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While an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) can prepare you for an entry-level nursing position, a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is fast becoming the minimum requirement for positions at major hospitals, mental health facilities, and physicians’ offices. In fact, because BSN degree programs feature in-depth coursework and more clinical experience, they offer better preparation for high-level positions such as critical care nurse, occupational health nurse, psychiatric nurse, and nurse manager. In addition, a BSN or higher is almost always a requirement for nursing career advancement.

There are two common paths to obtaining a BSN: (1) prelicensure programs that prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and (2) RN-to-BSN programs which enable licensed professional nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in a shorter amount of time. BSN prelicensure programs typically require four years to complete fulltime and may include up to seven clinical rotations (98 clock hours). RN-to-BSN programs typically require 30 credit hours to graduate and can take as few as three semesters to complete.

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California RNs enjoy highly competitive salaries and a strong job outlook. Registered nurses in the state earn a median salary of $94,310 per year, which is the highest RN salary in the US. Nurses managers in the state average around $118,040 per year. Expected RN employment growth is 19% for the 2012-2022 decade.

To accelerate your education search, we’ve compiled below a list of accredited California schools that offer the state’s top BSN programs.

Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Bakersfield Learning Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Bakersfield
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Bakersfield Learning Center
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Fresno

California State University, Fresno
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fresno Pacific University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Central Valley
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Fresno
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fresno Pacific University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Central Valley
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Inland Empire

Loma Linda University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, San Bernardino
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Murrieta Learning Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Southern California
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Loma Linda University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.8% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, San Bernardino
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Murrieta Learning Center
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Southern California
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Los Angeles County

California State University, Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
California State University, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Northridge
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2018-19)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Biola University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Azusa Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American University of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Angeles College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Casa Loma College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Glendale Career College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Antelope Valley
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Gardena Learning Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Lancaster Learning Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Pasadena Learning Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
California State University, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.6% 2010-11 to 2018-19
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.1% 2011-12 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Biola University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Azusa Pacific University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American University of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Mount Saint Mary's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Angeles College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Dominguez Hills
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Casa Loma College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Glendale Career College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Antelope Valley
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Gardena Learning Center
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Lancaster Learning Center
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Pasadena Learning Center
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Modesto

California State University, Stanislaus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Stanislaus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Napa

Pacific Union College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pacific Union College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Orange County

Concordia University Irvine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Fullerton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of California, Irvine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Brandman University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
CNI College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pacific College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stanbridge University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - La Palma Learning Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vanguard University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Concordia University Irvine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Fullerton
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Brandman University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
CNI College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pacific College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stanbridge University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - La Palma Learning Center
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vanguard University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area

California State University, Channel Islands
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Channel Islands
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain University - Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018-19 through 2019-20)
University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Sacramento
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain University - Sacramento
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.0% 2018-19 to 2019-20
University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Salinas

California State University, Monterey Bay
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Monterey Bay
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

San Diego County

California State University, San Marcos
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
National University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California College San Diego
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
United States University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - San Diego
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, San Marcos
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
National University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Point Loma Nazarene University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California College San Diego
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
United States University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - San Diego
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

San Francisco Bay metro area

San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Samuel Merritt University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, East Bay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of San Francisco
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Unitek College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Dominican University of California
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Holy Names University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 63.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012-13 through 2019-20)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Gurnick Academy - Concord
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
San Jose State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Samuel Merritt University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, East Bay
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of San Francisco
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
San Francisco State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Unitek College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Dominican University of California
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Holy Names University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 63.3% 2012-13 to 2019-20
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Gurnick Academy - Concord
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Sonoma

Sonoma State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Sonoma State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Visalia / Porterville area

University of Phoenix - Visalia Learning Center
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Phoenix - Visalia Learning Center
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other California cities

California State University, Chico
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Simpson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012-13 through 2019-20)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Diego State University - Imperial Valley
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Chico
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Simpson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.5% 2012-13 to 2019-20
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Diego State University - Imperial Valley
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion