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LVN to RN Programs in California

The state of California offers LVN to RN programs in community programs.  LVN to RN programs are abundant throughout California, as the need for RNs is increasing.  California colleges also typically offer the 30-unit option and many are offering dual enrollment programs with neighboring universities, where the nursing student can concurrently attend school for their BSN, or attend immediately after graduation.

 

RN License by Exam

RN License by Endorsement

Candidates who are licensed in one of the other 50 states can obtain licensure by endorsement. They must also meet the following requirements:
  • Completion of an approved education program meeting all requirements as set by California
  • Obtaining a passing score on the NCLEX or State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE).
  • Appropriate fees
  • Completed endorsement application
  • Completed fingerprints using either Live Scan or the Applicant Fingerprint Card
  • A recent passport-type photography
  • Verification of License

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who have studied abroad also have the opportunity to gain licensure through the state of California. In order to complete this the following documentation must be provided:
  • Passing an exam to prove comprehension in the English language
  • Curriculum similar to that of a California college
  • Application for licensure

California State Board of Vocational Nursing

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205 Sacramento, CA 95833 Phone: (916) 263-7800

Total Schools: 87

Ranked Schools: 84

Ranked: 1 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 51100.00%

National University

11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA - 92037-1011 (800) 628-8648

National University has 19 locations throughout California, with 4 military learning centers.  They have multiple types of nursing programs, from BSN, LVN to RN, LVN to BSN, RN to BSN, doctorate of nursing practice, master of science in nurse anesthesia and master of science in nursing.

Campus: La Jolla, CA
Net Price: $21,142.00
Enrollment: 10,074
Loan Default Rate: $7.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $5.04%
Graduation Rate: 38.50%
Median Borrowing: 14,750.00%
Median Payment: 154.01%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.9225198.45%

Chabot College

25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA - 94545 (510) 723-6600

Chabot College is located in Hayward, California.  They boast that their faculty has 20 or more years of experience.  Also, the majority of their RN graduates move on to pursue their BSN degree at CSUEB bridge program.  They also have incredible NCLEX-RN pass rates – over the past 5 years, pass rates have ranged from 96.3% to 100%.

Campus: Hayward, CA
Net Price: $6,573.00
Enrollment: 13,142
Transfer Out Rate: 17.80%
Loan Default Rate: $23.20
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-17.09%
Graduation Rate: 25.60%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.92198.40%

Merritt College

12500 Campus Dr, Oakland, CA - 94619-3196 (510) 531-4911

Merritt College is located in Oakland, California.  Their nursing program is an ADN program.  Merritt nursing students also have the option to elect an ADN to BSN option, by enrolling in the Cal State East Bay BSN (CSUEB) program, which is a transfer bridge program to a neighboring university.

Campus: Oakland, CA
Net Price: $10,902.00
Enrollment: 5,887
Transfer Out Rate: 14.60%
Loan Default Rate: $24.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.98%
Graduation Rate: 12.50%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.9025198.05%

Los Angeles Harbor College

1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA - 90744-2397 (310) 233-4000

Los Angeles Harbor College is located in Wilmington, California.  They offer an RN program and an LVN to RN program.

Campus: Wilmington, CA
Net Price: $8,985.00
Enrollment: 10,098
Transfer Out Rate: 12.40%
Loan Default Rate: $16.40
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-4.05%
Graduation Rate: 19.30%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8825197.65%

Sierra College

5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA - 95677-3397 (916) 624-3333

Sierra College is located in Rocklin, California.  Their nursing department offers a CNA program, and their RN program offers both the general RN program and an LVN to RN option.  In addition, students may elect to pursue their BSN concurrently with the River City Collaborative, which means that they would have certain BSN degree requirements to attend do while they are completing their ADN education

Campus: Rocklin, CA
Net Price: $8,397.00
Enrollment: 18,374
Transfer Out Rate: 12.80%
Loan Default Rate: $19.20
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-5.94%
Graduation Rate: 28.90%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.871197.42%

MiraCosta College

One Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA - 92056-3899 (760) 757-2121

MiraCosta College has two campuses in Oceanside, California and a campus in Cardiff, California.  Their nursing program offers a CNA program, a home health aide program, an LVN program, an RN program and an LVN to RN program.  MiraCosta College has several partnerships with neighboring universities so that their graduates may easily obtain their BSN after graduation, should they so choose – Chamberlain College of Nursing, California State University College of Nursing and Brandman University, which also discounts the price for MiraCosta students..

Campus: Oceanside, CA
Net Price: $6,091.00
Enrollment: 14,537
Transfer Out Rate: 17.00%
Loan Default Rate: $11.20
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $19.83%
Graduation Rate: 27.40%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8615197.23%

Mendocino College

1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA - 95482 (707) 468-3000

Mendocino College is located in Ukiah, California.  They offer both an RN program and an LVN to RN program; their LVN to RN program is a bit shorter, being three semesters as opposed to four semesters.  They are proud to boast that their most current NCLEX-RN pas rate is 100%.

Campus: Ukiah, CA
Net Price: $9,441.00
Enrollment: 3,729
Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
Loan Default Rate: $14.70
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.06%
Graduation Rate: 18.00%
Median Borrowing: 8,000.00%
Median Payment: 83.53%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8365196.73%

Sacramento City College

3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA - 95822-1386 (916) 558-2111

Sacramento City College is located in Sacramento, California.  Their nursing department offers an ADN and an LVN and Career Mobility (VN-RN) program, which are four semesters and three semesters respectively.  They also offer an LVN to RN 30-unit option, which readies the nurse to take the NCLEX-RN exam, but does not meet the requirements for an associates degree.

Campus: Sacramento, CA
Net Price: $7,981.00
Enrollment: 23,509
Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
Loan Default Rate: $20.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.70%
Graduation Rate: 25.30%
Median Borrowing: 8,000.00%
Median Payment: 83.53%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7985195.97%

Cuesta College

Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA - 93403-8106 80554613

Cuesta College is located in San Luis Obispo, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  Their LVN to RN program is 3 semesters, with the summer off.  Clinical rotations are done at neighboring facilities.  They also require their LVNs to have at least one year of experience prior to admittance into their program.

Campus: San Luis Obispo, CA
Net Price: $11,209.00
Enrollment: 9,256
Transfer Out Rate: 15.80%
Loan Default Rate: $11.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $19.87%
Graduation Rate: 33.20%
Median Borrowing: 6,503.00%
Median Payment: 67.90%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7815195.63%

Grossmont College

8800 Grossmont College Dr, El Cajon, CA - 92020-1799 (619) 644-7000

Grossmont College is located in El Cajon, California.  They offer an RN, LVN to RN, and now offer an RN to BSN program, with the assistance of a local university, Point Loma Nazarene University.  The RN classes must be completed at Grossmont College, and then the BSN classes are competed at Grossmont College as well, but are taught by PLNU faculty on-campus

Campus: El Cajon, CA
Net Price: $3,784.00
Enrollment: 18,618
Transfer Out Rate: 18.70%
Loan Default Rate: $14.20
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $33.38%
Graduation Rate: 22.70%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7785195.57%

Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Pky, Mission Viejo, CA - 92692-3635 (949) 582-4500

Saddleback College is located in Mission Viejo, California.  They offer a generic RN program and an LVN to RN program.  They also have a “Southern California New Graduate RN Transition Program” that is open to Orange County community college nursing graduates who have graduated within the past year; it is designed to transition the nurse from the school setting directly into the work setting.  The program pairs the new graduate with a practicing RN for the duration of the program, working approximately 240 hours on the night shift.

