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Registered nurses (RNs) treat patients; perform diagnostic tests and analyze results; administer various types of treatment and medications; operate medical equipment; start, maintain, and discontinue intravenous (IV) lines; establish care plans; and educate patients and the public about various medical conditions. Some RNs may even run health screening and immunization clinics, blood drives, or public seminars on conditions. In order to gain entry into this demanding career field, all states require education, training, and licensure to become an RN.

In the state of California, there are three primary types of prelicensure nursing programs and two alternative routes to becoming a registered nurse. The usual paths to nursing licensure are (1) an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), which takes 2-3 years to complete; (2) a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), which takes four years to complete; and (3) an entry-level master’s program in nursing (ELM), which takes 1-2 years to complete. Alternate paths include the LVN 30-unit option, which takes 18-24 months to complete and is only recognized in the state of California, and the military corpsmen option. California law permits military corpsmen to take the national exam for RN licensure if they have completed RN-level education and clinical experience.

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Newly licensed California RNs can expect an excellent job outlook and high salaries. Registered nurses in the state earn a median salary of $94,310 per year; this is the highest salary for RNs in the US and nearly $30,000 above the national median of $65,470. Expected employment growth for RNs overall is 19% for the 2012-2022 decade.

Below is a list of accredited California nursing schools that offer some of the region’s best registered nursing programs.

Featured Schools

Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Bakersfield College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Bakersfield
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Bakersfield College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Fresno

California State University, Fresno
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Fresno City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Fresno
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Fresno City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.2% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Inland Empire

Chaffey College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Victor Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Riverside City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
California Baptist University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
College of the Desert
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Loma Linda University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
California State University, San Bernardino
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Copper Mountain College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
San Bernardino Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chaffey College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.8% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Victor Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Riverside City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Mt. San Jacinto College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
California Baptist University
Direct Entry MSN 86.7% 2009-10 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.9% 2008-09 to 2016-17
College of the Desert
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Loma Linda University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
California State University, San Bernardino
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Copper Mountain College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2007-08 to 2016-17
San Bernardino Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
California State University, Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Long Beach City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Santa Monica College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
California State University, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Glendale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
California State University, Northridge
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
El Camino College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Los Angeles Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Direct Entry MSN: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Rio Hondo College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Pasadena City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Mt. San Antonio College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
University of California, Los Angeles
  • Direct Entry MSN: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2016-17)
Citrus College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Cerritos College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Los Angeles City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Pierce College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Antelope Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Azusa Pacific University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2012-13)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
College of the Canyons
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Biola University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
West Coast University - Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
American University of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
American Career College - Los Angeles
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2016-17 through 2016-17)
Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
El Camino College Compton Center
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
East Los Angeles College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Direct Entry MSN: 62.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
California Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Career Care Institute - Lancaster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Glendale Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Los Angeles Harbor College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Direct Entry MSN 91.0% 2009-10 to 2016-17
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Long Beach City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Santa Monica College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17
California State University, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Glendale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2007-08 to 2016-17
California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.6% 2008-09 to 2016-17
El Camino College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Los Angeles Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Western University of Health Sciences
Direct Entry MSN 90.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Rio Hondo College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Pasadena City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Mt. San Antonio College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
University of California, Los Angeles
Direct Entry MSN 88.9% 2008-09 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.6% 2010-11 to 2016-17
Citrus College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Cerritos College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Los Angeles City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.8% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Pierce College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Antelope Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Azusa Pacific University
Direct Entry MSN 86.0% 2007-08 to 2012-13
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17
College of the Canyons
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Biola University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
West Coast University - Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.8% 2011-12 to 2016-17
American University of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.0% 2008-09 to 2016-17
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Mount Saint Mary's University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
American Career College - Los Angeles
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.1% 2016-17 to 2016-17
Los Angeles Southwest College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
El Camino College Compton Center
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
East Los Angeles College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 66.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Direct Entry MSN 62.3% 2011-12 to 2016-17
California Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Career Care Institute - Lancaster
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Glendale Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Merced

Merced College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Merced College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Modesto

California State University, Stanislaus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Modesto Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
University of Phoenix - Modesto
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Stanislaus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Modesto Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
University of Phoenix - Modesto
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72.8% 2009-10 to 2016-17

Napa

Pacific Union College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Napa Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pacific Union College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Napa Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Orange County

