Nursing Schools in California

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Nursing schools in California offer students the opportunity to receive a Certificate, Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADS) or Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN). Programs take between two and four years to complete based on the type of education one pursues. Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) as well as complete an accredited program in order to be able to receive a license in California. Visit the nursing schools page for additional information on education and careers.

Registered Nurses in California can make a salary between $70,000 to $139,000 per year. The list below shows registered nurse salaries in areas throughout California.

  • Merced: $101,000
  • El Centro: $82,000
  • Yuba City: $85,000
  • Los Angeles, Long Beach, Glendale: $100,000
  • Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario: $98,000

Average Income for a Nurse in California

EmploymentMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
California Nurse274,650$48.92$101,750
State Average16,681,200$19.67$40,913.60
National Average153,156,000$17.82$37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $48.92
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Nurse's in California Compared to Median Income Averages

+149% Above State Median Income

+175% Above National Median Income

Nurse's in California take home an average 48.92 per hour. Annual earnings for Nurse's working in the State of California average $101,750 which is 149% above the state median income and 175% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Nurse makes up just 0.08% of the working population in California and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Nurses coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around California.

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Top Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Programs in California By Number of Graduates

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) programs usually take 9 - 12 months to complete and you would have to pass a licensing exam prior to being licensed in the state. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of LVN program students enrolled.

Institution NameLocationProgramsWebsiteRequest Information
Unitek CollegeFremont, CALVNunitekcollege.edu
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Gurnick Academy of Medical ArtsSan Mateo, CALVNgurnick.edu
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Career Care InstituteLancaster, CALVNccicolleges.edu
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American Career College - OntarioOntario, CALVNamericancareercollege.edu
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American Career College - Los AngelesLos Angeles, CALVNamericancareercollege.edu
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American Career College - AnaheimAnaheim, CALVNamericancareercollege.edu
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Kaplan College - San DiegoSan Diego, CALVNbrightwood.edu
Career Networks InstituteOrange, CALVNcnicollege.edu
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Casa Loma College - School of Nursing and Allied HealthVan Nuys, CALVNcasalomacollege.edu
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Kaplan College - Sacramento CampusSacramento, CALVNbrightwood.edu
CES CollegeBurbank, CALVNcescollege.edu
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Stanbridge UniversityIrvine, CALVNstanbridge.edu
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Downey Adult SchoolDowney, CALVNdas.edu
Kaplan College - VistaVista, CALVNbrigthwood.edu
North - West College - RiversideRiverside, CALVNnorth-westcollege.edu
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Angeles InstituteArtesia, CALVNangelesinstitute.edu
Pacific CollegeCosta Mesa, CALVNpacific-college.edu
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American Career College at St. FrancisLynwood, CALVNamericancareercollege.edu
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Blake Austin CollegeVacaville, CALVNblakeaustincollege.edu
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Western Career College - San JoseSan Jose, CALVNcarrington.edu

Top Associate Level Registered Nurse (RN) Programs in California By Number of Graduates

The minimum degree requirement to become a Registered Nurse is to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which usually takes about 2 years to complete. You would also have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to being state licensed. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in the program.

Institution NameLocationProgramsWebsiteRequest Information
Fresno City CollegeFresno, CAADN-RNfresnocitycollege.edu
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Kaplan College - San DiegoSan Diego, CAADN-RNbrightwood.edu
Riverside Community CollegeRiverside, CAADN-RNrcc.edu
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Bakersfield CollegeBakersfield, CAADN-RNbakersfieldcollege.edu
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Pasadena City CollegePasadena, CAADN-RNpasadena.edu
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Antelope Valley CollegeLancaster, CAADN-RNavc.edu
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College of the CanyonsSanta Clarita, CAADN-RNcanyons.edu
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East Los Angeles CollegeMonterey Park, CAADN-RNelac.edu
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Mt San Antonio CollegeWalnut, CAADN-RNmtsac.edu
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Santa Rosa Junior CollegeSanta Rosa, CAADN-RNsantarosa.edu
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Modesto Junior CollegeModesto, CAADN-RNmjc.edu
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Saddleback CollegeMission Viejo, CAADN-RNsaddleback.edu
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Unitek CollegeFremont, CAADN-RNunitekcollege.edu
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El Camino CollegeTorrance, CAADN-RNelcamino.edu
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Golden West CollegeHuntington Beach, CAADN-RNgoldenwestcollege.edu
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Santa Ana CollegeSanta Ana, CAADN-RNsac.edu
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Grossmont CollegeEl Cajon, CAADN-RNgrossmont.edu
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Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied HealthLos Angeles, CAADN-RNdhs.org
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Butte CollegeOroville, CAADN-RNbutte.edu
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Long Beach City CollegeLong Beach, CAADN-RNlbcc.edu
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Top Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in California By Number of Graduates

