Top Ranked University with Nursing Degrees - San Jose, CA

Aug 14, 2020

School and Ranking Information

Of the fewer than 10 schools with programs in the field in nursing in San Jose, most are 2-year public schools and only one is a 4-year public institution. According to school type, levels of programs offered and student services, the following school is regarded as a top area institution for an education in nursing:

  • Winner: San Jose State University is the only 4-year public school within a 10-mile radius of San Jose offering programs in the field. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing.

School Info Chart

Category San Jose State University
Rankings Tied for #24 for Universities in the West (2020)*
Location San Jose, CA
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020) $7,852 (in-state), $19,732 (out-of-state)**
Nursing Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Nursing Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2018-2019 202**
Most Popular Nursing Degree Level in 2018-2019 Bachelor's (180 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class 64%**
Noteworthy SJSU offers several nursing student groups, such as the California Nursing Students' Association and South Bay Assembly of Nursing***

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***San Jose State University

San Jose State University (SJSU)

  • The bachelor's degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education
  • The university's cutting-edge Clinical Simulation Center has opportunities for nursing students to practice procedures and making decisions
  • The undergraduate nursing program meets the approval of the California State Board of Registered Nursing

San Jose State University's main campus boasts more than 50 buildings for its enrollment of greater than 36,000 students. The institution offers nearly 150 degrees between its 7 colleges. SJSU has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BS program and a Master of Science in Nursing. Students in the bachelor's program learn about pharmacology, skills in the field and adult care. The RN to BS program not only provides the opportunity for registered nurses to get their bachelor's degree, but may be used to get licensed as an RN for those already working as a licensed vocational nurse.

The master's program is 36 credits and students select an emphasis from 3 options, including administration, education and informatics. Some core courses cover different populations and research. While SJSU does not solely offer a doctorate in the field, it does jointly offer such a program with California State University at Fresno.

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