We've organized a comprehensive list of California nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LVN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major California city.

The state of California is home to some of the nation’s most prestigious private schools. Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, and University of Southern California are just a few. Many of the state’s top private schools are also home to some of America’s best nursing schools. Besides an excellent reputation and prominent programs in specialized fields such as nursing, many of these private schools offer more personalized attention than public schools thanks to smaller class sizes.

The state of California is home to the nation's top public university: University of California, Berkeley. Several other public California colleges are among the top 25 in the nation, and many are home to some of America’s best nursing schools. Choosing a public nursing school education in the state offers benefits that go beyond reputation. For starters, public universities in the state (and across the US) cost less.

While employers often prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree for more advanced roles, an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) can prepare you for the state licensing exam and provide the skills needed to provide care in a number of introductory settings. Many aspiring nursing professionals choose this path because an ADN takes less time to complete than a BSN. In fact, according to the California Board of Registered Nursing, a BSN requires four years of study while an ADN may be completed in just two to three years.

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.

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