Top 10 Best Nursing Schools in California (2022)

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August 10, 2022

Top 10 Best Nursing Schools in California (1)

By: Nurse.org Staff

To become a nurse in California, the best course of action is to study at a California school. Studying at one of the state’s top schools will prepare you for a successful nursing career. To help you choose, Nurse.org has compiled a list of the best nursing schools in California.

Methodology

This is a panel-reviewed selection based on a number of factors including,

  • Reputation
  • NCLEX pass rate
  • Tuition
  • Acceptance rate, when available
  • Only ACEN or CCNE accredited schools are eligible

Nurse Panel

Our selection panel includes 5 Registered Nurses with over 55 years of combined nursing experience and 7 nursing degrees.

  • Tracy Everhart, MSN, RN, CNS
  • Tyler Faust, MSN, RN
  • Chaunie Brusie, BSN, RN
  • Kathleen Gaines, MSN, RN, BA, CBC
  • Leah Helmbrecht, BSN, RN

Because nursing careers take different forms, the top 10 California nursing schools are ranked in no particular order.

Top 10 Best Nursing Schools in California

1. California State University, Bakersfield

Annual In-State Tuition: $15,270 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 98.08%

Traditional: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

California has a plethora of incredible state schools, and residents can take advantage of lower in-state tuition. California State University, Bakersfield is no exception. Located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Cal State Bakersfield has the feel of a college town. The nursing program offers plenty of options for undergraduate students, including a a traditional BSN and a 15-month RN-to-BSN. Like most California schools, Cal State Bakersfield has a high NCLEX pass rate and is a nationally recognized university.

2. California State University, Fullerton

Annual In-State Tuition: $6,995 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 96.97%

Traditional: Yes

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Online: No

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

Located just north of Anaheim is another excellent school in the CSU system, California State University, Fullerton. Home to nearly 40,000 students, this ethnically diverse school has a low in-state tuition rate and a great location. Students interested in a BSN have four options:

3. University of California, Irvine

Annual In-State Tuition: $11,928 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 88.64%

Traditional: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

Considered by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top public schools, the University of California, Irvine is an all-around high-quality school. UC Irvine has also been recognized for its commitment to diversity, and graduates tend to have higher salaries than the national average for recent grads. The main undergraduate nursing program – a traditional BSN – also boasts high graduate employment and salaries, but only 2.5% of all applicants are admitted. If students are lucky enough to count themselves among those selected, they’ll be set up for an incredibly successful nursing career.

4. California State University, Long Beach

Annual In-State Tuition: $6,834 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 99.3%

Traditional: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

California State University, Long Beach is home to beautiful beaches and beaches, along with one of the top nursing programs in the state. CSULB’s nursing program has a lofty goal of becoming the premier nursing program, so nursing students can rest assured that they’re getting one of the best educations available. The university offers BSN and MSN programs. There are three main BSN routes students may take:

  • Traditional BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Accelerated BSN: for students with a bachelor’s degree in another field

The NCLEX pass rate of the recent graduating class speaks to the student outcomes.

5. California State University, Los Angeles

Annual In-State Tuition: $6,782 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 95.4%

Traditional: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

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Los Angeles, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation, is home to various hospitals where California State University, Los Angeles nursing students can complete their clinicals. There are four programs for undergraduate nursing students:

6. University of California, Los Angeles

Annual In-State Tuition: $13,804 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 90.91%

Traditional: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: No

Bridge: No

One of the most recognized institutions in the world is the University of California, Los Angeles. So, it should be no surprise that UCLA is also home to one of the top nursing schools in California. UCLA has one traditional BSN program that is for incoming freshman and transfer students. Most students will be interested in earning their BSN before anything else, although the master’s and doctoral level degrees offered by UCLA are among the top in the state, too. The price is higher than other state schools, but in-state students will still pay a lower tuition rate.

7. California State University, Sacramento

Annual In-State Tuition: $7,484 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 97.33%

Traditional: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

Located in the state capitol, California State University, Sacramento is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. Students come from across California – and the US – to study at Sac State. One of the university’s top draws is the traditional BSN program, perfect for incoming freshmen that don’t have any nursing experience. An RN-BSN program and an LVN to BSN program is also available for current nurses that want to complete a BSN. Along with other state schools, Sac State is an excellent value for California residents, and they boast one of the highest NCLEX pass rates on this list.

