BSN Programs in California
One of the largest states in the U.S., California also boasts many options for nursing schools. There are over 30 available Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, or BSN programs in California.
The California State University system offers a wide variety of nursing programs throughout the state, from the coast to inland California.
According to the California Board of Nursing (source), the number of full-time RNs in California is projected to exceed 400,000 by 2030. Currently it is estimated by the CA Board of Nursing that there are around 370,000 Registered Nurses in California, although CA does have a relatively low number of nurses per capita compared to average.
View the full list and our summaries of each BSN program in California below. You can directly request information from featured programs on this page – they are currently accepting applicants from California residents. You can also use our Nursing Degree Finder to get matched to a BSN program. The Nursing Degree Finder is located in the right sidebar (bottom of the page if you are on a mobile device).
All BSN Programs in California
American University of Health Sciences
1600 E. Hill St, Signal Hill, CA 90755
The CCNE accredited baccalaureate nursing program takes a Christian and holistic approach in preparing nurses. Admission is based on high school coursework or GED scores, a number of proctored online entrance exams, an essay, 2 recommendation letters and two interviews. Both high school and transfer applicants must have a GPA of 2.50 on high school courses and all transferable lower division courses respectively.
Students can choose from four admission cycles: winter and summer for pre-nursing students (to take prerequisite courses) or the fall and spring semesters for BSN major entrants.
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave, Azusa, CA 91702
The spiritual growth focus of the university gives the nursing bachelor degree an edge and sets it apart from the rest. Freshman candidates must taken high school math, biology and chemistry and an additional human anatomy and organic chemistry courses after admission. Before declaring a major, students must maintain a university GPA of 3.0 APU compounds the BSN generic program curriculum with holistic approach of Christian life, faith and ministry including an entire course covering 2 New Testament books! The rather large curriculum of 140 credits is designed to be completed within 4 years and takes-in new students every fall and spring semesters.
13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639
Bachelor nursing education at Biola enables you start your journey towards professional nursing in addition to maturing your spiritual approach towards delivering care. Initially, students need to be admitted in a 2-year pre-clinical phase and make a secondary application into the nursing major. Completion of the pre-clinical phase however, does not guarantee admission into the next 3 years of the clinical phase. Admission into the clinical phase is reserved for students who manage a GPA of 2.0 on all prerequisite courses. Priority placement is given to students who complete prerequisites with a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The entire program is five years.
California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504
Completing the BSN program at this private Christian university enables the student to become eligible for the NCLEX-RN exam. Candidates must have completed at least 12 prerequisites courses in the university with a minimum 2.7 GPA to be eligible to apply. Prerequisites taken in articulated in community college can be transferred to CBU. However, candidates with at least one semester at CBU are given priority over other applicants. This full time CCNE accredited program takes 6 semesters for the nursing major excluding the time taken to complete the pre-nursing courses. Candidates can choose from the fall and spring admission cycles if they have a TEAS V test score of 70%
California State University-Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311
The bachelor degree program in nursing admits slightly over 80 students in their single fall admission. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for freshmen applicants. Upon admission, students complete a first year of pre-nursing and general education courses. After completing this portion with a minimum GPA of 2.80, students can do a supplemental application for the nursing program. The nursing major phase is a 9-quarter (equivalent to 3-years) portion where students indulge in intensive clinical practice in health agencies and the nursing simulation center.
California State University-Channel Island
1 University Dr, Camarillo, CA 93012
The generic pre-licensure nursing BSN offers students two options to choose from. The first option is a 3-year program for entry-level students who have completed prerequisites courses. Under this option, students complete pre-nursing courses the spring before fall semester. This track is offered at Channel Islands main campus and starts in fall. A second option is for candidates who have completed all pre-nursing courses prior to admission into the nursing major. This option is designed to take 2.5 years starting on a spring semester and is offered at the Goleta Satellite Campus. Both tracks have mandatory summer sessions.
California State University-Chico
400 West 1st St, Chico, CA 95929
Only a limited number of students are admitted in the selective basic bachelor of nursing degree program at Chico. Students are first admitted in the pre-nursing program and must secure good grades to ensure a position in the major. For eligibility into the pre-nursing program, students must have completed at least 2 prerequisite courses and 2 foundation courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The remaining prerequisites can be completed after admission. Candidates must also have achieved a minimum level of 80% on Teas V test. If all pre-nursing courses are completed with a 3.0 GPA or better, students can make a supplemental application to the nursing major for either fall or spring semesters.
California State University-East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward, CA 94542
Students interested in the Bachelor of Science with a nursing major are first admitted into the university and designated as a pre-nursing student. During this first two years, freshmen complete prerequisites either at Hayward, Concord campus or any other community college. Upon completion, a separate application is made for the major designed for 9 quarters. A cumulative 3.0 GPA must be obtained in 9 general education and 5 science courses to obtain application eligibility for the major. Among the prerequisites required include Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Basic Chemistry, Communication, Critical thinking, Stats, and Eng. For qualified applicants, admission priority is given to military veterans, CA residents and Non-CA residents in that order.
California State University-Fresno
2345 E. San Ramon, Fresno, CA 93740
A package of 8 prerequisites courses totaling to 28 credit hours is required to be admitted into the BSN clinical nursing component. The above must be completed with a minimum of grade “C” and a GPA of 3.0. The nursing program is on impacted status and is very competitive and selective and there is no waiting list. Admission is solely based on the prerequisites GPA and preference is given to qualified military veterans. The nursing major course sequence is designed for six semesters and the entire program has a curriculum load of 125 credit hours.
California State University-Fullerton
800 North State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92834
Only candidates who have completed at least 6 of the 8 prerequisites courses are eligible to make a supplemental application to the BSN. The other two courses may be taken the semester before the admission semester. The 8 courses are Anatomy and Physiology I & II, Chemistry, Speech, Eng, Critical Thinking and Math. For the supplemental application, students are ranked using a point system of 65 possible points in the following manner: Prerequisites GPA-20, Cumulative GPA-20, HESI-15 and Volunteer work-10. The BSN major can be completed in 6 semesters while the pre-nursing phase can be completed in 1-2 years translating to 4-5 years for the entire program.
California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840
The basic Bachelor of Science in nursing program is designed to be completed in six semesters. Freshmen are admitted to complete 45 hours of support courses, social & natural sciences and general education. A preferred GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 70% TEAS V is required for the BSN but competitive scores are usually observed. The 90 credit hour major nursing program starts at the sophomore year and continues for the junior and senior years. Junior and senior students with exceptional performance can join the Iota Eta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International honor society for nursing.
California State University-Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032
The nursing school at CSU Los angles has a BS degree for generic/basic/pre-licensure students. The program has only one admission cycle per year that starts classes on fall. It is designed for high school graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0, ACT composite of 20 or above or SAT score of 900 or more. Freshmen complete prerequisites courses which count towards a 31-supplemental criteria point entrance into the basic nursing program. 6 prerequisites courses: Eng, Bio A& B, Chemistry, Psychology and critical thinking must be completed with a GPA of 2.7 or better. Other points for the supplemental criteria points are sourced from prior health-related work, TEAS test, and cumulative GPA on all other college work. Since the program is an impacted one, only those that meet the supplemental application requirements make it for the nursing major. Interested students can apply for the nursing scholarships available. There is also a chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor society for well performing students.
California State University-Sacramento
6000 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819
The traditional baccalaureate nursing program is a 4-year curriculum consisting of lower division general education/ prerequisite work and an upper division component of clinical nursing. The 1st 2 years are dedicated to prerequisite courses prior to making an application to the competitive and selective upper division nursing phase. The selection criterion is based on a point system of a possible 112 points. 50 points are derived for the GPA of prerequisites courses in the 1st 2 years. A minimum GPA of 3.3 and a grade “C” must be maintained on the prerequisites. 50 points are derived from the TEAS test while the remaining 12 points can be derived from any three of the following: Economic and environmental background, health experience or bilingual language proficiency. In the case there are veterans who meet admission requirements; they will be given preference over all other students. Fall and spring admissions are available.
California State University-San Bernardino
5000 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA 92407
The undergraduate nursing bachelors program at CSU-San Bernardino has fall and winter admission dates. Due to its impacted status, only residents of California are allowed to apply.
All applications to the pre-nursing program must be submitted online and must include a TEAS V score sheet of 70% or better, and an overall GPA of 3.0 on all college work and 3.0 on 9 selected prerequisites courses. Candidates with proof of bilingual proficiency are preferred over other students. Upon admission, students can choose to complete all courses of the generic BSN at Palm Desert campus or the Main Campus.
California State University- San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096
The relatively new generic Bachelor of nursing program involves 3 steps. Initially, high school freshmen are admitted as pre-health students to take general education courses during the 1st year. Upon successful completion, students become eligible for the step 2 also known as the pre-nursing major where pre-nursing core courses are taken. Admission into the step 3 is highly impacted and is therefore competitive and selective. This is based on a supplemental admission criterion from a number of factors including a minimum GPA of 2.7 on previous courses and bilingual proficiency. The major is designed to be completed in 3 years: 6 regular semesters and 2 summer sessions. Students can apply for a number of scholarships available and also join the Phi Theta Chapter of STTI honor society.
California State University-Stanislaus
1 University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382
The traditional pre-licensure nursing bachelor is offered on a full time basis at the Turlock campus. Candidates must have completed at least 2 science and 2 non-science prerequisites with a GPA of 2.75 during application. Other prerequisites requirements may be completed before the actual clinical nursing program starts. Besides prerequisites, additional points need to be taken in the supplemental application for the clinical phase of the program. These include bilingual proficiency, health care experience, and permanent residency in Stanislaus service area and admission status in CSU-Stanislaus. There are choices to start classes on fall or spring semesters for the 3-year clinical phase.
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901
The Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) is 4-year guaranteed program designed for high school graduates. Such graduates desiring to be admitted into the University for the Nursing Program must have completed 1 year each of science & history and 2 years of math & international language. The clinical nursing phase starts at sophomore level and requires a separate application. Students must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in 8 prerequisites be eligible. If a student fails in any 2 prerequisites courses, they cannot be allowed to apply to the major. The program is not impacted hence all pre-nursing students who complete the freshman courses successfully are welcome to declare a nursing major. There is also a high school honors programs to enable highly motivated students complete some of the nursing pre-nursing courses at high school senior year.
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Holy Names provides a generic bachelor degree in nursing in partnership with Samuel Merritt University. The degree plan is that students are first admitted at Holy Name for the first two years to take liberal arts courses, general education and prerequisites courses. If courses at Holy Name are completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better, students proceed to Samuel Merritt to complete the clinical nursing course package. Interested candidates must first apply at Holy Name by indicating interest in the major. The application package should include an essay, a recommendation letter and ACT or SAT I scores. Students will enjoy the benefits of studying at two universities and being taught by a diverse faculty pool. The BSN degree is awarded by Samuel Merritt.
Loma Linda University
11234 Anderson St, Loma Linda, CA 92354
As one of the renowned Seventh Day Adventist Universities in the country, it boasts to offer the nursing program to a culturally rich and diverse student’s body. The program is offered at the University Medical Center located in its East Campus. Prior to applying to the generic nursing program, students must have completed all prerequisites courses with a grade of “C” or better and cumulative GPA of 3.0. A score sheet of TEAS and Critical thinking must be submitted along with the application. Some of the prerequisites courses include physical activity, public speaking, lifespan development, humanities, Intro to Sociology, general psychology, biochemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, Math, Chemistry and Bio. All students must take the TEAS V while International students need to submit a TOEFL Score sheet. Three choices for fall, winter and spring admissions are available. There are numerous International nursing programs in locations like China and Malawi. There is also the Gamma Alpha Chapter of the STTI honor society for nurses.
Mount Saint Mary’s College
12001 Chalon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
The university is rooted into the traditions of its founder: the sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Students are admitted into the nursing programs after completing 1 year of prerequisites courses at the college or from articulated colleges within Los Angeles. The above must be completed with an overall GPA of 3.0 or 2.7 for all science courses. Candidates who meet this requirement are called to campus to take an admission exam in Math. Other items that must be submitted in the online application include an essay, personal statement and official transcripts from former colleges. Students who join the program at Mount as freshmen take 4 years to finish. Fall and spring admission cycles are available.
National University-San Diego
3678 Aero Court, San Diego, CA 92123
The Bachelor of Science in nursing-generic entry at NU-San Diego is offered in three campuses namely Los Angeles, Fresno and Rancho Bernardo Campuses. The department of nursing accepts applications from students who have completed all prerequisite courses; 18 courses equivalent to 69 quarter units. Admission into the program also requires candidates to complete a Proctored Written essay and a take a TEAS test. Candidates must have first been admitted into the university before this second application into the nursing program is done. The clinical program consists of 36 quarter units of supporting courses and 60 quarter units of nursing courses.
Point Loma Nazarene University
3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
Admission into the nursing bachelor degree is a two step process. First is the admission into the pre-nursing portion of the program. This portion can take 1-2 years to complete depending on the course load a student decides to take. This section must be completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 and a minimum grade of “C”. Transfer students with prerequisites taken online will not be accepted and have to retake them at Point Loma. In the second step, candidates who have taken at least 15 credits at the university and meet admission requirements are given priority over transfer students. Selection of candidates is based on the GPA rather than a point system. The 128 credit program can be completed in 4-years (for prerequisites completed in 1 year) or 5 years (for prerequisites completed in 2 years). Excellent international nursing and cross-cultural nursing experiences are available for junior and senior students.
Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
The university has had the BSN degree training for over a hundred years now. Students may choose between the freshmen entry and the direct entry options. For the freshman option, candidates must first be admitted in one of the 3 partnering schools ie St. Mary’s College of California, Holy Names University or Mills Colleges. N/B-Mills College is a women’s only college. If all pre-nursing coursework from the 3 colleges meets the admission requirement of Samuel Merritt, then students are guaranteed transfer to complete the clinical phase. On the other hand, the direct entry option is designed for transfer students from other colleges including community colleges. This only offers limited spots since priority is given to qualified students in the first option. For both entry options, a minimum of 66 lower division credits must have been completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and 2.50 on science pre-nursing courses. There is a fall and spring admission.
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182
The school of nursing has only one application cycle for the BSN degree from which fall and spring entrants are chosen. It is an impacted program and only a few students make it to the clinical phase despite a large number being admitted for the pre-nursing phase. Furthermore, the school does not maintain a waiting list for qualified applicants. All applicants are selected through a point system that includes score of TEAS, prerequisites and official transcripts. The clinical phase is designed for a full time mode but part time plans can be arranged through the academic advisors. Senior students who meet set criteria may also complete an additional 4 courses from the honors program in order to graduate with a BSN with honors.
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
The nursing baccalaureate degree program has one application cycle from which successful candidates are admitted for the fall and spring semesters. Applications must either be undeclared major continuing SFSU students or transfer students. In either case, candidates must have an all time GPA of 3.0 or better to be eligible for the impacted and selective admission. Other requirements include proof of California residency and results of the TEAS pre-admission exam. Candidates with bilingual proficiency and cross-cultural work and volunteer experience are given priority over other students. The program is offered n two locations: San Diego and Sequoia Health District at Canada College. Candidates interested in the later campus must also verify residency
San Jose State University
1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA 95192
Nursing bachelors program is an impacted program at the university and interested candidates must satisfy a supplemental application criterion for the major. After completing a pre-nursing program at the university or a community college, candidates may apply for supplemental application. In this case, 30 most recent courses must have been completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better. 9 prerequisites must have been completed with no chances of “in Progress” prerequisites at the time of application. 5 of the pre-nursing courses taken (Anatomy, Physiology, Stats, Eng and Microbiology) must have been completed with a minimum composite GPA of 2.75. The remaining 4 must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Also included in the impaction scoring is a minimum of 68% on the TEAS V exam. All applications must have been received in the school at least 9months-1 year prior to the admission date. The nursing program runs the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society.
University of California-Los Angeles
700 Tiverton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
The BS in nursing program is not too old having kicked off in fall 2006. The program admits new students once annually for classes starting fall semester. There are two options for admission: one for freshman entry and another limited number entry for transfer students. In addition to the general university admission, a school of nursing supplemental application is also needed when applying for the nursing major. This package must include 2 recommendation letters, a personal statement and work/ volunteer experience. The entire program requires a minimum of 180 units to complete; 95 of which are in the major. At junior and senior years, students may apply for quite a number of nursing scholarships at the university. Majors also participate in a summer research program. The Gamma Tau Chapter of the STTI honor society and the Alpha Tau Delta are organizations that student can join.
University of California-Irvine
252 Berk Hall, Irvine, CA 92697
The undergraduate bachelor of nursing program at UCI has only one admission per year for the fall semester. Interested candidates must make two applications: one for the university and another supplemental application to the school of nursing. However, admission into the university does not guarantee acceptance in the nursing program. Freshmen must have taken at least 2 years of high school biology and chemistry and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.75. No prerequisites courses should be in progress prior to making an application to the nursing major. Such courses must be completed with a grade “B” or better with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with proof of volunteer experience in the health care field have a better edge during selection.
University of San Francisco-San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Jesuit Traditions of the founders of the university impact on students regardless of which program they are taking at USF. The Bachelor of Science in nursing serves the needs of traditional candidates who wish to become registered nurses. Candidates are admitted in the freshman year and become designated as “conditional admits”. In the freshman year, students take nursing support courses/prerequisites. Those who earn less than a “C” in the freshman courses become ineligible for the nursing major. Those who make it through this year begin nursing coursework during the 1st semester of the sophomore year. Students in the major can participate in international nursing program in Guatemala and Vietnam while highly motivated students can also become inducted in the Beta Gamma Chapter of the STTI honor society for nursing. Fall, winter and spring admissions are available.
West Coast University-Anaheim
1477 S. Manchester Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
The Anaheim campus located in Orange County is home to a number of health programs including the baccalaureate nursing degree. The program has a common curriculum offered in other campuses of West Coast University. Admission into the program is a year-round affair hence students are offered many start dates to kick-start their nursing career. To be admitted, students only require a high school diploma or GED besides passing in university-based entrance evaluations exams. The entire curriculum can be completed in about 39 months of year-round learning and students become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. An exact replica of this program is also offered in West Coast University- Los Angeles-North Hollywood campus and the Ontario Campus.
Azusa Pacific University Nursing School Review
Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a Christian university that is located in California. The history of the school dates back to 1899 when it was mounted as the first Bible College in the West Coast. Today, it still holds steadfast to its religious views, but has also adapted its curriculum to include various courses to meet the demand from students within and outside of the United States of America. The school prides itself with its 53 undergraduate majors, 37 master’s degrees, 21 credentials, 7 doctoral and 5 certificate programs. The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing offers a list of undergraduate and graduate programs that enable students to better embrace the changing responsibilities in the health care sector. The school of nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the California Board of Registered Nursing. The programs at the school include:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)- Generic Option
This is an 8-semester course that combines arts, science and nursing subjects into the curriculum. During the course students have access to virtual patients and simulators to enrich the learning experience. Biblical studies are also included and students are encouraged to analyze how their spiritual and academic life can act in unison to fulfill their roles as nurses. It is designed for high school students and after graduation they are eligible for public health certification.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)- Generic Option Two-Plus-Two (High Desert)
This is a six consecutive semester course that is open to students that have completed all the necessary pre-requisites prior to sending in their applications to the school of nursing.
