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California RN Programs

State Directory of California RN Schools

List of approved registered nursing programs throughout the state of California

RN Programs in California

There is a shortage of Registered Nurses in the United States. Jobs for Registered Nurses have increased despite significant job losses in all other types of employment. The average age of RN’s is increasing. By the end of this decade over half of the current RN work force will retire. The geriatric population is growing rapidly as the Baby Boomers age. These statistics predict that the nursing shortage will reach a critical level. California is currently one of the hardest hit states. The following information explains the requirements to acquire an RN license in California.


California is not one of the compact states that issues an RN license if you have previously been licensed in another state. There is an application process and fee for those previously licensed persons. A person that has not been previously licensed and that is interested in becoming an RN in California must attend a nursing program that meets the requirements of the California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN). There are two types of degrees offered for RN’s. One program is an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN). The second type of program is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN). The ADN programs is a two year program and the BSN is a four year program.

There are currently ninety ADN programs in California. Nine of the ADN programs are focused on preparing Licensed Vocational Nurses to acquire an ADN and thus an RN license. There are thirty-nine BSN programs in California two of which are LVN to BSN bridge programs. The list of these programs can be found on this page.

The California BRN requires that these nursing programs be a minimum of 58 credit hours (or 87 quarter hours). The hours are to be divided between theoretical learning in the classroom and hands-on experiential learning in the clinical setting. Some of the classes required are:

Human Anatomy and Physiology
Microbiology
Human Development
Natural Science
Behavioral Science
Social Science
Medical-Surgical Nursing (Theory and Clinical)
Pediatrics and Maternity Nursing (Theory and Clinical)
Mental Health Nursing (Theory and Clinical)
Psychiatric Nursing (Theory and Clinical)
Geriatric Nursing (Theory and Clinical)
Nursing Ethics

The two styles of learning help the nursing student gain knowledge in order to sit for the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). This also gives the new nurse a base upon which to build once they begin to practice. The NCLEX-RN is the next step towards becoming licensed as an RN in California. This test must be passed with a minimum score in order to practice as a nurse.

The final hoop through which the hopeful RN must jump in order to practice in California, is passing a criminal background check. Nurses are privy to private information and deal with the administration of scheduled drugs or narcotics. The patient records that nurses help to write and maintain are considered legal documents. This sort of responsibility requires a reliable person of good character.

Once an individual has graduated a California BRN approved course of study,sat for the NCLEX-RN, and passed a criminal background check they may receive a license to practice as an RN.

California NCLEX Review Courses

Ascend Review Institute
550 Lakeside Drive, Suite 10
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
(408) 829-3237

Bay Area College of Nursing, Inc.
4151 Middlefield Road, Suite 101
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 858-6810

Bay Area College of Nursing, Inc.
6150 Mission Street
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 755-6888

Jewish Vocational Service
50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 239-3495

California School of Health Sciences
12966 Euclid Street, Suite 430
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(866) 539-7081

California School of Health Sciences
3470 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 515
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(866) 539-7081

Center For Nurse Education and Training
5396 Lincoln Avenue, Suite A
Cypress, CA 90630
(800) 980-3793

Cornerstone College of Science & Technology
725 Whipple Rd.
Union City, CA 94587
(510) 429-1700

D&D Nursing Educators, Inc.
1001 Bayhill Drive, Suite 278
San Bruno, CA 94066
(650) 616-4386

Facets of Nursing Excellence
90 South Spruce Avenue, Suite O
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 589-3228

Global NCLEX Review Center
3255 Wilshire Boulevard, #904
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(866) 625-3948

Health Sciences Institute of California
930 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, Suite 400
Colton, CA 92324
(909) 824-5300

LifeSavers Nursing Review
7056 Archibald Avenue, #102-307
Corona, CA 92880
(951) 279-5372

Monsbey College
6 Hanger Way, Suite B
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 786-0531

NCLEX-PASS
207 Allen Avenue
Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 563-1935

Nurses Development Center, Inc.
17100 Norwalk, Suite 106
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 403-2115

Paramount Nurse-Ed
3074 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 784-0772

Practice Management Information Corporation
4727 Wilshire Boulevard #300
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(800) MED-SHOP

Review For Nurses
P.O. Box 16115
San Francisco, CA 94116
(800) 345-PASS

Southern California Medical College
3611 Stockdale Highway, Suite I-2
Bakersfield, CA 93309
(661) 832-2786

Sycamore Learning Center For Nurses
3251 W. 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(323) 610-5169

West Coast Ultrasound Institute
290 S. La Cienega Blvd, Suite 500
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 289-5123



California Associates Degree RN Programs

Allan Hancock College

800 South College Drive
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 922-6966 x3543
***LPN to RN Program***

American River College

4700 College Oak Drive
Sacramento, CA 95841
Phone: (916) 484-8254

Antelope Valley College

3041 West Avenue K
Lancaster, CA 93536
Phone: (661) 722-6300 x6402

Bakersfield College

1801 Panorama Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93305
Phone: (661) 395-4282

Butte College

3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: (530) 879-4338

Cabrillo College

6500 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Phone: (831) 479-6280

Carrington College

8909 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95826
Phone: (916) 361-1660
***LPN to RN Program***

Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650
Phone: (562) 860-2451 x2551

Chabot College

25555 Hesperian Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94545
Phone: (510) 723-6896

Chaffey College

5885 Haven Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
Phone: (909) 652-6672

Citrus College

1000 West Foothill Boulevard
Glendora, CA 91741
Phone: (626) 914-8720

City College of San Francisco

50 Phelan Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
Phone: (415) 239-3218

College of Marin

835 College Avenue
Kentfield, CA 94904
Phone: (415) 485-9319

College of San Mateo

1700 West Hillsdale Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: (650) 574-6218

College of the Canyons

26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Phone: (661) 362-3369

College of the Desert

43-500 Monterey Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: (760) 568-3093

College of the Redwoods

7351 Tompkins Hill Road
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 476-4214

College of the Sequoias

915 South Mooney Boulevard
Visalia, CA 93277
Phone: (559) 730-3732

College of the Siskiyous

2001 Campus Drive
Yreka, CA 96097
Phone: (530) 841-5929
***LPN to RN Program***

Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Drive
San Pablo, CA 94806
Phone: (510) 235-7800 x4267

Copper Mountain College

6162 Rotary Way, P.O. Box 1398
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Phone: (760) 366-3791

Cuesta College

P.O. Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Phone: (805) 546-3119

Cypress College

9200 Valley View Street
Cypress, CA 90630
Phone: (714) 484-7283

De Anza College

21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95014
Phone: (408) 864-5618

East Los Angeles College

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone: (323) 265-8896

El Camino College

16007 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90506
Phone: (310) 660-3281

El Camino College – Compton Education Center

1111 Artesia Boulevard
Compton, CA 90221
Phone: (310) 900-1600 x2700

Everest College

1819 Excise Avenue
Ontario, CA 91761
Phone: (909) 984-5027

Evergreen Valley College

3095 Yerba Buena Road
San Jose, CA 95135
Phone: (408) 270-6448

Fresno City College

1101 East University Avenue
Fresno, CA 93741
Phone: (559) 244-2604

Gavilan College

5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard
Gilroy, CA 95020
Phone: (408) 848-4883
***LPN to RN Program***

Glendale Community College

1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208
Phone: (818) 551-5270

Golden West College

15744 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Phone: (714) 895-8285

Grossmont College

8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA 92001
Phone: (619) 644-7300

Hartnell College

156 Homestead Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: (831) 770-6146

Imperial Valley College

380 East Aten Road
Imperial, CA 92551
Phone: (760) 355-6348

Kaplan College

9055 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 279-4500

Long Beach City College

4901 East Carson Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
Phone: (562) 938-4166

Los Angeles City College

855 North Vermont Avenue, Cubcenter
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Phone: (323) 953-4000 x2053

Los Angeles County College of Nursing & Allied Health

1237 North Mission Road
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 226-4911

Los Angeles Harbor College

1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
Phone: (310) 233-4360

Los Angeles Southwest College

1600 West Imperial Highway
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Phone: (323) 241-5327

Los Angeles Trade-Tech College

400 West Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 763-7170

Los Angeles Valley College

5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401
Phone: (818) 947-2559

Los Medanos College

2700 East Leland Road
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Phone: (925) 439-2181 x3286

Mendocino College

1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone: (707) 468-3099

Merced College

3600 M Street
Merced, CA 95348
Phone: (209) 384-6123

Merritt College

12500 Campus Drive
Oakland, CA 94619
Phone: (510) 436-2487

MiraCosta College

1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056
Phone: (760) 795-6651

Mission College

3000 Mission College Boulevard, MS#19
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: (408) 855-5016
***LPN to RN Program***

Modesto Junior College

435 College Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350
Phone: (209) 575-6362

Monterey Peninsula College

980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 646-4258

Moorpark College

7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, CA 93021
Phone: (805) 378-1400 x1706

Mount St. Mary’s College

10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 477-2630

Mt. San Antonio College

1100 North Grand Avenue
Walnut, CA 91789
Phone: (909) 594-5611 x4560

Mt. San Jacinto College

23287 La Piedra Road
Menifee, CA 92584
Phone: (909) 672-6752 x2601

Napa Valley College

2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558
Phone: (707) 253-3132

National University

16875 West Bernardo Drive
San Diego, CA 92127
Phone: (800) 628-8648

Ohlone College

43600 Mission Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94539
Phone: (510) 659-6030

Pacific Union College

1 Angwin Avenue
Angwin, CA 94508
Phone: (707) 965-7262

Palomar College

1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
Phone: (760) 744-1150 x2279

Pasadena City College

1570 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone: (626) 585-7323

Pierce College

6201 Winnetka Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Phone: (818) 719-6477

Porterville College

100 E. College Ave
Porterville, CA 93257
Phone: (559) 791-2321

Reedley College at Madera Community College Center

30277 Avenue #12
Madera, CA 93638
Phone: (559) 675-4877
***LPN to RN Program***

Rio Hondo College

3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 908-3421

Riverside Community College

4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
Phone: (909) 222-8407

Sacramento City College

3835 Freeport Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone: (916) 558-2271

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Phone: (949) 582-4700

San Bernardino Valley College

701 South Mount Vernon
San Bernardino, CA 91024
Phone: (909) 384-4450

San Diego City College

1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 388-3441

San Joaquin Delta College

5151 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95207
Phone: (209) 954-5454

