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RN Programs in Los Angeles with School Overviews

Nov 06, 2018

The Los Angeles area has 29 colleges that offer registered nursing (RN) programs. Learn about the degree and certificate programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 15 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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Los Angeles Schools with Registered Nursing Programs

Students who want to become registered nurses have the option of pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree. The Los Angeles area has several universities and colleges that offer registered nursing programs at both of these levels. This article looks at those schools, none more than 25 minutes from the city center, and at the programs they offer. Pertinent information, including each school's enrollment, tuition, graduation rate and school type, is included in a table. This is followed by a list of a few other Los Angeles-area schools that offer RN programs.

  • Los Angeles City College, just four miles from downtown, offers an associate's degree in registered nursing.
  • Los Angeles Southwest College also has an associate's degree program in nursing that includes a special option for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) who want to become RNs. This school is 12 miles from downtown.
  • Students who want to obtain a nursing bachelor's degree can enroll at California State University - Los Angeles, five miles from the heart of the city. In addition to its regular degree program, the university has a program to accommodate RNs with associate's degrees who want to earn their bachelor's degrees.

Comparison of Schools

The following table displays information about these schools that aspiring nursing students should consider. It is arranged in a way that makes comparison simple.

Los Angeles City College Los Angeles Southwest College California State University - Los Angeles
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 13,827 5,848 28,531
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $1,220 in-state
$7,538 out-of-state
$1,220 in-state
$7,538 out-of-state
$6,639 in-state
$18,519 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 72% 87% 91%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions 46%
Retention Rate (2017)* 65% full-time, 35% part-time 59% full-time, 37% part-time 79% full-time, 45% part-time
Graduation Rate* 21% (10% transfer-out rate) for students beginning in 2014 12% (12% transfer-out rate) for students beginning in 2014 47% (2% transfer-out rate) for students beginning in 2011

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles City College offers degree and certificate programs that can be completed within 6-36 months. Students can pursue programs in healthcare, computer/electronics, arts and entertainment, business, law and consumer studies. In addition to a nursing program, the health department features programs in dental technology, radiologic technology and psychology/human services.

Associate in Science in Registered Nursing

The registered nursing program at Los Angeles City College takes two years to complete, and students participate in clinical and theory courses four days per week. A clinical experience is also part of the coursework and allows students to gain experience in a hospital, nursing home or other healthcare facility. Upon graduation from the program, students are eligible for RN licensure.

Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles Southwest College features around 30 associate's degrees along with nearly 20 certificate programs, and students have the option of pursuing careers or continuing their education at a 4-year institution. The college offers an Associate of Science in Nursing and a 30-unit option program for students who have their California vocational nursing license.

Associate's Degree in Nursing

Before applying to the associate's degree program, students must meet LASC's pre-admission requirements. These include a high school diploma or G.E.D. and general education coursework covering topics like anatomy and microbiology. Graduates of the associate's degree program take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain entry-level positions in the nursing profession.

Thirty-Unit Option for Licensed Vocational Nurses

Students who have already obtained their vocational nursing license in California may apply to LASC's 30-unit option program. Prerequisites for admission to the program include CPR certification, proof of professional liability insurance, successful completion of physiology and microbiology courses and a successful physical examination. Graduates of the 30-unit program take the NCLEX-RN to become registered nurses.

California State University - Los Angeles

The College of Health and Human Services at California State University - Los Angeles features programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Education and training are available for students who want to pursue careers in nursing, social work, public health, nutritional science and gerontology. Additional departments offer programs in the arts, business, education, computer science and engineering and social sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program requires that students complete pre-licensure nursing courses before being admitted. Initial coursework focuses on anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry and psychology. Upper division requirements teach students about acute nursing, pharmacology, nursing leadership, case management and the health care system.

RN-BSN Program

The RN-BSN program is designed for licensed registered nurses who have already earned an associate's degree or diploma in nursing and want to earn a bachelor's degree in the field. Students in the program are only required to complete upper division coursework. These courses cover topics in family nursing, health assessment, pathophysiology, public health nursing, nursing management and nursing research.

More School Options

Some of the other schools in or near Los Angeles that offer registered nursing programs include Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, East Los Angeles College and Glendale Community College.

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