Traditional RN to BSN: LVN to BSN and LVN to RN Programs
Qualified licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) can either choose the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program or the registered nurse program. Each student is evaluated on an individual basis to identify core skills and experience in the nursing sector. LVNs that have an active unencumbered license can be waived from doing certain subjects. For the LVN to BSN program, LVNs that currently have a license can be waived for particular course. However, those that choose the LVN to RN program are admitted as terminal non-degree students.
Accelerated Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
Students are taught the essence of combining theory with practice in this accelerated course. After completion, they are able to undertake more responsibilities in health care and understand the complexities of human health and well-being.
Registered Nurse to Nursing, B.S. (Online)
Registered nurses that want to be engaged in advanced studies while working can choose this course for added flexibility. They will be trained to undertake more responsibilities and to have deeper insight for patient care. The learning community aims to capitalize on the strength of each student thus enriching the course.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Students are able to choose the specializations they believe are best for them. After completion, they can undertake roles as clinical nurse specialists, family nurse practitioners, school nurses, adult nurse practitioners, etc. The main areas of specialty are:
a) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): The school of nursing offers two possibilities to students that which to specialize in this area. They can choose between the Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist. Each of the main specialty offer other sub-specialty that allows students to be trained in areas they believe will be best for them.
b) Entry-level Masters (ELM) program: Students that have completed advanced studies in other areas and have received their baccalaureate or any other type of higher degree in a non-related course are encouraged to apply to this program. It is an accelerated program that exposes students to basic nursing studies. After successful completion they can sit the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
c) MSN with NP Specialties: It is necessary to fully understand and comply with the MSN coursework before enrolling in any NP specialty program. The options that are available are:
- Adult NP
- Family NP
- Pediatric NP
- Psychiatric Mental Health NP
Combined Programs for Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
d) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Program: This program gives nurses the opportunity to be prepared in two advanced courses that shape their skills and effectiveness in the world of nursing.
e) Master of Science in Nursing with Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program: Students are trained in this program to work with children and their families. They will earn a master’s degree and gain specialization as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). In addition to this, they will also gain a Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate. This is possible after they have successfully taken and passed the exams for certification by the state of California and for national certification.
f) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with School Nurse Services Credential (SNCSC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): This is a combined course that is aimed at registered nurses. To be admitted into the program, qualified registered nurses must have an unencumbered license and should have completed their bachelor’s degree. They are trained to work with different age groups and are exposed to advanced skills and theory that enable them to serve patients. At the end of the course, they qualify to sit the national exam for licensure and are awarded the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate. The course is approved by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. In addition to these, it is also accredited by the WASC and CCNE.
g) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP): Various courses are combined to train and equip students with the knowledge they need to embrace work at schools or any other health care setting that deals with children. They must be registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree and have an unencumbered license to apply.
School Nurse Services Certificate (SNSC)
This is a non-degree post-bachelor’s specialty program that is open to registered nurses. The program is built on a combination of courses required for the School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) along with other courses administered by the university.
The post-masters specialty is open to nurses that already have a MSN from APU or any other accredited university. Those that enroll in the course can get choose any of these specialties:
a) Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Post-Master’s Certificate: This is the perfect course for the working profession. Classes can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis depending on the student’s availability. After successful completion, students can take the exam administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. If they pass, then they will be eligible for California advanced practice certification. The course is aimed at nurses with a masters degree in nursing and prepares them to undertake roles in acute, primary and long-term care.
b) Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Post-Master’s Certificate: This course is also designed for students with a masters degree in nursing. It is a non-degree course credit option.
c) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Post-Master’s Certificate: Nurses that have a master’s degree in nursing can take this non-degree credit course. After successful completion they can take the national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. During the course students are taught the essentials about primary health care skills. They will also gain clinical health care experience by working with a diverse background of people from different social ranks.
d) Nursing Administration Post-Master’s Certificate: Students that do not want to be directly involved with the health of patients will find this course interesting. It prepares them for administrative roles that enable them to guarantee effective organizational development and also hone their managerial skills in the health care sector.
e) Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate: Nurses with a masters of science in nursing are welcome to apply to this course. Their knowledge and experience will be enriched with further courses that enable them to be effective educators in a clinical or academic setting.
f) Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate: Registered nurses with a master’s degree can build on their knowledge to undertake roles involved in pediatrics or obstetrics. It is a non-degree course credit option.
g) Parish Nursing (PN) Certificate: Nurses interested in undertaking spiritual aspects of patient care will find this course fulfilling. After successful completion they will be able to work in churches or any other religiously based organization.
h) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Certificate: Nurses that have a passion working with children will gain the necessary skills to undertake roles in primary health care settings. It is a non-degree course credit option open to registered nurses that have a master’s degree in nursing.
i) Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate: This course will prepare students to effectively work with patients that have severe mental challenges. They will be able to work if challenging and changing work environments with patients that need special care to handle their mental illness. They will also be able to determine biopsychosocial health care needs for these patients.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Students that want to perform at very high levels and with greater degree of responsibility in the world of nursing will find this course very useful. The content is built and channeled towards organizational analysis, evidence-based practice and scientific findings. Those that complete their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will only need to take 13 more courses to be awarded their doctorate.
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD)
During this course students will be exposed to various concepts and information that adequately prepare them to work with family health along with international and community health. When they successfully complete the course, they will be recognized as educators, nurse scholars and researchers. They will also be able to use the knowledge obtained throughout the program to improve health conditions across various settings.
Students interested in earning a secondary specialty can choose between the Nursing Administration Specialty or Nursing Education Specialty to achieve their goal. They must be doing their Master of Science in Nursing along with a primary specialty to be considered for admission.
Nursing Administration Specialty- This program hones the administrative side of the nursing professional. It is preferred by those that are keen on developing skills related to business management and organizational development.
Nursing Education Specialty- This program prepares students that wish to undertake teaching roles in the academic or health care setting.
The courses offered by the Continuing Education Department for the School of Nursing are available to both alumni and nurses. The aim of the courses is to ensure that students are adequately prepared to deal with changing information and roles in the health care sector. The two main areas that are currently being offered include:
a) School Nurse Audiometry: This course is approved by the hearing conservation specialist of the State Department of Health Services. It is an intensive online course with only one clinical day in July or June.
b) RN Refresher: Nurses that have not been active in entry level positions due to being away from the workforce can consider this course. During the program, they will have the opportunity to enhance their own knowledge, gain and upgrades skills to better fulfill their roles as health care professionals. They must have an unencumbered Californian license, CPR card and meet the additional requirements of the program to gain entry.
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
P.O Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Biola University Nursing School Review
Founded in 1908 as the “Bible Institute Of Los Angeles”, Biola University now boasts more than 145 academic programs that have distinguished it from other schools. It is a private Christian university located in Southern California and is not linked to any specific religious denomination. It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools.
Its nursing program was established in 1945 at the then School of Missionary Medicine. The program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Biola University only offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN).
Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN)
Biola University offers a 5-year Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) that is grounded in liberal arts, science and nursing subjects. Students accepted into the program are either accepted in the pre-clinical nursing major or the clinical nursing. The former is a two year phase that prepares the foundation for the clinical phase of the course. Applicants must meet all health and admission requirements to be accepted into the course.
During the program, students gain the relevant nursing experience through hospital and agencies that are located in Los Angeles and Orange County. All students are encouraged to maintain a Christian outlook, positive nurturing character to remain in the program. Upon successful completion, graduates can sit the registered nurse (RN) licensure examination. Those that pass the examination are recognized and primary health care givers.
Thirty Unit Curriculum: LVN to RN
This option is open to licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) that want to take courses that give them the necessary knowledge and qualifications to sit the California registered nurse licensing examination. All applications are evaluated on an individual basis. Transfer students from accredited institutions that have completed comparable pre-licensure courses will receive academic credit after courses are analyzed and evaluated
Nursing Admission Requirements
Biola has a two-phase admission process into its BSN program. The first phase is the pre-nursing major and the second is the clinical nursing program. Students are advised that admission into the pre-nursing major does not guarantee admission into the clinical nursing program. A separate application is required for the latter to enter the three-year clinical phase. Background checks and health-related examination are part of the requirements to enter its competitive nursing program. Additionally, students must have outstanding TEAS scores that are in line with the requirements at the school. They must also have an exceptional GPA and demonstrate a grade “C” of higher for pre-requisite courses to enter the program.
Transfer students that have not started nursing must submit a normal application to the program. They must ensure that all pre-requisite courses are taken and completed to progress successfully throughout the program. All transfer students from other nursing programs are evaluated individually.
Registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) must have current active licensure in the United States of America. They must also be graduates from regionally accredited nursing programs to be accepted into Biola University. RNs may also present proof of one year working experience to enter the program. This requirement is optional provided they meet one or both of the previously mentioned requirements.
Students that wish to challenge nursing courses may do so provided they submit the necessary requirements for admission into the program.
Students that are in need for financial assistance can choose between scholarships, grants and loans at the University. The main scholarships available to nursing students are:
1) Academic Scholarship (Freshman Students): This scholarship is awarded automatically once the student meets the admission requirements at the university. It is renewed each year once a minimum GPA is maintained.
2) Academic Scholarship (Transfer Student): Awarded to students that are transferring 15 or more credits and that have established GPAs.
3) Alumni Dependent Scholarship: Only students that have completed 30 units of course work at the school and at specific locations are eligible to apply.
4) Church Matching Scholarship: This is a non-renewable scholarship that is awarded to students with financial challenges. To be considered, students must receive financial sponsorship from a church. Biola University will then match up to a certain amount of the awarded amount.
5) Community Service Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to full-time students that have demonstrated strong leadership and community skills.
6) LEAD Scholarship: Scholarship available to students that promote multi-ethnic awareness through their own consciousness and acceptance of their roots in the United States.
1) Cal Grant A- Open to undergraduate that demonstrate financial need and are within certain academic achievements. Applicants must be a resident of California.
2) Cal Grant A- Same requirements as Cal Grant A
3) Federal Supplementary Education Opportunity Grant – Must be an undergraduate and recipient of Pell Grant.
4) Pell Grant- Open to students with demonstrated financial need. Must be an undergraduate or have Teaching Credential.
5) President’s Award: Open to graduating senior
6) University Award/ Grant- Open to students with financial need.
1) Direct Stafford Loan: Students must have a minimum half-time enrollment. They received subsidized amounts for their financial need.
2) Direct Parent PLUS Loan: Loan is based on credit and open to students with minimum half-time enrollment.
3) Biola University Loan: Student must demonstrate financial need.
4) Helen Grace Colbert Yates Loan: Only applicable to those instructed by the Financial Aid Office to apply.
5) Federal Nursing Home: Must be enrolled in the nursing program, demonstrate financial need and minimum enrolment of half-time.
6) Federal Perkins Loan- Must demonstrate financial need and minimum half-time enrollment.
7) Freeman Aitken Somerville Loan: Only applicable to those instructed by the Financial Aid Office to apply
8) Private Student Loan: Loans available to US Citizens, international students with U.S. Cosigner or eligible non-citizen.
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada
California Baptist University Nursing School Review
The beginnings of California Baptist University (CBU, or Cal Baptist) date back to 1950 when it was known as California Baptist College in El Monte. The school originally started with a small student body until expansion and demand caused it to relocate to larger facilities.
Today it has a modern campus that is full of excellent options for students to learn and enjoy their days at the school. The university is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Among the many colleges, schools and departments, is its nursing school that offers a wide range of courses and specialties. The school is accredited by the Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The programs being offered are:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
This course is a 4-5 year course that qualifies students to sit the relevant national exam for licensure. Admissions to the program are accepted twice per year and students must have exceptionally high TEAS scores to be considered. It is a full-time day time program with an intense approach. The school does not offer an accelerated program for BNS.
Degree Completion Program
RN to BSN (for current RN license holders)
Registered nurses with a current unencumbered license are welcome to apply to this program. They must possess an accredited associate’s degree or diploma in nursing to be considered for admission. During the course, subjects with a foundation in arts, science and nursing will be taught. There is a possibility for having certain pre-requisite courses exempted if the associate’s degree is from a WASC accredited California program.
Admission into the program is on a rolling year-round basis. The entire program can be completed within 18 months. However, this applies to those that are full-time students who have completed all the program requirements.
Master of Science degree in nursing (MSN)
The core content of this course focuses on advanced areas in nursing that allow students to better deliver essential skills to patients or to undertake studies geared towards a doctorate. When the student captures and assimilates all the information transmitted throughout the program, he or she will be able to lead and interact with various teams and patients. They will gain practical knowledge during the course from working with different individuals, families and communities. Only students with a baccalaureate nursing degree can apply to the program.
Students interested in this course can specialize in two areas: teaching nursing or administering nursing services. Training will be provided in both specialties in different health care settings by allowing students to apply the theoretical knowledge gained throughout the teaching-learning process to specific circumstances. After completion of their respective specialties, graduates will be able to undertake advanced roles, teach other students in an academic or health care setting or assume leadership roles in various areas.
Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing
This course is designed for those that have a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing field. After successful completion, graduates are able to undertake positions as a registered nurse, provided they pass the relevant exam. Once this is done they, can earn a Master of Science in Nursing after completing post-licensure coursework.
California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
California State University, Chico Nursing School Review
The now California State University, Chico (Chico State, CSU Chico, or Cal State Chico) went through a series of name changes from the day it was originally known as Chico Normal School in 1889. It was not until 1972 that the current name was adopted and has remained with the school since then. Chico State is part of the California State University (CSU) system.
Over the years, the school has received numerous recognitions from noted publications such as “America’s Best Colleges” from U.S. News & World Report” and Princeton Review.
The College of Nursing offers a wide range of courses that are channeled towards the undergraduate to the master’s level. The CSU, Chico School of Nursing also has award-winning online nursing programs available. By using the latest education delivery methods and technology, those students who are in full-time employment or those who reside in remote rural areas are able to complete their chosen nursing classes from the comfort of their homes and in their own time.
The nursing courses offered at the school include:
Basic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Student applications are accepted twice per year for this program. The course is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Acceptance rates are low to ensure that the requirements for the areas of study are fully detailed and each student is given the necessary attention to guarantee successful progression in the course.
RN to BSN program
Registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or diploma in nursing are the accepted candidates for this program. Most of the course is conducted online and students are only required to meet 2-3 times on campus during the semester. It is a 15-month course that can be completed at the student’s convenience. However, this completion time also depends on how many prerequisite courses are necessary for each student. A working RN can complete the program in 2 years. For improved flexibility, there are online options for the RN to BSN program classes and coursework.
LVN to BSN Program
This is an online part-time program designed for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) that hold a current unencumbered license. The course is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Students that live in the rural area are given top priority over those from other regions. This is due to the level of dedication that is necessary for clinical and on-campus time. The program can be completed in three years on a part-time basis and is perfect for working nurses that need the flexibility to be able to work and study.
This LVN to BSN program is unfortunately currently suspended though due to state budget cuts.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is an advanced course that enables students to become qualified educators and nurses focused on adult health. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has been in existence since 1970. During the course, students are exposed to advanced education that equips them to undertake advanced nursing roles in various sectors. Additionally, they can also work as administrators, clinicians, and managers. To enable access to more students who may be working or just in rural areas, there are online options for the MSN classes and coursework.
Continuing Education for Nurses
Nurses that want to gain additional knowledge or sharpen their own skills can take any of the courses highlighted below:
1) Audiometry for Nurses: This course does not offer university transfer credit. It meets all the requirements for the School Audiometrist Certificate issued by the State of California. The 5-day intense program prepares nurses to undertake functions that require specific knowledge and training in this area.
2) R.N. Refresher Course: This course is offered to registered nurses that want to get back into the workforce. Classes are administered online and practical experience is gained through computerized patient mannequins.
3) Rural Nursing Preceptorship Program: This program is open to students that want to gain additional clinical experience. Only student nurses and graduate nurses can apply.
4) Rural No. Calif. Clinical Simulation Center: All types of care professionals are welcome to apply to gain additional experience in a clinical setting. They will hone their response and analysis skills of patient illnesses to ensure that patient safety is guaranteed at all times.
California State University-Chico
400 West 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929
California State University Bakersfield Nursing School Review
California State University Bakersfield (CSUB, CSU Bakersfield or Cal State Bakersfield) is part of the California State University (CSU) system. It opened its doors to students in 1970 and since then has grown tremendously in various areas. It currently offers 31 undergraduate degree programs, 17 graduate degree programs and seven credential programs in education.
The university has a Department of Nursing that offers RN to BSN and BSN to students. The BSN program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate degree program is currently withdrawn due to voluntary closure of the program. It is undergoing a review process.
RN to BSN Completion Program (Post-Licensure)
This is an online program that allows registered nurses to complete their Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN). Applications are accepted once per year and the course lasts 12 months. The school uses an impacted approval system in which applicants are ranked according to their performance. During the program, all students must complete a predetermined number of hours at Kern County Department of Public Health as part of the course requirements.
Pre-Licensure BSN Program
Students with no previous background in nursing can apply to this program. It opens the door of pre-licensure for them. Before they enter the nursing program, they must take the pre-nursing program and pass all the educational requirements at that phase. When they have successfully accomplished this, they are then eligible to enter the nursing program provided their supplemental application is accepted.
The course can be completed in 3 academic years. After this period, students are awarded a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and are eligible to sit the Board of Registered Nursing to sit for the NCLEX (RN licensure exam) provided they have no pending issues.
Students that need to finance their studies can do so through scholarships, loans and grants offered at the university.
The university does not openly disclose the scholarships that are available. To be considered for scholarships students must register with the Scholarship Tracking and Review System (STARS online). Once the registration and the opening questionnaire are completed along with any other requested information, they will receive a list of “Recommended Scholarships” at the end of the application process.
1) Pell Grants- For first time students and those with a teach credential.
2) Academic Competiveness Grant: For undergraduate students that are in the second year of studies.
3) Education Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant: Available to students that demonstrate financial need. They must be first-time undergraduate and admitted to the EOP program.
4) Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): Open to full-time undergraduate students that are in dire need of financial assistance.
5) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Grant: Only students that can demonstrate that they are at least on quarter American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut are eligible to apply.
6) Cal Grants: Available to students from California that are undergraduates at the university.
7) Chafee Foster Youth Grant: Available to first time undergraduate students that can demonstrate that they were or are foster youths.
8) CSU Graduate Equity Fellowship Program: Students that are interested in doing their doctorate, but are financially challenged are welcome to apply. They must demonstrate that they are economically disadvantaged.
9) State University Grant (SUG): Available to eligible students that are undergraduates, possess teacher credential, or graduate students.
10) Scholarships for Disadvantages Students (SDS) in Nursing: For full-time students that have financial challenges and enrolled at the school of nursing.
11) Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant: For students who lost parent or guardian after September 11, 2011 due to their services in the armed forces. It is also awarded to students that are not eligible for Pell Grant, but comply with the requirements mentioned previously.
1) Federal Direct Student Loan Programs for Students – Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Graduate PLUS Loans
2) Federal Direct Parent Loans for Undergraduate Student (PLUS)
3) Federal Perkins Loans
4) Federal Nursing Student Loans (NSL)
5) Alternative Loans 6) Emergency Short-Term Loans
California State University-Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Hwy.