San Joaquin Valley College

8400 West Mineral King
Visalia, CA 93291
Phone: (559) 651-2500
***LPN to RN Program***

Santa Ana College

1530 West 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: (714) 564-6825

Santa Barbara City College

721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone: (805) 965-0581 x2366

Santa Monica College

1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 434-3453

Santa Rosa Junior College

1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: (707) 527-4271

Shasta College

1400 Market Street
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: (530) 339-3606

Shepherd University

1111 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 481-1313

Sierra College

5000 Rocklin Road
Rocklin, CA 95677
Phone: (916) 781-6220

Solano Community College

4000 Suisun Valley Road
Suisun City, CA 94585
Phone: (707) 864-7108

Southwestern College

8100 Gigantic Street
San Diego, CA 92154
Phone: (619) 482-6352

Unitek College

4670 Auto Mall Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: (888) 735-4355
***LPN to RN Program***

Ventura College

4667 Telegraph Road
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: (805) 654-6342

Victor Valley College

18422 Bear Valley Road
Victorville, CA 92395
Phone: (760) 245-4271 x2285

West Coast University – Inland Empire

2855 E. Guasti Road
Ontario, CA 91761
Phone: (909) 467-6100
***LPN to RN Program***
***BSN Program Available***

West Coast University – Los Angeles

12215 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Phone: (818) 299-5500
***BSN Program Available***

West Coast University – Orange County

1477 South Manchester
Anaheim, CA 92802
Phone: (714) 782-1700
***BSN Program Available***

West Hills College Lemoore

555 College Avenue
Lemoore, CA 93245
Phone: (559) 925-3490

Yuba College

2088 North Beale Road
Marysville, CA 95901
Phone: (530) 741-6784



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Accredited California RN Schools

View our complete list of accredited California RN nursing programs. The list below includes all RN programs in the state of California approved by the CA state board of nursing. California RN programs are organized by the type of degree awarded upon completion. There are two-year Associates degree programs and four-year Bachelor degree programs. Both types of RN programs prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN exam and become a licensed registered nurse.

Bachelor Degree RN Programs in California

American University of Health Sciences

1600 East Hill Street
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Phone: (562) 988-2278

Azusa Pacific University

901 East Alosta Avenue
Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 815-5386

Biola University

13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639
Phone: (562) 903-4850

California Baptist University

8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
Phone: (951) 343-4700

California State University Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Phone: (661) 664-2506

California State University Channel Islands

One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: (805) 437-3367

California State University Chico

Holt Hall Room 369
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: (530) 898-5891

California State University East Bay

Department of Nursing
College of Science
Hayward, CA 94542
Phone: (510) 885-3481

California State University Fresno

2345 East San Ramon Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278-2041

California State University Fullerton

800 N. State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (657) 278-3336

California State University Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
Phone: (562) 985-4463

California State University Los Angeles

5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-4700

California State University Northridge

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Phone: (818) 677-3101

California State University Sacramento

6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-6525

California State University San Bernardino

5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Phone: (909) 880-5380

California State University San Marcos

335 Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
Phone: (760) 750-7353

California State University Stanislaus

One University Circle, DBH 260
Turlock, CA 95382
Phone: (209) 667-3141

Concordia University Irvine

1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: (949) 214-3280

Dominican University of California

50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 485-3249

Holy Names University

3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
Phone: (510) 436-1127
***LPN to BSN Program***

Humboldt State University

Department of Nursing
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-3215

Loma Linda University

11262 Campus Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: (909) 558-7718

Mount St. Mary’s College

12001 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 954-4230

National University

16875 West Bernardo Drive
San Diego, CA 92127
Phone: (858) 682-2237

Point Loma Nazarene University

3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 849-2425

Samuel Merritt University

3100 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 869-6511 x3765

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-2540

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-1801

Simpson University

2211 College View Drive
Redding, CA 96003
Phone: (530) 226-4760

Sonoma State University

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone: (707) 664-2465

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University

One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
Phone: (408) 924-3131

University of California Irvine

UCI College of Health Sciences
Program in Nursing Science
Room 231 Irvine Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: (949) 824-1514

University of California Los Angeles

700 Tiverton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 825-4321

University of Phoenix at Modesto (Northern CA Campus)

5330 Pirrone Rd., Bldg. B
Salida, CA 95368
Phone: (800) 266-2107
***LPN to BSN Program***

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Phone: (415) 422-2025

Western Governors University

3 Mac Arthur Place, Suite 765
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Phone: (714) 549-1016


California RN Resources

California State Board of Registered Nursing
California Nursing Students Association
California Travel Nurses
Association of California Nurse Leaders
California Nurses Educational Institute
Nurse Alliance of California

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