Campus: Mission Viejo, CA
Net Price: $11,314.00
Enrollment: 20,871
Transfer Out Rate: 16.00%
Loan Default Rate: $12.70
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-11.35%
Graduation Rate: 34.80%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7725195.45%

Palomar College

1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA - 92069-1487 (760) 744-1150

Palomar College is located in San Marcos, California.  They offer two types of RN degrees – an Associate of Arts (AA) in Nursing and an Associate of Science (AS) in Nursing.  Both have identical nursing coursework, with the AA program requiring additional general education credits.  They also have an LVN to RN option and an LVN 30-unit option.  The LVN 30-unit option allows an LVN to take the coursework required to take the NCLEX-RN in one year, without receiving either an AA or AS degree.  Of note with this option is that this is specific to California – this license may not transfer to other states.

Campus: San Marcos, CA
Net Price: $7,006.00
Enrollment: 24,665
Transfer Out Rate: 14.30%
Loan Default Rate: $31.30
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-0.11%
Graduation Rate: 25.40%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.77195.40%

Hartnell College

411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA - 93901 (831) 755-6700

Hartnell College is located in Salinas, California.  Their nursing curriculum “is evolving and embraces new ideas and technology, yet is guided by foundational elements of safety, quality, and ethical-legal standards.”  Their ADN program is four semesters (or two years) after completion of about a year of prerequisites.

Campus: Salinas, CA
Net Price: $9,807.00
Enrollment: 9,439
Transfer Out Rate: 10.40%
Loan Default Rate: $28.90
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.45%
Graduation Rate: 22.50%
Median Borrowing: 4,750.00%
Median Payment: 49.60%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7665195.33%

Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health

1237 N. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA - 90033-1084 (323) 226-4911

Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health is located in Los Angeles, California.  This community college is owned and operated by the County of Los Angeles.  The nursing program began in 1895 and has evolved over the years into the program it is today; it graduates 100 to 150 RNs yearly.

Campus: Los Angeles, CA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site

Ranked: 15 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.76195.20%

Santa Monica College

1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA - 90405-1628 (310) 434-4000

Santa Monica College is located in Santa Monica, California.  They offer an ADN and an LVN to ADN program.  The LVN to ADN program can be completed in three semesters.  The LVN seeking entrance into the LVN to ADN program must have at least one year of nursing experience within the past two years and must also have IV certification.

Campus: Santa Monica, CA
Net Price: $7,623.00
Enrollment: 29,999
Transfer Out Rate: 16.40%
Loan Default Rate: $10.80
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $146.94%
Graduation Rate: 30.20%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7505195.01%

Ventura College

4667 Telegraph Rd, Ventura, CA - 93003-3872 (805) 654-6400

Ventura College is located in Ventura, California.  Their ADN degree is unique – the student can elect simple to enroll for their RN degree, or to enroll for the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) to the California State University (CSU) Systems.  Many students elect this option if they believe that they will want to work as an RN while pursuing their BSN degree.

Campus: Ventura, CA
Net Price: $4,612.00
Enrollment: 12,908
Transfer Out Rate: 10.40%
Loan Default Rate: $20.40
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-29.35%
Graduation Rate: 29.50%
Median Borrowing: 7,909.00%
Median Payment: 82.58%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7255194.51%

El Camino Community College District

16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA - 90506 (310) 532-3670

El Camino Community College is located in Torrance, California.  They offer an ADN, LVN to ADN and a 30 unit option.  In addition, they do allow students to apply to their program with advanced placement; these students include LVN/LPNs, LPTs and transfers from other accredited nursing programs.

Campus: Torrance, CA
Net Price: $11,641.00
Enrollment: 23,996
Transfer Out Rate: 11.30%
Loan Default Rate: $20.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.75%
Graduation Rate: 30.00%
Median Borrowing: 5,250.00%
Median Payment: 54.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.719194.38%

Monterey Peninsula College

980 Fremont St, Monterey, CA - 93940-4799 (831) 646-4000

Monterey Peninsula College has multiple campuses – in Oceanside, Monterey and Seaside, California.  The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing offers an RN degree with an LVN to RN option  Unique to the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing is the Men in Nursing Program, which promotes and recruits men in the nursing program, then works towards male retention in nursing.

Campus: Monterey, CA
Net Price: $7,615.00
Enrollment: 9,519
Transfer Out Rate: 24.10%
Loan Default Rate: $23.30
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-13.29%
Graduation Rate: 23.70%
Median Borrowing: 7,275.00%
Median Payment: 75.96%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.71194.20%

Ohlone College

43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA - 94539-0390 (510) 659-6000

Ohlone College is located in Fremont and Newark, California.  Their ADN program is held primarily on the Newark campus.  In addition to the generic ADN program, Ohlone College also offers an LVN to RN program and the 30-unit option for LVNs.

Campus: Fremont, CA
Net Price: $11,852.00
Enrollment: 10,310
Transfer Out Rate: 13.80%
Loan Default Rate: $16.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.91%
Graduation Rate: 35.50%
Median Borrowing: 7,800.00%
Median Payment: 81.44%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 20 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6745193.49%

Chaffey College

5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA - 91737-3002 (909) 652-6000

Chaffey College is located in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  Their nursing program was founded in 1957 and was one of the first five associate's degree nursing programs in California.  They offer an RN program, a VN to RN program and a VN to RN (non-degree option).

Campus: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Net Price: $9,415.00
Enrollment: 19,211
Transfer Out Rate: 15.10%
Loan Default Rate: $10.50
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.27%
Graduation Rate: 21.00%
Median Borrowing: 4,000.00%
Median Payment: 41.76%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 21 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.674193.48%

Victor Valley College

18422 Bear Valley Rd, Victorville, CA - 92395-5850 76024513

Victor Valley College is located in Victorville, California.  The nursing program is housed under the Dr. Prem Reddy School of Health Sciences Department.  They offer an RN degree and an LVN to RN option.  Their nursing program “prepares students for an entry-level position in nursing practice. The structure of this program promotes professional and personal growth, including continuing education, and provides upward and lateral mobility for career options.”

Campus: Victorville, CA
Net Price: $8,365.00
Enrollment: 11,504
Transfer Out Rate: 14.90%
Loan Default Rate: $24.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.78%
Graduation Rate: 15.80%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 22 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6655193.31%

College of Marin

835 College Ave, Kentfield, CA - 94904-2590 (415) 457-8811

College of Marin is located in Kentfield, California.  Their mission is to “…educate entry-level practitioners for roles as providers of care across the health care continuum, as managers of care, and as active members within the profession of nursing.”  Their program is small and exclusive – they select only 36 students each fall.