Stanbridge University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015-16 through 2016-17)
Saddleback College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Concordia University Irvine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
Cypress College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Golden West College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
California State University, Fullerton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
Santa Ana College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
University of California, Irvine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Western Governors University - Santa Ana
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
CNI College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014-15 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Stanbridge University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2015-16 to 2016-17
Saddleback College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.8% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Concordia University Irvine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.2% 2009-10 to 2016-17
Cypress College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Golden West College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
California State University, Fullerton
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.9% 2009-10 to 2016-17
Santa Ana College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.5% 2009-10 to 2016-17
Direct Entry MSN
Western Governors University - Santa Ana
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.7% 2011-12 to 2016-17
CNI College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 74.5% 2014-15 to 2016-17

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)
Ventura College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Moorpark College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Channel Islands
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.5% 2009-10 to 2016-17
Ventura College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Moorpark College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.8% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Sierra College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Sacramento City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
American River College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Carrington College - Sacramento
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of California, Davis
  • Direct Entry MSN
Weimar Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Sacramento
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Sierra College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Sacramento City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
American River College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Carrington College - Sacramento
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.8% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Sacramento
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of California, Davis
Direct Entry MSN
Weimar Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Salinas

Hartnell College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Monterey Peninsula College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Hartnell College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Monterey Peninsula College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17

San Diego County

MiraCosta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Palomar College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
California State University, San Marcos
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
San Diego City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
University of San Diego
  • Direct Entry MSN: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Grossmont College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
National University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Southwestern College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Brightwood College - San Diego
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
United States University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2014-15 through 2015-16)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 62.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2015-16)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
MiraCosta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Palomar College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
California State University, San Marcos
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2008-09 to 2016-17
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
San Diego City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
University of San Diego
Direct Entry MSN 90.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Point Loma Nazarene University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Grossmont College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
National University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Southwestern College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Brightwood College - San Diego
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
United States University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 74.2% 2014-15 to 2015-16
Direct Entry MSN 62.0% 2009-10 to 2015-16

San Francisco Bay metro area

Chabot College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Merritt College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
University of California, San Francisco
  • Direct Entry MSN: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Ohlone College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
College of Marin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Samuel Merritt University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Contra Costa College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
California State University, East Bay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
University of San Francisco
  • Direct Entry MSN: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Los Medanos College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Gavilan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% 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)
Evergreen Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
San Francisco State University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
City College of San Francisco
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
De Anza College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
College of San Mateo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Dominican University of California
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Mission College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
Unitek College - Fremont
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.5% 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)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chabot College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Merritt College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17
University of California, San Francisco
Direct Entry MSN 94.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Ohlone College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.2% 2007-08 to 2016-17
College of Marin
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Samuel Merritt University
Direct Entry MSN 90.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Contra Costa College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
California State University, East Bay
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
University of San Francisco
Direct Entry MSN 88.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Los Medanos College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Gavilan College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
San Jose State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Evergreen Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
San Francisco State University
Direct Entry MSN 87.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
City College of San Francisco
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
De Anza College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
College of San Mateo
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Dominican University of California
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Mission College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.6% 2009-10 to 2016-17
Unitek College - Fremont
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Holy Names University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 61.6% 2012-13 to 2016-17

San Luis Obispo

Cuesta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cuesta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Allan Hancock College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Santa Barbara City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Allan Hancock College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Santa Cruz

Cabrillo College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cabrillo College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Sonoma

Sonoma State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Sonoma State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Santa Rosa Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Stockton

San Joaquin Delta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
San Joaquin Delta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Vallejo / Fairfield area

Solano Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Solano Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Visalia / Porterville area

College of the Sequoias
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Porterville College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
San Joaquin Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
College of the Sequoias
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Porterville College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2011-12 to 2016-17
San Joaquin Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 72.2% 2007-08 to 2016-17

Other California cities

Mendocino College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
College of the Siskiyous
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Simpson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012-13 through 2016-17)
Madera Community College Center
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
California State University, Chico
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Shasta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Yuba College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
West Hills College Lemoore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
College of the Redwoods - Eureka
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Imperial Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
Butte College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Mendocino College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17
College of the Siskiyous
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Simpson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2012-13 to 2016-17
Madera Community College Center
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2011-12 to 2016-17
California State University, Chico
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Shasta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Yuba College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.8% 2007-08 to 2016-17
West Hills College Lemoore
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2009-10 to 2016-17
College of the Redwoods - Eureka
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Imperial Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.2% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Butte College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17