8. San Diego State University

Annual In-State Tuition: $8,174 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 95.8%

Traditional: Yes

Online: No

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

San Diego State University, home of the Aztecs, has been educating students since 1897. Now home to more than 36,000 students, SDSU has entrenched itself as one of the top public schools in California. The nursing school at SDSU has four main programs:

9. University of California, San Francisco

Annual In-State Tuition: $54,980 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 88.%

Traditional: Yes

Online: Yes

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Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: No

Yes, the in-state tuition at the University of California, San Francisco is incredibly high considering out-of-state students will be required to pay a higher rate. However, that’s the cost of studying at one of the nation’s best nursing schools. UCSF offers a traditional BSN and an accelerated MSN. This three-year MSN program is for current bachelor’s degree holders who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.. Keep in mind that the tuition rate can change depending on which nursing option you choose.

10. California State University, Stanislaus

Annual In-State Tuition: $5,742 | NCLEX Pass Rate: 97.83%

Traditional: Yes

Online: Yes

Accelerated: Yes

Bridge: Yes

California State University, Stanislaus has two campuses – one in Turlock and the other in Stockton. Of course, not all students will study on campus. There are four BSN options:

When it’s time for clinicals, CSU Stanislaus states that students will be placed “as far south as Madera and as far north as Stockton.” This is meant to give nurses extra exposure and more experience. Of course, the low tuition and high NCLEX pass rate are reasons to look at CSU Stanislaus, too.

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4 Key Factors That Affect Nursing School Tuition

Keep in mind that colleges and universities reserve the right to change tuition rates at any time. The yearly tuition rates listed here will vary for each individual student depending on various factors including,

  • Transfer credits
  • Completed competency exams
  • Amount of credits taken per year
  • Financial aid awards

Check with the specific school for current tuition rates.

Nurse Salary and Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),

  • California employs 324,400 nurses, by far the most in the nation.
  • Nurses in California earned an annual mean wage of $124,000 in 2021, making it the highest paying state for nurses.

Along with large cities and natural wonders, nurses in California can enjoy the high pay – especially if they specialize in their practice.

However, the downside to California is that it’s one of the lowest employers of nurses per capita. Only 19.63 nurses are employed per thousand jobs, as compared to 21.84 in Florida and 26.73 in Pennsylvania.

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No state is without its drawbacks, though, and there’s no denying that California is a top destination for nurses looking for a long, successful career in an excellent area.

Next Steps:

There are dozens of great nursing school options in California, but you can only attend one. To find the perfect school, you should first make a list of your top options. Once you’ve determined which schools you’re most interested in, it’s time to prepare your application.

The next steps are to:

  • Contact each school’s admissions offices. You can learn about application requirements, nursing school requirements, and anything else about a school through their admissions office. Admissions counselors are there to help you through the application process.
  • Make sure you meet the nursing school requirements. Yes, many nursing programs have their own set of admissions requirements on top of the school requirements. Find out what they are and how to meet them. Some requirements may need to be fulfilled while in school, so don’t sweat it if you aren’t already eligible.
  • Submit your application(s). Always apply to more than one school! Schools may offer more financial aid than you expect, making one option even more affordable. Items you’ll need to submit include:
    • High school transcript (GPA)
    • ACT and/or SAT scores
    • College entrance essay(s)
    • Letter(s) of recommendation

Other requirements could also be required, so check with each admissions office representative before applying. Also, if you ever feel lost, contact the admissions office. They can answer any questions you have.

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Important considerations when comparing schools:

Both in-state and out-of-state students are attracted to California public schools. However, no two schools are the same, and one option could have clear advantages over another – even if the nursing program doesn’t seem as good on the surface.

To pick the best school, compare the pros and cons. This can include anything, including:

  • Annual tuition and total program cost (these can be different)
  • Cost of living in the area
  • Cost of living at the school
  • Scholarships, grants, and federal aid offered
  • Acceptance rate (both for the school and the nursing program)
  • Length of the program
  • Potential program outcomes
  • Distance from hospitals
  • Accreditation (regional and national)

Why you should care about the nursing program’s accreditation

Accrediting agencies are in charge of setting minimum standards for education programs and ensuring specific programs meet their rigorous standards. An accredited school doesn’t just mean the program is great – unaccredited schools may make you ineligible for federal funding, and many employers will only accept nurses with a BSN from an accredited school.

