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.

Stanbridge College

Stanbridge College

Online
The Stanbridge College RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online. The program is not accredited but Stanbridge College has institutional accreditation from the [...]
2041 Business Ctr Dr Ste 107
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 794-9090 x5104

Simpson University

Simpson University


The Simpson University Nursing program prepares professional nurses for entry level positions. The BSN program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates from this program will [...]
2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003
(530) 224-5600

Pacific Union College

Pacific Union College


One Angwin Ave
Angwin, CA 94508
(707) 965-6313

Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University


3900 Lomaland Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 849-2200

San Diego State University

San Diego State University


5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5200

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University


1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338-1111

Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University


1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 664-2880

San Jose State University

San Jose State University


One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
(408) 924-1000

United States University

United States University


7675 Mission Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 477-6310 x2024

Unitek College

Unitek College


4670 Auto Mall Pkwy
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 249-1060

University of Antelope Valley

University of Antelope Valley


44055 Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 726-1911 x125

Vanguard University of Southern California

Vanguard University of Southern California


55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-3610

West Coast University-Los Angeles

West Coast University-Los Angeles


12215 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 299-5500

West Coast University-Orange County

West Coast University-Orange County


1477 S Manchester Ave
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 782-1700

Biola University

Biola University


13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639
(562) 903-6000

Brandman University

Brandman University

Online
16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-9800

Hartnell College

Hartnell College


411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-6700

San Diego State University - Imperial Valley Campus

San Diego State University - Imperial Valley Campus


720 Heber Ave
Calexico, CA 92231
(760) 768-5500

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University


1717 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno, CA 93702
(559) 453-2000

West Coast University-Ontario

West Coast University-Ontario


2855 E. Guasti Rd
Ontario, CA 91761
(909) 467-6100

Holy Names University

Holy Names University


3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 436-1000

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University

Online
901 E Alosta
Azusa, CA 91702
(626) 969-3434

California Baptist University

California Baptist University


8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 689-5771

California State University-Bakersfield

California State University-Bakersfield

Online
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311
(661) 654-2782

California State University-Channel Islands

California State University-Channel Islands


One University Dr
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 437-8400

California State University-Chico

California State University-Chico

Online
First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929
(530) 898-6116

California State University-Dominguez Hills

California State University-Dominguez Hills

Online
1000 E Victoria St
Carson, CA 90747
(310) 243-3300

California State University-East Bay

California State University-East Bay


25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542
(510) 885-3000

California State University-Fresno

California State University-Fresno


5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93740
(559) 278-4240

California State University-Fullerton

California State University-Fullerton

Online
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-2011

California State University-Long Beach

California State University-Long Beach


1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111

California State University-Los Angeles

California State University-Los Angeles


5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000

California State University-Northridge

California State University-Northridge


18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-1200

California State University-Sacramento

California State University-Sacramento


6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 278-6011

California State University-San Bernardino

California State University-San Bernardino

Online
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(909) 537-5000

California State University-San Marcos

California State University-San Marcos


333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096
(760) 750-4000

California State University-Stanislaus

California State University-Stanislaus


One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382
(209) 667-3122

Concordia University-Irvine

Concordia University-Irvine


1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-8002

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda University


11139 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-1400

Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary's University


12001 Chalon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 954-4000

National University

National University


11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
(800) 628-8648

Pacific College

Pacific College

Online
3160 Red Hill Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 662-4402