California Nursing Schools

Explore Nursing in California

California leads America in nursing opportunities and provides nurses with the highest average salary in the nation. However, the nursing shortage that has affected the nation for over a decade is expected to escalate with the increase of healthcare needs and as vacancies open up while more and more nurses from the Baby Boomer generation retire. Currently, California possesses one of the highest needs for nurses out of all fifty states, with over 54,300 job openings projected by 2020. The need for nurses spans across each sector of nursing across the state in hospitals, outpatient care, physician’s offices, and other health care facilities. By 2015, it is projected that only 65% of the state’s nursing positions will be filled.  The largest need remains for acute-care and emergency nurses, particularly in metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco. A few of the leading employers of California nurses are Sutter Memorial Hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, and Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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About California

“The Golden State”, as California was dubbed after the Gold Rush, is the third largest state out of all  fifty and has the largest populous in the nation, with every one in eight American’s calling California home.  California contains eight of the fifty most populated cities in the nation, including Los Angeles, Fresno, San Diego, Sacramento (the state’s capital), San Francisco, Long Beach, San Jose, and Oakland. California’s geography is incomparable to any other state as its diversity spans across thousands of miles of coastline, mountains, valleys, deserts, and forests. With its infamous and inviting Mediterranean climate, Californian wine production and agriculture reigns over most other states, with a majority of vegetables and half of the fruits grown in America being derived from Californian farms. The western state leads America in the entertainment industry with studios in Hollywood and in technology with businesses in Silicon Valley. California is ideal for all walks of life, including career-driven people, artists, outdoor enthusiasts, and pioneers alike.

Change in nursing jobs in the future

2012

251,800

2020

306,100

$80,980

Avg. Salary

284

Number of nursing programs in state

358

Number of hospitals in state

124

Number of nursing schools in state

Nursing programs offered in California

  • Azusa Pacific University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN
      • BSN Two-Plus-Two
      • LVN-to-RN/BSN
      • Accelerated RN-to-BSN
      • Online Accelerated RN-to-BSN
      • Entry-level Master's
      • MSN
      • Post-Master's Certificate
      • DNP
      • PhD

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Biola University +
    • Programs Offered

      • BSN

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • California State University-Stanislaus +
    • Programs Offered

      • Pre-licensure BSN Track
      • ASBSNc Degree Program
      • ADN to BSN Track
      • Masters in Nursing
      • LVN to BSN Track

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Chaffey College +
    • Programs Offered

      • Associate Degree in Nursing
      • Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
      • Vocational Nursing

      Accreditation

      NLNAC

  • Dominican University of California +
    • Programs Offered

      • LVN to BSN
      • LVN to RN
      • MSN Clinical Nurse Leader
      • Accelerated ADN/RN to MSN

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • Loma Linda University +
    • Programs Offered

      • Traditional BS Track
      • BA/BS to BS Track
      • LVN to BS Track
      • RN to BS Track
      • Nurse Practitioner (MS)
      • Clinical Nurse Specialist (MS)
      • Nurse Anesthetist (MS)
      • Nurse Educator (MS)
      • Post MS Certificates
      • PhD
      • DNP

      Accreditation

      CCNE

  • San Diego State University +
    • Programs Offered

      • LVN to RN
      • BS
      • RN to BS
      • MS
      • School Nurse Credential
      • Post Masters Nursing Education

      Accreditation

      CCNE