Which California Nursing Schools Offer BSN Degrees?

Find out which California schools offer nursing bachelor's degrees. See requirements and school information, and learn about program prerequisites and tuition costs for some schools in California. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

If you are looking for a BSN program in California, the following schools provide BSN programs for those just starting out to those who already hold an associate's degree or RN in nursing.

What You Need to Know

If you already hold an associate's degree in nursing, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in about two years. If you don't have this prior training, earning your BSN probably takes four years. Either degree prepares you for licensure and employment as a registered nurse.

BSN Programs at California Nursing Schools

California State University - Chico

California State University - Chico offers BSN programs for beginning nursing students as well as RNs who want to upgrade their associate's degree or nursing diploma to a bachelor's degree. Spots in the nursing program are in high demand, and admission is competitive. You should plan to attend a pre-nursing advising session. The BSN program provides knowledge of nursing theory and clinical experience, and you'll have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by working in a 4-week preceptorship in a rural community.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: 15 months for RN-BSN or four years for a basic BSN
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,022 for in-state students; $18,182 for out-of-state students per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA and courses in laboratory anatomy, physiology, microbiology and chemistry as well as courses in oral communication, English, critical thinking and statistics; applicants to the RN-BSN program also need a current California RN license and an associate's degree or diploma in nursing with at least 60 semester hours completed
  • Requirements: Sit for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and pass a background check and drug screening
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 17,287 students (16,081 undergraduate)

California State University - Long Beach

California State University - Long Beach offers BSN programs for students who enter school with no nursing training and RNs who hold associate's degrees or diplomas in nursing. Only California residents are admitted to the nursing program, and the admissions process is competitive. The school also offers an Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for students who hold a bachelor's degree in another field and want to earn both a BSN and MSN in three years.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: Two years for RN-BSN or four years for basic BSN
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,452 for in-state students; $17,612 for out-of-state students per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA and courses in human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology, chemistry, quantitative reasoning, oral communication, college composition and critical thinking; applicants to the RN-BSN program also need a current California RN license and an associate's degree or diploma in nursing with at least 56 semester hours completed
  • Requirements: Must be a California resident, sit for the TEAS and pass a background check and drug screening
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 36,809 students (31,643 undergraduate)

National University

National University offers multiple BSN programs. There is a program that fulfills the nursing licensing requirements for California and a generic nursing program that is not specific to any state. The school also offers an accelerated program for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in another major as well as an RN-BSN completion program for licensed nurses who have completed an associate's nursing program. Additionally, licensed vocational nurses can complete the LVN-BSN program to qualify for RN licensure in California.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: Up to 180 quarter units
  • Tuition and Fees: $12,744 for year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Accelerated program applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA; RN-BSN completion applicants need an associate's degree in nursing with a 2.75 GPA and must be licensed; LVN-BSN applicants need vocational nursing licensure
  • Requirements: Must attend a Pre-Nursing Program Information Forum, sit for the TEAS and write an essay
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 17,608 students (9,721 undergraduate)

University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco's nursing program emphasizes nursing training with a foundation of general education for traditional and non-traditional students. In addition to focusing on technical skills in nursing, the program includes instruction in nursing in the Jesuit tradition with an eye toward serving needy and neglected groups in society. You'll start nursing courses in your freshman year and begin clinical work in your sophomore year.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Tuition and Fees: $42,634 per year (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Laboratory and lecture courses in human anatomy, physiology, microbiology and general psychology
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 10,689 students (6,845 undergraduate)

The University of San Francisco, National University, California State University - Long Beach, and California State University - Chico, offer a variety of BSN programs in the state of California.

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