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 California State University, Fullerton

Program Overview

Offered in partnership with Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSAN)

IMPORTANT! Please go to the KPSAN website and watch the online information session described on their home page. This will give you a full overview of the program, pre-requisites, application instructions, print materials, FAQ's, etc., and will help you set up an individual meeting for remaining questions. Failure to do this will invalidate your application.  On November 1st the online application described in the information session will go live here, and will stay up through the 30th. 

The curriculum of the MSN - nurse anesthetist concentration provides the student with scientific, clinical, and professional foundations upon which to build a sound and safe clinical practice.  This 6 semester full-time program offers concentrated courses in anatomy/physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, basic and advanced principles of anesthesia, and professional roles.  Courses in anesthesia practice provide clinical practicum with encompassing all anesthetic techniques to diverse patient populations.  The supervised clinical residency provides students the opportunity to incorporate didactic anesthesia education into clinical practice.  During the clinical experience, students are supervised by anesthesiologists/nurse anesthetists who provide instruction in the safe administration and monitoring of a variety of techniques including both general and regional anesthesia.

This advanced practice nursing option includes client-oriented practice as well as foundation in core courses, which include research critique and proposal writing; theory application, testing, and refinement; and, making sound decisions within legal and ethical frameworks in a complex health care and policy-making system.  Additional skills addressed in the program include information competence, critical thinking, problem solving within an interdisciplinary framework, research application, advocacy, health promotion and disease prevention, and an understanding of the unique needs of vulnerable populations.