Campus: Kentfield, CA
Net Price: $8,488.00
Enrollment: 6,077
Transfer Out Rate: 16.40%
Loan Default Rate: $23.90
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-5.19%
Graduation Rate: 29.90%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 23 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6535193.07%

Los Angeles Valley College

5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA - 91401-4096 (818) 947-2600

Los Angeles Valley College is located in Valley Glen, California.  Their program offers an RN program, an LVN to RN option and an LVN 30 unit option.  They also offer an ADN-BSN collaborative program, which links the student to California State University.  This allows the student to obtain their ADN degree and continue immediately for their BSN degree while working as an RN.

Campus: Valley Glen, CA
Net Price: $8,314.00
Enrollment: 18,762
Transfer Out Rate: 10.40%
Loan Default Rate: $18.80
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.13%
Graduation Rate: 18.10%
Median Borrowing: 7,750.00%
Median Payment: 80.92%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 24 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.644192.88%

Moorpark College

7075 Campus Rd, Moorpark, CA - 93021-1695 (805) 378-1400

Moorpark College is located in Moorpark, California.  They offer an RN program.  LVNs can apply for advanced placement into the program; this accepts the LVN into the second or third semester of the program.  While they do not have a specific LVN to RN program, this allows the LVN to proceed more quickly through their RN education.

Campus: Moorpark, CA
Net Price: $4,877.00
Enrollment: 14,206
Transfer Out Rate: 15.90%
Loan Default Rate: $8.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-26.60%
Graduation Rate: 37.30%
Median Borrowing: 7,274.00%
Median Payment: 75.95%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 25 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.64192.80%

Loma Linda University

11139 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA - 92350 (909) 558-1000
Campus: Loma Linda, CA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site

Ranked: 26 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6375192.75%

Long Beach City College

4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, CA - 90808-1706 (562) 938-4111

Long Beach City College is located in Long Beach, California.  They offer an LVN program, in addition to an ADN program.  Their ADN program also offers an LVN to ADN options.  Graduates of the LVN to RN program at Long Beach City College are eligible to enroll in neighboring universities in their ADN to BSN or ADN to MSN programs.

Campus: Long Beach, CA
Net Price: $5,434.00
Enrollment: 24,020
Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
Loan Default Rate: $30.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.05%
Graduation Rate: 18.00%
Median Borrowing: 6,969.00%
Median Payment: 72.76%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 27 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.635192.70%

Riverside City College

4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA - 92506 95122313

Riverside City College is located in Riverside, California.  Riverside City College's ADN program was founded in 1957, and is nationally recognized as number two in the state of California for program completion.  They offer an LVN, RN, RN to LVN and a 30-unit option program.

Campus: Riverside, CA
Net Price: $7,767.00
Enrollment: 18,165
Transfer Out Rate: 15.90%
Loan Default Rate: $14.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.17%
Graduation Rate: 24.50%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 28 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6315192.63%

San Diego City College

1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA - 92101-4787 (619) 388-3400

San Diego City College is located in San Diego, California.  They offer an RN program, an LVN to RN program, and a 30-unit option program.  ADN graduates who seek to further their education also have the benefit of San Diego City College's collaboration with San Diego State University; this allows the nursing graduate to continue for their BSN degree while working as an RN.

Campus: San Diego, CA
Net Price: $6,958.00
Enrollment: 16,310
Transfer Out Rate: 19.20%
Loan Default Rate: $28.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $3.22%
Graduation Rate: 14.00%
Median Borrowing: 4,997.00%
Median Payment: 52.17%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 29 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.624192.48%

Santa Barbara City College

721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA - 93109-2394 (805) 965-0581

Santa Barbara City College is located in Santa Barbara, California.  Their school of nursing educates CNAs, LVNs, an RNs.  They also have an LVN to RN option.  They also have two LVN to to RN options; both will require the same nursing classes but do allow entrance to LVNs with different prerequisites.

Campus: Santa Barbara, CA
Net Price: $10,780.00
Enrollment: 19,331
Transfer Out Rate: 18.10%
Loan Default Rate: $17.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $1.39%
Graduation Rate: 35.60%
Median Borrowing: 7,920.00%
Median Payment: 82.69%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 30 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.618192.36%

Bakersfield College

1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA - 93305-1299 (661) 395-4011

Bakersfield College is located in Bakersfield, California.  They offer an RN program, an LVN to RN program and the 30-unit option program.  Bakersfield College also has a partnership with Cal State University Bakersfield (CSUB), where their graduates can easily transfer into an ADN to BSN program.

Campus: Bakersfield, CA
Net Price: $4,287.00
Enrollment: 17,770
Transfer Out Rate: 9.80%
Loan Default Rate: $27.70
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $21.93%
Graduation Rate: 17.50%
Median Borrowing: 8,224.00%
Median Payment: 85.87%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 31 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.598191.96%

American River College

4700 College Oak Dr, Sacramento, CA - 95841-4286 (916) 484-8011

American River College is located in Sacramento, California.  They offer an RN program and an LVN to RN program.  Each semester, they have anywhere from 200 to 300 qualified applicants for their nursing programs.  Their nursing programs begin twice yearly, spring and fall.

Campus: Sacramento, CA
Net Price: $7,590.00
Enrollment: 29,701
Transfer Out Rate: 12.90%
Loan Default Rate: $25.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $6.96%
Graduation Rate: 26.70%
Median Borrowing: 8,291.00%
Median Payment: 86.57%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 32 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5925191.85%

West Hills College-Lemoore

555 College Avenue, Lemoore, CA - 93245 (559) 925-3000

West Hills College – Lemoore is located in Lemoore, California.  They offer an RN program and an LVN to RN program.  They also offer the 30-unit option for LVNs.  The LVN to RN program is three semesters, beginning with a summer semester.  The LVN to RN students then meet up with the traditional RN students to finish out the final two semesters.

Campus: Lemoore, CA
Net Price: $8,403.00
Enrollment: 4,102
Transfer Out Rate: 11.80%
Loan Default Rate: $20.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $76.20%
Graduation Rate: 19.40%
Median Borrowing: 6,750.00%
Median Payment: 70.48%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 33 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.582191.64%

Los Angeles City College

855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA - 90029 (323) 953-4000

Los Angeles City College is located in Los Angeles, California.  Acceptance into their program is based on a “lottery” – qualified applicants must meet multiple requirements (such as prerequisites, an assessment test, and an application).  All that qualify are placed into the lottery and those who are drawn are given entrance into their program.  Graduates from their program may opt to attend Cal State University LA for their ADN to BSN program; this will allow the graduate to work as an RN while continuing their education.

Campus: Los Angeles, CA
Net Price: $6,394.00
Enrollment: 19,635
Transfer Out Rate: 8.50%
Loan Default Rate: $22.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.74%
Graduation Rate: 13.90%
Median Borrowing: 7,250.00%
Median Payment: 75.70%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 34 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5695191.39%

Imperial Valley College

380 E. Aten Road, Imperial, CA - 92251-0158 (760) 352-8320

Imperial Valley College is located in Imperial, California.  Imperial Valley College offers an LVN, an RN and an LVN to RN program.  Their LVN to RN program is broken down into “track 1” and “track 2” – track 1 is for students who seek the ADN degree.  Track 2 is the 30-unit option, which allows the LVN to get their RN license in 2 semesters bu not actually getting their ADN degree.

