Aspiring registered nurses (RNs) usually need at least an associate's degree to obtain licensure, although some complete bachelor's degree programs, which may be required for working as nurse managers, teachers or consultants. Master's programs in nursing are often designed for those possessing undergraduate nursing degrees and can prepare graduates to work as certified nurse specialists. Many nursing programs are held entirely on-campus, although some are available in hybrid formats with limited on-campus visits and online coursework. Supervised clinical experiences are usually required at all program levels.
Evergreen Valley College
Founded in 1962, Evergreen Valley College in San Jose offers a 2-year nursing associate's degree program that prepares students for RN licensure. The program prepares students to interact in a clinical setting by focusing on the integration of academics with practical experience. Students are required to complete general education and prerequisite courses, including anatomy, physiology and microbiology. These are followed by a 37-unit course of study, which includes pediatric and medical-surgical nursing, nursing fundamentals and maternity nursing.
University of San Francisco
Established in 1954, the University of San Francisco School of Nursing is California's first private university nursing program. The school offers both bachelor's and master's programs in nursing and features accelerated degree options for graduate students.
The bachelor's program in nursing provides students with both academic and clinical experiences. After completing prerequisite courses in areas like anatomy, physiology and microbiology, students take core nursing classes in pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, women's health and nutrition. The university partners with healthcare-focused organizations to offer a nurse residency program that allows new nurses to work with a mentor in a clinical setting.
The school's nursing master's programs are designed for aspiring clinical nurse leaders (CNLs) and teach students to supervise a team of healthcare professionals. One program includes prerequisite coursework and is designed for those without a bachelor's in nursing. The accelerated program is for RNs with an associate's or bachelor's degree. Both programs include courses in nursing research, health promotion, pathophysiology and pharmacology, pediatric nursing and financial management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Evergreen Valley College||2-year, public; large city||AS in Nursing||$1,358 (in-state), $7,994 (out-of-state)*|
|University of San Francisco||4-year, private nonprofit; large city|| BS in Nursing
MS in Nursing: CNL
MS in Nursing: RN to CNL
Source: *NCES College Navigator