BSN Programs in California

American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 87.3%
Total test writers: 79 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #45
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Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 86.4%
Total test writers: 346 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #62
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Biola University
La Mirada, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 81.6%
Total test writers: 38 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #69
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Brandman University
Irvine, CA


California Baptist University
Riverside, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 87.9%
Total test writers: 141 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #60
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California College - San Diego
San Diego, CA


California State University-Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 96.1%
Total test writers: 51 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #26
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California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.7%
Total test writers: 41 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #13
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California State University-Chico
Chico, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 96.9%
Total test writers: 64 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #10
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California State University-East Bay
Hayward, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 90.9%
Total test writers: 110 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #54
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California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 85.7%
Total test writers: 98 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #65
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California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95.5%
Total test writers: 66 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #27
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California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 97.2%
Total test writers: 145 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #7
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California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 96.6%
Total test writers: 87 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #11
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California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 89.5%
Total test writers: 57 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #41
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California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95.1%
Total test writers: 102 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #9
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California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 91.5%
Total test writers: 118 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #51
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California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 96%
Total test writers: 149 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #9
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California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 98.5%
Total test writers: 68 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #7
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Concordia University-Irvine
Irvine, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 90.8%
Total test writers: 76 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #25

Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.6%
Total test writers: 81 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #74
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Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95%
Total test writers: 139 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #42
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Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 78.2%
Total test writers: 258 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #85
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National University
La Jolla, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.3%
Total test writers: 273 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #23
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Pacific College
Costa Mesa, CA


Pacific Union College
Angwin, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 83.2%
Total test writers: 89 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #61
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Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 80.6%
Total test writers: 67 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #52
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Samuel Merritt University
Oakland, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 92.2%
Total test writers: 359 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #36
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San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 96.8%
Total test writers: 158 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #16
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San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 81.9%
Total test writers: 83 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #69
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San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 95%
Total test writers: 119 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #35
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Simpson University
Redding, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 21 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #5
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Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 24 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #19
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Stanbridge College
Irvine, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 100%
Total test writers: 57 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #1
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Touro University California
Vallejo, CA


United States University
San Diego, CA

2015 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 68.4%
Total test writers: 19 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #82

Unitek College
Fremont, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 72.3%
Total test writers: 188 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #84

University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 89%
Total test writers: 200 students
NCLEX-RN Rank: #44
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West Coast University-Los Angeles
North Hollywood, CA

2016 NCLEX-RN Passrate: 93.7%
Total test writers: 1284 students
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.