California State University Fullerton/Kaiser School of Anesthesia

California State University Fullerton CRNA School

100 S Los Robles, Suite 501, Pasadena, CA 91188.

Contact Information:

Phone: (626) 564-3016
Url: website


Sandra Hinkson

Program Summary:

Upon graduating from California State University’s CRNA program, a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Nurse Anesthesia, will be awarded to students by CSUF. the Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSA) was founded in 1972 and is a leader in providing graduate-level education for nurse anesthetists. Their graduates have maintained academic excellence and are known for making significant advances to clinical practice and research in the profession of anesthesia. Many of the school’s alumni have obtained professional leadership positions in clinical settings and national professional organizations. If you are planning to apply to California State University’s CRNA program, take a minute to look over our Nurse Anesthesia career guide called, CRNA School Admissions: The Cold Hard Facts. You will be shown strategies that current CRNA students used to get accepted into this anesthesia program. More information can be found on our CRNA Career Pro website.

CRNA School Overview:

Program created: 1972 Ranking: 3.1 out of 5.0 Class size: 35 Attrition Rate: 3% Tuition: approx. $34,519.00 National Certification Exam (NCE) 1st time passing rate: 98% 2nd time passing rate: 100%

CRNA Program Requirements:
  • License: A Baccalaureate or Masters degree in Nursing (BSN or MSN) from a professionally accredited institution of higher learning. In California, the school must be WASC accredited; outside of California the other approved accrediting bodies are MSACS, NEASC, NCACS, NASC, SACS, and NWCCU.Please check with your school regarding whether they fit these requirements. Accreditation with Accreditation Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) will NOT be accepted.
  • Work Experience: : Minimum of 1 year of current experience as a RN in an adult critical care ICU. Not Accepted: Emergency room, PACU, Cath lab, Pediatric ICU
  • GPA: 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in the BSN or MSN
  • GRE: not required
  • Certifications: ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) BLS (Basic Life Support


website: Upper Division Statistics with grade of at least CSpecial requirements: a special counseling session is required while applying. See website.


Preliminary interview involves discussing the application process and  your background with a faculty member.  If you are local you must come in for this counseling session.  If you are out of state we interview via telephone... If you go to interview it involves an admissions panel and other faculty and students for approximately 1/2 day. You will be interviewed by a group which includes physicians, nurse, university faculty, staff and students. The questions are more of a meet and greet type...they rarely ask clinical questions. There is a small computer based simulation test which last about 10 minutes.

CRNA Program Setup:
Classes Start:



24 months


Mixed. See website for curriculum.

Clinical Sites:

Kaiser has many different clinical sites listed at this website.

Disclaimer: Information on this page was gathered from the school's website and through phone interviews. A school's curriculum can change frequently, so we make sure that you are provided with the most up to date information. Our team regularly checks for any changes that CRNA programs make to their curriculum. The ranking of schools was based off of the 2011 US News World Report for Graduate Schools