The two nursing accreditation organizations to look for are

If a school is accredited by one of these institutions, then their nursing program adheres to strict national standards.

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Getting a License in California

To become an RN in California, students should start preparing in high school. The best way to ensure license eligibility in California is to study at a California school, and admission into those schools can be tough. So, preparing early is key, according to the California Board of Registered Nursing.

>> Related: Complete Guide to Nursing in California

After completing your BSN, you’ll need to:

  • Take and pass the NCLEX-RN
  • Pass a criminal background check and submit your fingerprints
  • Send your information to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) in California
  • Apply to become a nurse via the California Board of Nursing

It can take up to six weeks to get your official NCLEX results. In the meantime, you can apply for an “interim” RN permit so you can interview for jobs and even start practicing while your official nursing license is processed.

FAQs

  • What is the number 1 nursing program in California?

  • What is the easiest nursing school to get into in California?

    • California State University—Bakersfield has an acceptance rate of 78%, which is higher than other schools in the state.
  • Is it difficult to get into a nursing school in California?

    • Some nursing schools can be more competitive than others, with rigorous prereqs that include organic chemistry, microbiology, and more.

Conclusion

California is arguably the top destination for nursing professionals. However, there are relatively few nursing opportunities available in the state. That said, California nurses enjoy high wages. To become a nurse in California, the best first step is to earn a BSN through a California school. After, all that’s left is to pass the NCLEX then find a position!

References:

BLS

California Board of Registered Nursing

FAQs

What is the #1 nursing school in California? ›

What is the number 1 nursing program in California? U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of California-San Francisco as the top nursing school in the state.

What Cal State is best for nursing? ›

Best Nursing Programs in California
  • University of California-Los Angeles. ...
  • University of California-Irvine. ...
  • California State University-Fullerton. ...
  • California State University-Long Beach. ...
  • San Diego State University. ...
  • California State University-Chico. ...
  • California State University-San Bernardino. ...
  • California State University-Fresno.

What is the #1 nursing school in the US? ›

What is the #1 nursing school in the US? Duke University is currently rated as the #1 nursing school in the U.S.

What is the number 1 nursing school in the world? ›

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) remains the number one nursing school in the world according to a recent ranking by QS World University.

What is the easiest nursing school to get into in California? ›

California State University, Fullerton has one of the easiest nursing schools to get into in California.

What is the easiest nursing school to get into? ›

40 Easiest Nursing Schools to Get Into – 2022
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN-to-BSN Purdue University Global. ...
  • BS - Nursing RN to BSN Online at Arizona State University. ...
  • RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing The Ohio State University. ...
  • B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN) Western Governors University.

Is it hard to get into nursing school in California? ›

Despite the high demand for more nurses, students at some California community colleges are finding it difficult to get accepted into nursing programs.

Which school is the best school for nursing? ›

Top Nursing Schools
RANKSCHOOLSCORE
1University at Buffalo100
2University of Iowa99.75
3Stony Brook University98.25
4University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill98
35 more rows

Is it hard to get into UCLA nursing? ›

Remember, UCLA School of Nursing usually receives over 3,000 BS applications each year for 50 open slots, and 400-500 MECN applications for 70 open slots. Admission is extremely competitive.

What is the hardest course in nursing school? ›

Hardest Nursing School Classes
  • Pathophysiology. In this course, students learn how different anatomical systems work and how diseases or injuries affect these systems. ...
  • Pharmacology. ...
  • Medical Surgical 1 (also known as Adult Health 1) ...
  • Evidence-Based Practice.

What is the hardest semester of nursing school? ›

Health Assessment: the hardest semester of nursing school

Health assessment will likely be one of the initial courses you'll take in nursing school, and it involves delving into the various body systems and learning how to assess patients from head to toe.

Where is the best place to study nursing? ›

Top 10 Nursing Schools in 2019 Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
1University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
2King's College London (KCL)United Kingdom
3The University of ManchesterUK
4Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
7 more rows

What community college has the best nursing program in California? ›

1) Los Angeles Harbor College, Wilmington

Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) is part of the Los Angeles Community College District.

Is RN school Hard? ›

Nursing requires more dedication than many other careers. However, it's one of the most rewarding jobs you can have. Nursing school is notoriously difficult—and it's not for everyone. Graduate school is challenging as well.