Campus: Imperial, CA
Net Price: $3,517.00
Enrollment: 7,701
Transfer Out Rate: 11.10%
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $40.23%
Graduation Rate: 17.30%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 35 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.559191.18%

Glendale Community College

1500 N Verdugo Rd, Glendale, CA - 91208-2894 (818) 240-1000

Glendale Community College is located in Glendale, California.  Glendale Community College offers an RN and an LVN to RN program.  Unique to Glendale Community College is their Foreign Nurse Graduate program.  This program is designed for foreign nurse graduates who have a deficiency in their education that is preventing them from taking the NCLEX-RN.

Campus: Glendale, CA
Net Price: $3,965.00
Enrollment: 15,744
Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
Loan Default Rate: $6.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-9.02%
Graduation Rate: 19.30%
Median Borrowing: 6,465.00%
Median Payment: 67.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 36 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.55191.00%

College of the Siskiyous

800 College Ave, Weed, CA - 96094-2899 (530) 938-5555

College of the Siskiyous is located in Weed, California.  They boast that they have one of the most beautiful campuses in California because their campus is housed on the base of Mount Shasta in Northern California.  They offer an LVN to RN “Step-up” program.  Their program is two semesters, although they require their students to take a three unit Transition course over the summer.

Campus: Weed, CA
Net Price: $8,012.00
Enrollment: 2,533
Transfer Out Rate: 30.70%
Loan Default Rate: $29.40
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-12.33%
Graduation Rate: 16.00%
Median Borrowing: 9,229.00%
Median Payment: 96.36%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 37 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.537190.74%

Mt San Jacinto Community College District

1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, CA - 92583-2399 (951) 487-6752

Mt. San Jacinto Community College has campuses in San Jacinto, California and Menifee Valley, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  Their nursing department philosophy, “focuses on the individual needs of the students and patients (persons), within the context of families, communities and environments who exist on a health continuum.”

Campus: San Jacinto, CA
Net Price: $7,334.00
Enrollment: 14,170
Transfer Out Rate: 15.30%
Loan Default Rate: $29.50
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.56%
Graduation Rate: 21.70%
Median Borrowing: 7,794.00%
Median Payment: 81.38%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 38 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.534190.68%

Rio Hondo College

3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA - 90601-1616 (562) 692-0921

Rio Hondo College is located in Whittier, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  They also offer a Psych Tech (PT) to RN program.  The programs for the LVN to RN and the PT to RN are similar.

Campus: Whittier, CA
Net Price: $6,451.00
Enrollment: 16,548
Transfer Out Rate: 7.60%
Loan Default Rate: $12.30
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.09%
Graduation Rate: 18.70%
Median Borrowing: 4,750.00%
Median Payment: 49.60%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 39 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.518190.36%

Santa Rosa Junior College

1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA - 95401-4395 (707) 527-4011

Santa Rosa Junior College is located in Forestvilla, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  In addition, they have a partnership with Sonoma State University School of Nursing, allowing graduates to pursue their BSN or MSN after graduation from Santa Rosa Junior College.

Campus: Santa Rosa, CA
Net Price: $8,601.00
Enrollment: 22,094
Transfer Out Rate: 9.50%
Loan Default Rate: $16.30
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.26%
Graduation Rate: 32.70%
Median Borrowing: 7,500.00%
Median Payment: 78.31%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 40 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5175190.35%

Cypress College

9200 Valley View, Cypress, CA - 90630-5897 (714) 484-7000

Cypress College is located in Cypress, California.  Cypress College boasts that their Health Science Division programs are ranked among the highest in the nation and the state, with NCLEX-RN pass rates that are higher than national standards.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN career mobility program.

Campus: Cypress, CA
Net Price: $6,095.00
Enrollment: 15,881
Transfer Out Rate: 16.20%
Loan Default Rate: $20.30
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $40.08%
Graduation Rate: 32.00%
Median Borrowing: 6,250.00%
Median Payment: 65.26%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 41 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.51190.20%

Gavilan College

5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA - 95020 (408) 848-4800

Gavilan College is located in Gilroy, California.  They offer an LVN program, an RN program, an LVN to RN program and a 30-unit option program.  Gavilan College was founded in 1919, and originally was named San Benito County Junior College.  In 1963, the name was changed to Gavilan College.

Campus: Gilroy, CA
Net Price: $7,465.00
Enrollment: 5,834
Transfer Out Rate: 13.40%
Loan Default Rate: $27.20
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $29.06%
Graduation Rate: 25.00%
Median Borrowing: 6,158.00%
Median Payment: 64.30%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 42 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5095190.19%

Citrus College

1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA - 91741-1899 (626) 963-0323

Citrus College is located in Glendora, California.  They offer an LVN program, an RN program and an LVN to RN program.  Their nursing program is fairly new compared to other nursing programs in California – their LVN to RN program was founded in 2007, with their ADN program forming in 2008.

Campus: Glendora, CA
Net Price: $3,331.00
Enrollment: 12,920
Transfer Out Rate: 11.60%
Loan Default Rate: $10.50
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.40%
Graduation Rate: 30.20%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 43 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5075190.15%

Golden West College

15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA - 92647-2710 (714) 892-7711

Golden West College is located in Huntington Beach, California.  They offer an RN and an LVN to RN program.  They also offer co-enrollment programs for ADNs seeking to become BSNs with Concordia University, California State University – Fullerton, and Vanguard University.  The student would attend Golden West College full-time, but could concurrently attend one of these universities one to two evenings per week to shorten the length of time of the BSN program.

Campus: Huntington Beach, CA
Net Price: $10,926.00
Enrollment: 12,717
Transfer Out Rate: 14.00%
Loan Default Rate: $15.40
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $60.35%
Graduation Rate: 30.00%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 44 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5190.00%

Reedley College

995 N Reed Ave, Reedley, CA - 93654 (559) 638-3641

Reedley College is located in Reedley, California.  Their LVN to RN program is located in their Madera Center.  Unique to Reedley College is the Madera College Advantage Program (MCCAP), which works to transition high school seniors into college life.

