List of Accredited Nursing Schools in California

Including Public and Private Ones

The sunny state of California has attracted many nursing professionals looking to start a career in healthcare, because of its quality of living, but also one of the highest salary levels in the country.

This state has introduced some important changes to the profession, especially benefiting RNs, led by the influential California Nurses Association which negotiated some collective agreements for nurses practicing in California and leading the example for other states.

In addition to great working conditions, California also has available to prospective nursing students a variety of programs from diploma level to a doctorate degree. Students also have the possibility to select from a choice of school environments, ranging from small community colleges, private schools or large state-owned universities as well as Associate’s degrees (2-year programs in California), Bachelor’s or Advanced Studies in Nursing.

California residents and prospective nurses also have available a range of scholarships through private organizations, health care institutions, universities and local businesses. Have a look at our guide to paying for nursing school for information.

Nursing Education in California

California is home to many world-class schools teaching Nursing, from Diploma level to doctorate and masters degrees, you will be spoilt for choice. Many of these are accredited by the main nursing education bodies, CCNE or NLNAC/ ACEN.

To become a nurse in California, one needs to complete a state-approved education program, pass the licensing exam NCLEX and satisfy continuing education requirements in order to renew their license.

You’ll find below a list of accredited nursing schools in California, with an accreditation with both the CCNE, NLNAC or both.

Featured Nursing Programs

The University

With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.

Programs:

  • MSN Clinical Nurse Educator
  • RN to BSN (licensed RNs only)
  • RN to MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator
  • And more...

Do you want to start working toward a career that actually makes you excited? If so, an education from West Coast University (WCU) could be the perfect choice for you! This accredited, private University has a history that dates back over 100 years. Today, WCU offers health care degrees that will help prepare you and educate you on the current trends and issues within the health industry.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LVN to BSN
Locations: Ontario
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University. Take classes online or on campus. Pursue your degree to help you start the career you want. Learn more now.

Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Blake Austin College, located in Vacaville, CA, can help you get the skills you need to reach your career potential. Choose from a variety of business and medical programs.

Programs:

  • Vocational Nursing
Locations: Vacaville

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning. Today, we offer an impressive array of more than 130 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs across five colleges and the Graduate School.

Programs:

  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP)
  • Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP)
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Track (BSN to DNP)
  • And more...

California State University, Bakersfield

CSU Bakersfield offers a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to students who currently do not have any nursing experience, but they need to take one year of pre-requisite courses and three years of nursing courses. Once those are completed, the student will receive their BSN degree along with eligibility to apply for an RN licensure examination. Another popular program at the school is the RN to BSN program. It’s designed for students who currently have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing and want to obtain a BSN. The program takes approximately 15 months for the students to complete. California State University, Bakersfield is an accredited college by the Board of Registered Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Department of Nursing
9001 Stockdale Hwy, 29RNC
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Phone: (661)-654-2505

University of California, San Francisco

The University of California, San Francisco allows students to earn their Master of Science in Nursing, Ph.D. in Nursing, or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DPN). The programs engage students in advanced clinical practice, evaluate and apply theory related to the scientific base of nursing, evaluate research related to the clinical and scientific value of nursing, analyze relationships with cultural, political, and social issues related to healthcare, and much more. Due to the programs’ length and the number of students who struggle with family or current job while attending school, the university offers many different ways to complete the course, including a two day a week program. UCSJ is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Department of Nursing
2 Koret Way
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-1435

San Diego State University

San Diego State University has four nursing degrees for students: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN), Registered Nurse to BSN, Master of Science in Nursing, and Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse. Students are taught how to make professional decisions, utilize research to the nursing process, develop critical thinking skills necessary for nursing, and focus on the trends of the healthcare systems. The coursework includes classroom and labs as well as internships at local healthcare facilities. San Diego State University is an accredited school by American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and the California Board of Registered Nurses.

