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.

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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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