Campus: Reedley, CA
Net Price: $5,203.00
Enrollment: 13,807
Transfer Out Rate: 9.50%
Loan Default Rate: $39.30
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.14%
Graduation Rate: 22.30%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 45 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4515189.03%

Yuba College

2088 N Beale Rd, Marysville, CA - 95901 (530) 741-6700
Campus: Marysville, CA
Net Price: $6,847.00
Enrollment: 6,874
Transfer Out Rate: 15.90%
Loan Default Rate: $37.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.88%
Graduation Rate: 20.50%
Median Borrowing: 6,500.00%
Median Payment: 67.87%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 46 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4505189.01%

Los Angeles Pierce College

6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA - 91371-0002 (818) 719-6401
Campus: Woodland Hills, CA
Net Price: $9,057.00
Enrollment: 20,080
Transfer Out Rate: 10.10%
Loan Default Rate: $20.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.62%
Graduation Rate: 27.10%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 47 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4485188.97%

Modesto Junior College

435 College Ave, Modesto, CA - 95350-5800 (209) 575-6550
Campus: Modesto, CA
Net Price: $8,500.00
Enrollment: 17,084
Transfer Out Rate: 15.20%
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.52%
Graduation Rate: 17.40%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 48 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.399187.98%

Contra Costa College

2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, CA - 94806-3195 (510) 235-7800
Campus: San Pablo, CA
Net Price: $10,614.00
Enrollment: 6,865
Transfer Out Rate: 13.30%
Loan Default Rate: $20.40
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $5.79%
Graduation Rate: 23.50%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 49 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.397187.94%

San Joaquin Delta College

5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA - 95207 (209) 954-5151
Campus: Stockton, CA
Net Price: $10,011.00
Enrollment: 17,629
Transfer Out Rate: 11.10%
Loan Default Rate: $28.90
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $10.86%
Graduation Rate: 25.10%
Median Borrowing: 7,000.00%
Median Payment: 73.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 50 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3875187.75%

Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, CA - 90650-6298 (562) 860-2451
Campus: Norwalk, CA
Net Price: $4,008.00
Enrollment: 21,404
Transfer Out Rate: 14.70%
Loan Default Rate: $14.70
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $17.37%
Graduation Rate: 24.30%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 51 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.352187.04%

Merced College

3600 M St, Merced, CA - 95348-2898 (209) 384-6000
Campus: Merced, CA
Net Price: $4,196.00
Enrollment: 10,205
Transfer Out Rate: 10.10%
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $24.84%
Graduation Rate: 15.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 52 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.333186.66%

Shasta College

11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA - 96003 (530) 242-7500
Campus: Redding, CA
Net Price: $5,699.00
Enrollment: 8,479
Transfer Out Rate: 13.50%
Loan Default Rate: $18.20
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-25.75%
Graduation Rate: 22.50%
Median Borrowing: 7,095.00%
Median Payment: 74.08%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 53 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.323186.46%

Mt San Antonio College

1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA - 91789-1399 (909) 594-5611
Campus: Walnut, CA
Net Price: $4,089.00
Enrollment: 28,481
Transfer Out Rate: 8.80%
Loan Default Rate: $17.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-8.67%
Graduation Rate: 28.90%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 54 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.321186.42%

Solano Community College

4000 Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA - 94534-3197 70786513
Campus: Fairfield, CA
Net Price: $8,564.00
Enrollment: 9,583
Transfer Out Rate: 12.50%
Loan Default Rate: $33.70
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.10%
Graduation Rate: 23.50%
Median Borrowing: 7,000.00%
Median Payment: 73.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 55 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.32186.40%

Antelope Valley College

3041 West Ave K, Lancaster, CA - 93536-5426 (661) 722-6300
Campus: Lancaster, CA
Net Price: $6,069.00
Enrollment: 14,262
Transfer Out Rate: 13.10%
Loan Default Rate: $26.90
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-11.51%
Graduation Rate: 28.60%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 56 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2965185.93%

Evergreen Valley College

3095 Yerba Buena Rd, San Jose, CA - 95135-1598 (408) 274-7900
Campus: San Jose, CA
Net Price: $9,438.00
Enrollment: 9,211
Transfer Out Rate: 11.40%
Loan Default Rate: $13.00
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.42%
Graduation Rate: 29.10%
Median Borrowing: 7,000.00%
Median Payment: 73.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 57 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.276185.52%

Pacific Union College

One Angwin Ave, Angwin, CA - 94508-9707 (707) 965-6313
Campus: Angwin, CA
Net Price: $23,449.00
Enrollment: 1,645
Transfer Out Rate: 38.70%
Loan Default Rate: $5.70
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-1.44%
Graduation Rate: 36.90%
Median Borrowing: 23,500.00%
Median Payment: 245.37%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

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Ranked: 58 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2365184.73%

College of the Sequoias

915 S Mooney Blvd, Visalia, CA - 93277-2214 (559) 730-3700
Campus: Visalia, CA
Net Price: $2,695.00
Enrollment: 10,720
Transfer Out Rate: 8.30%
Loan Default Rate: $19.50
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-14.85%
Graduation Rate: 17.40%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 59 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2335184.67%

Napa Valley College

2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA - 94558-6236 (707) 253-3000
Campus: Napa, CA
Net Price: $11,195.00
Enrollment: 6,308
Transfer Out Rate: 8.90%
Loan Default Rate: $8.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.97%
Graduation Rate: 36.00%
Median Borrowing: 9,500.00%
Median Payment: 99.19%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

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Ranked: 60 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2325184.65%

College of the Redwoods

7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, CA - 95501-9300 (707) 476-4100
Campus: Eureka, CA
Net Price: $5,649.00
Enrollment: 4,938
Transfer Out Rate: 7.50%
Loan Default Rate: $24.70
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-13.31%
Graduation Rate: 6.70%
Median Borrowing: 6,862.00%
Median Payment: 71.65%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 61 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2315184.63%

Los Medanos College

2700 East Leland Road, Pittsburg, CA - 94565 (925) 439-2181
Campus: Pittsburg, CA
Net Price: $9,906.00
Enrollment: 8,525
Transfer Out Rate: 13.70%
Loan Default Rate: $17.30
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.86%
Graduation Rate: 30.10%
Median Borrowing: 4,499.00%
Median Payment: 46.97%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 62 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.228184.56%

College of the Desert

43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA - 92260 (760) 346-8041
Campus: Palm Desert, CA
Net Price: $9,132.00
Enrollment: 9,259
Transfer Out Rate: 14.50%
Loan Default Rate: $23.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $11.16%
Graduation Rate: 22.20%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 63 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.218184.36%

Butte College

3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, CA - 95965-8399 (530) 895-2511
Campus: Oroville, CA
Net Price: $6,032.00
Enrollment: 12,163
Transfer Out Rate: 12.70%
Loan Default Rate: $26.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-12.07%
Graduation Rate: 28.60%
Median Borrowing: 9,000.00%
Median Payment: 93.97%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 64 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2135184.27%

College of the Canyons

26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA - 91355-1899 (661) 259-7800
Campus: Santa Clarita, CA
Net Price: $7,133.00
Enrollment: 18,508
Transfer Out Rate: 15.40%
Loan Default Rate: $16.80
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $23.49%
Graduation Rate: 28.80%
Median Borrowing: 6,500.00%
Median Payment: 67.87%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 65 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2015184.03%

Copper Mountain Community College

6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, CA - 92252 (760) 366-3791
Campus: Joshua Tree, CA
Net Price: $8,603.00
Enrollment: 1,783
Transfer Out Rate: 8.00%
Loan Default Rate: $16.90
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $4.49%
Graduation Rate: 21.50%
Median Borrowing: 6,857.00%
Median Payment: 71.59%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 66 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1905183.81%

Santa Ana College

1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA - 92706-3398 (714) 564-6000
Campus: Santa Ana, CA
Net Price: $5,014.00
Enrollment: 28,598
Transfer Out Rate: 8.40%
Loan Default Rate: $17.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-3.89%
Graduation Rate: 23.00%
Median Borrowing: 6,375.00%
Median Payment: 66.56%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 67 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1775183.55%

