DNP Nurse Anesthesia Selection Process

After the October 31st application deadline, the KPSA admissions committee reviews all complete applications. Every year admission to the anesthesia program becomes more competitive. Hundreds of qualified applicants compete for 30-35 positions.

Well-qualified applicants should:

  • Possess a BSN and/or MSN degree with a grade point average greater than a 3.5 on a 4 point scale,
  • Earn "A" grades in completed science courses,
  • Have at least 2-3 years of current adult ICU experience in a large metropolitan teaching facility,
  • Obtain professional certifications in addition to CCRN,
  • Serve on unit-based or hospital-wide committees or task forces, and
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in research, management, or education
  • Demonstrate service to the community and/or profession

Each year, KPSA receives hundreds of applications to the program. To be considered for an interview, candidates must meet Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia requirements of admission and complete all the required applications for California State University Fullerton School of Nursing and California State University Fullerton.

The following procedures are taken to select students:

  1. After the application deadline, the Admissions Committee reviews all applicant files.
  2. The Admissions Committee will review all qualifications of applicants including academic transcripts, work experience, personal achievements (awards, certifications, community service), and written essay.
    • The members of the Admissions Committee include academic and clinical faculty from CSUF School of Nursing and KPSA, KPSA students, CSUF School of Nursing Admissions Advisor, and the medical director of KPSA.
  3. Final candidates will be selected for the in-person interview process.
    The interview consists of 4 parts:
    • Individual interviews before the Admissions Committee
    • Small group interview with 2-3 other applicants before the Admissions Committee
    • Computerized on-site writing sample
    • Written test - ICU knowledge
  4. During the interview process, applicants are scored on a variety of attributes: the ability to critically think, critically analyze an advanced practice issue, organize a succinct graduate-level essay, effectively communicate, professionalism, and the ability to thoroughly answer questions. In addition, the Admissions Committee will review the applicant's academic and clinical background, his/her written essay, leadership abilities, and knowledge regarding the nurse anesthesia profession.
  5. The candidates with the highest scores are selected for admission to the program.
  6. Alternates: Alternates are selected by the Admissions Committee. In the event that an applicant who is selected for admission into the program resigns before the start date, the faculty from KPSA will select an alternate for admission to the program. The alternate will be notified of their status via telephone from the KPSA Program Director and in written form.
  7. Student admission will be contingent upon satisfactory completion of CSUF and KPSA background checks, drug screening, and health clearance.

Application opens April 1 and closes October 31

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