RN to BSN Programs in California


The state of California has exactly 382,430 licensed RNs at the moment. In the past 10 to 15 years, the role of a nurse has greatly expanded as she has taken on more responsibilities for health care delivery. It is no surprise, therefore, that the number of practicing nurses in the state has doubled between the years 1980 and 2008.

The past two decades also reflected that the nursing workforce for California has become more diverse. The number of African-American nurses has nearly doubled with a significant growth in graduates and nursing educational programs. 

California, when compared to the national average, has fewer nurses in every 100,000 people. Over the past decade, though, nursing enrollments has doubled over in this state, all this, according to the UCSF report.

Just like other states, many RNs are employed in hospitals and the number of those that work in home health care and offices is quickly rising. A lot of vacancies outside of acute care require a degree in BSN. But a current report reflected that only 27.4% of RNs in California hold a BSN degree (based on the year 2009 and 2010).

BSN opens more opportunities for a registered nurse. If you want to finally finish your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, here are a few colleges that you can look into –

The San Diego State University RN to BSN program can be accomplished in less than two years. A lot of their courses require students to be online while nursing care of the critically ill and community health courses require clinical hours.

The California State University – Chico has an RN to BSN program that takes approximately 15 months when studied part-time. Majority of the classes are taken online, with only 1-2 days of campus attendance required each semester. The course on public health/community has 135 contact hours. This is set up at a site that is most convenient for the student.

California State University – Bakersfield is largely an online program which accepts students once each year. It takes 12 months to finish this program and this is inclusive of 100 clinical hours that is spent at a public health department (winter term). Only 40 top ranking students are admitted annually. 

Below is is a complete list of schools that provide RN to BSN program in California. We know that the list is not complete but it has the most popular and all CCNE accredited programs. If you know a program that is not listed here please let us know.

There are 47 nursing schools in California that provide RN to BSN program. We gathered some key information about each school to help you learn more about the schools' characteristics and the programs they provide.

Where applicable we also list weighted average NCLEX pass rate of the students who attended the schools in the last 3 years.

Ashford University
San Diego, CA


Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.50%

Biola University
La Mirada, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 83.10%

Brandman University
Irvine, CA


California Baptist University
Riverside, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.80%

California State University - LA
Los Angeles, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.80%

California State University-Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.50%

California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.30%

California State University-Chico
Chico, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.90%

California State University-East Bay
Hayward, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.80%

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.50%

California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.70%

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 97.10%

California State University-Northridge
Northridge, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.70%

California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.60%

California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.10%

California State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.80%

California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 97.10%

Concordia University-Irvine
Irvine, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.20%

Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, CA


Glendale Community College
Glendale, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.60%

Grossmont College
El Cajon, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.40%

Hartnell College
Salinas, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.30%
  • PN: 92.90%

Holy Names University
Oakland, CA


Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.30%

Moorpark College
Moorpark, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.00%

Mount Saint Mary's University
Los Angeles, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 74.90%

National University
La Jolla, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.20%

Pacific College
Costa Mesa, CA


Pacific Union College
Angwin, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.30%

Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 85.30%

San Diego State University
San Diego, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.40%

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.00%

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.80%

Simpson University
Redding, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 97.30%

Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 96.30%

Stanbridge University
Irvine, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 100.00%
  • PN: 89.80%

United States University
San Diego, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 74.80%

Unitek College
Fremont, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 73.50%
  • PN: 73.00%

University of Antelope Valley
Lancaster, CA


West Coast University-Los Angeles
North Hollywood, CA

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.20%