City College of San Francisco

50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA - 94112-1898 (415) 239-3000
Campus: San Francisco, CA
Net Price: $4,563.00
Enrollment: 26,706
Transfer Out Rate: 14.40%
Loan Default Rate: $21.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $5.77%
Graduation Rate: 31.30%
Median Borrowing: 7,000.00%
Median Payment: 73.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 68 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1685183.37%

College of San Mateo

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA - 94402-3784 (650) 574-6161
Campus: San Mateo, CA
Net Price: $7,497.00
Enrollment: 9,377
Transfer Out Rate: 21.00%
Loan Default Rate: $11.50
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.42%
Graduation Rate: 13.90%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 69 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.152183.04%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA - 90015-4181 (213) 763-7000
Campus: Los Angeles, CA
Net Price: $6,321.00
Enrollment: 13,879
Transfer Out Rate: 9.50%
Loan Default Rate: $20.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-8.30%
Graduation Rate: 18.80%
Median Borrowing: 4,500.00%
Median Payment: 46.99%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 70 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.143182.86%

De Anza College

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA - 95014 (408) 864-5678
Campus: Cupertino, CA
Net Price: $5,532.00
Enrollment: 23,261
Transfer Out Rate: 11.70%
Loan Default Rate: $17.10
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $11.33%
Graduation Rate: 60.10%
Median Borrowing: 5,989.00%
Median Payment: 62.53%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 71 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1415182.83%

Allan Hancock College

800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, CA - 93454-6399 (805) 922-6966
Campus: Santa Maria, CA
Net Price: $6,244.00
Enrollment: 10,885
Transfer Out Rate: 7.70%
Loan Default Rate: $27.90
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.05%
Graduation Rate: 26.90%
Median Borrowing: 7,339.00%
Median Payment: 76.63%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 72 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.055181.10%

Porterville College

100 E College Ave, Porterville, CA - 93257 (559) 791-2200
Campus: Porterville, CA
Net Price: $3,869.00
Enrollment: 3,810
Transfer Out Rate: 10.20%
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.94%
Graduation Rate: 19.50%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 73 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.031180.62%

Southwestern College

900 Otay Lakes Rd, Chula Vista, CA - 91910-7299 (619) 421-6700
Campus: Chula Vista, CA
Net Price: $6,087.00
Enrollment: 19,591
Transfer Out Rate: 15.30%
Loan Default Rate: $21.80
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $2.32%
Graduation Rate: 17.90%
Median Borrowing: 4,000.00%
Median Payment: 41.76%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 74 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.018180.36%

San Bernardino Valley College

701 South Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, CA - 92410-2798 (909) 384-4400
Campus: San Bernardino, CA
Net Price: $7,446.00
Enrollment: 12,329
Transfer Out Rate: 11.00%
Loan Default Rate: $25.00
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-0.17%
Graduation Rate: 16.70%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 75 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.974179.48%

Unitek College

4670 Auto Mall Pkwy, Fremont, CA - 94538 (510) 249-1060
Campus: Fremont, CA
Net Price: $27,925.00
Enrollment: 904
Loan Default Rate: $1.20
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $19.91%
Graduation Rate: 85.40%
Median Borrowing: 10,251.00%
Median Payment: 107.03%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 76 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.896177.92%

Mission College

3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA - 95054-1897 (408) 988-2200
Campus: Santa Clara, CA
Net Price: $9,678.00
Enrollment: 9,130
Transfer Out Rate: 16.10%
Loan Default Rate: $16.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCSC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $1.48%
Graduation Rate: 28.00%
Median Borrowing: 6,500.00%
Median Payment: 67.87%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 77 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8795177.59%

Cabrillo College

6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA - 95003 (831) 479-6100
Campus: Aptos, CA
Net Price: $8,633.00
Enrollment: 13,666
Transfer Out Rate: 16.20%
Loan Default Rate: $17.40
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $1.03%
Graduation Rate: 27.40%
Median Borrowing: 7,000.00%
Median Payment: 73.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 78 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8655177.31%

Kaplan College-San Diego

9055 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA - 92123 (858) 279-4500
Campus: San Diego, CA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 79 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.83176.60%

Los Angeles Southwest College

1600 W Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, CA - 90047-4899 (323) 241-5225
Campus: Los Angeles, CA
Net Price: $6,449.00
Enrollment: 7,864
Transfer Out Rate: 17.70%
Loan Default Rate: $66.60
Institution Accreditation: ACCSC, ACICS
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.34%
Graduation Rate: 10.10%
Median Borrowing: 4,250.00%
Median Payment: 44.37%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 80 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8135176.27%

Mount St Mary’s College

12001 Chalon Rd, Los Angeles, CA - 90049-1599 (310) 954-4000
Campus: Los Angeles, CA
Net Price: $26,473.00
Enrollment: 2,625
Transfer Out Rate: 25.60%
Loan Default Rate: $5.80
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $8.15%
Graduation Rate: 65.60%
Median Borrowing: 24,000.00%
Median Payment: 250.59%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 81 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.8065176.13%

El Camino College-Compton Center

1111 East Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA - 90221-5393 (310) 900-1600
Campus: Compton, CA
Net Price: $8,293.00
Enrollment: 7,693
Transfer Out Rate: 15.40%
Loan Default Rate: $20.60
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-5.68%
Graduation Rate: 15.10%
Median Borrowing: 5,250.00%
Median Payment: 54.82%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 82 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.7485174.97%

Fresno City College

1101 E. University Ave, Fresno, CA - 93741 (559) 442-4600
Campus: Fresno, CA
Net Price: $5,768.00
Enrollment: 21,344
Transfer Out Rate: 9.80%
Loan Default Rate: $38.40
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.61%
Graduation Rate: 15.40%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 83 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.394167.88%

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

8344 W Mineral King Ave, Visalia, CA - 93291-9283 (559) 651-2500
Campus: Visalia, CA
Net Price: $22,573.00
Enrollment: 1,616
Transfer Out Rate: 1.10%
Loan Default Rate: $22.80
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $40.78%
Graduation Rate: 42.50%
Median Borrowing: 18,846.00%
Median Payment: 196.77%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 84 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.247164.94%

East Los Angeles College

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA - 91754-6099 (323) 265-8650
Campus: Monterey Park, CA
Net Price: $9,368.00
Enrollment: 36,606
Transfer Out Rate: 5.40%
Loan Default Rate: $19.20
Institution Accreditation: ACCJC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.53%
Graduation Rate: 27.60%
Median Borrowing: 7,604.00%
Median Payment: 79.39%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in California

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A Career Networks Institute N/A Orange, CA ABHES
N/A Carrington College California-Sacramento N/A Sacramento, CA ABHES, ADA, APTA
N/A ITT Technical Institute-Rancho Cordova N/A Rancho Cordova, CA ABHES, ADA, APTA