How long is nursing school in California? ›

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Takes 4 years. Also referred to as Baccalaureate degree. Offered at many California State Universities and some private colleges. Prepares you to provide registered nursing care in numerous settings and to move to administrative and leadership positions.

What is the quickest RN program? ›

An associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) are the two most common fast track options. With each of these ways to receive nursing instruction, they require passing the NCLEX licensure examination.

Do hospitals look at nursing school grades? ›

in general, the answer to your question is no. however, the smarter recruiters who know their area know more about the area nursing schools than you can imagine. they keep contacts with the instructors and program directors at the schools as well as with managers and recruiters at other hospitals.

What is the fastest way to become a nurse in California? ›

Those interested in becoming a nurse in California in the shortest amount of time should pursue an associate degree in nursing, as this can be completed within a two-year timeframe. Upon completion of the program, passing the NCLEX-RN and applying for a license can take an additional 10-12 weeks.

Why is nursing school so hard? ›

The main reason why nursing school is challenging is because it involves learning about complicated nursing concepts and practical skills, then applying that information into diverse patient care scenarios — going well beyond memorizing facts. While it is challenging, nursing school is not impossible.

What can I do to increase my chances of getting into nursing school? ›

8 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting into Nursing School
  1. Write Down Your “Why” for Nursing. ...
  2. Choose a Nursing School with Multiple Start Dates. ...
  3. Ensure You Meet Admissions Requirements. ...
  4. Create a Professional Resume. ...
  5. Connect with Your Admissions Counselor. ...
  6. Start Your Prerequisites Early. ...
  7. Spend Time with Patients.
26 Aug 2022

What state is the easiest to become a nurse? ›

Easiest states to become a nurse – Length of licensing process
  • Maine: 1-2 weeks.
  • Maryland: 2-3 days.
  • Missouri: 2 weeks.
  • Nevada: 1-2 weeks.
  • North Carolina: 1-2 weeks.
  • North Dakota: 1-2 weeks.
  • Texas: 2 weeks.
  • Vermont: 3-5 business days.

Is nursing the hardest major? ›

There's a rumor circulating on the internet that The Guinness Book of Work Records has declared a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing to be the toughest of all bachelor's degrees to obtain. There's no truth to this claim.

Is nursing school harder than med school? ›

Medical school is significantly more difficult than nursing school. Admission to Medical School is not only much more difficult, but the volume of study at Medical School is also much greater than at Nursing School. While there are some similarities in what is taught, Medical School goes into much greater detail.

What percentage of people fail nursing school? ›

Roughly 18 percent of students in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs. About 60 percent of students in Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs.

What is the highest nursing rank? ›

The highest level of nursing education is the doctoral level. Positions that require doctoral nursing degrees include certain types of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), as well as leadership positions such as chief nursing officer or director of nursing.

Which nursing course is best in USA? ›

The nurse practitioner course in USA offers great chances for international students to achieve the required skills to be a professional in the field. It is one of the most popular courses and highest in demand in US.

Is nursing a good career? ›

The nursing field is an ever changing, high-paying, and always in-demand career field with high rates of job satisfaction overall. In fact, Advisory Board found that the vast majority of nurses in all positions—NMs, CNSs, CRNAs, NPs, LPNs, and RNs—all reported 94–98% job satisfaction.

How much is nursing in UCLA? ›

2022-23 Cost of Attendance
Off CampusCommuter
Tuition and Fees$13,321.00$13,321.00
Room and Board$23,010.00$11,190.00
Books and Supplies$2,163.00$2,163.00
Transportation$2,022.00$2,166.00
7 more rows

Which school is better UCLA or USC? ›

When it comes to ranking, the rankings clearing indicate UCLA is a better university in the UCLA vs USC race.
...
UCLA vs USC: Ranking.
RankingsUCLAUSC
US News 202113th51st
Qs World Universities Ranking 202240th112nd
National Universities USA20th24th
1 more row
27 Nov 2021

Which UC has a nursing program? ›

Nursing leaders from UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and UC San Francisco work closely to advance nursing education, research and practice collectively to ensure UC nursing contributes significantly to meet the growing health care needs in California and beyond.

What is the most important class in nursing school? ›

Health Assessment and Promotion is one of the most important classes you take in nursing school. Having a firm grasp on the fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology will prove helpful as you navigate your way through Health Assessment and Promotion.