California State University, Fresno Nursing School Review
Founded in 1911, California State University-Fresno (Fresno State) has gained considerable reputation with its Pulitzer Prize-winning achievements and other major gifts to the school. Originally known as Fresno State Normal School, the university has 59 undergraduate degree programs and 44 master degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences. This university is one of the 23 campuses that make up the California State University (CSU) system.
All courses are administered across the eight colleges and schools that are part of the institution. The University is fully accredited by the California State Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Department of Nursing offers a wide range of courses to students with different goals and aspirations. Students also enjoy a wide variety of clinical placements across various health care settings to hone their practical skills in every aspect. The degree and programs are:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
This is a three year course that prepares students to sit the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the California Public Health Nurse Certificate. Students that get into the program are either accepted as basic of advanced applicants.
Basic applicants are classified as those that do not have any prior education in nursing. Admission to the program is competitive and preference is given to U.S. military veterans that meet the requirements established by the school. All other applicants are chosen according to academic performance in prerequisite courses.
Advanced applicants are students that have prior education in nursing. These can range from registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). Students that are within these categories must complete the necessary prerequisite courses to be considered for advance placement.
RN to BSN
This course is designed for registered nurses that wish to complete their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN). It focuses on theory-based practice and students will be able to take any of the advancement placement courses:
a) Public Health Nurse
b) School Nurse
c) Nurse Practitioner
d) Clinical Nurse Specialist
LVN 30-Unit Option
Students that complete this program are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurses. They must also meet the necessary requirements outlined in section 2728 of the code. Academic merit is not used as placement criteria in the program. Students are accepted based on the number of available space that is available. Those that are awarded a 30 Unit Option RN license do not receive any degree after the course. In addition to this, they must also be aware of the limitations they may encounter if they wish to practice outside of California.
Entry Level Masters
Students that have a baccalaureate degree in a field unrelated to nursing are eligible to apply to this program. Upon successful completion they will be awarded a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and can sit the registered nurse (RN) licensure examination. They can work as Clinical Nurse Specialist / Nurse Educator.
This is an intense course that requires full dedication to be successful. Practical experience will be gained through various health care settings.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Students are trained to work with different types of patients and age groups in this course. The aim of the program is to equip students with the necessary knowledge to provide cutting-edge primary care to their patients. A combination of clinical and classroom courses prepare students to assess, maintain, promote, counsel, educate and manage all aspects related to health. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to apply for national certification. They may undertake roles as a Pediatric and Geriatric practitioners. They may also work as Family Nurse Practitioners in California.
There is also the possibility of waiver on certain coursework. This, however, will depend on the individual evaluation that is performed on each student’s academic accomplishments and experience.
Post-Master Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Students are trained in this course to provide primary health care to children. During the course, they are taught how to assess, maintain, promote, counsel, educate and manage aspects of children’s health. Upon successful completion, they are recognized as Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in California after passing the national certification exams. They are awarded with a post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate after graduation.
Post-Master Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator
Students that want to capitalize on their own abilities and enter different aspects of nursing can choose the Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Educator Option. They will be trained in specific areas in clinical nursing and will be able to take the specialist certification through the California Board of Registered Nursing. The course also places emphasis on leadership skills and advanced training in specific areas in nursing. They are awarded with a post-master’s clinical nurse specialist/nurse educator certificate after graduation.
School Nurse Services Credential
This is a basic course with some of its units offered online. After successful completion, students are trained to perform basic duties as a school nurse and receive a Professional Clear School Nurse Services Credential. The course is divided into two phases. Both phases are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Only applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing or a two year associate degree with a baccalaureate degree in another field can apply to the program.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is aimed at nurse practitioners that want to gain specialized knowledge to be health care providers that have various psychiatric skills. The one year program is built on the partnership between Division of Continuing and Global Education and California State University-Fresno. After successful completion, graduates will be recognized as Adult or Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner according to the requirements established by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. At the end of the course graduates receive a Certificate of Advanced Study for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners. Only students that have done their master’s can enter the program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP)
Fresno State and San José State University have partnered to offer the California State University, Northern Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice (NorCal DNP). This is a joint post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This doctoral program aims is to prepare nurses to undertake leadership and educational roles in the health care sector. It is aimed at both advanced nurses and nurse leaders.
Admission to this program is accepted once each year. Online training materials will be used to transmit information to working professionals that are interested in this full time program. A few intensive classes will however be held at the Fresno State and San José campuses. This jooint DNP program is a 5 semester, 37 unit program that can be completed in 21 months of full-time study.
California State University-Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue
Fresno, CA 93740
California State University, Dominguez Hills Nursing School Review
The history of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH or CSU Dominguez Hills) began in early 1960. Back then it was known as South Bay State College until the name was changed two years later to California State College at Palos Verdes.
It was not until 1977 that it was officially called California State University, Dominguez Hills. The school boasts modern facilities that are backed with many technological developments. Among the most noted are the SMART classrooms.
The school currently offers various academic programs and among them are nursing courses offered by the School of Nursing at CSUDH. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The programs currently being offered are RN to BSN, MSN, Certificate Programs, and a Pre-licensure program.
RN to BSN
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN) is aimed at registered nurses (RNs) that have unencumbered licenses and wish to do advanced studies. It is a flexible online program that makes it easy for RNs to complete the necessary courses in the curriculum by accessing web-based course material. The program stimulates students’ critical thinking abilities and trains them to apply knowledge and practice to real health conditions. Some of the classes are also administered at the campus, so students will have to plan to take these at the appropriate time. At the end of the program, graduates can sit the relevant licensure exam and enter more advanced studies for their Master’s of Science in Nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Masters of Science in Nursing at CSUDH is designed for students that want to be engaged in advanced studies. Those that enroll in the program will have the opportunity to choose from different specialties that they must indicate on their application to the program. The main areas are:
1) Nurse Educator: This course focuses on teaching methods and strategies that are part of the role of the nurse educator. After successful completion of the program, graduates will be fully prepared to teach students, staff, and clients. Students are exposed to an advanced clinical focus area to hone their skills in real teaching/learning situations.
2) Nurse Administrator: Students looking for non-traditional nursing roles will find the content of this program exciting and fulfilling. As nurse administrators, they will organize and function in administrative roles in various health care settings. They will be trained by experienced Masters’s prepared administrators that will impart their knowledge and skills during the learning/teaching process.
3) Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): There are two options for students that decide to take this course, and they are: CNS Parent-Child Curriculum or CNS Gerontology Curriculum. All students (irrespective of specialty) must complete 500 clinical hours. A CNS is responsible for planning, implementing, developing, and evaluating special populations. The skills and knowledge gained throughout the course will enable students to be consultants, researchers, clinicians, educators, and case managers.
4) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): After completion students can work as nurse practitioners provided they pass the national certification examination. They will also be qualified to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ certification examinations as Family Nurse Practitioners.
Entry-level Pre-licensure Masters Entry-level Professional Nursing (MEPN) Program
This course is open to students that have a BS or BA in any non-related nursing field. It is an intensive full-time program that can be completed in six semesters, 24 months. The accelerated program allows students to gain the necessary skills and training with 1000 hours of clinical experience at various health care settings. After successful completion, they are granted a Master of Science degree in Nursing with specialization as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Admission to the program is once yearly.
MSN Pathway Program
This course is designed for registered nurses that have a bachelor’s degree in a field that is not related to nursing. During the course, students take the BSN prerequisite courses to get their MSN. Admission into the program is on a conditional basis and all students must attend the MSN Pathway Workshop. They will receive the necessary information and orientation about the courses they will need to do take prior to or concurrent with their graduate course.
Post Bachelor Certificate
After successful completion students are awarded a Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certificate by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The course is designed for those who were not awarded a baccalaureate degree from a US-based nursing school, non-NLN accredited nursing schools, or anyone else with a baccalaureate in an area that is not related to nursing. Each student will need to abide by specific requirements to enter the program depending on how the degree was obtained.
Post Master Certificate
CSUDH offers a post-master certificate in the following areas: Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Practitioner.
California State University-Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
California State University, Fullerton Nursing School Review
After two name changes in 1962 and 1964, California State University-Fullerton (CSUF, CSU Fullerton, or Cal State Fullerton) finally settled with its official name in 1972. It started off with a small student body, but this quickly changed as the years progressed and the university was transformed into a dynamic institution with a growing student body.
Today, it offers a wide range of courses offered by its 7 colleges, one university extended education program and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Students interested in nursing will find a host of programs at the College of Health and Human Development. The programs offered at the college include:
Entry Level BSN (EL-BSN)
Applications to this program are accepted by students that want to achieve a registered nurse (RN) license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The course is only open to CSUF students or licensed practical nurses (LVNs) that wish to be registered nurses. It is not open to transfer students unless they transfer to a different major and enroll in coursework to enter the program.
Licensed practical nurses that have completed the required number of coursework units and pre-requisite courses can apply to this course. They must pass the TEAS within the accepted range outlined by the university.
LVN 30-unit option
This is another option open to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) that want to be registered nurses. Only LVNs with an unencumbered license and that achieved the required scores in the TEAS can apply. At the end of the course, no degree is issued. In addition to this, LVNs are advised that the California LVN 30-unit option is not recognized in some states. As a result, those that intend to work outside of California may experience challenges getting their RN license in another state. To get around this, LVNs can choose to do their associate degree in nursing (ADN) to guarantee more flexibility when applying for their RN license in another state.
Entry Level MSN
Students that have a Bachelor’s degree in another field, but wish to qualify for an RN license and their Master of Science in Nursing can apply to this course. The program is under impaction which means that non-residents are not considered for admission to the course. Students with degrees from foreign universities must get these evaluated before submitting their applications.
RN-BSN Campus Program
This is a full-time program that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It is specifically intended for registered nurses that want to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Working nurses that find it difficult to accompany the full-time program may opt for part-time classes. Students that select full-time study is able to complete the program in 2 years, whereas those that opt for part-time study can do so in 3 or more years. During the program, students are exposed to courses that deal with critical inquiry and research, health promotion and health concepts, health teaching, and counseling just to name a few. Students gain clinical experience from community-based locations with various health sectors.
RN-BSN Distance Program
This is a unique program that is possible through the partnership between the School of Nursing at California State University- Fullerton and local hospitals and community colleges. It is possible to finish the program in 6-10 semesters or 2 to 3.5 years. Students do not need to attend classes as Fullerton and will only need to meet once per week at hospitals and community colleges within the state. It is a flexible course that is perfect for working professionals that have a host of obligations. The class times do not change during the course and students are able to better balance their personal and academic life.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree – Nursing Leadership Concentration (Online and on Campus)
This course is designed for nurses that want to occupy leadership roles in administration and education. Graduates will be able to use their skills in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to, acute care and community-based agencies. Emphasis is placed on using advanced knowledge to meet the changing demand in the health care sector. There will also be a supervised practice that will train the students to apply both theory and practice to accomplish required goals.
Both online and on-campus courses share the same curriculum. Students that opt for the online course will be required to meet on campus three times during the course.
Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology
This is an additional course that can be taken by nursing students that are enrolled in the Master of Science degree in Nursing- Nursing Leadership Concentration. In the end, they will gain a certificate in Instructional Design and Technology. During the program, nursing students are taught the basics of instructional design and computer-based design principles. They are also exposed to concepts of instructional approaches.
Master of Science degree in Nursing (MSN)- Women’s Health Concentration
This course is designed for registered nurses that want to gain advanced practice and skills to undertake positions in nurse-midwifery or women’s health nurse practitioner. Applicants must have a CA RN license to be admitted into the program. They must also have a Baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) or related field from an accredited institution to enter the program. During the course, students are taught the essentials through practical and theoretical applications about client-based care and professional core issues.
School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) and Special Teaching Authorization in Health (STAH)
Both courses focus on health care research, theory, and practice to adequately prepare students for their roles as school nurses. After completion, they will work with students of all ages. The importance of understanding the roles of a school nurse as they relate to the health and well-being of a family, community, school, and staff are also emphasized in the program. Students will develop skills that are channeled towards currents needs and evidence.
This course is offered in partnership with Kaiser Permanente School of Anesthesia (KPSAN). It is aimed at students that have their BSNs and/or MSNs and RN licenses and want to get their MSN/CRNA.
Master of Science degree in Nursing(MSN)- Nurse Educator
Students that enroll in this program will be able to undertake nurse educator roles involved in staff development, community development, and instructor. The course is aimed at working professionals that have their BSN’s or MSN’s and want to gain advanced knowledge through a flexible program. After successful completion, students will be able to work in the community, institutional, and academic settings. They will also be able to professionally assess, plan, initiate and evaluate educational courses and programs in any setting they find themselves. Both coursework and clinical experiences are used throughout the programs to prepare students for the hands-on roles as nursing educators. The course is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP)
This is a practice-oriented doctorate that prepares students for advanced roles that require specific skills to obtain satisfactory results. During the course, students gain advanced training and will be able to present advanced credentials for complex practice, faculty, and leadership roles.
California State University-Fullerton
800 North State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA 92831
California State University, East Bay Nursing School Review
California State University-Hayward has its history dating back to 1957. However, due to expansion and wider geographical reach the school changed its name to California State University-East Bay (CSUEB, Cal State East Bay, or CSU East Bay) in 2005.
The school is part of the California State University (CSU) system and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It achieved various marks of excellence over the years making it a distinguishable institution in various academic and social aspects.
Students interested in pursuing a career in nursing will be able to choose from outstanding courses at the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences. It is home to the nursing department and where you can find the following programs:
LVN to BSN Program
Only licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are eligible for this course. It is specially aimed at those that want to baccalaureate degree in science of nursing. Students must possess in-depth knowledge or experience to be successful in the course. Any Licensed Vcational Nurse (LVN) that wants to be accepted into the program must possess a current unencumbered license as a vocational nurse in California. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) provided there are not unresolved pending issues. The student may also apply for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate. An assessment is made of each applicant’s academic achievement and experience to guarantee the best learning program for them.
Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN)
There are two routes that can be taken to be awarded a BSN: RN-BSN Advanced Placement and Pre-Licensure Program. At the end of each course, graduates can either chose to immediately embrace the nursing professional or pursue advanced coursework and studies to gain more knowledge and skills.
RN to BSN Advanced Placement
This program is for registered nurses that want to complete their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Only applicants holding a California RN license can apply to the course. In addition to this, applicants must have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) within the last twelve months. If they are unable to meet this requirement, then 6 months of relevant work experience in the United States is also accepted. This is a 4-6 quarter program.
This program is open to those that want to accomplish a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree and a California RN license. It is a full-time day-time program that can be completed in 2.5 years. It is necessary to complete the CSU Application for Admission and Clinical Nursing Program Supplemental Application to be considered for entry. This is due to the fact the course is impacted to guarantee better admission possibilities for all students. As a result, the selection process is based on priority ranking with military veterans being fist choice. Next in line are California residents and non-California residents after them.
B.S 5 Year Program in Nursing
This 5-year program is available to students located at the East Bay and Concord Campus.
RN Residency Program
This is a 12-week program that is open to currently employed RNs that received their license between specific dates. Graduates from the following accredited nursing programs in the San Francisco Bay Area are also welcome to apply: AACN/CCN, BRN and NLN. Training will be conducted across various health care settings. The aim of the program is to increase the number of RNs that are entering the work force and to ensure that they are fully prepared for situations that require analytical thinking skills, management or responsibilities and clinical competency in all aspects.
California State University-East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
California State University, Long Beach Nursing School Review
Originally known as Los Angeles-Orange County State College, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach State, or LBSU) has evolved into one of the nation’s leading universities since it was founded in 1949.
It has appeared in numerous publications due to its distinctive accomplishments. Recently, it appeared on the Princeton Review as one of the “best in the west” colleges. In the same year it was chosen as the 4th Best Public Regional University in the West in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges Guide,”.
Among its many schools and colleges is its School of Nursing. Here students can take various courses that range from the undergraduate to more advanced studies. Below is list and description of the courses currently being offered at the university.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is open to students from various education levels. It is accredited by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Each student will be assessed according to the most relevant level and will enter the program according to the respective route for that level. The program is open to basic/trimester students, registered nurses and entry level BSN/MSN students. Upon successful completion the basic /trimester and the entry level BSN/MSN student will be able to sit the National Council Licensing Examination—NCLEX for registered nurses. For these groups, only students that are undergraduates or second degree seekers can apply.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Master of Science in Nursing is an advanced program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Board of Registered Nursing. Students will have the opportunity to specialize in any of the following areas:
1) Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty: Open to students that have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or any other related field. Applicants must have a current unencumbered California RN license to be accepted into the program.
2) Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty: same as above
3) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty: Same as above
4) Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty: same as above
5) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty: This is a 6-semester course open to students with a bachelor’s degree in nursing or any other related field. Applicants must also have a RN license issued in the state of California.
6) Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty: same as above
7) Master of Science in Nursing / Health Care Administration: Students must have a PHN Certificate and bachelor’s degree in nursing or any other related field. They must also have a current unencumbered California RN license.
8) Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Public Health: This is a double degree program in which students are exposed to courses from both subject areas. Students that enroll in the course are able to undertake advanced areas in health promotion, illness promotion and other aspects of community health. They are adequately trained to perform roles in various health care settings. Only students with a bachelor’s degree in nursing or any other related field can apply. Applicants must also have a PNH certificate and a California RN license.
9) Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Science in Health Care Administration: This is a dual degree program that allows students to get practice in the area of Advanced Practice Nurses in administration. It is an intense course in which courses from both areas are taught in a theoretical/practical environment. Students that enroll in the course will be able to specialize as advanced practice nurses. They will have the necessary skills to work in various health care settings.
10) Health Services (School Nurse) Credential Program: All registered nurses that plan to work in the California school system must have Health Services (School Nurse) credential: Only nurses with a BSN degree for post-baccalaureate certificate can apply to the program. They must also have FNP or PNP licensure for post-master’s certificate along with a current unencumbered RN license.
11) Functional Minor in Nursing Education: This course is aimed at students that want to complement their clinical specialization with additional knowledge in the functional area of teaching. Once completed, they can perform a series of functions that include, but are not limited to planning and implementing courses for other health care areas, teach in schools of nursing among others.
Post-Masters Nurse Practitioner Certificate
This course is only open to students that have a master of science in nursing (MSN). The course can be taken as a “stand alone” program. Students will have the option to complete the entire curriculum in any of the Nurse Practitioner specialty areas listed below. Once this is successfully achieved they will receive a Nurse Practitioner Certificate.
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Entry Level BSN/MSN Program
This course is only open to those that do not have a RN license. Students that enter the program will have the opportunity to gain their master of science in nursing (MSN). The course is specifically aimed at those that have a bachelor’s degree in an area that is not related to nursing.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
This is a practice-oriented program and not a research-oriented program. Students that participate in the program will develop skills to undertake challenging leadership roles and complex practice. The course is administered across various campuses with experts in related areas delivering relevant content throughout the program. Only nurses with an unrestricted RN license can apply to the program. Additionally, students must possess a master’s degree in a nursing from an accredited institution related field and the relevant certification for advanced practice nurse. In the absence of the latter, students must present a masters in nursing from an accredited institution and have certification in clinical nursing specialty.
