser Permanente Fontana
9961 Sierra Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
3288 Moanalua Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96819
Kaiser Permanente Irvine
6650 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92618
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
4867 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Kaiser Permanente Ontario
2295 S Vineyard Ave
Ontario, CA 91761
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City
13651 Willard St.
Panorama City, CA 91402
Kaiser Permanente Riverside
10800 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92505
Kaiser Permanente San Diego
4647 Zion Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120
Kaiser Permanente South Bay
25825 S. Vermont Ave.
Harbor City, CA 90710
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles
5971 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills
5601 DeSoto Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Kern County Medical Center
2400 Wible Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Loma Linda University Medical Center
11234 Anderson St.
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Loma Linda Veterans Administration Medical Center
11201 Benton St.
Loma Linda, CA 92357
Riverside County Regional Medical Center
26520 Cactus Ave.
Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plz.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
San Diego Naval Medical Center
34800 Bob Wilson Dr
San Diego, CA 92134
Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center
1250 16th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
University of California Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Dr S
Orange, CA 92868

Community Affiliations

American Associations of Nurse AnesthetistsAmerican Associations of Nurse
Anesthetists FoundationBlair High School
Braille Institute of Los AngelesCalifornia Association of Nurse Anesthetists
California State University FullertonClarkson College
Duke UniversityGeisinger Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists AssociationLoma Linda University School of Anesthesia
Lourdes UniversityMichigan State University
Mount Saint Mary’s School of NursingNational Black Nurse Association
Oakland University Beaumont HospitalOregon Health & Sciences University
Pasadena City CollegePasadena Health Careers Academy
Samuel Merritt UniversityUnited States Army
United States NavyUnited States Air Force
University of MarylandUniversity of Scranton
University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Nurse Anesthesia
University of Texas, HoustonWatts Learning Center
Wayne State UniversityWestminster College
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