Is it worth becoming a nurse? ›

Becoming a Registered Nurse is a solid career choice when it comes to job security, salary potential, and fulfillment. For nurses who plan to work in California, the rewards and opportunities are even more promising. The average registered nurse salary in California is often higher than any other state!

What is the easiest nursing specialty? ›

Keep reading to learn about some of the least stressful nursing roles that might appeal to you.
  1. Nurse educator. ...
  2. Long-term care nurse. ...
  3. Nurse administrator. ...
  4. Clinical research nurse. ...
  5. School or summer camp nurse. ...
  6. Clinic nurse. ...
  7. Nurse informatics. ...
  8. Lactation consultant nurse.
2 Dec 2019

What is the hardest nurse to become? ›

Medical-Surgical

This nursing specialty actually got more votes than most. Some medical professionals don't regard it as a specialty at all—ignoring the fact that it takes a very high level of skill to be able to handle this kind of workload.

How many hours a week should I study in nursing school? ›

Everyone is different, but in general, it is recommended that nursing school students study anywhere from 2-4 hours a day. Committing class material to memory is essential to becoming a registered nurse, so the more time studying, the better! What should I know before starting nursing school?

Is pre med harder than nursing? ›

Pre-med might be easier than nursing school but medical school is a heck of a lot harder than nurisng school. If you want to be a nurse, be a nurse. If you want to be a doctor, be a doctor. One of our ED docs was an ED nurse for years before going back for his MD.

How much do nurses earn monthly? ›

Generally, nursing salaries can range between R15 000 and R350 000. As mentioned above, your salary as a nurse depends on the position or level you work. A Staff Nurse earns about R18 000 per month, while a Head Nurse earns around R318 750 per month.

How many years do you study for nursing? ›

Nursing is a 4-year full time course. During your studies you'll gain an integrated learning and work experience at hospitals and various clinical facilities.

What is the number 1 community college in California? ›

By Sarah Aholt
RankSchoolLocation
1Pasadena City CollegePasadena, California
2City College of San FranciscoSan Francisco, California
3De Anza CollegeCupertino, California
4Foothill CollegeLos Altos Hills, California
16 more rows
30 May 2022

What colleges offer nursing in California? ›

Here are the Best Nursing Schools in California
  • University of California--San Francisco.
  • University of California--Los Angeles.
  • University of California--Davis.
  • University of California--Irvine.
  • University of San Diego.
  • University of San Francisco.
  • California State University--Fullerton.
  • University of Southern California.

How much does it cost to become a nurse in California? ›

BSN Program Cost

For a traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, students can expect total tuition costs of at least $40,000. Tuition can reach up to $80,000, or even upwards of $100,000. BSN degrees typically comprise 120 credits, with colleges and universities charging per credit.

What should you study before nursing school? ›

Topics to review before nursing school starts
  • Fluids, fluids and more fluids. ...
  • Cardiovascular System. ...
  • Pulmonary System. ...
  • Renal System. ...
  • Acid/Base Balance. ...
  • Electrolytes. ...
  • Endocrine System and Feedback Loops. ...
  • Dimensional Analysis.
27 Jul 2017

Is LPN or RN harder? ›

To be honest I don't see RN school any harder than LPN school. RN school does go more in depth about certain concepts and medications. I actually went more in depth about some things in LPN school than RN school, for example the heart. Being a LPN has made RN school a little easier.

Does nursing have math? ›

Nursing in the "real world" generally requires very basic math skills, but almost all programs require at least one college-level math class — usually algebra. Some nursing schools may require a basic statistics course as well, so if you know what schools you're applying to, be sure to check for this requirement.

Why do California nurses make so much? ›

High demand, the high cost of living and union power underlie the higher salaries of California's registered nurses. Burger said the nurse's union has also played a role in assuring that nurses have access to pension plans and that they retire with health benefits.

What is the easiest nursing school to get into in California? ›

What is the easiest nursing school to get into in California? California State University—Bakersfield has an acceptance rate of 78%, which is higher than other schools in the state.

Is it easy to get hired as a nurse? ›

How Hard is it to Get a Nursing Job Right Out of School? According to one study, 76% of new nursing graduates had a job offer at the time of graduating. In my experience, I saw all of my 33 classmates get jobs after graduating — and we all spent plenty of time worrying that we would never get jobs!

