RN to BSN Programs in California

Brandman University
Irvine, CA


Concordia University-Irvine
Irvine, CA


Pacific College
Costa Mesa, CA


Simpson University
Redding, CA


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Stanbridge College
Irvine, CA


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United States University
San Diego, CA


Unitek College
Fremont, CA


West Coast University-Los Angeles
North Hollywood, CA


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.

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