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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Some aspiring nurses prefer the fast track to a career in nursing, so they might choose an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program to get started within 2-3 years. After several years in the field, however, many ADN holders are ready to seek a higher-level position or other advancement opportunities. Many of these opportunities require no less than a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. In fact, most major hospitals now require a BSN or higher because they feel it ensures that nurses are well trained and prepared for advancement.

The most common degree path for these individuals is the RN-to-BSN program. RN-to-BSN programs allow licensed professional nurses to earn a BSN in as few as three semesters, depending on the number of accepted credit hours and whether the student chooses a full- or part-time schedule. Many of these programs offer flexible day, evening, and weekend schedules, and some are even offered entirely online.

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While the overall employment outlook and salaries for registered nurses are excellent, the potential for high earnings and job stability increases when nurses hold a BSN or higher. Expected employment growth for RNs is 19% for the 2012-2022 decade, with a median salary of $65,470 per year nationwide. California-based RNs earn a median salary of $94,310 per year, almost $30,000 higher than the US median. Nurses in management, research, administration, and other positions of authority typically earn six figures. For example, California-based nurse managers earn an average of $118,040 per year.

Below is a list of accredited California nursing schools that offer the state’s best RN-to-BSN programs for working nursing professionals.

Bakersfield

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway | Bakersfield, California 93311
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Fresno

California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue | Fresno, California 93740
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fresno Pacific University
1717 South Chestnut Avenue | Fresno, California 93702
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Central Valley
45 Riverpark Place West | Fresno, California 93720
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Inland Empire

California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92504
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway | San Bernardino, California 92407
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Loma Linda University
11262 Campus Street | Loma Linda, California 92350
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University - Ontario
2855 East Guasti Road | Ontario, California 91761
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program

Los Angeles County

Angeles College
3440 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 310 | Los Angeles, California 90010
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Azusa Pacific University
901 East Alosta Avenue | Azusa, California 91702
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Biola University
13800 Biola Avenue | La Mirada, California 90639
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street | Carson, California 90747
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard | Long Beach, California 90840
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive | Los Angeles, California 90032
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street | Northridge, California 91330
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Mount Saint Mary's University
12001 Chalon Road | Los Angeles, California 90049
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shepherd University
3200 North San Fernando Road | Los Angeles, California 90065
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Antelope Valley
44055 North Sierra Highway | Lancaster, California 93534
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90095
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
West Coast University - Los Angeles
12215 Victory Boulevard | North Hollywood, California 91606
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program

Modesto

California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle | Turlock, California 95382
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Napa

Pacific Union College
One Angwin Avenue | Angwin, California 94508
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Orange County

Brandman University
16355 Laguna Canyon Road | Irvine, California 92618
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, Fullerton
800 North State College Boulevard | Fullerton, California 92831
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West | Irvine, California 92612
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pacific College
3160 Red Hill Avenue | Costa Mesa, California 92626
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stanbridge University
2041 Business Center Drive, Suite 107 | Irvine, California 92612
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of California, Irvine
501 Aldrich Hall | Irvine, California 92697
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
University of Phoenix - Southern California
3100 Bristol Street | Costa Mesa, California 92626
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vanguard University
55 Fair Drive | Costa Mesa, California 92626
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University - Orange County
1477 South Manchester Avenue | Anaheim, California 92802
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area

California State University, Channel Islands
One University Drive | Camarillo, California 93012
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Sacramento

California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street | Sacramento, California 95819
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Sacramento Valley
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive | Sacramento, California 95833
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Salinas

California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center | Seaside, California 93955
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

San Diego County

California College San Diego
6602 Convoy Court, Suite 100 | San Diego, California 92111
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California State University, San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road | San Marcos, California 92096
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National University
3678 Aero Court | San Diego, California 92123
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Drive | San Diego, California 92106
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive | San Diego, California 92182
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
United States University
830 Bay Boulevard | Chula Vista, California 91911
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - San Diego
9645 Granite Ridge Drive | San Diego, California 92123
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

San Francisco Bay metro area

California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard | Hayward, California 94542
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Boulevard | Oakland, California 94619
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Avenue | Oakland, California 94609
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue | San Francisco, California 94132
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Jose State University
One Washington Square | San Jose, California 95192
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Bay Area
3590 North First Street | San Jose, California 95134
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Sonoma

Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue | Rohnert Park, California 94928
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other California cities

California State University, Chico
First & Normal Streets | Chico, California 95929
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Diego State University - Imperial Valley
720 Heber Avenue | Calexico, California 92231
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Simpson University
2211 College View Drive | Redding, California 96003
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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