California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840
California State University, Los Angeles Nursing School Review
California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA, CSLA, or Cal State LA) joined the California State College (CSC) System, currently known as the California State University (CSU) system, in 1968. This was the same year it was renamed to reflect its present name after undergoing two name changes in previous years. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Commission for Teacher Credentialing Committee on Accreditation.
There are currently 59 undergraduate programs and 51 graduate programs being offered at Cal State LA. Students that want to complete professional development courses or certificate programs can do so at the Division of Extended Education at CSULA. Those interested in nursing can enroll in any of the following programs provided they meet the admission criteria.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Students interested in obtaining their BSN will be able to choose from two options at the school. Both courses are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The two options are:
a) Basic Pre-Licensure BSN Program: Students must have the required GPA and SAT score to be admitted into this program. Applications are accepted from freshmen, transfer and continuing education students. Those that are accepted into the program are placed in the pre-nursing major program. They must meet all supplementary eligibility requirements to continue in the course.
b) RN BSN Transfer Program: This program is only open to any registered nurse (RN) that has a current unencumbered California R.N license. They must also have an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution. A NLNAC accredited diploma is also accepted. Only applications with CA RN license attached and the minimum GPA requirement are considered for admission.
ADN to BSN Program
This program is for those with an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) who want to gain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This program is currently under review.
Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN)
Graduate courses focus on advanced areas that prepare students to undertake more demanding roles in the health care sector. Students that are interested in completing their MSN will be able to choose three entry routes. They must submit their applications to CSCLA and also to the MSN program to be considered for admission. Applications are accepted only once yearly. The three entry routes to the MSN program are: traditional masters program, Entry Level Masters in Nursing program (ELMN) and Blended Masters Program.
a) Accelerated Masters Program: Only students that have a BSN from an NLN or CCNE accredited program are considered eligible applicants to enter the program. They must also have a current RN license that is unencumbered and that allows them to freely practice in California. All applicants must have a cleared criminal background check and meet a list of other admission requirements to enter the Accelerated MSN program.
b) Blended Nurses Program: Students are exposed to courses from the BSN and MSN program in this course. At the end of the program they are awarded a BSN and also a MSN. Students that successfully complete the undergraduate program will be able to select options in the MSN program. Two tracks are currently being offered for entry into the Blended Masters Program.
1)Track I: Blended Master’s Program for RN’s with a Non-nursing Baccalaureate: This course is open to students that have a non-nursing baccalaureate from an accredited institution. Students that have an A.A. or A.S. degree in nursing from an accredited college or an NLN-accredited diploma program are also welcome to apply. Once accepted, only those that complete at least one year of employment as a registered nurse and maintain the required GPA are allowed to continue in the program.
2) Track II: Blended Masters Program for RNs without a Baccalaureate: Registered nurses with an A.A. or A.S. degree in nursing from an accredited college or an NLN-accredited diploma program can apply to this program. They must also have the minimum GPA and comply with all other admission requirements to gain entry into the course.
c) Entry Level Masters in Nursing (ELMN) Program for Non-RNs with a Baccalaureate (or Higher) Degree: This program is open to applicants with a baccalaureate (or higher) degree in another field but do not have the qualifications as registered nurses (RNs). Once they have completed the required number of units and passed the NCLEX examination for RN licensure they will be classified as graduate students. Prior to meeting these requirements they are enrolled as conditionally classified.
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program (ACNP)
Theoretical content and clinical practice are the core focus areas in this program. Students are prepared to embrace roles related to acute care in clinics, intensive/critical care settings, emergency departments, etc. The school adopts a holistic approach to patient care and all students are taught the essence of this concept to better care for patients. The content of the program adequately prepares students to take the national acute care nurse practitioner examination.
Nursing Administration Program
Students that want to undertake advanced nursing practice roles in hospitals and community will be fully prepared with this course. Throughout the program they acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective problem solvers and leaders. Upon graduating they can undertake roles related to problem solving, performance appraisal, policy development and numerous non-traditional nursing fields.
Nursing Education Program
This course is based on a theoretical component and practical experience. It is a 45-unit option that prepares students to assume nursing education roles in areas such as course and student evaluation, course planning, clinical and classroom teaching among others. Upon graduation they are able to work in client programs, collegiate and various other health care settings. Students learn how to apply the concepts of educational philosophies and theories in a practical setting such as a classroom or clinic.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program
This is a 75-unit courses that prepares students to promote health, prevent diseases and manage diseases- whether common or chronic- in a diverse population. The school hopes that those that graduate from its program will bring their care and knowledge to the underrepresented and thus increase the number of nurses working with the minority. The curriculum of the program is built on an international and family health perspective so that students are adequately prepared to care for families, individuals and communities. They are trained to provide their services through consultation, collaboration, advanced nursing care and any other area that requires in-depth knowledge as a FNP.
Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
This is a full time course that covers 72-units in seven semesters. The core graduate courses include: Role Development of the Advanced Practice Nurse, Research Utilization, Nursing Research Methods, Theoretical Basis of Nursing Research and Practice and Decision Making Nursing & Health Care Policy. Other areas in the program include: Advanced Practice Core which has 23 units; the Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner which has 35 units and the Comprehensive Exams, Thesis or Project which has 0-5 units.
Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
This is a 58-unit option that builds on the concepts applied in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing as well as using nursing research and theories and hands-on experience with different types of psychiatric clients. The coursework passed to graduates enable them to receive Certification by the American Nurse Association and by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Post-Master’s Certificate Programs
There are eight post-masters certificate programs at CSCLA. These programs are only offered to students that have a Master of Science degree in Nursing. Only students that have a current unrestricted California RN license are considered for admission. They must also meet the requirements outlined for background checks and physical assessment. After successful completion they are eligible to sit the National Certification Examination for licensure to work as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists. The programs that are currently being offered include:
1) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Adult Specialty Certificate: Only students that complete the required number of units with the specified GPA will receive the post-masters certificate. Applicants must also have one year clinical experience working with acute ill adults to be admitted to the program. Specialty nursing certification is also a requirement. Successful completion of the program provides the foundation to sit the National Professional Adult ACNP certification examination provided there are no pending restrictions.
2) Adult Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certificate: Both theory and clinical practice are integral components of this course. As a result, students will be exposed to both seminar courses and clinical practice courses throughout the program.
3) Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program: Applicants must have one year of clinical nursing experience to be considered for admission. Throughout the program they will be presented a list of practice core courses and other course options that enable them to sit the national examination certifications.
4) Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric/Mental Health Certificate Program: This program is comprised of common core courses, advance practice core courses and required option courses that must be completed to sit the State certification from the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) as both a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and a nurse practitioner (NP). Successful completion also prepares students for the national examinations for licensing.
5) Nursing Education Certificate Program: Students that want to take courses in nurse education will find this program rather fulfilling. After successful completion they are awarded a certificate provided they maintain the required GPA and complete the certificate courses.
6) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certificate: This program is comprised of seminar courses and clinical courses that prepare students to sit the National Professional Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification examination. They will also be able to apply for nurse practitioner certification from BRN.
Health Services Credential: School Nurse Services
Students that have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field are welcome to apply to this program provided they take the required electives. The course is also open to applicants that can demonstrate that they are/have been employed as a school nurse in California public schools. They must have at least two years full-time or the equivalent part-time employment on their records. An evaluated clinical practicum with a credential school nurse is also obligatory for admission. Candidates must demonstrate adequate experience working with multicultural and multiethnic individuals.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
This is a practice-oriented doctorate as opposed to research-oriented PhD. The course trains students for advanced roles in complex practice, faculty and leadership roles in nursing. It is offered through a Consortium of the Schools of Nursing at California State University, Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles and is being offered for the first time in 2012. However, the program is still awaiting approval from the Chancellor’s Office and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
There are 36 units of required coursework and one elective of 3 units which are covered in 2 years. Only students with a Master’s degree will be admitted. Applicants must also have a national certification as an APRN for doctoral preparation as a clinician. The course is also open to those that have a Master’s Degree in Nursing with specialization in specific areas such as nursing education, nursing management, nursing leadership, nursing administration or community health nursing. Students can specialize in any of the following areas in the program.
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Nurse Practitioner: Adult, Adult/Geriatric, Acute Care Adult, Acute Care Pediatric, Family, Pediatrics, Psych/Mental Health
- Public Health Nursing
California State University-Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
California State University, Northridge Nursing School Review
California State University, Northridge (CSUN, or Cal State Northridge) opened its doors to 3,600 students in 1958. It was known as San Fernando Valley State College at the time. In 1972 it later changed name to reflect its current name. From early on the school cemented its reputation by emphasizing the importance of hands-on education. However, disaster struck in 1994 when a magnitude 6.7 earthquake caused major structural damages throughout the campus.
Within 64 days the main section of the library was reopened and the school gained momentum once again. It also adopted the slogan “not just back, but better” to reflect its determination to take higher education even further despite the losses it had suffered. CSUN is part of the California State University (CSU) system.
Various courses are part of its curriculum and among them are programs for students interested in nursing such as:
RN to BSN Program
This program is only opened to licensed registered nurses that have an associate degree in nursing or equivalent. It builds on the foundation established in a community college setting to prepare students for more advanced studies and roles in health care. During this RN to BSN program, students are taught the essence of working independently and interdependently with various professionals. They are also given many opportunities to practice their skills. The course can be attended full-time or part time.
It is possible to contest credit by doing the necessary exams to have them recognized. Students must submit proof of clinical competency and meet additional requirements to enter the program. All those accepted must maintain an active license while enrolled in the program.
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)
Students that hold a minimum of a BA or BS degree in a non-nursing field are welcome to apply to this program. It is an intense course that builds on specific nursing education during four semesters. Emphasis is placed on theoretical knowledge and also clinical practice in patient care settings. After successful completion, they can take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX). The students that passes the exam and is not hindered by any restrictions will be recognized a registered nurse (RN). Applications to the Accelerated BSN program are accepted only once per year.
The LVN 30-Unit, Non-degree Option
During the program licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) are exposed to a selected number and type of courses that prepare them to take the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing exam.
Public Health Nurse Certificate
Only applicants that have a current active California RN license can apply to this program. They must submit proof of baccalaureate education from an accredited institution. This institution must be accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). If they have a foreign degree, then it must also be from an accredited institution. Upon successful completion, graduates will be eligible for the California Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certificate which is granted by the Board of Nursing (BRN).
Health Services Credential Program: School Nurse Services Program
Only registered nurses that hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution are eligible to apply for the certificate program. Applications are evaluated on an individual basis to identify the best path for students based on their skills and experience. Students must be fully aware that all courses must be completed within seven years counting from the day they were first enrolled into the program. Applicants must have at least two years of working experience as a school nurses and must have a Preliminary School Nurse Credential. Students that wish to acquire the Professional (Ryan) School Nurse Credential must do a fifth year of study.
COC – CSUN ADN-BSN Concurrent Enrollment Nursing Program
This course is offered through the agreement established between California State University Northridge and College of the Canyons. The content on the program focuses on both courses from the bachelors degree in nursing program and the associate degree in nursing (ADN) program. As a result, students will be enrolled in both programs giving them the flexibility to take bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree courses while they are doing their associate degree. They will be able to finish their BSN in one year after they have taken all the courses in the ADN program.
California State University-Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
California State University, Sacramento Nursing School Review
California State University-Sacramento (CSUS, Sacramento State or Sac State) started out as Sacramento State College when it was founded in 1947. It is now part of the California State University (CSU) system and enjoys a branding reputation for its large student body and state-of-the-art facilities.
The school currently offers 48 undergraduate degrees and 41 master degrees. It prides itself for having a large percentage of professors that hold the highest qualifications in their fields. It also has a vibrant student body that is evident in the 276 student organizations that are established on the campus.
The School of Nursing has a long standing tradition for preparing registered nurses. However, it also focuses on giving eligible individuals the foundation on which they can become advocates, clinicians, leaders, educators and researchers. The courses offered are:
Traditional-Track: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program
Students enrolled in this program are prepared to be generalists who can use their skills and knowledge to help communities with different backgrounds. The course is administered at the school during a four year period during which successful applicants are prepared through a rich curriculum comprising of lower and upper division coursework. Professors use both on-campus and off-campus settings to combine the theory and practice that are needed to adequately prepare students for the ever changing roles in heath care. After successful completion, they can sit the relevant exam and apply for licensure by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN)
This 16-month program is offered through the partnership established between California State University-Sacramento and California State University, Stanislaus. Only applicants that want to be registered nurses and hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing course will be considered for admission. They must also complete all the pre-requisite courses to be accepted into the program and have satisfactory ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores. After completion they are eligible to apply for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Students must be fully aware of the fact that this is an intense course that is offered in a hybrid format. The content of the course is built from classroom settings, online learning and other educational approaches.
LVN to RN
This course is specially designed for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and meets the requirements established by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Admission into the program is only guaranteed to those that have a current and active LPN license and the required GPA for admission along with other requirements. The program is known as the LVN to RN 30-Unit Option and is a full-time, non-degree program that does not result in a BSN.
RN to BSN Nursing Program
Working registered nurses that want flexibility to complete course material for a BSN will find this program dynamic and interesting. During the program, students are engaged in many professional activities that hone their leadership and critical thinking skills. The course builds on the knowledge gained from an associate degree program and exposes each individual to more advanced concepts and information to prepare them to enter the nursing professional with confidence and in-depth knowledge. The program also presents physical and behavioral sciences and humanities.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Nurses that are currently employed and want to advance in their profession will benefit from the curriculum of this course. It is specifically designed for those that hold a baccalaureate degree and are licensed registered nurses with an unencumbered license. After successful completion of the program they can go on to work as educators, administrators, family nurse practitioners, family and community nurses and adult clinical nurses. They will be trained throughout the program to undertake leadership roles in various healthcare settings.
School Nurse (SN) program
With roots dating back to 1966, this is a one-year credential program is certified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). It is offered through the joined forces of The College of Continuing Education and Sacramento State School of Nursing. Only registered nurses (RNs) that hold a current California RN license can apply to the program. They must also have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. During the course they are trained to be effective health care practitioners and gain advanced school nursing skills.
California State University-Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
California State University, San Bernardino Nursing School Review
California State University-San Bernardino (CSUSB) started as a three-building campus in 1960. When it first opened its doors it was known as San Bernardino-Riverside State College. Within three years it was renamed California State College at San Bernardino and later in 1984 as California State University-San Bernardino. It prides itself for being a ‘young, vibrant’ university and its record enrollment numbers is evidence that students find the school just as thrilling.
The Department of Nursing offers three programs to students that wish to undertake professional roles in nursing. Depending on the program, classes are held at either the campus at San Bernardino or Palm Desert Campus. The programs currently being offered are:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Admission is twice yearly to this program. All pre-requisite courses for the Fall and Winter admission must be completed by the end of the Spring and Summer term respectively. There are 9 pre-requisite courses and a grade “C” or higher on all is required to enter the program. The pre-requisite courses are:
- Anatomy and Physiology I
- Anatomy and Physiology II
- Freshman English
- Oral Communication
- One Critical thinking course from specific options
- One math course from specific options
- General Chemistry
- Human Biochemistry
All applicants must take and pass the ATI-TEAS pre-admission examination with the required scores established by the university. Classes are held at San Bernardino and Palm Desert Campus.
RN to BSN
Only students with a California Registered Nurse license that is current and unrestricted will be considered for application. These applicants must hold an associate degree in nursing (ADN) with the minimum required GPA to meet the entry requirements. In addition to this, they must present proof of employment. Experience for one year in direct patient care or any other area in the heath care field is essential. This is a two year program that can be completed in four semesters. Classes are held at both locations with the Palm Desert Campus offering distance learning.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Masters program provides an advanced setting for studies to obtain their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in any of the following areas below. Only students with a registered nurse license (RN) that have a BSN or BS in a related field can apply to the master’s program. They must also present proof of competency and have the required GPA to enter the program. This is hybrid program.
1) Population-Based MSN: In this course students can select a population of focus. Throughout the program they will be trained about the vital aspects of leadership to better prepare them for leadership roles in the health care sector. They will be able to use this knowledge to establish health care systems directed to the population of choice. With skills in management and leadership, they will ensure that the health care system guarantees easy access, is effective and uses resources in a cost-effective manner.
2) Academic Nursing Education: This program is specifically designed for advanced practice nurses that are keen on delivering classes geared towards population health education and health education programming. They will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to teach at community colleges and four-year universities.
3) School Nursing Concentration: Students that complete this program will be awarded two distinctions: a Master of Science in Nursing degree and a School Nurse Credential. The program adheres to the requirements established by the California State.
4) Advanced Public/ Community Health: Students interested in this program will need to get the necessary guidance from their advisor regarding the National Board Certification in public/community health nursing. The course is covered in 59-67 units totaling 510 hours.
Admission Requirements for High School Graduates
CSUSB guarantees admission to its generic, undergraduate Nursing major if high school graduates demonstrate exceptional academic performance. This is only applicable if students have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in academic courses, rank among the best 10% of their graduating class and have SAT or ACT scores of 1100 or 26 respectively. The option is open to eligible students prior to completion of one term/year in college.
Students that intend to enter CSUSB in Fall must take the ATI TEAS admission test by the Fall admission deadline. Successful completion of the 9 pre-requisite courses with a grade C or better by the end of the Spring quarter is mandatory for those that intend to enter the Fall program and graduate in Spring of the same year.
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway
California State University Stanislaus Nursing School Review
California State University-Stanislaus (CSUStan, Cal State Stanislaus, CSU Stanislaus, or Stan State) is a public university that was established in Turlock in 1957. It was originally known as Stanislaus State College and gained its present name in 1985. The school has various colleges that contribute to the 100 majors, minors, concentrations and teaching credentials and 24 master degree programs.
It is part of the California State University (CSU) and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Among its colleges is the College of Human and Health Sciences which is responsible for the nursing program at the school. The following programs are being offered:
Pre-licensure BSN Track (Basic Nursing)
This is an impacted program and California residents are given first priority over international and out-of-state students. In addition to this, admission into the program is also based on supplemental application. All students are required to take and pass the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills with scores established by the university. Applicants must also submit clearance from the Department of Justice. Background checks are performed on every applicant; as a result students are encouraged to report any conviction or felony charges to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Incoming freshmen and non-CSU Stanislaus can apply to the program provided they have the required GPA and meet additional requirements for admission. This is a full-time program that can be completed in three years.
RN to BSN Track
Only students with a license as a Registered Nurse in California can apply to this program. They must have an associate degree in nursing or a baccalaureate with 30 and 60 semester units of transferable credit respectively. It is also necessary to have a current CPR Certification for Healthcare Providers, pass the health care examinations and have up-to-date vaccinations. The course is designed to build on the current knowledge of the registered nurse that has an associate degree to be able to obtain a BSN. It can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ASBSN)
This is a 15-month full-time program that is designed for students that already have a baccalaureate in a non-nursing program. Complete dedication is required throughout the course to meet the demands and requirements for continuing the program. Only students that demonstrate acceptable academic performance and a behavior pattern in line with professionalism can continue.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Students that are enrolled in this program will be trained to develop key leadership skills. They will be able to use the knowledge they obtained throughout the program to make solid research findings and evaluations that enhance the health care system in the nation, country or within the local community they operate. Areas in health care policy, financing and organization are taught to prepare students to better assume roles that require in-depth knowledge about specific issues. This course is perfect for students that are not looking for a traditional course, but want to use their talents to embrace the ever changing nursing functions in the health care sector.
