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Nursing Schools in California
(found programs from 54 schools)

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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 BestNursingDegree.com. 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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MSN Programs from California Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited MSN programs with campus locations in California.

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California

American University of Health Sciences (Signal Hill, CA)
Program Name: Master's in Clinical Research for CCRN (Clinical Research RN)
Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and Adult Nurse Practitioner, Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Parish Nursing, School Nurse Services, School Nurse Services Credential and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse Administrator (online), Nurse Educator (online), Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Fresno (Fresno, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator, Primary Care/Family Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
Program Name: CRNA, Nursing Leadership, School Nursing, Women’s Health Care - Nurse Midwifery, Women’s Health Care - Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MHA, MSN/MPH, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner - Primary & Acute Adult, Nurse Practitioner - Primary & Acute Pediatric, Nurse Practitioner - Psychiatric & Mental Health, Nursing Administration, Nursing Case Management, Nursing Education, Psychiatric/Mental Health CNS, School Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-Sacramento (Sacramento, CA)
Program Name: Advanced Clinical Role, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, School Nursing
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
California State University-San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing
California State University-Stanislaus (Turlock, CA)
Program Name: Gerontological Nursing, Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Dominican University of California (San Rafael, CA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - CNS, MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Holy Names University (Oakland, CA)
Program Name: Administration/Management, Clinical Faculty, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), MSN/MBA
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA)
Program Name: Adult and Aging Family CNS, Adult and Aging Family Nurse Educator, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Growing Family CNS, Growing Family Nurse Educator, MS/MA in Nursing and Clinical Ethics, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
MiraCosta College (Oceanside, CA)
Program Name: Certified Nursing Assistant
Mount Saint Mary's College (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist Track, Community/Public Health Track, Educator Track, Leadership & Administration Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Samuel Merritt College (Oakland, CA)
Program Name: Case Management (CM) (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and Elderly (Acute Critical Care Nursing NP/CNS CNS or Nurse Educator), Community Health Nursing - School Nursing, Community Health Nursing (Nurse Midwifery), Community Health Nursing (Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Care NP), Community Health Nursing (Women’s Health Care NP), Nursing Education (Adult Health Maternal-Newborn or Nursing Leadership), Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Community Public Health Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administrator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrator, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator, Master of Science in Nursing - School Nurse CNS
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Stanbridge College (Irvine, CA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing (CA Only) (online)
United States University (National City, CA)
Program Name: MSN-Administrator, MSN-Educator, MSN-FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)
University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: Acute Care (CNS and/or NP), Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontology (CNS and/or NP), Master's Entry Clinical Nurse (MECN), MBA/MSN, Nursing Administration, Nursing Administration/Occupational & Environmental Health, Occupational & Environmental Health Nurse Practitioner, Oncology (CNS and/or NP), Pediatric (CNS and/or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adult NP, Advanced Community Health & International Nursing (ACHIN), Cardiovascular Nursing (CNS), Critical Care/Trauma Nursing CNS, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Gerontological Nursing (CNS or NP), Health Policy Nursing, Leadership Nursing & Health Systems (Administration), Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Occupational & Environmental Health Nursing (NP or CNS), Oncology Nursing (CNS or NP), Pediatric NP (PNP), Perinatal Nursing Advanced Practice (CNS), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Advanced Practice (CNS or NP)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California-Davis Health System (Sacramento, CA)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant (FNP/PA) Program, Master of Science in Nursing - Health Care Leadership
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of California-Irvine (Irvine, CA)
Program Name: Master of Science in Nursing - FNP or Adult/Geriatric NP
University of Phoenix (Multiple Locations)
Program Name: MS in Nursing (online), MS in Nursing / MBA Health Care Management (online), MS in Nursing/Health Care Education (online), MS in Nursing/Master of Health Administration (online), Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of San Diego (San Diego, CA)
Program Name: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nursing (CNL), Executive Nursing Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Masters in Nursing - Psychiatric/Mental Health NP/CNS, MSN/MBA, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of San Francisco (Cupertino, CA / San Francisco, CA / San Ramon, CA / Santa Rosa, CA)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Leader (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: MS in Nurse Anesthesia
Accreditation: AANA/CANAEP accredited
West Coast University (Los Angeles, CA)
Program Name: MS in Nursing (Los Angeles)
Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, CA)
Program Name: Ambulatory Care, Clinical Nurse Leader (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Leadership & Management (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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