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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.

Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Bakersfield College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Bakersfield
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Bakersfield College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Fresno

California State University, Fresno
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Gurnick Academy - Fresno
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2018-19 through 2019-20)
Fresno City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Fresno
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Gurnick Academy - Fresno
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.4% 2018-19 to 2019-20
Fresno City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Inland Empire

Victor Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Chaffey College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Riverside City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Loma Linda University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California State University, San Bernardino
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
College of the Desert
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Copper Mountain College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California Baptist University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
San Bernardino Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Victor Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Chaffey College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Riverside City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Mt. San Jacinto College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Loma Linda University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.8% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California State University, San Bernardino
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
College of the Desert
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Copper Mountain College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California Baptist University
Direct Entry MSN 85.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
San Bernardino Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California State University, Long Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California State University, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Santa Monica College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Glendale Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Long Beach City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Career Care Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2019-20 through 2019-20)
El Camino College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Rio Hondo College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California State University, Northridge
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2018-19)
Los Angeles Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Direct Entry MSN: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Pasadena City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Citrus College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Los Angeles City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
University of California, Los Angeles
  • Direct Entry MSN: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Pierce College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Mt. San Antonio College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Glendale Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2018-19 through 2019-20)
Antelope Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Cerritos College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
West Coast University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2019-20)
Azusa Pacific University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2012-13)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Biola University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
American Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2016-17 through 2019-20)
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
College of the Canyons
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California Career College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2018-19 through 2019-20)
American University of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Compton College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.7% 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)
Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Direct Entry MSN: 69.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2019-20)
East Los Angeles College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Angeles College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Los Angeles Harbor College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California State University, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Santa Monica College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Glendale Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Long Beach City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Career Care Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.9% 2019-20 to 2019-20
El Camino College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Rio Hondo College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.6% 2010-11 to 2018-19
Los Angeles Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Western University of Health Sciences
Direct Entry MSN 91.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Pasadena City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Citrus College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Los Angeles City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
University of California, Los Angeles
Direct Entry MSN 89.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Pierce College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Mt. San Antonio College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Glendale Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.2% 2018-19 to 2019-20
Antelope Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Cerritos College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
West Coast University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.1% 2011-12 to 2019-20
Azusa Pacific University
Direct Entry MSN 86.7% 2010-11 to 2012-13
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Biola University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
American Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.2% 2016-17 to 2019-20
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
College of the Canyons
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California Career College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2018-19 to 2019-20
American University of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Compton College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Mount Saint Mary's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Los Angeles Southwest College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Direct Entry MSN 69.6% 2011-12 to 2019-20
East Los Angeles College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 68.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Angeles College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Merced

Merced College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Merced College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Modesto

California State University, Stanislaus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Modesto Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Stanislaus
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Modesto Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Napa

Pacific Union College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Napa Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Pacific Union College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Napa Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Orange County

Saddleback College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Concordia University Irvine
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
University of California, Irvine
  • Direct Entry MSN: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2019-20 through 2019-20)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California State University, Fullerton
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Cypress College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Golden West College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Santa Ana College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
CNI College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014-15 through 2019-20)
Brandman University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Pacific College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Stanbridge University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Vanguard University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Saddleback College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Concordia University Irvine
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
University of California, Irvine
Direct Entry MSN 94.7% 2019-20 to 2019-20
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California State University, Fullerton
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Cypress College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.8% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Golden West College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Santa Ana College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
CNI College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.1% 2014-15 to 2019-20
Brandman University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Pacific College
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Stanbridge University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Vanguard University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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)
Moorpark College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Ventura College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Channel Islands
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Moorpark College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Ventura College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Sacramento

Sierra College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California State University, Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Weimar Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2017-18 through 2019-20)
Sacramento City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Chamberlain University - Sacramento
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018-19 through 2019-20)
American River College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
University of California, Davis
  • Direct Entry MSN: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017-18 through 2019-20)
Carrington College - Sacramento
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Sierra College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California State University, Sacramento
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Weimar Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.6% 2017-18 to 2019-20
Sacramento City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Chamberlain University - Sacramento
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.0% 2018-19 to 2019-20
American River College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
University of California, Davis
Direct Entry MSN 82.0% 2017-18 to 2019-20
Carrington College - Sacramento
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Salinas

Monterey Peninsula College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Hartnell College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Monterey Peninsula College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Hartnell College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.8% 2010-11 to 2019-20

San Diego County

MiraCosta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Grossmont College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California State University, San Marcos
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Palomar College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
San Diego City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
University of San Diego
  • Direct Entry MSN: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
National University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Southwestern College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
MiraCosta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Grossmont College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 96.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California State University, San Marcos
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Palomar College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
San Diego City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.8% 2010-11 to 2019-20
San Diego State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
University of San Diego
Direct Entry MSN 91.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
National University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Point Loma Nazarene University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Southwestern College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20

San Francisco Bay metro area

Chabot College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Merritt College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
University of California, San Francisco
  • Direct Entry MSN: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
College of Marin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Ohlone College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
San Jose State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
San Francisco State University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Evergreen Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Samuel Merritt University
  • Direct Entry MSN: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
California State University, East Bay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Contra Costa College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
University of San Francisco
  • Direct Entry MSN: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Los Medanos College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
De Anza College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Gavilan College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
City College of San Francisco
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
College of San Mateo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Unitek College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Dominican University of California
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Mission College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.4% 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)
Gurnick Academy - Concord
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chabot College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Merritt College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
University of California, San Francisco
Direct Entry MSN 94.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
College of Marin
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Ohlone College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
San Jose State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
San Francisco State University
Direct Entry MSN 89.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.7% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Evergreen Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Samuel Merritt University
Direct Entry MSN 89.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
California State University, East Bay
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Contra Costa College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
University of San Francisco
Direct Entry MSN 88.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Los Medanos College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
De Anza College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Gavilan College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
City College of San Francisco
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.8% 2010-11 to 2019-20
College of San Mateo
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Unitek College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Dominican University of California
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 79.9% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Mission College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Holy Names University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 63.3% 2012-13 to 2019-20
Gurnick Academy - Concord
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

San Luis Obispo

Cuesta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cuesta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 97.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Allan Hancock College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Santa Barbara City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Allan Hancock College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Santa Cruz

Cabrillo College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cabrillo College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.8% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Sonoma

Sonoma State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Sonoma State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 97.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Santa Rosa Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.8% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Stockton

San Joaquin Delta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Xavier College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
San Joaquin Delta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Xavier College
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Vallejo / Fairfield area

Solano Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Solano Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Visalia / Porterville area

College of the Sequoias
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Porterville College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2019-20)
San Joaquin Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
College of the Sequoias
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Porterville College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2011-12 to 2019-20
San Joaquin Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.0% 2010-11 to 2019-20

Other California cities

California State University, Chico
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Mendocino College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Simpson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012-13 through 2019-20)
College of the Siskiyous
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Madera Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2019-20)
Imperial Valley College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
West Hills College Lemoore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Shasta College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
College of the Redwoods
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Yuba College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
Butte College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2019-20)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
California State University, Chico
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.4% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Mendocino College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Simpson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.5% 2012-13 to 2019-20
College of the Siskiyous
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.5% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Madera Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 93.2% 2011-12 to 2019-20
Imperial Valley College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
West Hills College Lemoore
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.2% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Shasta College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2010-11 to 2019-20
College of the Redwoods
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Yuba College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2010-11 to 2019-20
Butte College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2010-11 to 2019-20