Only students that have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution can enter the program. It is also open to those that have an associate degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Students that do not meet the all of the admission requirements are evaluated on an individual basis. After completion, graduates will be able to choose from any of these three options to contribute to their culmination experience: thesis, project and comprehensive examination.
LVN to BSN Track
Students are admitted on a space available basis to this program. The evaluation is done on an individual basis and after successful completion graduates obtain their BSN. The minimum admission requirements include an overall GPA of 3.0; a GPA of 2.75 for the science prerequisite and a GPA of 2.75 for the non-science prerequisite courses. Grade C is the minimum grade for each of the prerequisite courses while no more than 2 of these courses may be repeated. Statistics, Microbiology for Nursing, Chemistry & Biochemistry are some of the prerequisite courses that must be completed before enetring the program.
California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382
Cerritos Community College Nursing Program Review
Founded in 1955, Cerritos Community College is a public comprehensive community college located in Norwalk. The college is noted for its diverse student body with Hispanics accounting for the higher percentage. It offers associate degrees and certificates in various areas of study.
Among these, are its nursing courses which are approved by the Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. The nursing programs being offered at the school are:
Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) Program
This is a four semester course focused entirely on nursing subjects. Students must complete the necessary pre-requisites with a grade “C” or higher to be accepted into the program. They also have the option to take the college placement test and must have satisfactory scores for. Students entering the nursing program for the first time are considered “option A” applicants; whereas, those that want to complete an associate degree in nursing are classified as “option C” applicants. It is important that students know their classification to adhere to the requirements for each “option” since there are slight modifications.
LPT to ADN Mobility Program
In this program, students are trained in areas like Nursing Process Documentation, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Major Drugs and Nursing Management. At the end of the training, they receive an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN). The course is only for any Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT) that wants to gain licensure as a registered nurse by taking the NCLEX-RN examination. They must also have a valid and current California LPT license to be accepted into the four semester program.
LVN to ADN Mobility Program
This program is only open to licensed vocational nurse (LVN) that has at least one year of professional experience in acute care. They must have worked at a hospital or nursing facility to demonstrate their skills. Students acquire specific knowledge and skills throughout the program. Upon successful completion, they can sit the NCLEX-RN examination to be recognized as licensed registered nurses provided there are no pending restrictions. They will also receive an Associate Degree Nurse (ADN).
LVN-30 Unit Option
Students complete 30-units of college course in this program. All units are designated by the College. It is only open to licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) that want to gain licensure to become registered nurses. They must take the college placement tests as part of the admission requirements. After successful completion they can sit the NCLEX-RN examination if there are no hindrances. This is a two semester course with the option to select two electives that are 9 week courses.
Board of Registered Nursing Referral
Students that have been instructed by the California Board of Registered Nursing and that are given a valid referral letter to complete certain areas of nursing content can take this course. The program specifically targets those that intend to hold California licensure as registered nurses by taking the NCLEX-RN examination.
Additional Information: Transfer and Challenge
Students that meet the requirements are given advanced standing in the nursing program. Only those that have completed academic courses at another accredited institution or can demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills are considered for admission. Those that the transfer route must have completed vocational or practical nursing courses, registered nursing courses, psychiatric technician courses at an accredited institution. If they choose the challenge route then they must pass the written examination and/or practical evaluation.
Cerritos Community College
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Chaffey College Nursing Program Review
Chaffey College is a public community college founded in 1883 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The college offers both academic and occupational programs. There are more than 60 occupational programs at the school and its excellence in these areas adequately prepares students to enter a four year university or assume professional roles after graduation.
It is comprised of three campuses namely: Chino Campus, Fontana Campus and Rancho Cucamonga Campus. Nursing students are able to choose from the Associate Degree Nursing Program, Certified Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide (CNA/HHA) program and Vocational Nursing program.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is a very in-depth course that builds on the concepts of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs. It also incorporates key elements of the Nursing Process and Erik Erikson’s theories of development, and therapeutic communication to better prepare students to reach their full potential as care givers in a changing world. Throughout the program students acquire the necessary skills to evaluate, lead, implement, apply analytical thinking and manage in various health care settings. The course in approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to gain the necessary qualifications to be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of California.
Certified Nursing Assistant Home Health Aide (CNA/HHA)
This program is approved by the Department of Public Health of the State of California. The curriculum covers courses that prepare students to provide the necessary care to patients that demonstrate sub-acute to acute illnesses. They are also trained to work under the supervision of a licensed nurse in a home care or clinical setting. After successful completion, they are eligible to sit the examination for Nurse Assistant Certification (CNA). Once this is completed they can also take courses for certification in Home Health Aide. Applicants must be in good health and demonstrate physical capabilities according to the requirement established by the college. They must also have their immunization up-to- date and pass the drug screening tests. All candidates must attend a mandatory information session prior to commencing the course.
Vocational Nurse (VN) Program
This program is accredited by the State of California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). It is a three semester program that prepares students through class room instruction and skills and simulation clinical experiences. Focus is also placed on hands-on training in various health care settings. Only 30 students are accepted each semester. They must have graduated from an accredited high school and pass the health exam and background checks to be admitted into the program. It is mandatory that all students hold a current health care provider CPR card that is issued by the American Heart Association. After successful completions students can take the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians licensing examination to practice as a Vocational Nurse. Graduates can work in acute health care hospitals, clinics and various other locations.
5885 Haven Avenue
College of Marin Nursing Program Review
The College of Marin (COM) gained its official name in 1947 after being named Marin Junior College when it was founded in 1926. Students that attend the college will have the opportunity to hold an Associate Degree in various fields of choice. They are also guaranteed entry into many specific University of California campuses based on the agreement established between these schools and the college.
There are 35 two-year vocational and career programs that prepare students for employment in various areas. The two campuses located at Kentfield and Indian Valley Campus have all the resources to attend the needs of their growing student body. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Registered Nursing (RN) Program
This is a two-year associate degree in nursing (ADN) program that equips students with the necessary knowledge to become active members in the health care profession. They will also be trained to be managers of care; apply critical thinking to various situations and develop cultural maturity to work with people from various backgrounds. The program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. After successful completion they are eligible to sit licensure exams provided they meet all the requirements. They can then occupy roles as registered nurses in various health care settings. Applications should be directed to the Kentfield Campus.
All applicants must submit test scores for the ATI TEAS. The college only accepts Test Version V. Prior admission is necessary to obtain a Marin ID number that will be placed on the registered nurse application. Students must pass the 7 pre-requisite courses required by the school prior to submitting their applications. Students that completed some of these courses at another institution should complete the Substitution form to request consideration for these subjects. A background check will be performed on all applicants; however, those that believe that they will not pass a background check can explore other courses with an academic counselor. These courses should not require a background check. Other admission requirements include: drug screening, physical screening and immunization history along with others.
There are many nursing scholarships for students that have financial challenges. Some of these scholarships are institutional, whereas others are offered by external donors. The school also offers Federal Aid and State Aid to those that qualify. The Calwords Pell Grant Student Loans is one example of Federal Aid that is available to students that demonstrate dire need for financial assistance. Scholarships programs include:
1) CNA Nursing Education Scholarship Fund
2) Health Professions Education Foundation
3) Kaiser Permanente
4) National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
5) National Black Nurses Association
6) National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. (NFLPN)
7) National League for Nursing (NLN)
8) National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)
9) Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP)
10) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
11) Sigma Theta Tau International – Honor Society of Nursing
12) The California Endowment Central Valley Nursing Scholarship Program
13) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Bureau of Health Professionals
College of Marin
835 College Avenue
Tel: (415) 457-8811
College of the Canyons Nursing Program Review
College of the Canyons (COC) is a public community college that opened its doors to students in 1969. The college offers both Associate of Science (A.S) and Associate of Arts (A.A) degrees. There are also various certificate programs at the college.
It is specially noted for its large student body that has catapulted to astounding numbers over the last years. Students can attend any of the two campuses located at Valencia and Canyon County depending on the course in which they are enrolled. Nursing students can choose from the following programs at the college:
Registered Nurse Two-Year Program
This program is accredited by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The curriculum is aimed at students that want to be entry level registered nurses. All students must take a state approved assessment test and rank at the required level. Only students that complete the necessary pre-requisite courses respecting the required GPA will be allowed into the program. It is a two-year registered nurse program that equips graduates with the necessary training and knowledge to take the NCLEX-RN examination to become a registered nurse (RN). They are also awarded an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) after graduation.
LVN to RN “Career Ladder” Program
Only licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) can apply to this program. Those that are admitted are trained and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to become registered nurses. Upon successful completion they receive a certificate of completion and an Associate Degree in Nursing. They are also eligible to apply for licensure to become a registered nurse in the state of California.
LVN to RN – 30-Unit Option
This is another option open to LVNs that want to become registered nurses. The program is structured to allow the students to take specific courses that give the necessary foundation on which to gain licensure when they take the NCLEX-RN. However, students are advised that while they are able to practice in California the same may not be true in other states. They may experience some degree of challenges if they decide to transfer to another state. When they sit the NCLEX-RN, they sit as a non-graduate. As a result, they may have trouble getting into advanced courses. Applicants must submit proof of employment as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and approved I.V certification course.
ADN to BSN Nursing Program
This program was offered by College of the Canyon in conjunction with the California State University at Northridge (CSUN). It is currently suspended. After successful completion of the NCLEX examination they would be able to get their BSN degree in just one year.
An alternative route for students is to enroll in the program offered by National University at College of the Canyons University Center. The course is offered on the COC campus. It is only open to registered nurses that have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and want to hold a BSN after completing the program. However, those that do not have an ADN can meet the required equivalency for National University by completing pre-requisite courses. All students must hold and current active license and have the required GPA for admission.
Collaborative RN Program
Since 2010 this program is not longer offered. However, applicants from participating hospitals can submit employment letters to the College to gain priority access to the RN program being offered.
Paramedic to RN Option
This pilot program is no longer offered and students are encouraged to apply to the two year RN program instead.
Nurse Assistant Training (Nursing 050)
In this program, students are trained to be nursing assistants and gain the necessary skills about nursing care in various settings. At the end of the program they receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the California Certificate Examination.
College of the Canyons
Canyon Country campus
17200 Sierra Highway
Canyon Country, CA 91351
College of the Desert Nursing Program Review
College of the Desert (COD) is a two-year community college that was founded in 1958 and started its first set of classes in 1962. It offers both vocational and technical programs.
It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. As a nursing student, you can choose to do the Nursing Assistant program, Registered Nurse (RN-ADN) program, Vocational Nurse (VN) program, Advanced Placement and Home Health Aide program.
Nursing Assistant program
Admissions are accepted twice yearly to this program. It is approved by the California Department of Public Health and upon successful completion a certificate in Nursing Assisting is awarded by the College. Graduates are also eligible to take the certification examination administered by the California State Department of Health Services. The course covers the roles of a nursing assistant and the essential aspects of nurse-patient relationships. They will be trained to provide long-term care in various health care settings. A CPR certificate issued by the American Heart Association is also part of the admission requirements.
Registered Nurse (RN-ADN Program)
This associates degree in nursing (ADN) program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the California State Board of Nursing. All applicants must pass the four pre-requisite courses prior to submitting their applications in March or August. Additionally, TEAS test scores are required.
This course is intended for those that wish to hold licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and other health care providers are the main target audience. Only applicants that submit proof of equivalent courses will be considered for admission. The following programs are available for advance placement:
1) LVN to RN Transition Course – Nursing 55 (Degree Option): This course is open strictly to licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) that want to be registered nurses.
2) Thirty-Unit Option (Non-Degree Option): All four prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade “C” or higher to enter this program. No degree is awarded after completion. Only licensed vocational nurses interested in being registered nurses can apply. Applicants must also bear in mind that acceptance of the thirty-unit option does not guarantee academic or professional ascension in other states outside of California.
Home Health Aide (HHA) Program
Only students that are licensed Nursing Assistants in the state of California can apply to this program. Applications are accepted twice yearly during fall and spring semester. They must also be enrolled in the prerequisite course at COD. After successful completion, they are awarded a certificate in Home Health Aide by the College. Once they take the licensure exams, they are certified as home health aides on California. The course prepares students to understand and provide for the needs of patients that are in their care. They are also trained to work alongside other health care providers. Graduates are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the Department of Health Services. Acceptance into the program is based on the time the applicants are received by using a first come first serve criteria.
Vocational Nursing (VN) Program
This program is approved by the California Bureau of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Students that complete it are eligible to take the (NCLEX-PN) to receive a license as a vocational nurse. The course is built on theory and practical interactions to adequately train students to undertake roles in the health care sector while working alongside licensed registered nurses and physicians. The program allows a maximum of 40 students to enter the program and selection is based on completion of prerequisite courses and GPA.
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue
Cypress College Nursing Program Review
Cypress College started offering courses in 1966. It currently has 280 bachelor-degree programs, 141 career-certificate programs and 51 associate degree programs. The 44,000 square feet campus is home of state-of-the-art facilities that modernize the teaching and learning process.
Students can choose from a wide range of options to get active on campus and enjoy their experience at Cypress College. Among the vast list of courses is its nursing program which consists of the following courses:
Career Mobility LVN to RN and PT to RN
This is the Registered Nursing Program for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) and Licensed Psychiatric Technicians (PT/LPT).
LVNs and PTs that are interested in becoming registered nurses can consider this program. At the end of the program they are eligible to take the Registered Nursing State Board Licensing Examination provided there are no pending restrictions. They will also be awarded an Associate Degree in Nursing. The program is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
This is a four semester course with one summer program. Applicants must complete all pre-requisite courses at the university or demonstrate course equivalence if they are transfer students. At the end of the program, graduates are awarded an Associate Degree in Nursing and can enter more advanced studies at universities. The College works with other universities in California, so that students are able to get their credits transferred as quickly as possible due the agreement established between the schools. Successful completion of the program also makes graduates eligible to sit the Registered Nursing State Licensing Examination. If they pass they are able to work in many health care settings that include, but are not limited to: hospices, clinics, home care agencies and hospitals.
There are four types of scholarships offered at Cypress College. These include: merit based scholarships, merit plus need scholarships, private scholarships and institutional scholarships.
The school also offers various grants that are dependent on different factors to be awarded to needy students. The grants present at the school are: Federal Pell Grant Program, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (SEOG). There are also grants offered by the state of California and these are: Cal Grant A, Cal Grant B and Cal Grant C.
There are also loan options, but these have stringent rules that apply to be approved. In light of the financial crisis and frequency of defaults, Cypress College strongly discourages students from getting a loan.
Other types of financial aid include: Board of Governors (BOG) Enrollment Fee Waivers and Federal Work-Study (FWS) fund.
Nursing Organizations at Cypress College
National Student Nurses Association
The National Student Nurses Association is open to both nursing and non-nursing students. The association is aimed as registered nurses and provides the necessary guidance and resources for professional ascension and personal development.
There is also the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association which was established in 1969.Nursing students that are not able to get a scholarship, grant or loan can consider applying to the foundation. It operates solely on a charitable and educational basis.
200 Valley View Street
Cypress, CA 90630
Dominican University of California Nursing School Review
Dominican University of California (DUC) was established in 1890 and it is an independent university of Catholic heritage. Located in Marin County, this university offers more than 60 academic programs to 2,200 students. They enjoy a long standing reputation as an excellent institution involved in many community outreach programs.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – BSN
Dominican University of California offers a comprehensive Nursing Major Program for new and repeat students who would like to pursue a career in nursing. The program prepares students for both practical and theory exams and provides more than 200 hours of practical training in their lab. Students will also learn about purchasing equipment and supplies; as well as repairs and maintenance of recording systems. This program will run a minimum of four years and students require 124 units to graduate.
In order to be accepted into the program, students need to hold a GPA score of at least 3.0 or more. Students also need to have passed a total of eight prerequisite courses with a passing rate of C+. Any student that has failed more than two of these required classes won’t be eligible for acceptance into the course. Students also need to be medically cleared when admitted in this program. There is also a required TEAS test that needs to be passed prior to acceptance.
LVN to BSN
The current requirements for Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) students that want to enter the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are the same as those for pre-nursing students. Prospective students need to pass all the prerequisites before entering these programs and admission is granted on available space.
Clinical Nurse Leader – MSN
Students that apply for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will have their applications go through a review process first; before they are accepted into the program. Factors such as their GPA scores and their TOEFL scores will be assessed, as well as their goals and achievements set out for themselves. Although space is limited, applications are regularly reviewed for admission.
To be accepted into the MSN program, students need to possess a Bachelor’s degree and hold an average GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students also need to provide two letters of recommendation as well as a personal resume. Prospective students will need to undergo an interview with the admissions committee prior to approval for acceptance into the program.
Accelerated ADN / RN to MSN
This program has been designed for students holding either an Associates degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Registered Nurse (RN) qualification that want to advance to the Master degree. Students will have to complete a first year of bridge work that consists of 16 study units, before moving over to the graduate program. After successful completion of the normal course work, the student will receive the Master of Science in Nursing.
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
Tel: (415) 457-4440
El Camino College Nursing Program Review
El Camino College (ECC) was founded in 1947 and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Each semester more than 25,000 students enroll at ECC. It is commonly referred to as “Elco”. The college has a Memorandum of Understanding with the former Compton Community College, and uses their facilities, now known as ECC Compton Center, to provide classes to the community.
All classes at both locations are administered by ECC Torrance. Nursing courses fall under the Health Sciences and Athletics Division at ECC Torrance and the Career and Technical Education at ECC Compton Center. Nursing classes may be offered at either campus.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
ECC offers an ADN for those looking to enter the nursing profession. The California Board of Registered Nursing approved the nursing program at ECC, and it is National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) accredited. Students must have a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA) and have completed English 1A, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology to apply. After being accepted, the ADN program is a two year program.
This program teaches the skills required by entry level nurses, and students will learn to successfully assess patient conditions in a variety of settings. Students will learn in a combination of classroom and clinical settings. After graduation, candidates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examinations for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), and must pass this exam to be certified as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Transfer students who are Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Licensed Psychiatric Technicians (LPT) or transfer students from other accredited nursing programs are able to apply for advanced placement in the ADN program, and will be accepted on a case by case basis.
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
The CNA program is designed to teach the student how to directly care for and make patients comfortable, as well as collect, record, and report information to licensed practitioners. It is offered beginning in February and September, and lasts eight weeks. Students must complete the course and the State Competency Exam to be eligible for State of California certification as a Nurse Assistant.
Home Health Aide
Home Health Aides are CNAs that work for a home health agency as an entry level caregiver in a home care setting. The Home Health Aide course is only open to CNAs, and is offered during the last 6 weeks of each semester, beginning in November and April. It is designed to allow CNAs to quickly gain certification. After course completion, students may apply for Home Health Aide Certification by the State of California.
Perioperative Nursing Review
After the student passes the necessary nursing courses and license requirements, El Camino College offers a post-licensing course that gives students the ability to register for nursing assistant positions in the operating room. The program is focused on students who are licensed nurses, but the student has no experience in the operating room. The course helps nurses advance their careers into management and decision-making throughout the entire course of the operating room procedures.
