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Registered Nurse Schools in California with Course Descriptions

Research registered nurse programs in California, which currently has roughly 135 schools offering these programs. Read overviews of the degree programs and get some quick facts for two California schools to decide which program is right for you.

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California Schools Offering Registered Nurse Training

Many schools in California offer registered nursing (RN) preparation programs. These programs can be found at 4-year universities as well as 2-year community colleges. Associate's and bachelor's degree programs are available for aspiring and current RNs. Graduates are prepared to take necessary state licensing exams.

Two postsecondary institutions that provide RN programs in California are profiled below. Get details about levels of study, required coursework and clinical experiences. Learn facts about both schools in the comparison table.

  • California State University - Long Beach offers a bachelor's degree in nursing available to current RNs as well as students new to the nursing field. The Long Beach campus is situated about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
  • City College of San Francisco is based approximately seven miles from the city's downtown area. Its registered nurse program awards an associate's degree.

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Comparison of Schools

Whether you intend to pursue a 2- or 4-year degree in registered nursing, it is helpful to learn all that a school has to offer before selecting a program. Below you will find statistics and facts regarding each school's acceptance rates, tuition, retention and graduation rates, population and campus setting.

California State University - Long Beach City College of San Francisco
School Type 4-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 37,622 26,299
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $6,730 (in-state)
$18,610 (out-of-state)
$1,598 (in-state)
$9,010 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 80% 59%
Acceptance Rate (2017-2018) 28% Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 88% 72%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2017)* 69% (for students beginning in 2011 ) 32% (for students beginning in 2014 )

Source: *NCES College Navigator

California State University - Long Beach

The California State University - Long Beach campus serves over 35,000 students at its location near Los Angeles. Offering graduate and undergraduate nursing credentials, California State University has achieved full accreditation from both the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

California State University at Long Beach offers students multiple options for earning their bachelor's degree in nursing. Registered nurses can enroll in an accelerated, 2-year program to earn their bachelor's, and students without a nursing background can enter longer programs to prepare for nursing careers. The latter program requires that students take prerequisite science courses in human anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chemistry before applying. Once students are officially accepted into the program, they can choose to take courses on a traditional 3-year, semester-based or an accelerated, 2-year trimester-based curriculum. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for both the Registered Nurse (RN) licensure and the California Public Health Nursing certificate examinations.

City College of San Francisco

Accredited by the Association of Schools and Colleges, the City College of San Francisco offers over fifty 2-year academic programs to residents of this Northern California city. Since 1993, the School of Health, Physical Education and Social Services has provided a central structure for interdisciplinary training in a variety of medical fields, including licensed vocational and registered nursing.

Associate of Science in Nursing

This associate's degree program directly prepares students for taking the California State Board of Registered Nursing licensing exam. The School of Health, Physical Education and Social Services has developed a nursing curriculum that includes didactic and experiential lessons, covering nursing skills in basic medical care, pharmacology, surgery, laboratory skills, prenatal care and more. Students must complete prerequisite courses in anatomy, physiology, English, math and microbiology before enrolling in the nursing program. Classes are held at the Ocean campus only, but clinical rotations are completed at school and health agencies in the San Francisco area.

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