Nursing Schools in California
(found programs from 230 schools)

State Nursing Board: California State Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: California Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: California Hospital Association

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California has long captured the imagination of millions the world over, with its sunny beaches, beautiful landscapes and rich history. In 1964, it surpassed New York as the nation's most populous state. People still flock to the state, including immigrants for whom California is the number one destination.

Nurses in California are at the forefront of healthcare change, despite the impact the state's economic difficulties have had on the profession. The powerful California Nurses Association has negotiated some of the most lucrative collective bargaining agreements for RNs in the country, and has set the stage for many other states to follow suit.

If you are looking to become a nurse in California, or if you are already a nurse and are looking to expand your education, you have found a great resource in We have compiled a list of all the nursing school programs in California, and you will find links on this page to each one, as well as additional information about the profession.

Nursing Education in California

With over 230 nursing schools in the state, prospective nurses have many opportunities to pursue their vocation whether they want a practical nursing diploma or a doctoral degree. Students also have their pick of educational environments that run the gamut from small private colleges to large state universities. Scholarships are available through businesses, universities, health care facilities, and other organizations for California residents. Some are offered for specific nursing specializations such as the California Emergency Nurses Association Scholarship.

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Outlook for Nursing in California

California RNs earn more than any other nurses in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that RNs earn $101,260 annually (2015). California is home to almost 250,000 RNs as well as the top ten top paying metropolitan areas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook 2015 edition. California is a lucrative home for RNs and is a great place to break into the market.

Some of the top employers of Registered Nurses in California include Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Laguna Honda Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Sutter Memorial Hospital

Nursing Degree Programs in California

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