El Camino Counseling and Student Services
Every student who enters into a nursing program at El Camino College is assigned a counselor. The counselors help students find the right curriculum, courses and schedule that fit the student’s needs. The counselors help with career placement and any issues with grades and graduation. The counselors help new students acclimate into the college culture and environment needed to grow academically and exceed at the student’s goal to become the next nursing professional.
Health Professions Education Foundation
In an effort to increase the number of RNs in California and to encourage them to practice in underserved areas, the Health Professions Education Foundation offers the Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship fro the Registered Nurse Program. To be eligible to apply, students must be accepted into or currently enrolled in an Associate Degree Nursing Program. Those who are accepted may be awarded up to $8,000 for an academic year. In order to accept the award, students must agree to work in a medically underserved area of California for two years after graduation.
There are other scholarships available for ADN students at ECC and ECC Compton Center. To be eligible, students must have 6 units of graded ECC coursework, a GPA of 2.0 or higher, one letter of recommendation and a personal essay.
El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506
Golden West College Nursing Program Review
Golden West College (GWC) is located in Huntington Beach. It is also known as “Surf City”. This college serves more than 14,000 students and is a two-year, medium-sized college. GWC offers various instructional and student support programs and has a strong commitment to student learning. Golden West College is part of the Coast Community College District (CCCD).
ADN – Basic Associate Degree Program
Meeting the minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee selection into the Associate’s degree in Nursing (ADN). Selection to this nursing course will be done according to a formula that determines a student’s probability of success in this program. Only eligible students will be considered.
The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program is divided into 4 semesters and will total 56 study units. The courses in this program must be taken in a specific required curriculum order and students must also achieve a minimum 2.0-grade point average for all subjects to be accepted into this program.
Completing this course will qualify the student to be eligible for the Associate Arts Nursing degree qualification, and this will allow students to be accepted for examination at the California licensing examination for Registered Nursing. This nursing program has also received accreditation from the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Students may be allowed to take the examination for licensing when they have completed the curriculum; even if the requirements have not yet been met. However, students will then not be considered to be graduates and as a result, they might not be able to receive their license in other states.
In order to be accepted for this program, prospective students will need to undergo a physical examination upon his or her application to ensure he or she meets the appropriate physical and emotional standards of the program. Students must also hold a valid CPR certification no less than 2 years old. Students that plan on enrolling in the nursing program need to complete an acceptable score on the Test of Essential Analytical Skills (TEAS).
A background check will also be done on all prospective students and they are also advised to obtain malpractice insurance. Students to this course are responsible for their own expenses with regards to transportation, uniforms, accessories, CPR courses, and physical examinations.
In order to be accepted into these programs, no student that is currently undergoing treatment for substance abuse will be considered.
LVN to ADN Program
Students that wish to complete the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to Associates degree in Nursing (ADN) program will be required to have at least one year of experience with direct patient care; as well as be a graduate of the LVN program. All student applications will be subject to an evaluation and factors will be considered such as GPA scores and the passing of prerequisites. Students will be informed in writing and they will need to accept to be able to enter the course.
Golden West College
15744 Goldenwest Street
Tel: (714) 892-7711
Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Nursing Program Review
Grossmont College first opened in 1961, and Cuyamaca College opened in 1978. Together they have more than 30,000 students enrolled each semester. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD) offers flexible learning opportunities, including short-term classes of 4 to 8 week durations, open entry and exit courses, online and blended classes, and Saturday sessions, to benefit 21st Century students who lead busy lives.
Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program (ADN)
The Grossmont College School of Nursing Program began in the fall of 1967. Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, the ADN program at Grossmont College is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. It takes two years (four semesters) to complete the program after the prerequisite classes have been taken. The science prerequisite courses include Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology. In addition, the following courses are also prerequisites for Nursing Majors: English Composition, Intermediate Algebra, Communications/Speech, Introductory Psychology, and Sociology. The ADN program opens to 40 new students every Fall and Spring semester.
The ADN not only prepares students for the national licensing exams, it trains them in the skills necessary to successfully be professional nurses in a various health care environments. This major requires a special application, and will not be accepted until the required science prerequisite courses have been passed. After graduation, students will be qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to obtain their RN certification.
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN) Transition Program
There are two paths for the LVN to RN Transition Program. The first is a 2 year program at Grossmont College that leads to an ADN, and admits 20 students each year. The second program is the LVN to RN Transition 30 Unit Option. The 30 Unit Option takes approximately 18 to 24 months to complete, and students completing it do not earn a degree. The 30 Unit Option is designed as a way for Licensed Vocational Nurses in California quickly work their way to becoming an RN. However, students should be note that most other states will not recognize the LVN to RN Option in California and they will not be able to obtain an RN license outside of the state.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing should be aware of the arrangement between the Grossmont College School of Nursing and Grand Canyon’s School of Nursing. The two schools have developed a special track for ADN to BSN.
Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Many other schools in the area offer BSN and MSN degrees. Grossmont College School of Nursing encourages graduates interested in pursuing advanced nursing degrees to continue their education.
There is an option for graduates of the Grossmont College School of Nursing with a non-nursing Bachelor’s degree, who are interested in an MSN degree. Through agreements between Grossmont College and the University of San Diego (USD) and San Diego State University (SDSU), students can take advantage of advanced placement opportunities in the MSN programs at USD and SDSU.
USD also offers Grossmont College of Nursing graduates a 3 year ADN to MSN track that awards a BSN along the way.
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, California 92019
Holy Names University Nursing School Review
Holy Names University (HNU) can trace its roots back to 1868, when a teaching order of nuns arrived in California to establish a school for girls and train teachers. It remained an all-female school until 1955, when it admitted males into its newly established Graduate Division. The rest of the college followed suit and became coed in 1971.
The University today is committed to meeting the needs of working adults by offering unconventional and innovative degree completion programs, such as a three-year bachelors degree. Holy Names University has been offering nursing education since 1957.
Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Students with no prior nursing experience will take their first two years of general courses at Holy Names University. If they have a GPA of at least 3.00, they can then transfer to Samuel Merritt University (SMU) where they will study nursing for two years. Their BSN degree will be awarded by SMU.
Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN
The RN to BSN program is designed for working RNs to pursue their BSN at their own pace. The evening courses are available online at home or via interactive video feeds at hospitals throughout the state. Because of the nature of the program, the amount of time it takes to complete this degree depends on the student.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to BSN
Another program for those already working in healthcare, the LVN to BSN program has courses that are held on campus and scheduled for late afternoons and evenings. This program is year round (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) and takes two and a half years of continuous study to complete.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degrees
The MSN programs at Holy Names University have a unique schedule designed for working adults. Courses are offered once a month on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner
Students must have a BSN before beginning this program. Those who complete this two year program receive their MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner degree and are eligible to apply for the California FNP license. They are also able to apply for the furnishing license which gives nurses the ability to prescribe medications and diagnose patients on their own, without a physician.
An RN that has a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field can enter the MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner program by completing the Pathway Program with additional nursing courses.
Those who have a BSN and are interested in becoming clinical faculty with a master’s degree can pursue their MSN/Clinical Faculty degree, a two year program.
If an RN that already has a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field wants to enter the MSN/Clinical Faculty program, they can do so through the Pathway Program by completing additional nursing courses.
Those who want to become clinical faculty and already have an MSN can complete the MSN/Clinical Faculty option courses and become certified.
MSN with Administration Management
Students wishing to become administrators or managers can opt for the MSN with Administration/Management degree, a two year course of study.
RNs that already have a bachelors degree but in an unrelated field can enter the MSN with Administration Management program through the Pathway Program by completing additional nursing courses.
MSN/Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The MSN/MBA degree program was designed for working RNs. It follows the same monthly class schedule as the other MSN programs, with an additional Saturday morning class during a Summer term. Besides a BSN degree, this program requires the prerequisites of statistics and computer proficiency. This is also a two year program.
RNs who have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field can enter the MSN/MBA program through the Pathway Program, which requires additional nursing courses.
MSN/Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology (MFP)
The MSN/MFP program prepares students to work in forensic mental health nursing, which includes caring for the mental health of incarcerated or paroled patients, as well as crime victims. This program contains additional forensic psychology courses. Because of the unique schedule of the MSN program (listed above) and the fact that the forensic courses are offered online, this is still just a two year program.
An RN that has a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field can enter the MSN/MFP Pathway Program by completing additional nursing courses.
Post Master Certificate Programs
Holy Names University offers Post Master Certificate programs in three of their MSN programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Faculty, and Administration Management. For each program, applicants must be an RN and have a masters degree in nursing from an institution accredited either by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
Humboldt State University Nursing School Review
Humboldt State University (HSU) is part of the 23-campuses of the California University. The university is located in Arcata, 270 miles to the north of San Francisco. The university sits on 144 acres of land and it is surrounded by other spectacular natural features which make the learning environment very fun and impressive to both the students and the professors who teach at the university.
HSU offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs and has a population of 7902 students where the programs can be taken on full time or part time basis but the student population who are in full time programs are more that those on part time programs. The programs in Humboldt state university are also available to international students.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The university of Humboldt offers a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) to new students commonly referred to as traditional students and those who are already Registered Nurses (RN) who may want to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The students are usually organized in small classes and they are offered with placements in rural clinics in order to help them in advancing in their career as this gives them the exposure and the real work environment in the field. Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four year program and it is accredited by the California State Board of Nursing. The program has been designed in such a manner that after completion, the students are able to take leadership roles in the nursing fraternity or outside, where they can develop an in-depth knowledge in biology and socials sciences. They can also get exposure on what is happening in the field as the students are able to go for placement during their degree program and other benefits.
For the student to be admitted into BSN, he/she must provide supporting documents which may include unofficial transcripts, TEAS score (but this can be taken in the university if the student did not take it from another location) and health experience form. In some cases students will be required to submit their foreign language proficiency verification but this is optional depending on the country of origin and it s usually required if the student comes from a country where the dominant language that is used is not English, local residency verification may also be required but this is optional. The student will be required to pass all the pre-requisites and co-requisites which may include both science and non-science courses. For the students to be admitted into the BSN program, they should apply to HSU and indicate pre-nursing as their major; or apply directly to the HSU Nursing Program.
RN to BSN Bridge Program
This course is designed for those students who are Registered Nurses (RN’s) but would like to proceed into a Bachelor’s program. The students are required to meet all the course requirements before they can be admitted into this program.
Humboldt State University (a California State University Campus)
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Tel: (707) 826-3011
Loma Linda University Nursing School Review
Loma Linda University (LLU) is a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) university which is located in Southern California. The university offers 55 educational health science based programs to more than 4000 students where a good number of these come from 80 countries around the world.
The university offers admission to students irrespective of their races, culture and any other orientation. But once the students are admitted in the university they are taught and empowered on spiritual matters related to the Bible and more especially the Adventist message.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing
Loma Linda University the school of nursing offers Bachelor of Science degree in nursing to new students joining the university and other students who may be in possession of various experiences in the field of nursing or those with other qualifications and would like to join nursing. The program prepares students for professional nursing where clinical groups are formed after the second week in the university. This is also available to those students who may have completed pre-requisite courses but they do not have a bachelors degree or any experience in the field of nursing.
In order for a student to be admitted in this program, he/she must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 or more fro regular track, 3.3 for accelerated track. The student will also be required to have passed all the pre-requisites with a “C” or more. The applicants will also be required to pass pre-entrance exams such as TEAS and critical thinking. Other requirements that the student must have include; three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a personal statement, completed HS or its equivalent and must take an interview before being admitted.
LVN to BS Track
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) can also be admitted into Bachelor of Science (BS) nursing and the admission requirements include a GPA of 3.0 and above, must have passed all the pre-requisites examinations such as TEAS and other relevant qualifications.
RN to BS
Students who are currently registered as a Registered Nurse and hold a license, can be admitted into Bachelor of Science in Nursing. They must meet all the requirements the same as for licensed vocational nurses and also they must complete all the prerequisites before they can start the program.
Master of Science (MS) in Nursing
Students who complete Bachelor of Science in nursing can apply for a Master’s degree in different fields of specialization depending on the availability of the program chosen. There are also post MS certificates that are offered for nurse practitioners in adult nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner and psychiatric nurse practitioner among others.
PhD programs are offered in nursing in collaboration with NEXus (Nursing Education Exchange).
For a student to be admitted into this program, they must be in possession of Master’s degree in nursing and must be registered or licensed. Other requirements may vary depending on the area that one may want to specialize.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
For this program, students are required to have a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing; as well as be able to provide recommendations from co-workers, pastors and current supervisors. The program also consists of a 30 month graduate program of which the final 18 months will be practical experience.
Loma Linda University
11092 Anderson Street
Tel: (909) 558-1000
Long Beach City College Nursing Program Review
Long Beach City College (LBCC) was founded in 1927, and currently enrolls over 28,000 students each semester. There are two campus locations in Long Beach, and LBCC is accredited by Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior
Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
For those that enjoy athletics along with learning, LBCC has 21 different intercollegiate athletic programs from which to choose. LBCC has a tradition of athletic excellence, with more state and national titles and bowl appearances than any other Community College in California. LBCC is recognized as having one of the nation’s best community college athletics programs.
The Registered Nursing Program at LBCC falls under the School of Health and Science.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The ADN program at Long Beach City College is a full-time, two year program. Students attend classes during the day, and will have daytime and evening clinical rotations. Classes are held at the Liberal Arts Campus.
To apply to the ADN program, students must have a high school diploma or GED, have successfully completed the LBCC reading proficiency test, and have taken the required math, information proficiency, English, Anatomy, Biology, and Physiology prerequisite courses. In addition, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
To graduate, a student must complete a minimum of 68 units of core nursing courses, and at least 19 units of general education courses. After completion of all degree requirements, graduates are eligible for the Registered Nurse National licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to qualify for their California RN license.
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN)
The LVN to RN program has been designed as a career ladder for LVNs who want to become RNs. This course of study is structured so that students can complete all the requirements listed above during the course of two and a half semesters. Graduates of this program will receive an ADN and a certificate of completion, and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN to qualify for their California RN license.
Vocational Nursing Program
A full-time one year program, the Vocational Nursing Program is designed to help Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) transition to LVNs. Once the students have taken the required courses in Common Health, Maternal, Infant, and Child Care, and completed the clinical requirements, they are able to sit for the vocational-practical nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-VN/PN).
After completing this program, LVNs that wish to pursue an associate degree may take the prerequisite courses listed above and apply for the ADN program.
Thirty Unit Option Certification Program
LBCC offers a thirty unit option certification program as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The Board has mandated that colleges must make this option available to anyone who is currently in possession of a valid LVN license and wants to advance to become an RN. Upon completion of this program, a student is allowed to take the NCLEX-RN.
Students should note that those who have completed the thirty unit option are not considered graduates of LBCC, do not obtain an ADN degree, and are not recognized as licensed RNs outside of the state of California. This course of study could also cause problems for the student if they want to pursue a higher degree, such as a BSN, as they may not meet entry requirements at other institutions.
Long Beach City College
5000 East Lew Davis Street
Long Beach, CA 90808
Los Angeles Harbor College Nursing Program Review
Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) is located south of metropolitan Los Angeles and has been educating students in the community for over 60 years. The college strives to provide a wide variety of options to prepare students to succeed in their careers, continue on to four-year universities, and foster a love of life-long learning.
The nursing program at Los Angeles Harbor College began in 1963. The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and the nursing program is accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The ADN program is designed for students who do not currently have any form of nursing license. To be accepted into the ADN program, students must have a high school diploma or GED or hold an associate degree or higher in any subject. They must also complete courses in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, English, Psychology, Math, Chemistry, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Students who complete the ADN program will earn their associate degree and be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). After passing the licensing exam, they will be Registered Nurses (RNs).
Licensed Vocational Nurse to RN Transition Program (LVN to RN)
LVNs that are currently licensed in California are eligible for this program, which will allow them to earn an RN license. In addition to completing the prerequisites listed above, students have two options for pursuing their ADN. They may either test out of up to 15 units by scoring a 75% or better on competency tests, or they may take a series of nursing transition courses and take the ATI Medical-Surgical standardized test. Both of these paths lead to advanced placement in the ADN program. After completing either of these options and the remainder of the ADN program, they will earn their associate degree and may take the NCLEX-RN.
LVN 30 Unit Option
LVNs that are currently licensed in California may opt for the LVN 30 Unit option. This course of study allows them to take specific nursing courses as well as a clinical study, to work toward becoming an RN. Upon completion of this course, they may take the NCLEX-RN exam. They will not, however, earn a degree, or be considered graduates of the Los Angeles Harbor Nursing Program.
The prerequisites for this program, besides being a current licensed LVN, are Physiology, Microbiology, and Nursing courses.
Certified Nurse Assistant/Certified Home Health Aide Program (CNA/CHHA)
The CNA/CHHA program at Los Angeles Harbor College has two parts. The first is the 5 unit CNA course, geared toward those seeking to begin as health care workers in a long-term care facility or in acute care. This is a 7-week program of lectures and clinical work. After students complete this program, they may apply for certification by taking the State of California Certification Exam.
Those wishing to become a CHHA may enroll in the CHHA program after or at the same time as the CNA program. This is a three-week program with lectures and clinical work and focuses on the care of clients and residents at home. After successfully completing this program, students may apply for Home Health Aide certification.
There are no prerequisite courses required for either of these programs, and a high school diploma or equivalent is not required.
Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
Los Angeles Pierce College Nursing Program Review
Founded in 1947 as an agricultural college, Pierce College is located in the San Fernando Valley on 426 wooded acres that include a botanical garden, nature preserve, and giant redwoods. This campus is unique in the metropolitan Los Angeles area.
Pierce College has alliances with most 4-year universities in California, and is considered a top transfer college in Southern California, making it an ideal place for students to begin their college career. The current enrollment at the college is over 21,000 students.
Associate in Arts Degree Nursing Program (ADN)
The ADN program at Pierce College has been accredited or approved by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates of this program are qualified to sit for the licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a licensed Registered Nurse (RN).
During their course of study, students will attend classes and will have practical clinical time at local hospitals and health agencies. They will provide care to actual patients while being supervised by faculty members.
In order to qualify to apply for this program, students must first complete general education courses in Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Sociology, Math, and English, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN)
LVNs that are currently licensed in California may apply for advanced placement in the ADN program. Spots are awarded as space is available, and candidates are chosen based on a lottery system. To apply, students must have completed the prerequisite courses listed above. Students who complete this program will graduate with an ADN, and will be eligible to sit for the national licensing exam.
30 Unit Option
Pierce College offers LVN to RN students a 30 Unit Option to complete their coursework and become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam. Students must be currently licensed and complete Physiology and Microbiology with a GPA of 2.5 or higher before applying. Students that complete this course of study will be able to take the licensing exam to become RNs, but they will not earn a degree and their license is not guaranteed to be recognized outside of California.
Admission is subject to space availability, and candidates compete for open spaces through a lottery.
Foreign Nurse Graduate
Nurses who are not eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam because they are missing requirements in their nursing education are encouraged to enroll at Pierce College as a foreign nurse graduate. To be admitted to this program, they must have a letter from the California Board of Registered Nursing which spells out the requirements for licensure they are missing. They must also file a nursing department petition. Foreign nurse graduate applicants are admitted on a space available basis, and once accepted, will be allowed to enroll in the college and in the course they need. They also need to take the Role Transition to RN course.
