Do Kaiser Permanente employees get a preference for admission into the program?
No. The program is funded through community benefit monies. We are obligated to consider all qualified candidates from all hospitals. Our goal is to educate registered nurses to become board certified nurse anesthetists after program completion.
My BSN/MSN GPA is below 3.2, but I am otherwise a strong candidate. What can I do?
We understand that your GPA may not reflect your academic ability so much as the combination of your commitments at the time. However, because we receive many applications each year and only have between 35 and 40 positions, we will only consider applicants who meet or exceed our minimum requirements
What satisfies your “Adult ICU” experience requirement?
You can satisfy the adult ICU requirement by working in any kind of Adult ICU environment, such as a Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Coronary Care Unit, Trauma ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, Neuro ICU, Burn ICU, and CT ICU.
How many hours can I expect to spend in class and the clinic each week?
Class and clinical requirements are scheduled Monday through Friday. There are also occasional weekend clinical academic commitments. Generally, the academic classes are scheduled from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Clinical hours vary at each facility.
Am I able to work as an RN while in the program?
Outside work is strongly discouraged while a matriculated student in the program. The academic and clinical coursework is a 24 month, intense, lock-step full time process. Students are enrolled for 6 full time semesters at CSUF.
Will I get a job as a nurse anesthetist after graduation?
All students have obtained employment after graduation. Many students have multiple job offers in the months before graduation. You will be highly recruited by the Kaiser Permanente anesthesia departments as you rotate through the many facilities. There is no obligation to work for Kaiser Permanente after graduation.
Am I eligible to apply?
To apply, you must obtain the following:
  • BSN or MSN completed or will be complete prior to the start date in August
  • GPA of 3.2 on an 4.0 scale in BSN or MSN degree
  • Statistics completed by mid-August start year
  • One year of current full-time adult ICU RN experience by the start date in August
  • International students able to provide evaluation report of transcripts prior to counseling
I am a RN with a non-BSN or MSN, can I apply?
No. A BSN or MSN prior to the start of the program is required.
How many clinical sites do the students rotate through?
There are 28 clinical sites including sites in LA County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego. Students do not rotate through all the clinical sites. However, there are some required clinical rotation sites.
Am I responsible for transportation and housing when attending clinical sites?
The student is responsible for transportation to the clinical sites. If the clinical site is a great distance away from the School of Anesthesia then a hotel room will be provided.
If I were to be admitted, what should I do to prepare before I start school?
This is an individual preference; some students take science or pharmacology courses while others do nothing. It really is determined by the individual. One common theme we’ve heard from past students is to financially prepare to the best of your ability.
What is the certifying exam pass rate?
Over the past three years we have had an average of 92% first time pass rate on the certifying exam.
What is the average attrition rate?
Over the past three years we have had an average of 6% per year.
Will I be competing for cases with residents?
There are hospitals where our students do work with residents, and there are hospitals where students do not work with residents. All of our students receive well over the number of required cases, and this has not been an issue.
Is there a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) completion program?
Yes, California State University Fullerton has a six semester DNP completion program for those nurses with a MSN. They welcome CRNAs to apply to their program.