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.
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
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
California Associates Degree RN Programs
We try to keep our nursing school listings as updated as possible and ask our visitors to email us if you notice incorrect information on any of our listings. We suggest that students perform additional research on individual schools before they decide to enroll.
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.
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