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Nursing School: Top School for Becoming a Nurse - Sacramento, CA

Students interested in studying to become a nurse in Sacramento have a few schools from which to pick. Read about the top local school's degree programs, ranking and tuition info to find the right school for you.

School and Ranking Information

Sacramento has one 4-year public institution offering programs in the nursing field. Based on school type, program offerings and student services, the following school is a top area school for studying nursing:

  • Winner: California State University at Sacramento is the only 4-year public school in the area with degrees in the field. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing.

School Info Chart

Category California State University - Sacramento
Rankings Tied at #58 for Regional Universities in the West (2015)*
Location Sacramento, CA
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $6,628 (in-state), $17,788 (out-of-state)**
Nursing Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Nursing Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 289**
Most Popular Nursing Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (263 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 43%**
Noteworthy Sacramento State features a chapter of the California Nursing Student Association and an international honors nursing chapter***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Sacramento State website

California State University - Sacramento

  • The School of Nursing has its own scholarship opportunities for students
  • There are greater than 60 faculty members in the nursing school
  • The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Sacramento State had an enrollment of near 30,000 students in 2013, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 26 to 1. Sacramento State offers over 100 different degree programs from its 7 colleges, which include the College of Health and Human Services. This college contains the School of Nursing, which offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing.

Some BSN requirements cover the areas of nursing and complex illnesses, adult care and mental health. For individuals already working as a registered nurse, the nursing school also offers an RN to BSN program, including courses such as critical thinking, research and a capstone project. The MS program consists of 33 credits of courses, with some classes examining pharmacology, educational programming and research.

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