LPN to BSN Programs in California

The RN-BSN Programs are known as bridge programs or BSN completion programs. They are designed to give credit to experienced RNs based on the knowledge they already have. The experience they gain working as an RN will help them move towards a Bachelor’s degree. Courses in humanities and medical ethics can prepare even the most well-informed professional nurse to seek out a career in advanced practice. A typical nursing school in California offers RN to BSN programs that include curriculum such as:
  • Developmental Psychology and Sociology
  • Algebra
  • Nursing management of complex health issues
  • Foundations in nursing informatics
  • Health assessment and diagnostic reasoning
  • Pathophysiology concepts for nursing

 

RN License by Exam

RN License by Endorsement

Candidates who are licensed in one of the other 50 states can obtain licensure by endorsement. They must also meet the following requirements:
  • Completion of an approved education program meeting all requirements as set by California
  • Obtaining a passing score on the NCLEX or State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE).
  • Appropriate fees
  • Completed endorsement application
  • Completed fingerprints using either Live Scan or the Applicant Fingerprint Card
  • A recent passport-type photography
  • Verification of License

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who have studied abroad also have the opportunity to gain licensure through the state of California. In order to complete this the following documentation must be provided:
  • Passing an exam to prove comprehension in the English language
  • Curriculum similar to that of a California college
  • Application for licensure

California State Board of Vocational Nursing

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205 Sacramento, CA 95833 Phone: (916) 263-7800

Total Schools: 53

Ranked Schools: 17

Ranked: 1 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8825197.65%

California State University-Sacramento

6000 J St, Sacramento, CA - 95819-2694 (916) 278-6011

California State University – Sacramento is located in Sacramento, California.  They offer a variety of BSN programs – a traditiona BSN program, an RN to BSN program and an LVN to RN 30-unit option, non-degree program.  The non-degree program serves the LVN who wants to work as an RN but may not have time to complete an ADN or BSN degree.  On the downside, they do not have a degree after completion and their nursing license may not transfer state-to-state.

Campus: Sacramento, CA
Net Price: $9,006.00
Enrollment: 26,094
Transfer Out Rate: 3.90%
Loan Default Rate: $7.10
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $5.05%
Graduation Rate: 42.90%
Median Borrowing: 16,263.00%
Median Payment: 169.80%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.751195.02%

Sonoma State University

1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA - 94928-3609 (707) 664-2880

Sonoma State University is located in Rohnert Park, California.  Sonoma State University offers “pre-licensure BSN” and “post-licensure” BSN programs. The pre-licensure program is designed for traditional BSN students, where as the post-licensure BSN program is designed for students who hold an ADN degree and their RN license.

Campus: Rohnert Park, CA
Net Price: $14,396.00
Enrollment: 8,391
Transfer Out Rate: 9.50%
Loan Default Rate: $5.70
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $18.70%
Graduation Rate: 53.90%
Median Borrowing: 18,746.00%
Median Payment: 195.73%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7415194.83%

California State University-Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA - 90840-0115 (562) 985-4111

California State University – Long Beach is located in Long Beach, California.  For BSN nursing, they offer a traditionl nursing program, designed for students without a prior nursing license, and a “registered nurse student” program which is designed for students already holding an RN license.  They also offer a DNP program.

Campus: Long Beach, CA
Net Price: $8,169.00
Enrollment: 30,593
Transfer Out Rate: 2.50%
Loan Default Rate: $5.50
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $26.55%
Graduation Rate: 60.30%
Median Borrowing: 14,502.00%
Median Payment: 151.42%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6285192.57%

California State University-Bakersfield

9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA - 93311-1099 (661) 654-2782

California State University – Bakersfield is locate in Bakersfield, California.  The BSN degree has been offered at CSUB since 1970, when the university was founded.  Since that time, over 2000 nurses have graduated from their nursing program.  Their nursing program expanded in 1987, and began a master's in nursing administration program.  It has since expanded and now includes family nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse leaders, and nurse educators.

Campus: Bakersfield, CA
Net Price: $8,117.00
Enrollment: 7,350
Transfer Out Rate: 3.30%
Loan Default Rate: $9.60
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $40.51%
Graduation Rate: 39.50%
Median Borrowing: 12,672.00%
Median Payment: 132.31%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.613192.26%

California State University-Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA - 90032 (323) 343-3000

California State University – Los Angeles is located in Los Angeles, California.  They have the ability to boast that they are ranked on US News & World Report's Best Nursing Schools: Master's list.  Their nursing department offers a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, an ADN to BSN program and multiple post-graduate options.  In addition, they have collaborative agreements with various community colleges, allowing ADN graduates to segue into their programs easily.

Campus: Los Angeles, CA
Net Price: $4,756.00
Enrollment: 19,589
Transfer Out Rate: 2.30%
Loan Default Rate: $7.60
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $47.25%
Graduation Rate: 35.70%
Median Borrowing: 11,666.00%
Median Payment: 121.81%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.364187.28%

National University

11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA - 92037-1011 (800) 628-8648

National University has 19 locations throughout California, with 4 military learning centers.  They have multiple types of nursing programs, from BSN, LVN to RN, LVN to BSN, RN to BSN, doctorate of nursing practice, master of science in nurse anesthesia and master of science in nursing.

Campus: La Jolla, CA
Net Price: $21,142.00
Enrollment: 10,074
Loan Default Rate: $7.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $5.04%
Graduation Rate: 38.50%
Median Borrowing: 14,750.00%
Median Payment: 154.01%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.311186.22%

California State University-Fresno

5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA - 93740 (559) 278-4240
Campus: Fresno, CA
Net Price: $6,228.00
Enrollment: 20,295
Transfer Out Rate: 3.30%
Loan Default Rate: $6.50
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $7.29%
Graduation Rate: 48.60%
Median Borrowing: 14,535.00%
Median Payment: 151.76%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2815185.63%

Samuel Merritt University

3100 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA - 94609 (510) 869-6511
Campus: Oakland, CA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site

Ranked: 9 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.243184.86%

University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA - 94117-1080 (415) 422-5555
Campus: San Francisco, CA
Net Price: $32,369.00
Enrollment: 6,392
Transfer Out Rate: 22.20%
Loan Default Rate: $5.30
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $12.19%
Graduation Rate: 69.00%
Median Borrowing: 25,000.00%
Median Payment: 261.03%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.2115184.23%

California State University-Fullerton

800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA - 92831-3599 (657) 278-2011
Campus: Fullerton, CA
Net Price: $6,885.00
Enrollment: 33,116
Transfer Out Rate: 3.10%
Loan Default Rate: $5.60
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $60.34%
Graduation Rate: 53.50%
Median Borrowing: 12,500.00%
Median Payment: 130.51%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.182183.64%

Azusa Pacific University

901 E Alosta, Azusa, CA - 91702-7000 (626) 969-3434
Campus: Azusa, CA
Net Price: $29,990.00
Enrollment: 6,543
Loan Default Rate: $4.10
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $10.04%
Graduation Rate: 64.90%
Median Borrowing: 23,000.00%
Median Payment: 240.15%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1665183.33%

United States University

830 Bay Boulevard, Chula Vista, CA - 91911 61947813
Campus: Chula Vista, CA
Net Price: $15,372.00
Enrollment: 178
Loan Default Rate: $3.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private For-Profit
Median Borrowing: 18,207.00%
Median Payment: 190.10%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1595183.19%

