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Nursing RN Programs in the California Bay Area with School Info

Research registered nurse (RN) programs in the California Bay Area, which currently has more than 23 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two California Bay Area schools to decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Students who want to become RNs usually complete an associate's degree, bachelor's degree or diploma program in nursing. All of these programs prepare graduates to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Diploma and associate's degree programs can be completed in less than three years, while bachelor's degree programs take around four years. All RN training programs include clinical training, with bachelor's programs including the most. Bachelor's and master's degree programs are also available for currently licensed RNs who want to further their education or seek leadership, research or teaching positions.


San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University is a 4-year, public school situated in the urban setting of San Francisco. The school offers bachelor's and master's degree programs to more than 30,000 students each year. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for aspiring RNs within its School of Nursing, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for current RNs looking to advance their education.

The bachelor's program prepares students for the nursing field and also provides current RNs with a bachelor's degree. Those students who are already RNs receive advanced placement into the program. The master's degree program is designed for RNs who are interested in furthering their education and features concentrations in areas such as community and public health nursing, nursing administration and clinical nurse specialist. An MSN program for aspiring nurses with bachelor's degrees in unrelated fields is also available.

California State University - East Bay

California State University - East Bay, which is located in Hayward, CA, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 14,000 students each year. It houses degree programs for both aspiring and current RNs within its Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Accredited by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing, the school's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is available with both a pre-licensure option and an advanced placement option for current RNs. The RN Advanced Placement option is a 4-6 quarter program focusing on many of the same principals as taught in the pre-licensure class. Students must already have a California Registered Nurse licensure to participate in this program.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School School Type & Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
San Francisco State University 4-year, public; large city BS in Nursing,
MS in Nursing
$6,476 (in-state), $17,636 (out-of-state)*
California State University - East Bay 4-year, public; midsize city BS in Nursing,
RN Advanced Placement Option
$6,564 (in-state), $17,724 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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