The MSN program, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholars Academy, has an emphasis on clinical nurse leader competencies including leadership, quality, safety, and evidence-based practice. The curriculum prepares nurses to lead interprofessional care teams at the micro-system (unit) level, supporting innovation, transformation and performance excellence in the delivery of compassionate care within complex macrosystems.

Nurse scholars are challenged to integrate evidence-informed leadership practices that mitigate risk, identify and assess broad outcomes, ensure stakeholder education, enhance health promotion, and deliver highly effective patient care services for diverse populations.

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Academic Partner

Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholars Academy is partnering with the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions (USF SONHP) to offer the MSN program. Visit the USF page to learn more about the MSN program, including program learning outcomes.


This MSN Program is available only for KFH/HP non-represented benefited (20+ hours) registered nurse leaders (e.g. Assistant Nurse Managers, Nurse Managers, Nursing Shift Supervisors, Quality Nurse Consultants, Directors and other Non-Union Exempt or Non-Union Non-Exempt nurse leaders) in the KP Northern California region. Nurses must be Kaiser Foundation Hospital employees and remain Kaiser Foundation Hospital employees during the program (this program is not open to TPMG employees). Kaiser Permanente employees from TPMG and other regions may be eligible for KP tuition discounts from USF, even if they do not qualify for this program. See Financial Assistance section for additional tuition support information.

Program Details

The MSN program is designed for working registered nurse leaders. KP candidates’ projects will demonstrate performance improvement and advance Kaiser Permanente’s mission for nursing leadership, evidence-informed practice, and research. Courses are held in fall, spring, and summer for two years or six semesters. Scholars must attend classes one afternoon per week. In addition to weekly class attendance, students are also required to actively engage in online discussions and assignments.

The first step in applying to a future KP MSN cohort is to complete the KP Nurse Scholar Academy application. If accepted, applicants must follow specific NSA instructions before applying to the University of San Francisco.

Step 1 – Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholars Academy (NSA) Application:

Please read our FAQ for instructions on how to apply to the Nurse Scholars Academy.

After submitting your NSA application, you will need to notify your direct supervisor and Chief Nurse Executive (or relevant Regional Executive or Senior Continuum Leader) that they will be receiving an email to complete an NSA reference form. Timely completion of these forms is required for sponsorship review and approval.

Step 2 – University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions (USF SONHP) Application:

You must meet the USF SONHP requirements for admission into the program. This is a separate process. If you are approved for KP Nurse Scholars Academy sponsorship, you will receive instructions on how to apply to USF SONHP.

Informational Webinar

Interested in learning more about this program? Join the Nurse Scholars Academy and USF Faculty for a one-hour virtual meeting on October 24, 2019 at 6 PM. We will describe the MSN program and answer your questions.

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The KP NSA application is now open. A cohort is forming now for Spring 2020. Classes will be held at the USF, Pleasanton Campus on Tuesday afternoons. Courses begin the week of January 21st 2020. Space is limited. The Kaiser Permanente Nurse Scholars applications will close when our maximum capacity is reached, or by November 10, 2019 at 11:45 PM.
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Financial Assistance

The Nurse Scholars Academy will provide tuition assistance to nurses who are approved to participate in this program. Employees also may be eligible for Kaiser Permanente’s Education Assistance & Tuition Reimbursement. Go to My HR for more information. You must log in to My HR using your single sign-on user ID and password.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to frequently asked questions, check out our FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please use our contact form.