Top 10 Nursing Schools in California

Finding the best nursing school to attend in California can be a daunting task. We have compiled a list of our top 10 in the state based on their NCLEX-RN pass rate. Other information to consider is that many schools offer in-state tuition for residents of California, making the cost of the course much lower.

So whether you want to become an LVN or a Registered Nurse these are some of the nursing schools to consider. Don’t forget we have detailed information for several nursing specialties in Cali – Find out all about RN Salary in Caifornia.

California’s Top 10 Nursing Schools

1.Stanbridge University
2041 Business Center Dr #107, Irvine, CA 92612

The different programs give you the opportunity to work your way up the ranks of the profession while offering excellent learning experiences. They offer both on campus and online courses which allow for a flexible approach to learning.

Diploma-Vocational Nurse
Associate of Science-Nursing RN
Bachelor of Science-Nursing RN-BSN
Master of Science-Nursing MSN

2. Cuesta College
Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403

Cuesta College is located San Luis Obispo County, and is regarded throughout the state for its excellent education programs, including 74 degree and 62 certificate programs. Cuesta College has classes at the main campus in San Luis Obispo, the North County Campus in Paso Robles, and the South County Center in Arroyo Grande.

Certified Nursing Assistant CNA
Licensed Vocational Nurse LVN
Associate Degree Registered Nursing (RN)

3. Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545

This college offers educational places on degree, transfer and certificate programs to over 14,000 students.

Licensed Vocational Nurse – Registered Nursing LVN-RN
Registered Nursing RN

4. Victor Valley College
18422 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA 92395

This college a leader in educating generations of individuals while it’s much-admired nursing program produces graduates that are ready to work as a valued member of the health care team.

Licensed Vocational Nurse – Registered Nursing LVN-RN
Registered Nursing RN

5. Sonoma State University
1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

The Sonoma State University Department of Nursing provides a leading foundation for nurses to carry out lifelong learning and to contribute to their community.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree RN
Master of Science Nursing MSN
Family Nurse Practitioner FNP Post Masters Degree

6. Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Pl, Wilmington, CA 90744

Nursing students from here graduate and move onto rewarding careers in the nursing field. They are much sought after as a team member within many hospital and healthcare facilities.

Associate of Science-Nursing RN
Certified Nursing Assistant/ Certified Home Health Assistant CNA/CHHA
Emergency Department Assistant EDA

7. Sierra College
5000 Rocklin Rd, Rocklin, CA 95677

The college serves over 18,000 students each year at campuses and offers 126 degrees and certificate programs.

Associate Degree Registered Nursing (RN)
LVN to RN Upward Mobility Program
ADN to BSN Collaborative: BSN Merger Track

8. California State University, Channel Islands
1 University Dr, Camarillo, CA 93012

This university opened in 2002 and offers a wide range of programs and degree courses. It has over 7,000 students enrolled this year.

ADN/RN to BSN Programs
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

9. California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840

This University hopes to become a leader in the field of educating future nurses. It offers a wide and varied range of degree programs and courses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN
Master of Science in Nursing MSN
Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Certificate NP

10. Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont St, Monterey, CA 93940

This college has excellent academic programs with over 100 degree and certificate courses on offer.

Associate of Science Degree Nursing ADN

As you can see there are many schools to choose from and I hope this has helped you pick the best one for you.

See some other articles for California nursing resources :

Top 10 Hospitals in California

Universities in California Offering CRNA and DNP Programs

Best Psychiatric Facilities in California

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