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Los Angeles (LA) is a large, exciting city with a total area of 4,850 square miles and a population of 3.858 million people. There are approximately 100 accredited colleges, universities and online programs with nursing programs. There are 124,390 employed nurses in Los Angeles, and the need for more nurses has steadily increased in recent years.

Los Angeles's sunny climate offers a wide variety of activities for their residents, such as their beaches, excellent restaurants, a vast array of entertainment and camping, along with hiking in the nearby mountains. Los Angles has excellent public transportation, which includes subways, light-rail, buses and shuttles, however, the freeways are very crowded with traffic.

Nursing Career and Educational Opportunities in Los Angeles


There are several schools providing nursing education in the L.A. metro area, making it a great place to pursue or further your nursing studies. UCLA, is one example of a well-known research facility, with several nursing programs available. The types of programs offered by UCLA, and other nursing degrees in California:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • MSN Masters Entry Clinical Nurse
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Advance Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. – focuses on clinical nursing research
  • Post-Master Certificate – Two-year certificate for the MSN who would like to get the education and clinical study to become a nurse practice

In addition to offering several different types of nursing programs, Los Angeles also boasts are a large number of nursing positions, including those for LPNs, RNs, nurse practitioners and professors. Many hospitals are hiring nurses in a variety of specialty areas and there are positions in executive leadership, management and nursing education open to nurses with a combination of different backgrounds.

Salaries in California tend to range higher than most other states, making it an enticing place to practice. The mean average salary for a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational nurse is $50,420 (BLS, 2016). The Registered Nurses (RN) salary averages $95,400 and Nurse Practitioners enjoy an average annual salary of $130,290 (BLS, 2016). Nursing Instructors can expect an average salary of $103,730 per year (BLS, 2015).

The American Nurses Credentialing Center Recognizes hospitals for nursing excellence by awarding the Magnet award. This award is not only based on the quality of patient care, but continuously improving patient care and health of the community are also considerations.There are several designated Magnet hospitals in LA which include:

  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • El Camino Hospital
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • Huntington Memorial Hospital
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Hospitals in Los Angeles



Professional Nursing Supports in Los Angeles

In addition to a good number of nursing schools and job opportunities in L.A., there are several professional organizations that offer support to the profession. There are a number of active nursing associations in California, such as American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Association of Rehabilitation nurses Aging Services of California and the California Nurses Association. Also, the California Action Coalition is working to transform healthcare through nursing as they recognize the important work already underway, but they have a goal of long-term sustainable change. They desire to lead the way to improving the health of the general population, while simultaneously advancing the future of nursing.

California Legislators has passed several bills that affect nursing. Elder abuse that occurs in a long-term care facility must be reported to law enforcement if abuse is seen or suspected. If a healthcare worker comes into contact with a child and suspects abuse or neglect it must be reported as well. Legislators have also approved a bill that allows nurse practitioners to work autonomously without supervision from a physician.

Curriculum, Costs and Financial Aid in L.A.

The curriculum of most universities to earn a BSN degree is very similar as they typically require 48 units of general education, with a focus on sciences, which include microbiology, human anatomy, pathophysiology and psychology before beginning the nursing courses.

The nursing specific courses tend to include:

  • Fundamentals of Professional Nursing
  • Physical Assessment
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Research
  • Human development or Health Promotion in a Culturally Diverse Population
  • Maternity and Pediatric Nursing
  • Principles of Community Health Nursing
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Leadership Training
  • Clinical Internship

Most CA universities require a minimum of 180 units to earn a bachelor's degree. Tuition varies greatly between universities. The following comparisons are for California on-campus students, based on 2014 information from the schools' websites.

  • The University of California tuition for students living off-campus is $29,200.
  • The graduate student tuition at UCLA for CA residents is $15,208 per year.
  • The Marian College for a Vocational Nursing Program's tuition is $23,865.

The financial aid offices at universities suggest completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial support. There are several types of aid awarded to undergraduates by the financial office, which include Cal Grant A or B, Pell Grants, University Grant, Work-study, Perkins Loan, Direct to Subsidize Lone, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Parent PLUS Loan and Private Loan. In addition, Cedars-Sinai along with many other hospitals provide tuition reimbursement for their nurses.

MSN Programs from California Schools

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

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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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
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: 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
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