The Board of Registered Nursing will be notified when the student has finished the missing course.
Students wishing to transfer to Pierce College from another accredited nursing program will have every effort made to accommodate their request.
To begin the transfer process, students should obtain a petition from the Nursing Department Office to evaluate their previous nursing coursework and determine its equivalency. The petition must be submitted to the department’s Admissions/Graduation/Retention Sub-Committee, along with a letter showing academic standing and student status from their former nursing school director, outlines and descriptions of completed nursing courses, and sealed official transcripts from every college attended.
Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better, and have taken the prerequisites listed above. The courses may have been taken at another school.
Students approved for transfer will be admitted on a space available basis.
Los Angeles Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, California 91371
Los Angeles Valley College Nursing Program Review
Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) was founded in 1949 and is one of the leading community colleges in the state. Located in Valley Glen, campus is a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, television and movie studios, Malibu and Santa Monica Beach.
Valley College enrolls over 20,000 students each semester, and has over 140 associate degree and certificate programs. It is also the home of the Valley Symphony Orchestra, LAVC Art Gallery, and the Los Angeles Valley College Historical Museum.
The nursing programs at Valley College are accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CABRN) and the National League for Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Students must have a “C” average or better before applying to the ADN program, and have completed the required courses of Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Math, and English.
Once in the ADN program, students will take 38 units of nursing theory, have supervised clinical experience at local hospitals and health care facilities, and complete at least 34 units of science and general education in order to graduate. All nursing courses must have been completed with a “C” average or better in order to take the licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Career Ladder
Students currently licensed in California as an LVN and that have at least one year of current LVN work experience, 12 completed units with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) with a “C” average or better, and have completed the prerequisites listed above for the ADN are qualified to apply for the LVN Career Ladder. LVN students must also take the Transition Course.
LVN 30 Unit Option
The 30 Unit Option has the same requirements as the LVN Career Ladder above. Students should be aware that upon completion of this program, they will not earn an ADN degree, they will not be graduates of either Valley College or the Nursing Program, employment opportunities will be limited, and that other states will not recognize their California RN license. Students who complete this program receive an occupational certificate and are eligible to take the licensing exam.
All students admitted as transfer students must take the Transition Course. In addition, they must have a letter from the Director of Nursing at their former school explaining why they are leaving, submit a transcript and petition for approval of credit transfer, and have 12 completed units with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) with a “C” average or better.
A student applying as a foreign nurse must submit a transcript and petition for approval of credit transfer, and have 12 completed units with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) with a “C” average or better. In addition, students should be aware that foreign nurses that only need one or two specific courses will be considered last for placement in the program.
Other Health Related Programs
Respiratory Therapy Program
Respiratory Therapists work with patients suffering from heart and lung disease. These health care professionals work in intensive care units, emergency rooms, pulmonary rehabilitation facilities and home care, and in sleep disorder laboratories. The profession is well-paying and critically underserved, with many open positions right now.
Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioners (Registered Respiratory Therapists)
The Respiratory Therapist Program consists of two phases. Phase I is open to anyone, but students must apply for Phase II. To apply to Phase II, students must have a high school diploma (or equivalent), and a “C” average in all phase I courses (Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Physics). Students that complete the Respiratory Therapist Program will graduate with an Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Respiratory Therapy.
After completing the Respiratory Therapist Program, students may take the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) exam, and then sit for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) written and clinical exams. Once they have passed the CRT exam, they can also apply for a license as a California Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP).
The Valley College Respiratory Therapist Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen CA 91401
Monterey Peninsula College Nursing Program Review
Founded in 1947, Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) is one of 110 colleges in the California Community College System (CCCS). MPC has nearly 20,000 students enrolled. It offers 71 Associate Degrees and many courses to prepare students to continue their education at a four year university, update their skills and career, or gain a general education.
The Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing (MCCSN) is part of the Monterey Peninsula College and offers community and professional health education courses, as well as the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing. The School of Nursing has partnered with the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula to deliver this program.
Associate of Science Degree in Nursing
This degree program strives to deliver safe, high-quality nursing care by including both general education and nursing courses to broaden students’ knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to apply their skills in various health care settings.
The School of Nursing is accredited or approved by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Graduates of this program will have earned an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become Registered Nurses (RNs).
In order to be considered for admission to the nursing program, students have to have a high school diploma or equivalent. They must have met the MPC math and reading proficiency requirements, and have a grade of “C” or better in the required English, Physiology, College Anatomy, Developmental Psychology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology courses.
Students should note that though they may have completed the required courses, they are not automatically guaranteed entry into the nursing program due to space limitations.
Advanced Placement Licensed Vocation Nurse (LVN)
Students who are currently practicing LVNs may apply for advanced placement into the nursing program. Students must meet the requirements for the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing listed above, and must take the Nursing Role Transition course. Students will be given the opportunity to earn credit through testing and clinical assessment, within the guidelines of the MPC policy on credit by examination, and BRN regulation 1430. Admission will be considered as space becomes available.
The same criteria apply to LVNs wishing to apply to the nursing program through the 30 Unit option. The 30 Unit option is a program to allow LVNs to become RNs, but without earning an Associate Degree.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Monterey Peninsula College has partnered with California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to offer a unique way to approach a 4 year degree. Students will begin their nursing studies at MPC, then spend time on both campuses before earning an Associate Degree from MPC and a BSN from CSUMB.
There is no direct entry to the BSN program at CSUMB. Students must begin by taking courses by starting at MPC or one of three other area community colleges. To be apply to the CSUMB BSN program through MPC, applicants must have met the requirements for entry into the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing and either have been accepted into the program, or be on the waitlist.
Students applying to the CSUMB nursing program must submit an application proving they have taken the prerequisite courses for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, listed above, and prove admission to the MPC program. They must also submit an essay to CSUMB, discussing their interest in nursing and what strengths they will bring to the program, and why CSUMB is the best fit for them.
Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Moorpark College Nursing Program Review
Moorpark College (MC) is a community college in California, and is located a short distance from Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. MC is one of the three colleges that are part of the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD).
The college is dedicated to providing postsecondary education at an affordable cost to anyone who wishes to take advantage of it. Founded in 1967, it currently has over 15,000 students enrolled, and offers 1500 different classes each semester in 70 disciplines.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The ADN program began in 1981 as a satellite program to Ventura College, and was approved as its own program by the California Board of Registered Nursing in 1983. The program was nationally accredited by the National League of Nursing in 1990. The ADN is a four semester program.
To be admitted into the ADN program students must have a high school diploma or equivalency, and must have a GPA of 2.5 or better in all their college courses. They must have taken Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology and Math within the last five years, and must have taken English Composition.
The application to the nursing program is good for up to two years after applying. If a student is not admitted into the program during that time, they will need to reapply.
Advanced placement in the ADN program means students may be able to start in the second or third semester of the program and receive credit for courses already taken. The only way a student may start in the fourth (last) semester of the program is if they withdrew from the nursing program due to extenuating circumstances, had been a student in good standing, and were able to return within one year.
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), nursing students transferring from another accredited college, and readmission applicants may be considered for advanced placement. Admission is limited to available space in the program. All applicants for advanced placement must prove that they meet the ADN program requirements, which includes a GPA of 2.5 or better in English, math, and science. The science and math courses must have been taken within the last five years for them to count. In addition, all advanced placement applicants must include a personal letter stating why they want to attend the Moorpark College nursing program and what their current situation and future goals are.
Any interested Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) must also submit a copy of their current license, a resume detailing what their work experience has been, a letter of recommendation from their current employer, a letter of recommendation from the nursing school director where they graduated, and must have taken the PN Comprehensive Predictor course within 12 months of application.
Transfer nursing students from another accredited college must meet the above ADN requirements and submit the college catalog and course syllabi from their previous college, two recommendation letters from the nursing director or nursing faculty at their previous school, and their TEAS V score, taken within 12 months of application.
For students seeking readmission to the nursing program, the requirements are to submit two recommendation letters from faculty of the nursing school, evidence of volunteering or work experience, transcripts proving academic remediation, and their TEAS V score, taken within 12 months of application.
LVNs also have the 30 Unit option available to them, which doesn’t earn an ADN, and may not be recognized by other states. The 30 Unit option must be stated on the advanced placement application. Licensed Vocational Nurses that choose this route will be required to sign a waver stating they understand they will not earn a degree.
In addition, foreign nursing students who are missing a single course to apply for California licensure may not take just one course. They must apply as advanced placement students to the ADN program.
7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, CA 93021
Mount St. Mary’s College Nursing Program Review
Mount Saint Mary’s College (MSMC) is a Catholic college which aims to provide a values-based education system. It was founded in 1925 and has since relocated to its Chalon Campus in Santa Monica Mountains. The college promotes diversity and ethical values for all its students and offers a variety of degree programs. They have granted more than 17,000 degrees since its founding year.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
For this program, students need to adhere to the following prerequisites: completion of various courses including anatomy, microbiology, physiology, philosophy and sociology. These courses must have been successfully completed by the student within 5 years prior to his or her application. This is a three year program with a total of 74 study units.
A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) who meets all the requirements for admission to the ADN program must be able to give a written indication to the Director prior to admission. There is also a 30 unit non-degree option which is available for LVN’s who meet the current entrance requirements of the College. After successfully completing 30 study units, the student is eligible for the NCLEX-RN examination. Students may receive transfer credits if they have a previous Registered Nurse (RN) qualification. Prospective students also need to have obtained a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) score of 2.5 to be considered into the program.
Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program
In order to be considered for this program, students need to have completed either a pre-nursing program at this college, or as a transfer student from a reputable institution. The program consists of both theory and practical studies and aims to prepare the students for professional nursing care in the working environment.
The program offers students practical learning as well as a solid theory base to the program. Graduation will be conditional to evaluation of the Department of Nursing Admissions Committee.
Master of Science (MSN) Program
This course has been designed to further educate students in the field of nursing; and to add personal growth to the individual. This course is ideal in preparing students for Nurse Administrator, Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Educator.
In order to be accepted into the MSN degree program, students need to have gained a GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 3.0 for the previous 60 study units. Students also need to complete an application essay and provide two letters of recommendation. Applicants need to have completed at least one year as a full-time licensed Registered Nurse (RN) in the previous 5 years before applying for the MSN program.
The MSN program is offered online, as well as year long during weekday evenings. If the student does not yet quality for admission, he or she will need to register for the Registered Nurse (RN) Internship every term, until suitable employment has been secured. This is relevant to students that are newly graduated, 12 months or less.
Mount St. Mary’s College
120001 Chalon Rd.
Tel: (310) 954-4000
Mount St. Mary’s College
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Tel: (213) 477-2500
National University Nursing School Review
National University (NU) was established in 1971 as a non-profit making institution. The university offers various academic programs to students from all over the world. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate (masters) programs to enrolled students and it has been ranked as one of the top ten Universities in the United States in granting master degrees to women.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
This course if offered to registered and licensed nurses who want to proceed to a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The course will prepare the students in conducting accurate nursing diagnoses, planning, implementing nursing diagnoses, management of multiple patients and communication with patients and families within the health care fraternity.
Course Admission Requirements
In order to be accepted for admission into BSN, the students must meet these criteria points: The student must complete an undergraduate admission process and must be in possession of a current and active license to practice as a registered nurse. Students should also be required to obtain a score of 2.75 as their grade point average; or the equivalent in the nursing program. In some cases the student will be required to be a current or recent graduate of a nursing associate degree in order to be admitted into the BSN program. The student will be required to submit the nursing program’s application and attend a pre-nursing program information forum. In addition, the student will be required to complete all the prerequisites courses, take the essential skills test and finally complete a passed written proctored essay.
Licensed Registered Nurses who might not have an associate degree may still be admitted into BSN by successfully completing and passing the basic education requirements which may include some theory and practical lessons in anatomy, physiology, physical, biological sciences and basic nursing education program among others.
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
This course is specifically designed for students seeking basic preparation in order to be ready for the Nevada exam and licensure for registered nursing.
Have successfully completed the university’s undergraduate process and must also attend a successful pre-nursing forum that is organized by the university. The student must have gained a GPA of 3.0 for all the sciences and mathematics courses or accumulative GPA of 2.75 from an accredited institution that he/she attended. In some cases the student will be required to achieve a score of minimum 70 points on the Essential Skills Test and TOEFL for those whose main language is not English. It should be noted clearly that meeting all the admission requirements does not automatically guarantee the student’s admission into the specific nursing program.
Accelerated Post Bachelor Degree – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
This degree program is designed for those with a bachelor’s degree in arts or sciences and would like to be prepared for licensure as a registered nurse at the same time studying towards earning a Bachelor of Science – Nursing degree. Admission requirements are the same as those in Associate of Science in Nursing program. In all programs, for the students to receive BSN, they must complete a minimum of 108 units per quarter where 45 must be successfully completed in National University.
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (LVN to BSN)
This program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education and it meets the requirements for certification in the state of California. This program aims to allow the students to provide accurate nursing diagnoses and collect accurate data; as well as manage multiple patients and assume an ethical and professional working manner. To be accepted into this program, students must be a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and hold a current certification. Students will need to complete at least 180 study units of which 45 will be as a resident.
LVN to RN
LVN’s who want to take the minimum number of units that is required for the licensure exam can take this option. LVN’s that select the 30-Unit option should consult with the Chair of the Department of Nursing for a personalized consultation. Students need to complete specific study units to receive certification; including the completion of 40.5 study units.
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
This program aims to teach students the fundamentals on anesthesia care delivery. The study curriculum is divided into two parts; which comprises of didactic instruction, and clinical practice. Students are required to hold a current Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in order to be accepted into the program.
11255 North Torrey Pines Road
Tel: (800) NAT-UNIV
Ohlone College Nursing Program Review
The Ohlone Community College is one of the leading colleges in California. Ohlone College is an institution that aims to deliver on new innovations; and provide continuous improvement within all its divisions and departments. This college serves its local population and currently offers more than 160 degree and academic programs.
Registered Nursing Program
There are several aspects to this Registered Nursing (RN) Program; such as the “Human Simulator” which is a practical instruction and the clinical learning sites that Ohlone offers. These two features provide additional learning resources that help students to pass their exams with ease. In this Nursing Course you will also have the opportunity to study with students from various multi-cultural ethnicities.
Before you enroll in the Registered Nursing Program, you must meet their requirements. These include the following: You have to complete the Classic Course at Ohlone College, or have completed an equivalent course at another institution. Some of the Classic Course prerequisites are ENG 101A (Reading and Written Composition) as well as ENG-163 or 167 (College Reading Techniques). Prospective students should also have completed various other courses such as Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology.
Associate of Science – A.S. Degree
This degree program will prepare students for working directly with patients; such as in long term care institutions, hospitals and clinics. Students will undertake basic nursing and support courses during their first year; to support their major. Courses will become more structured and specific as the second year commences; focusing on patients ranging from infants to elders. There are no specific certificates for this major; and this course prepares students for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, which will help to prepare them for the title of Registered Nurse (R.N.).
In order for students to be accepted into the A.S. Degree, they must ensure that they have completed at least 12 prior study units at Ohlone College; and that they have completed a major field with a grade of C or better.
Generic RN Transfer
Students who completed their R.N. Program at a different college may apply; and they will receive transfer credits for their course work. Credits are rewarded for Nursing Support Courses, as well as General Education Courses.
With this placement option, Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN’s) as well as Psychiatric Technicians (Psych Tech) with a license in California may be accepted into the nursing program, should there be space available for them to do so. As part of the selection process of the College, students need to have a valid LVN License, completed all the educational prerequisites, and have a minimum of one year working experience as a LVN or a Psych Tech.
Alternative Options for LVN Students
LVN’s might be eligible to take the RN licensed exam (NCLEX-RN) if they have successfully completed 30 study units. These students however, will only be licensed in California and they will need the AS Degree to be licensed in other States.
Ohlone College Fremont Campus
43600 Mission Boulevard
Ohlone College Newark Center
39399 Cherry Street
Pacific Union College Nursing Program Review
Pacific Union College (PUC) is a community education institution that aims to prepare students to be enthusiastic and productive in their chosen careers. PUC is located close to the Napa Valley, just 17 miles to the north of San Francisco. This college has also ranked as the top of its category as the “Best College” for 17 consecutive years.
Associate of Science (A.S) in Nursing
In order to be accepted for this nursing degree program, students need to complete various prerequisite classes; including Intermediate Algebra, English, Anatomy and Chemistry. Applications are received and evaluated for the next quarter; provided that all prerequisites have been met. Eligibility is divided into classes, and grades. As for grades, students need to achieve a minimum of 2.7 Grade Point Average (GPA) to be accepted; and preference will go towards students with a grade of 3.0 and higher.
Major in Nursing, B.S.N and A.S Degrees (Two Step Program)
This degree aims to prepare students to function successfully as nursing professionals in their own capacity. AS graduates are able to also qualify as Registered Nurses (RN’s) after they have passed the examination for licensing in their respective State. The College also provides an LVN to RN AS program at the Air Force Base in Travis for students who want to grow as a professional nurse. Classes are divided into week days and weekends to accommodate all students.
A.S Program Admission Requirements
Required admissions are those explained above in effect during the year of the student’s admission to the nursing program. The Nursing Department has rights to admit or deny admission to each individual based on the evaluation.
Each individual must submit an application for admission to the Nursing Department accompanied by $30 of application fee. Both of the Admission Committee and the applicants may request for an interview.
Major in Nursing BSN Degree – for Registered Nurses (RN’s) Only
This degree program has been designed to accommodate the working professionals. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses may be taken on a full time or a part time basis at the convenient Angwin Campus; or students can choose part time study at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. All of the students can plan their individual clinical hours and also participate in the selection of mentors. The clinical sites may be arranged with local hospital in the student’s hometown.
In addition to the part time option, there is also a full time option for the RN to BSN students; and students who do not met the criteria for full time classes will be considered for part time study.
LVN to RN AS Program
For this program, students are required to meet certain basic prerequisites; including passing various cognate courses. These courses include nutrition, public speaking, general microbiology and sociology. This program also requires 41 hours of course work and a total of 115 hours will be taken to qualify for the degree. Students will also need to undergo a routine health check and be cleared before acceptance into this program. This health check is standard for all nursing programs at the College.
Pacific Union College
One Angwin Avenue
Angwin, CA 94508
Tel: (707) 965-7606
Palomar College Nursing Program Review
Palomar College is a two year public community college. For now they have about 30,000 students for both full-time and part-time. All of the Residents of Californian students are only charged by $36 per unit. They may choose from over 200 degree and certificates programs, spend the first two year of a Bachelor Degree, or take a personal enrichment classes for lifelong learning.
General Information for Nursing Education (NURS)
This program is concentrates to provide direct nursing care to any patient in the hospital or any other health agencies. Their curriculum includes nursing coursework, basic education, and nursing clinical practice.
The College offers two Associate Degree options for students that are interested in Nursing as a career. The first one is the Associate in Arts (AA). It is meets the requirement of title V, and the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). And the second one is the Associate in Science (AS). It is meets the requirements of title V, BRN.
To be eligible for consideration of the admission to the Nursing Program all of the applicants must attend an orientation meeting, be eligible to be accepted at the College, have proof of their graduation in high school, have a 2.5 average GPA score, and pass the TEAS test with more than 65%.
