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Did you know that most employers in the state of California (and across the nation) prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree? In fact, hundreds of hospitals throughout the U.S. say the minimum acceptable education requirement for their nurses is a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.

A four-year college may be a private, independent institution or the undergraduate division of a university. Colleges offer instruction in the sciences, humanities, or a professional, vocational, or technical field leading to a bachelor’s degree. A university is a larger institution for higher learning authorized to grant degrees in various fields including law, medicine, theology, and the arts and sciences. Universities typically consist of an undergraduate division (college) that awards bachelor's degrees, as well as a graduate school and professional schools that award master's degrees and doctorates.

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Some of the largest and most well-respected nursing programs in the state of California are offered at colleges and universities. These include University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles; and Loma Linda University.

Many of California’s top nursing employers actively recruit nurses with advancement potential from these and other prominent programs throughout the state. California’s top nursing employers include Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco; Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Lac+USC Medical Center, both in Los Angeles; Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa; and Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Below is a complete list of four-year colleges and universities in California that offer accredited programs in one or more nursing career paths.

Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing

Fresno

California State University, Fresno
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Fresno Pacific University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Nursing Research
University of Phoenix - Central Valley
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Inland Empire

California Baptist University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
California State University, San Bernardino
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Everest College - Ontario Metro
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Loma Linda University
Programs offered: Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nursing; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Nursing Education; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Santa Barbara Business College - Rancho Mirage
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
West Coast University - Ontario
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Los Angeles County

American University of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Angeles College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Azusa Pacific University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing
Biola University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
California State University, Long Beach
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
California State University, Los Angeles
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
California State University, Northridge
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration
Mount St Mary's College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist
Platt College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Shepherd University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
University of Antelope Valley
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
University of California, Los Angeles
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Nursing Research; Master's in Nursing Research; Doctor's in Nursing Research
University of Southern California
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
West Coast University - Los Angeles
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
Western University of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Administration

Modesto

California State University, Stanislaus
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
University of Phoenix - Modesto
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Napa

Pacific Union College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Orange County

Bethesda University
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Brandman University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing
California State University, Fullerton
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Concordia University Irvine
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Pacific College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Stanbridge College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
University of California, Irvine
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science
University of Phoenix - Southern California
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education
Vanguard University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
West Coast University - Orange County
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Western Governors University - Santa Ana
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area

California State University, Channel Islands
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Rancho Cordova
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Unitek College - Sacramento
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
University of California, Davis
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Science
University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley
Programs offered: Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

San Diego County

California College San Diego
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
California State University, San Marcos
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
National University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Point Loma Nazarene University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration
San Diego State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
United States University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
University of Phoenix - San Diego
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Education
University of San Diego
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Master's in Clinical Nurse Leader

San Francisco Bay metro area

California State University, East Bay
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Dominican University of California
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Holy Names University
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Oikos University
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Samuel Merritt University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
San Francisco State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
San Jose State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Unitek College - Fremont
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Unitek College - San Jose
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
University of California, San Francisco
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing
University of Phoenix - Bay Area
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Education
University of San Francisco
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Business College - Santa Maria
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing

Sonoma

Sonoma State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing

Other California cities

California State University, Chico
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
San Diego State University - Imperial Valley
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Simpson University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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