California Registered Nursing Schools and Training Programs (RN Schools)

Career Information for Registered Nurses in California

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A registered nurse, or RN, is a licensed medical professional who provides critical treatment and care to sick and injured patients. Registered nurses typically work in hospitals, but can also be found in physicians' offices, home healthcare services or social assistance agencies.

Registered Nursing Schools in California

You can become an RN by earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) from a college or university. You can also get an associate degree at a community college or a diploma from a hospital-based nursing school. Registered nurses who earn a master's degree in nursing (MSN) are known as advanced practice nurses. These nurses can perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as well as prescribe medication. As a registered nursing student, you can expect to have both classroom education and hands-on clinical experience. Examples of registered nursing coursework include chronic disease management, health assessment, human anatomy, microbiology and nursing studies. Whether online or in a traditional classroom, California RN schools can help you earn your nursing degree or diploma. All states and the District of Columbia require that registered nursing students graduate from an approved program as well as pass a licensing examination (NCLEX-RN). Additional requirements may be necessary depending on your state. Earning a degree from one of the many registered nursing schools in California is a great way to start your nursing career.

Registered Nursing Salaries in California

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average--22 percent, or 581,500 new jobs, between 2008 and 2018. With 2.6 million jobs in 2008, registered nurses constitute the largest health care occupation. In California, there are 233,030 registered nurses. BLS states that in May 2009, California RNs made an annual median salary of $82,910. Those in the 90th percentile earned $117,330 a year. In California, registered nurses earned the highest median salary in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Riverside and San Diego. Most RNs can be found in the San Jose area, San Francisco area and Oakland area.

Take a look at the list of RN schools in California to find one that's most convenient for you.

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Madera, Hanford and Chico
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Bakersfield, Redding and Santa Barbara
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: San Diego, Santa Ana and Riverside

Salaries for Registered Nurses in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: San Jose, Visalia and San Francisco

Schools for Registered Nurses in California are listed below.

Selected Registered Nursing Schools in California

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This list also contains online schools that accept students from California.

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You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

  • Programs: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master

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  • Programs: RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Administrator
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

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  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education, Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration, Master of Science in Nursing - Care Coordination
  • Degrees: Master

Work toward your degree online with University of Cincinnati Online.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery, Master of Science in Nursing - WomenÂ’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master

Wilkes University’s School of Nursing offers CCNE-accredited online degrees and certificate programs ideal for working health care professionals, instructed by experienced, respected faculty dedicated to mentoring and personalized support for every student.

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  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Doctorate
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  • Programs: Vocational Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • Degrees: Doctorate

Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Degrees: Bachelor
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More California Registered Nursing Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria Associate 13,176
American River College Sacramento Associate 33,821
Antelope Valley College Lancaster Associate 13,312
Azusa Pacific University Azusa Doctorate 8,084
Bakersfield College Bakersfield Associate 17,405
Biola University La Mirada Doctorate & First Professional 5,830
Butte College Oroville Associate 12,228
Cabrillo College Aptos Associate 15,114
California Baptist University Riverside Masters 3,775
California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield Masters 7,700
California State University-Chico Chico Masters 17,034
California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson Masters 12,082
California State University-East Bay Hayward Masters 13,124
California State University-Fresno Fresno Doctorate 22,383
California State University-Fullerton Fullerton Doctorate 37,130
California State University-Long Beach Long Beach Doctorate 36,868
California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles Doctorate 21,051
California State University-Northridge Northridge Doctorate 35,446
California State University-Sacramento Sacramento Doctorate 28,829
California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino Doctorate 17,066
California State University-Stanislaus Turlock Doctorate 8,836
Cerritos College Norwalk Associate 22,273
Chabot College Hayward Associate 13,229
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga Associate 18,736
Citrus College Glendora Associate 11,467
City College of San Francisco San Francisco Associate 46,411
College of Marin Kentfield Associate 6,476
College of San Mateo San Mateo Associate 10,516
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita Associate 17,499
College of the Desert Palm Desert Associate 8,597
College of the Redwoods Eureka Associate 6,025
College of the Sequoias Visalia Associate 11,697
College of the Siskiyous Weed Associate 2,782
Contra Costa College San Pablo Associate 7,147
Copper Mountain Community College Joshua Tree Associate 1,673
Crafton Hills College Yucaipa Associate 5,382
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Associate 10,920
Cypress College Cypress Associate 13,592
De Anza College Cupertino Associate 24,115
Dominican University of California San Rafael Masters 2,125
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park Associate 28,889
El Camino College Torrance Associate 24,895
El Camino College-Compton Center Compton Associate 3,641
Evergreen Valley College San Jose Associate 8,707
Fresno City College Fresno Associate 21,624
Gavilan College Gilroy Associate 6,049
Glendale Community College Glendale Glendale Associate 16,827
Golden West College Huntington Beach Associate 13,354
Grossmont College El Cajon Associate 17,359
Hartnell College Salinas Associate 9,890
Holy Names University Oakland Masters 1,114
Humboldt State University Arcata Masters 7,773
Imperial Valley College Imperial Associate 8,682
Loma Linda University Loma Linda Doctorate & First Professional 4,022
Long Beach City College Long Beach Associate 25,536
Los Angeles City College Los Angeles Associate 17,204
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health Los Angeles Associate 279
Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington Associate 8,850
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills Associate 19,526
Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles Associate 6,095
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles Associate 13,194
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen Associate 17,264
Los Medanos College Pittsburg Associate 8,360
Mendocino College Ukiah Associate 4,347
Merced College Merced Associate 10,890
Merritt College Oakland Associate 6,944
Mills College Oakland Doctorate 1,446
MiraCosta College Oceanside Associate 10,682
Mission College Santa Clara Associate 8,832
Modesto Junior College Modesto Associate 18,546
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey Associate 9,238
Moorpark College Moorpark Associate 14,495
Mount Jacinto College San Jacinto Associate 14,197
Mount St Mary's College Los Angeles Doctorate 2,366
Mt San Antonio College Walnut Associate 29,842
Napa Valley College Napa Associate 7,169
National University La Jolla Masters 26,363
Ohlone College Fremont Associate 11,083
Pacific Union College Angwin Masters 1,363
Palomar College San Marcos Associate 27,222
Pasadena City College Pasadena Associate 26,672
Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego Masters 3,480
Rio Hondo College Whittier Associate 21,041
Riverside Community College Riverside Associate 30,961
Sacramento City College Sacramento Associate 24,596
Saddleback College Mission Viejo Associate 18,371
Saint Marys College of California Moraga Doctorate 3,801
Samuel Merritt University Oakland Doctorate 1,278
San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino Associate 12,839
San Diego City College San Diego Associate 17,013
San Diego State University San Diego Doctorate 35,695
San Francisco State University San Francisco Doctorate 30,125
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton Associate 18,668
San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia Associate 892
San Jose State University San Jose Masters 31,906
Santa Ana College Santa Ana Associate 33,514
Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara Associate 21,632
Santa Monica College Santa Monica Associate 28,958
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa Associate 25,626
Shasta College Redding Associate 9,102
Sierra College Rocklin Associate 18,859
Simpson University Redding Masters 1,076
Solano Community College Fairfield Associate 11,163
Sonoma State University Rohnert Park Masters 8,770
University of California-Davis Davis Doctorate & First Professional 29,796
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles Doctorate & First Professional 37,476
University of California-San Francisco San Francisco Doctorate & First Professional 2,999
University of San Diego San Diego Doctorate 7,504
University of San Francisco San Francisco Doctorate & First Professional 8,714
University of Southern California Los Angeles Doctorate & First Professional 33,408
Ventura College Ventura Associate 12,603
Victor Valley College Victorville Associate 10,149
West Hills College-Lemoore Lemoore Associate 3,833
Western University of Health Sciences Pomona Doctorate & First Professional 2,254
Yuba College Marysville Associate 9,904
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