Nurse Anesthesia practice covers the continuum of care from pre-operative assessment to discharge from the recovery unit. Nurse anesthetists interview and assess each patient to best formulate and implement an individualized plan of care while collaborating with members of a multi-disciplinary health care team. This DNP program prepares students through course work that develops knowledge and skill in anesthesia practice as well as in organizational and leadership skills. The rigorous curriculum features courses addressing chemistry and physics of anesthesia, advanced pharmacology, advanced physiology and pathophysiology, basic-to-advanced principles of anesthesia care, anesthesia technology, and the professional role. Courses in this practice-focused doctoral program cover the evidence base for practice, organizational and systems leadership, informatics, patient care technology for the transformation of health care, health care policy and finance, clinical error prevention, patient safety and population health, and interprofessional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes. By the end of the program, students will have managed more than 800 anesthesia cases and documented more than 2500 clinical hours.
The Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists ( PANA ) promotes Nurse Anesthesia practice by striving to increase public awareness regarding the capability of these advance practice nurses to act as providers of quality health care. It is the purpose of this Association to promote, through continuing education, the science and art of anesthesiology as provided by CRNAs in all practice settings. In collaboration with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, PANA offers its members the resources necessary to advance patient safety and practice excellence.
Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSA) is a pioneer of graduate level nurse anesthesia education for baccalaureate nurses since its inception in 1972. Our graduates achieve academic excellence and are recognized for their high quality, safe, and compassionate health care service to our members and the community. With the support of Kaiser Permanente, and in conjunction with California State University Fullerton, KPSA is dedicated in providing an excellent educational program in achieving your dream and goal of becoming a nurse anesthetist. Welcome to KPSA!