SDSU School Of Nursing
Adams Humanities Building rm #3138
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4158
Phone: (619) 594-2540

Azusa Pacific University

This Christian based university is a private school that offers nursing as well as multiple other programs. Students can take one of the five undergraduate programs to get their nursing license and then move on to any of the six Master’s programs at APU. From there, APU has two nursing Doctoral programs for anyone who wishes to take their degree to the next level. Azusa Pacific University also offers international opportunities for anyone who is interested, from short-term missions to entire semesters spent in other countries. It is a great opportunity for students to learn about foreign healthcare systems and research the weaknesses and strengths of that health care when compared to the United States. It also teaches cultural sensitivity, enriches the academic experience, and is a great way to address global health issues. Azusa Pacific School of Nursing gets accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, WASC Senior College and University Commission, and the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing
701 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 815-5386

For a full list of accredited schools in California, you can visit the state’s official list. It has all the current colleges, programs, and contact. There are also warnings for any college that has lost their accreditation.

Board of Nursing Approved Nursing Schools

Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing
Location: Azusa, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.apu.edu

Biola University School of Nursing
Location: La Mirada, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Website: http://www.biola.edu

California State University Bakersfield School of Nursing
Location: Bakersfield, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.csubak.edu

California State University-Chico School of Nursing
Location: Chico, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
and ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Website: http://www.csuchico.edu

California State University Dominguez Hills School of Nursing
Location: Carson, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.csudh.edu

California State University Fresno School of Nursing
Location: Fresno, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in NursingWebsite: http://www.csufresno.edu

California State University Fullerton School of Nursing
Location: Fullerton, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
and ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Website: http://www.fullerton.edu

California State University Hayward School of Nursing
Location: Hayward, California
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Website: http://www.csuhayward.edu

California State University Long Beach School of Nursing
Location: Long Beach, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.csulb.edu

California State University Los Angeles School of Nursing
Location: Los Angeles, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Website: http://www.calstatela.edu

California State University Northbridge School of Nursing
Location: Northbridge, California
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.csun.edu

California State University Sacramento School of Nursing
Location: Sacramento, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.csus.edu

California State University San Bernardino School of Nursing
Location: San Bernardino, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.csusb.edu

California State University Stanislaus School of Nursing
Location: Turlock, California
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.csustan.edu

Dominican University of California School of Nursing
Location: San Rafael, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.dominican.edu

Holy Names College School of Nursing
Location: Oakland, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.hnu.edu

Humboldt State University School of Nursing
Location: Arcata, California
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.humboldt.edu

Loma Linda University School of Nursing
Location: Loma Linda, California
Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.llu.edu

Mount Saint Mary’s College School of Nursing
Location: Los Angeles, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.msmc.la.edu

National University School of Nursing
Location: La Jolla, California
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.nu.edu

Pacific Union College School of Nursing
Location: Angwin, California
Programs: BSN
Accreditation: ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Website: http://www.puc.edu

Point Loma Nazarene University School of Nursing
Location: San Diego, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.ptloma.edu

Samuel Merritt College School of Nursing
Location: Oakland, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.samuelmerritt.edu

Samuel Merritt – St Mary’s Intercollegiate Nursing Consortium
Location: Moraga, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu

San Diego State University School of Nursing
Location: San Diego, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.sdsu.edu

San Francisco State University School of Nursing
Location: San Francisco, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.sfsu.edu

San Jose State University School of Nursing
Location: San Jose, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.sjsu.edu

Sonoma State University School of Nursing
Location: Rohnert Park, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.sonoma.edu

University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing
Location: Los Angeles, California
Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.ucla.edu

University of California San Francisco School of Nursing
Location: San Francisco, California
Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.ucsf.edu

University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing
Location: San Diego, California
Programs: BSN, MSN, PHD
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.sandiego.edu

University of San Francisco School of Nursing
Location: San Francisco, California
Programs: BSN, MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.usfca.edu

Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing
Location: Pomona, California
Programs: MSN
Accreditation: CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Website: http://www.westernu.edu