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA - 94132 (415) 338-1111
Campus: San Francisco, CA
Net Price: $11,654.00
Enrollment: 26,156
Transfer Out Rate: 7.20%
Loan Default Rate: $7.20
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $12.09%
Graduation Rate: 45.50%
Median Borrowing: 16,656.00%
Median Payment: 173.91%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.138182.76%

Loma Linda University

11139 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA - 92350 (909) 558-1000
Campus: Loma Linda, CA
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site

Ranked: 15 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.1345182.69%

University of California-Los Angeles

405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA - 90095-1405 (310) 825-4321
Campus: Los Angeles, CA
Net Price: $13,686.00
Enrollment: 28,674
Loan Default Rate: $2.20
Programs: Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-5.44%
Graduation Rate: 90.30%
Median Borrowing: 17,388.00%
Median Payment: 181.55%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.117182.34%

California Baptist University

8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA - 92504-3297 (951) 689-5771
Campus: Riverside, CA
Net Price: $25,144.00
Enrollment: 5,797
Loan Default Rate: $6.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $26.43%
Graduation Rate: 58.10%
Median Borrowing: 22,798.00%
Median Payment: 238.04%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 3.746174.92%

Mount St Mary’s College

12001 Chalon Rd, Los Angeles, CA - 90049-1599 (310) 954-4000
Campus: Los Angeles, CA
Net Price: $26,473.00
Enrollment: 2,625
Transfer Out Rate: 25.60%
Loan Default Rate: $5.80
Institution Accreditation:
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $8.15%
Graduation Rate: 65.60%
Median Borrowing: 24,000.00%
Median Payment: 250.59%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in California

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
N/A West Coast University-Orange County N/A Anaheim, CA
N/A West Coast University-Ontario N/A Ontario, CA
N/A University of Phoenix-Central Valley Campus N/A Fresno, CA
N/A University of Antelope Valley N/A Lancaster, CA
N/A California State University-Channel Islands N/A Camarillo, CA
N/A San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus N/A Calexico, CA
N/A University of Phoenix-Sacramento Valley Campus N/A Sacramento, CA
N/A University of Phoenix-Bay Area Campus N/A San Jose, CA
N/A University of Phoenix-Southern California Campus N/A Costa Mesa, CA
N/A University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus N/A San Diego, CA
N/A Simpson University N/A Redding, CA
N/A Humboldt State University N/A Arcata, CA NASAD
N/A California College San Diego N/A San Diego, CA NASAD
N/A West Coast University-Los Angeles N/A North Hollywood, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA
N/A Stanbridge College N/A Irvine, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA
N/A Pacific College N/A Costa Mesa, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA
N/A American University of Health Sciences N/A Signal Hill, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA
N/A California State University-San Marcos N/A San Marcos, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA
N/A Brandman University N/A Irvine, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA
N/A Biola University N/A La Mirada, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS
N/A California State University-Stanislaus N/A Turlock, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST
N/A California State University-San Bernardino N/A San Bernardino, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST
N/A California State University-Chico N/A Chico, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST
N/A California State University-Dominguez Hills N/A Carson, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST
N/A California State University-East Bay N/A Hayward, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST
N/A California State University-Northridge N/A Northridge, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT
N/A Concordia University-Irvine N/A Irvine, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT
N/A Dominican University of California N/A San Rafael, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT
N/A Fresno Pacific University N/A Fresno, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT
N/A Holy Names University N/A Oakland, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT
N/A Pacific Union College N/A Angwin, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT
N/A Point Loma Nazarene University N/A San Diego, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT
N/A San Diego State University N/A San Diego, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT, ACME
N/A University of San Diego N/A San Diego, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT, ACME, ABA
N/A San Jose State University N/A San Jose, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT, ACME, ABA, CELPA, NASD
N/A Vanguard University of Southern California N/A Costa Mesa, CA NASAD, ADA, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, APTA, NCATE, ASHA, ACEN, APA, CAATS, NAST, CEPH, JRCERT, ACME, ABA, CELPA, NASD
RN License by Exam

RN License by Endorsement

Candidates who are licensed in one of the other 50 states can obtain licensure by endorsement. They must also meet the following requirements:
  • Completion of an approved education program meeting all requirements as set by California
  • Obtaining a passing score on the NCLEX or State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE).
  • Appropriate fees
  • Completed endorsement application
  • Completed fingerprints using either Live Scan or the Applicant Fingerprint Card
  • A recent passport-type photography
  • Verification of License

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who have studied abroad also have the opportunity to gain licensure through the state of California. In order to complete this the following documentation must be provided:
  • Passing an exam to prove comprehension in the English language
  • Curriculum similar to that of a California college
  • Application for licensure

California State Board of Vocational Nursing

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205 Sacramento, CA 95833 Phone: (916) 263-7800

California RN Job Outlook

The RN-BSN Programs are known as bridge programs or BSN completion programs. They are designed to give credit to experienced RNs based on the knowledge they already have. The experience they gained working, as an RN will help move them towards a Bachelor’s degree. Courses in humanities and medical ethics can prepare even the most well informed professional nurse to seek out a career in advanced practice. A typical nursing school in California offers RN to BSN programs that include curriculum such as:
  • Developmental psychology and sociology
  • Algebra
  • Nursing management of complex health issues
  • Foundations in nursing informatics
  • Health assessment and diagnostic reasoning
  • Pathophysiology concepts for nursing

California Registered Nursing Salaries

The Los Angeles area has the most registered nursgin, but they are paid the highest annual median wage in all of the metropolitan areas in the state of California. However, the Oakland metropolitan area has the highest hourly mean wage.
Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual median wage
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 4,370 $40.09 $80,850
Chico, CA 2,240 $37.17 $72,480
El Centro, CA 680 $36.71 $73,200
Fresno, CA 5,870 $40.48 $78,380
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 1,180 $43.91 $89,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 70,140 $45.26 $95,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 88,420 $44.80 $93,590
Merced, CA 800 $44.16 $92,260
Modesto, CA 3,360 $50.17 $103,900
Napa, CA 1,690 $48.18 $101,610
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 20,310 $59.01 $127,480
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 4,470 $41.29 $86,760
Redding, CA 1,780 $43.25 $90,240
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 23,980 $43.04 $88,480
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 15,750 $50.67 $108,620
Salinas, CA 2,500 $48.63 $101,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 23,490 $41.23 $83,500
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 34,460 $60.09 $130,480
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Divi 14,150 $61.63 $134,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 14,510 $58.57 $130,030
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 1,300 $42.02 $89,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 18,280 $43.04 $88,310
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 2,570 $45.64 $92,880
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 1,380 $59.17 $136,570
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 3,580 $49.36 $101,740
Stockton, CA 3,840 $42.99 $90,370
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 2,260 $54.95 $114,340
Visalia-Porterville, CA 1,840 $35.89 $74,380
Yuba City, CA 700 $38.56 $78,210
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area 260 $38.46 $78,240
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 1,670 $32.92 $66,910
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area 240 $37.63 $80,650
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan ar 1,200 $35.88 $71,850
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data