Which school is the best school for nursing? ›

Top Nursing Schools
RANKSCHOOLSCORE
1University at Buffalo100
2University of Iowa99.75
3Stony Brook University98.25
4University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill98
35 more rows

What is the fastest way to become a nurse in California? ›

Those interested in becoming a nurse in California in the shortest amount of time should pursue an associate degree in nursing, as this can be completed within a two-year timeframe. Upon completion of the program, passing the NCLEX-RN and applying for a license can take an additional 10-12 weeks.

Is it hard to get into UCLA nursing? ›

Remember, UCLA School of Nursing usually receives over 3,000 BS applications each year for 50 open slots, and 400-500 MECN applications for 70 open slots. Admission is extremely competitive.

How many nursing schools are in California? ›

With more than 50 ADN programs throughout the Golden State, California helps students meet the demand for more licensed RNs.

Is nursing a difficult major? ›

Nursing requires more dedication than many other careers. However, it's one of the most rewarding jobs you can have. Nursing school is notoriously difficult—and it's not for everyone. Graduate school is challenging as well.

What is the hardest course in nursing school? ›

Hardest Nursing School Classes
  • Pathophysiology. In this course, students learn how different anatomical systems work and how diseases or injuries affect these systems. ...
  • Pharmacology. ...
  • Medical Surgical 1 (also known as Adult Health 1) ...
  • Evidence-Based Practice.

Where is the best place to study nursing? ›

Top 10 Nursing Schools in 2019 Based on the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
1University of PennsylvaniaUnited States
2King's College London (KCL)United Kingdom
3The University of ManchesterUK
4Johns Hopkins UniversityUS
7 more rows

Is it worth it to be a nurse in California? ›

Becoming a Registered Nurse is a solid career choice when it comes to job security, salary potential, and fulfillment. For nurses who plan to work in California, the rewards and opportunities are even more promising. The average registered nurse salary in California is often higher than any other state!

How long is RN program in California? ›

Takes 4 years. Also referred to as Baccalaureate degree. Offered at many California State Universities and some private colleges. Prepares you to provide registered nursing care in numerous settings and to move to administrative and leadership positions.

What is the shortest nursing program? ›

A CNA program is a fast-paced program that only takes a couple of months to fully complete. After graduation, students can enter the field right away, assisting nurses with patient work in a wide variety of settings.

What kind of nurses get paid most? ›

Highest Paid Nursing Jobs:
  • Family Nurse – $113,000.
  • Urgent Care Nurse – $113,000.
  • Oncology Nurse – $113,000.
  • Orthopedic Nurse – $115,000.
  • Cardiac Nurse – $116,000.
  • Emergency Room Nurse – $116,000.
  • Neonatal Nurse – $127,000.
  • Nurse Anesthetist – $189,000.
11 May 2022

What can I do to increase my chances of getting into nursing school? ›

8 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting into Nursing School
  1. Write Down Your “Why” for Nursing. ...
  2. Choose a Nursing School with Multiple Start Dates. ...
  3. Ensure You Meet Admissions Requirements. ...
  4. Create a Professional Resume. ...
  5. Connect with Your Admissions Counselor. ...
  6. Start Your Prerequisites Early. ...
  7. Spend Time with Patients.
26 Aug 2022

How much is nursing in UCLA? ›

2022-23 Cost of Attendance
Off CampusCommuter
Tuition and Fees$13,321.00$13,321.00
Room and Board$23,010.00$11,190.00
Books and Supplies$2,163.00$2,163.00
Transportation$2,022.00$2,166.00
7 more rows

Is it hard to get into nursing school in California? ›

Despite the high demand for more nurses, students at some California community colleges are finding it difficult to get accepted into nursing programs.

How much is an RN program in CA? ›

Top 10 Best Nursing Programs in California
School NameNCLEX Pass RateTotal Annual Cost
Victor Valley College95%$5,549
Golden West College92%$5,577
San Joaquin Delta College92%$5,517
Cerritos College88%$5,539
6 more rows

How much does it cost to become a nurse in California? ›

BSN Program Cost

For a traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, students can expect total tuition costs of at least $40,000. Tuition can reach up to $80,000, or even upwards of $100,000. BSN degrees typically comprise 120 credits, with colleges and universities charging per credit.

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