See the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A BSN program usually takes 4 years to complete, and a licensing exam (NCLEX) is also required. Some of these schools may also offer a RN to BSN bridge programs. The top 10 schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their BSN program.

Institution NameLocationProgramsWebsiteRequest Information
Samuel Merritt UniversityOakland, CABSNsamuelmerritt.edu
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West Coast University - Los AngelesNorth Hollywood, CABSNwestcoastuniversity.edu
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West Coast University - Orange CountyAnaheim, CABSNwestcoastuniversity.edu
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Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusa, CABSNapu.edu
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West Coast University - OntarioOntario, CABSNwestcoastuniversity.edu
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California State University - FullertonFullerton, CABSNfullerton.edu
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National UniversityLa Jolla, CABSNwww.nu.edu
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California State University - East BayHayward, CABSNcsueastbay.edu
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San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, CABSNsfsu.edu
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California State University - SacramentoSacramento, CABSNcsus.edu
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California State University - Long BeachLong Beach, CABSNcsulb.edu
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California State University - Dominguez HillsCarson, CABSNcsudh.edu
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Mount St. Mary's CollegeLos Angeles, CABSNmsmu.edu
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California State University - San MarcosSan Marcos, CABSNcsusm.edu
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San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CABSNsdsu.edu
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University of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CABSNusfca.edu
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California State University - FresnoFresno, CABSNcsufresno.edu
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San Jose State UniversitySan Jose, CABSNsjsu.edu
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Loma Linda UniversityLoma Linda, CABSNllu.edu
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California State University - San BernardinoSan Bernardino, CABSNcsusb.edu
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Top Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs in California By Number of Graduates

Getting your Master of Science in Nursing will take about 5-7 years from start to finish. You would still need to take a exam prior to being fully licensed to practice in the state. The schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their Master's program.

Institution NameLocationProgramsWebsiteRequest Information
California State University - Long BeachLong Beach, CAMSNcsulb.edu
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University of California - San FranciscoSan Francisco, CAMSNucsf.edu
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California State University - FullertonFullerton, CAMSNfullerton.edu
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Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusa, CAMSNapu.edu
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California State University - Dominguez HillsCarson, CAMSNcsudh.edu
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Western University of Health SciencesPomona, CAMSNwesternu.edu
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San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco, CAMSNsfsu.edu
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California State University - FresnoFresno, CAMSNcsufresno.edu
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Samuel Merritt UniversityOakland, CAMSNsamuelmerritt.edu
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California State University - Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAMSNcalstatela.edu
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Point Loma Nazarene UniversitySan Diego, CAMSNpointloma.edu
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Sonoma State UniversityRohnert Park, CAMSNsonoma.edu
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San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CAMSNsdsu.edu
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California State University - SacramentoSacramento, CAMSNcsus.edu
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United States UniversityChula Vista, CAMSNusuniversity.edu
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California State University - San MarcosSan Marcos, CAMSNcsusm.edu
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California State University - San BernardinoSan Bernardino, CAMSNcsusb.edu
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Loma Linda UniversityLoma Linda, CAMSNllu.edu
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California Baptist UniversityRiverside, CAMSNcalbaptist.edu
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California State University - StanislausTurlock, CAMSNcsustan.edu
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Graduate data is from the 2013-2014 school year.
IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.