BSN Programs in California

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American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #45

Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 84.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #62

Biola University
La Mirada, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 82.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #69

Brandman University
Irvine, CA


California Baptist University
Riverside, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 84.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #60

California College - San Diego
San Diego, CA


California State University-Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 92.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #26

California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #13

California State University-Chico
Chico, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #10

California State University-East Bay
Hayward, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 86.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #54

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 83.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #65

California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 91.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #27

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 96.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #7

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #11

California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #41

California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #9

California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 86.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #51

California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #9

California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 96.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #7

Concordia University-Irvine
Irvine, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 92.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #25

Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 79.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #74

Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, CA


Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #42

Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 73.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #85

National University
La Jolla, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 93.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #23

Pacific College
Costa Mesa, CA


Pacific Union College
Angwin, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 84.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #61

Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 86.50%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #52

Samuel Merritt University
Oakland, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 89.20%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #36

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 95.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #16

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 82.60%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #69

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 89.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #35

Simpson University
Redding, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 97.30%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #5

Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 94.40%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #19

Stanbridge College
Irvine, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 100.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #1

Touro University California
Vallejo, CA


United States University
San Diego, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 75.90%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #82

Unitek College
Fremont, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 73.80%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #84

University of San Diego
San Diego, CA


University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.10%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #44

West Coast University-Los Angeles
North Hollywood, CA

Avg. NCLEX-RN pass rate: 88.00%
NCLEX-RN Rank: #45


Closed BSN Programs

Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA
Program closed in 2012

Prior to checking out the California Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs, you may want to understand the licensing requirements in the state. To become a registered nurse, it is necessary to get a license from the California Board of Registered Nursing. You should also have graduated from a nursing program that has been approved by the state, either with a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree. California also accepts the LVN 30 option or military training; these two provide licensed vocational nurses with ample training to become licensed registered nurses. Apart from the completion of a nursing training program, a student must also pass the NCLEX and pass the criminal background check. 

Salary and Job Outlook for California Registered Nurses 

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) stated that the registered nurses' mean annual wage was almost at $91,000 in May of 2011. This is the highest rate in the entire country and is significantly higher than the $69,000 national average salary for a registered nurse. 

The BLS also predicted that the employment of registered nurses is slated to increase by 26% for a decade (2010-2020). This is quicker than the average increase rate for all types of occupations. This growth can be attributed to the manpower needs in preventative care as well as the technological advances. The aging population is also increasing which means more health care services will be needed in the future. In the year 2011 alone, more than 250,000 RNs employed across California. 

This is the perfect time to become a registered nurse. Here are California nursing schools that offer the BSN program – 

California State University – Long Beach 

This four-year public university offers a BSN program that admits three types of students - 

  •  The basic or trimester student without any first level nursing course taken 
  •  The RN student 
  •  and the Entry Level MSN student who wishes to accomplish both BSN and MSN degrees in just 36 months. 

Graduates of the BSN program from this university becomes eligible to have the PHN or California Public Health Nursing certificate. She is also able to functions as a generalist professional registered nurse working in clinical settings. She can also begin applying for graduate nursing degrees to pursue her advanced courses.

San Francisco State University 

The university's Department of Nursing is to provide excellent baccalaureate education for the most diverse student body. They also prepare their graduates to become the best nurses who are not only great at patient care but more so as leaders on the healthcare field. Considering to enroll in a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing program from this school should begin with your pre-admissions session. These sessions discuss the BSN program, prerequisites and what it takes to accomplish the courses. Sessions take place during September, October and November each year.