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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.

Featured Schools

Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Fresno

California State University, Fresno
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • 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: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, San Bernardino
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University - Ontario
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program

Los Angeles County

California State University, Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
California State University, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • 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 (2008-09 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Biola University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Azusa Pacific University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University - Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
American University of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Angeles College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shepherd University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Antelope Valley
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Modesto

California State University, Stanislaus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Modesto
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)

Napa

Pacific Union College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Orange County

Concordia University Irvine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Fullerton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of California, Irvine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Western Governors University - Santa Ana
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
Brandman University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pacific College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stanbridge University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Southern California
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vanguard University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University - Orange County
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area

California State University, Channel Islands
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Salinas

California State University, Monterey Bay
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

San Diego County

California State University, San Marcos
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
United States University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2014-15 through 2015-16)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California College San Diego
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - San Diego
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

San Francisco Bay metro area

California State University, East Bay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Samuel Merritt University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of San Francisco
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Dominican University of California
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Holy Names University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 61.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012-13 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Phoenix - Bay Area
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Sonoma

Sonoma State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other California cities

Simpson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012-13 through 2016-17)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Chico
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Diego State University - Imperial Valley
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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