Mission & Vision

The Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia exists to provide affordable, high-quality anesthesia care services and to improve the health of the communities we serve.

Our vision is to be an innovative leader in providing quality nurse anesthesia education and community service.

Philosophy & Values

Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia supports the philosophy of the School of Nursing at California State University Fullerton by reflecting beliefs regarding teaching, learning, health, environment, human beings and nursing.

The faculty believes that at the graduate level, the teaching/learning processes requires a dynamic, collaborative student-teacher relationship. The teacher serves as a role model for advanced and expanded nursing practice, thus facilitating the students’ transition to the new role. Faculty also contribute knowledge, validate learning, are sensitive to interpersonal relationships, existing between the graduate faculty and the student which promotes opportunities for students to expand their individual capabilities and potential, facilitate professionalism and personal growth, foster independent functioning, and facilitate lifelong learning.

High-level wellness for human beings is the goal of nursing practice. In collaboration with the client, family, and community students function to assess and diagnose health care requirements and needs, plan and carry out health care management, and to evaluate, and perhaps modify, the management plan. Health care requirements and needs can originate in the external and internal environment of all human beings. These include physical, psychosocial, cultural, spiritual, socioeconomic and political dimensions. All of these areas must be considered in the assessment, intervention, and evaluation of the client’s health care needs. Leadership expectations for this level of practitioner include a competent, accountable clinician who can assume a collegial role in collaborating with other health care professional to promote the overall health, wellbeing and satisfaction of human beings.

The faculty believes that the development of leadership and research skills are integral components of graduate nursing education. Students in the graduate program augment primary skills acquired in the baccalaureate program in order to meet professional responsibility and expand the knowledge base in the art and science of nursing. The leadership and research components help the students apply the nursing process in greater scope and depth by expanding the unit of concern beyond the individual nurse-patient encounter to include the whole health care delivery system. This includes collaborative critical thinking, problem solving, and application of theory combined with caring.

Graduate nursing education at Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia stimulates the students’ quest for knowledge, encourages the promotion of optimal health of human beings, examines internal and external environments of clients, families, and communities, respects human beings as dynamic open systems, and considers nursing as a discipline which utilizes collaborative scientific inquiry for health preservation.

Core Values

  1. STUDENT DEVELOPMENT – Our primary goal is to empower our students to achieve their full potential.
  2. COMMUNITY SERVICE – Our commitment to social responsibility and diversity is reflected in our service to the community.
  3. RESPECTING PARTNERS – We excel through our strategic partnerships with dedicated, professional colleagues.
  4. INNOVATIVE LEARNING – We foster an environment which values adult education, self-motivation, critical thinking, and lifelong learning.
  5. PATIENT FOCUSED – Our program is grounded in promoting anesthesia excellence in the care of the individual.
  6. TEAM COMMITMENT – The success of our team is based on interdependent growth and mutual respect.

The Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia is fully committed to the Equal Opportunity Policy of our parent organization Kaiser Permanente and of California State University Fullerton.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Kaiser Permanente-California State University School of Anesthesia has a deep and abiding commitment to practice diversity, equity and inclusion both in the classroom and workplace, as well as to providing high-quality and affordable healthcare to its employees, members and communities it serves.

Fostering, cultivating and preserving this culture among students and employees contributes to an inclusive, psychologically safe workplace, where everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their full potential. Moreover, this commitment furthers KPSA’s dedication to provide culturally and linguistically responsive care, create health equity and improve the care experience for everyone by working diligently to eliminate all forms of oppression in the healthcare system.

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.

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.

Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Accreditation

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as an accrediting agency for the “accreditation of institutions and programs of nurse anesthesia at the post-master’s certificate, master’s, or doctoral degree levels in the United States, and its territories, including programs offering distance education.”

View the COA's List of Accredited Programs.

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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.

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.