Associate in Arts (AA) in Nursing – Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN’s)
The advanced standings for a LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) are based on the following:
- Graduated from an accredited LVN/LPN program.
- Meet all of the prerequisites for college admission.
- Successfully complete the NURS 110.
All of the students will have two academic years to spend in the nursing program just after completion of NURS 110. And they will be given any credit for previous vocational nursing education which is equivalent to 18 units’ right after they have successfully completed the AA nursing program.
Associate in Science (AS) in Nursing for LVNs
All of the advanced standings for LVNs in AS is just the same as specified in the AA in Nursing. When the students have successfully completed the AS in Nursing Program, they will be credited for previous nursing programs just like in the AA program.
Non-Degree for Licensed Vocational Nurses – 30 Unit Option (LVN to RN)
Students who are signing up for the 30 unit Non-Degree option are eligible to be accepted for the NCLEX-RN Examination (National Council of Licensure Examination). They will be licensed as an RN by the California Board of Registered Nursing. They also may earn Associate in Arts Degree in general studies.
AA or AS Degree in Nursing for Diploma RNs
The students must meet the following requirements:
- Must present a valid and active California RN license to be verified by the Nursing Education Department.
- Must have an official transcript of the diploma school coursework.
- One of these units must be completed: NURS 203, Nursing Foundation II.
The student will receive a credit for 38 coursework units that have been completed in the diploma school for nursing when the student has completed the General Education Requirements for AA or AS.
Diploma RN to ADN
In order to be accepted for this program, students need to have a current California RN License that can be verified by the Nursing Education Department. Students also need to complete specifically the Multicultural Requirement as well as the Health Education 100 unit. This program aims to facilitate the advancement of Diploma Nurses.
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, California 92069-1487
United States of America
Point Loma Nazarene University Nursing School Review
Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) was founded in1902 and serves more than 3,500 students currently; and at the moment has more than 50 undergraduate programs available for study. They have regional centers in Arcadia, San Diego, and the Inland Empire.
The Point Loma Nazarene University Medical School has an overall acceptance rate of more than 90%. This University is also nationally recognized for its leadership in the area of sustainable development and has been awarded the national championship in the Debate Association.
Undergraduate Bachelor of Science Program (BSN)
The application for Undergraduate Program at PLNU will be available on December 1 of each year and will meet its deadline on February 1. All of the students are only admitted to nursing and pre-nursing annually in the fall. LVNs and RNs licensed in the State of California are accepted into the program with advanced standing based on transfer of credit and credit-by-examination. The students will need 4 years to complete the program if prerequisites are completed in one year, and 5 years to complete the program if prerequisites are completed in two years. The BSN program of the PLNU has some features of the following:
- The PHN (Public Health Nurse) certification will be available when the student completed the degree and obtains RN licensure.
- International Nursing: Cross-cultural experiences for either seniors or juniors are available on off campus.
- Health Promotion Center: The students will gain much experience while helping others at PLNU’s free clinic.
BSN Program Admission Requirements
The students will be eligible for PLNU Nursing program when they are meets the following:
- Acceptance to PLNU as pre-nursing major.
- Submission of a School of Nursing application for the nursing program.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher.
- Completion of the following prerequisites with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each one :
- Organic Chemistry
- Human Physiology and Anatomy
- General Human Psychology
- Algebra at College Level
- Human Development
- Transfer students must have completed all prerequisite courses completed when they apply to this BSN program.
All of the students must have evidence that they are physically and emotionally have an ability to perform required duties. And per the agreement with the SDNSEC (San Diego Nursing Service Education Consortium) and their affiliated network of hospitals, the students will be required to take a mandatory background check as well as a thorough drug screening test.
Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN)
The graduated students of the PLNU’s nursing programs have some nursing professional options of the following:
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) course options within mental health, family health, and medical or surgery.
- Post-MSN degree certificates for nurse educator and also CNS.
This University has a couple of offers in the Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) which in the following:
- MSN focusing on Nursing Education
- MSN with CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) areas that include: Mental Health, Family Health, Gerontology, Medical/Surgical
- Post-MSN for Nurse Educators Certification
- Post-MSN CNS Certification (Clinical Nurse Specialists)
Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma campus
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106-2810
Tel: (619) 849-2200
Fax (619) 849-2579
Riverside Community College Nursing Program Review
Riverside Community College (RCC) serves more than 19,000 students each semester. First established in 1916, it has become a landmark for downtown Riverside, and one of California’s leading community colleges.
Vocational Nursing (VN) Program
Licensed Practical (LPNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) are responsible for giving general care to patients with direction of a registered nurse, physician, or dentist. Students of the VN program will be trained to take patient vital signs, apply sterile dressings, assist with exams and treatment, and will receive patient health education.
Riverside Community College began its VN program in 1953. Students entering the VN program will attend either one year of full-time courses or two years of part time courses. This is a 51 credit program, and after completing the program, graduates are awarded a certificate and may take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed in California as a Vocational Nurse.
This program accepts 40-60 applicants in the Fall for the full-time program, and 30 in the part-time program. There is no waiting list for this program, and applicants that are not selected may reapply the following year.
Associate Degree Nursing/Registered Nursing (ADN/RN)
The ADN program at RCC began in 1957, and is nationally recognized as being number one for program completion in the state of California. It is a four semester, 72 unit program. After completing the program, graduates will have an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and may take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Those who pass this exam will be licensed as RNs in the state of California.
There are between 44 and 100 applicants accepted into the ADN program each Spring and Fall semester. There is no waiting list, and applicants that were not accepted are encouraged to reapply the following semester.
The ADN program at Riverside Community College is accredited and approved by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
ADN Advanced Placement/Transfer/30 Unit Option
Advanced placement and transfer students are accepted into the ADN program each Fall and Spring semester, as space permits. Any student wishing to enter the program past the first semester is considered advanced placement or transfer. This includes nurses who are currently practicing LVNs, and those who have taken a part of the ADN program either at Riverside Community College or elsewhere. Those that wish to enter the program with advanced placement and who do not currently hold a license may only do so during the Fall semester, immediately after completing the VN program. Those students must become licensed LVNs by the following semester.
There is also an LVN to ADN Flexible Program option available at Riverside Community College. The benefit of this program is that while it has the same requirements as the traditional program, the lectures are available in streaming video on the Internet, and may be accessed from anywhere. Applicants may apply to either the program, but those applying to the flexible program need to pass the Advanced Placement Exam as well. Applicants who are LVNs in underrepresented nursing groups and who work in partner facilities in the community will be given preference.
The LVN 30 Unit Option is available to LVN students. Students who pursue this course of study will not be considered RCC graduates, and will be considered to have a Nursing Non-Degree/Non-Graduate Status. This status allows students to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and to become RNs, but only in the state of California.
Riverside Community College
1533 Spruce St.
Riverside, CA 92507
Saddleback College Nursing Program Review
Saddleback College is fully accredited and offers over 300 associate degrees and certificates in 190 programs. Established in 1968, it has educated over 500,000 students to date, and is focused on helping students reach their professional, educational, and personal goals.
Students at Saddleback College can expect to learn from faculty renowned for its expertise and experience, and have opportunities for online learning, cooperative work experience, and study abroad to enhance their college experience.
The College is the ideal location for students looking to earn associate degrees and transfer to four-year universities. It ranks high among California Community Colleges for transfers to University of California and California State University, as well as other top California schools, including UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The Registered Nursing Program at Saddleback College is designed to teach students to become competent nursing practitioners and to encourage continuing educational development of the student. This is a four semester program, after completing the prerequisite courses. Upon completion of this program, students will receive an ADN and will be allowed to take the NCLEX licensing exam for the state of California to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Prior to applying to the program, students must be enrolled in Saddleback College and must have completed Anatomy, Microbiology, and Physiology with a GPA of 2.8 or better, and English with a grade of 2.5 or better. It is highly recommended that students enroll in the required core classes of Pharmacology, Gerontology, Psych, and Speech before applying. This will help to improve their multi-criteria admission scores and increase the chances of their success once in the program.
Students applying for entry into the nursing program will be selected using the multi-criteria admission process. They will be ranked based on the points accumulated from a number of criteria, including related certificates and work experience, completion of relevant course work, grade point average in relevant coursework, prior academic degrees, test scores, proficiency in a language other than English, and life experience.
The Saddleback College Registered Nursing Program is accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and the National League for Nursing (NLNAC).
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN) Program
LVNs seeking to become RNs may enter the Registered Nursing Program after meeting the requirements listed above. In addition, they must take the Successful Transition to Professional Nursing course. During preadmission advisement with the Nursing Program Director or Assistant Director, they will be given their required core nursing courses and the sequence in which to take them. Students that graduate from this program will receive an ADN and be allowed to take the national RN licensing exam.
LVN to RN students may also complete the 30-Unit option to be eligible to take the state RN licensing exam. With this option, however, they will not receive an ADN and will not be eligible to participate in the Nursing Program pinning ceremony.
Other Health Care Programs
In addition to the Registered Nursing Program, Saddleback College offers a variety of other programs for those interested in a career in health care. These programs are also in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services, and include Emergency Medical Technology, Health Information Technology, the Medical Assistant Program, the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, the Paramedic Program, and the Phlebotomy Program.
28000 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, California 92692
Samuel Merritt University Nursing School Review
Samuel Merritt University (SMU), formerly Samuel Merritt College (SMC), is a private health sciences college in Oakland, California. It was founded in 1909, and currently enrolls 1400 students at the Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Mateo campuses. The university is full accredited, and has degree programs for nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and podiatric medicine.
Graduates of Samuel Merritt’s programs are recruited heavily, and have a high rate of employment within the first year after graduation.
SMU produces the most new registered nurses each year in California, and its graduates routinely achieve scores on license and certification exams higher than those of the state and national rates.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Students looking to enter the BSN program as freshmen will apply to one of SMU’s partnership programs at Holy Names University, Mills College or Saint Mary’s College of California for pre-nursing. Students who complete the 2 years of pre-nursing courses at one of the partnership schools are guaranteed admission to the BSN program at Samuel Merritt University. Those students will enter the university as first semester juniors, and will complete a 4 semester program to earn their BSN.
Samuel Merritt University will also admit transfer students from other community colleges and universities into the BSN program on a limited basis. Transfer students will be admitted as first semester juniors, and will complete the program in 4 semesters.
Samuel Merritt University offers an accelerated BSN program at all of its campuses. This program is aimed at students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. The accelerated program will be completed in 12 months.
Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN)
ELMSN Case Management
The ELMSN Case Management program prepares students to practice as Case Managers in a variety of facilities and settings. Full time students can complete this program in two calendar years plus one semester. The first four semesters must be taken as full-time students, but students may switch to a part-time schedule after that.
ELMSN Case Management is taught at the Oakland and Sacramento campuses.
ELMSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Registered Nurses (RNs) can take their experience and knowledge to the next level through advanced clinical training and education and become nurse practitioners.
Consideration will be given to ELMSN FNP applicants who have experience as a health care volunteer, worker, or who have worked with a nurse practitioner. Those who speak another language, especially Spanish, will also have consideration. Students also need to demonstrate interest in advanced practice nursing, academic preparation, and commitment to the underserved. Approximately 24 FNP students are admitted each year into this program.
After graduation, students may take the national certification exam through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Master of Science in Nursing (Post Professional)
For full time students, the Post Professional Case Management program is a 2 year (5 semester) program. There is also a part-time program, as well as an online option. This program is offered at the Oakland and Sacramento campuses.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
The Program of Nurse Anesthesia (PNA) at Samuel Merritt University is offered in partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northern California and is recognized as one of the top programs in the nation for producing highly qualified Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. About 25 students are admitted into the program each year, which runs for 2 calendar years plus one semester (7 semesters total).
Family Nurse Practitioner
The post-graduate FNP track is a combination of coursework and clinical practice. It takes 5 semesters, including summers, to complete it full-time, or 9 semesters including summers when studying part time.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
In keeping with the goals of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Academy of Science, the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program was introduced to Samuel Merritt University in 2011.
The DNP is a two year program for those who wish to evaluate data in clinical practice and provides advanced educational credit for those who are not interested in a research-focused degree.
Samuel Merritt University
3100 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA, 94609
San Bernardino Valley College Nursing Program Review
San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC) has been educating students for over 85 years.
Associate of Science Degree in Nursing
The SBVC nursing program teaches students to assist patients in achieving or maintaining an optimal level of health. Courses take place on campus and in local community healthcare facilities.
The nursing program admits students every fall and spring semester. To be accepted into the program, students must have completed the prerequisites of Freshman Composition and Intermediate Algebra with a grade of C or better, and Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology with a GPA of 2.75 or better. In addition, it is recommended to complete the Speech and Sociology courses required for graduation.
Only students that have been accepted into the nursing program may enroll in nursing courses. The program is 4 semesters long, and classes and clinical rotations are scheduled during the day and evenings, Monday through Friday.
If a student seeking an associate degree in nursing has a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-nursing subject, they will only need to complete the course work required for the nursing program. This includes the prerequisites listed above and nursing classes. They will not be required to complete any other courses normally required by the college for an associate degree.
Graduates of the SBVC nursing program are allowed to take the national licensing exam and become a Registered Nurse in the state of California.
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN) Program
The LVN to RN program was designed to help LVNs obtain their Associate of Science Degree in Nursing and to become RNs. LVNs may choose to apply to the regular RN program detailed above, or to the LVN to RN program. The LVN to RN program admits students once a year in the spring semester. Students must have completed the prerequisites listed above, and also have a current LVN license and one year of LVN work experience. They must also take the LVN to RN Transition course.
Foreign Nurses Seeking California Licensure
As space is available in the program, nurses who graduated from programs outside of the United States that are looking to become licensed in California may gain admittance to specific nursing courses if recommended by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). Students must apply to the BRN to receive a letter of requirements, and apply for admission to the Department of Nursing at SBVC.
Students may transfer into the SBVC Department of Nursing from another accredited nursing program if space is available and if the student had no more than one withdrawal or failure in a nursing course at their previous school. Potential transfer students must have met the same prerequisites listed above, and must apply with their official transcript, a recommendation letter from their previous school’s nursing program director, and the syllabi of all courses completed previously.
Credit from Previous Education or Experience
Students may transfer credit from classes taken at another accredited institution if the classes are equivalent to an SBVC course. Students may also earn credit by examination if they have knowledge in a nursing subject equivalent to a course offered by the nursing program. To do this, the student must show the instructor of the course they have extensive knowledge or experience. They must also have completed at least 12 units at SBVC or be a permanent employee of the college district, and they must be enrolled in the college to take the examination.
San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Ave.
San Bernardino, CA 92410
San Diego City College Nursing Program Review
Administered by the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), San Diego City College (SDCC) has been educating students for nearly a century. The college serves the downtown San Diego area and enrolls 18,000 students each semester. With more than 100 majors and over 100 certificate programs to choose from, San Diego City College has something for everyone.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
San Diego City College is dedicated to providing the opportunity for individuals to pursue the education needed for a successful career in nursing. Students in the LVN program will learn to care for patients in a variety of settings. To be considered for admission into the LVN program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, a valid, current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification from the Department of Health Services in California, and have earned a grade of 75% or higher in Health Care Essentials.
The LVN program is a combination of 42.5 units of classroom learning, as well as clinically based courses in health care facilities in the community. After completing the required courses, graduates of the program may sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
Registered Nurse (RN)
The RN program at San Diego City College is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). There are 50-60 students accepted into the program each fall semester. The students that complete this 4 semester program will earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Any student that meets the entrance requirements for this program is eligible to be admitted.
To qualify for admission, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology, and the associated labs. In addition, it is recommended to take the general education classes required for this program before applying. These include English Composition, Math, Multicultural Studies, Physical Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Communication.
In addition to classroom time, students will complete clinical course work and Directed Clinical Practice, which will be held in nearby health care facilities.
Graduates of the RN program will receive their ADN degree and will be allowed to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Licensed Vocational Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN)
Students that already have their LVN license may apply for acceptance into the LVN to RN program. Each year, San Diego City College accepts 8-12 students for this and the 30 Unit option.
This advanced placement program has the same prerequisite courses and general education course requirements as the ADN program above. Students must also take the LVN to RN Transition course. After admittance to the program, students will take 2 semesters of classes and clinical work, and will graduate with an ADN degree. At that point, graduates will be eligible to take the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN in California.
LVN to RN 30 Unit Option
The LVN to RN 30 Unit option is available for LVNs wishing to become RNs. With this program, students do not earn a degree, but are able to sit for the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN), and apply to become licensed RNs in California. However, students should note that under this option, their RN license may not be recognized in other states.
San Diego City College
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego State University Nursing School Review
Founded in 1897, San Diego State University (SDSU) is one of the oldest and largest colleges in the San Diego region, and is a nationally ranked research university. SDSU enrolls more than 30,000 students, and has 85 undergraduate majors to choose from, as well as 76 masters programs, and 21 doctoral programs.
The SDSU School of Nursing is accredited by the California State Board of Registered Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the American College of Nurse Midwives, and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS)
The BS in Nursing degree is a four year program. Admission to the program is based on a point system where students are assigned points based on their GPA in the prerequisite classes of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology and Communications, their cumulative GPA, their score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), health care work experience, and volunteer health care experience. In addition, students must have an overall GPA of 2.8 or better.
Once in the program, students are required to maintain a grade of 2.0 or better in all nursing courses. In addition, nursing majors must participate for two or more weeks in an international experience, in order to better understand global health, political, economic, and cultural challenges experienced by other cultures.
Registered Nurse (RN) to BS
The RN to BS option is available for students who already have an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing and who are licensed as RNs. The program is designed to meet the needs of the working nurse, with flexible class schedules and teaching methods. Students will receive credit for previously completed coursework, and will work closely with the Nursing Office to plan their program. Students must meet all prerequisites of the BS program to apply.
Master of Science in Nursing (MS)
The MS in Nursing program at SDSU is an option available to students who have a BS in Nursing, or a bachelor degree in another field but that also have an RN license. The MS program offers four different concentrations. They are: Advanced Practice Nursing of Adults and the Elderly with a specialization in acute or critical care nursing, Community Health Nursing with specialties in Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education with specialties in adult health, maternal-newborn and pediatrics, and Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems.
School Nurse Services Credential
Applicants interested in the School Nurse Services Credential must be admitted to SDSU as a post baccalaureate student. This program is for current RNs to become school nurses, and can be taken full or part time.
Post Masters Nursing Education Certificate
The Nursing Education Certificate is a program that allows nurses with an MS in Nursing to become teachers in classroom or clinical settings.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to RN
SDSU offers the LVN to RN 30 unit option. This program is designed for LVNs currently licensed in California to become RNs in 18 to 24 months. When the program is completed, these students do not earn a degree, and their RN license will not be recognized outside of the state of California. Students wishing to pursue this option must apply to the School of Nursing with their transcripts, a resume showing their work and school experience over the last five years, and two letters of reference from current or former employers in health care.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The DNP program is for the nurse who wishes to pursue advanced nursing practice in educational, administrative/organizational, and clinical environments. Developed in partnership with Cal State San Marcos, this program focuses on evidence-based practice.
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
San Francisco State University Nursing School Review
San Francisco State University (SFSU) was founded in 1899 as a two year teaching college. Today the university has more than 30,000 students enrolled.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The San Francisco State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs are offered at both the San Francisco campus and the Sequoia Health District, which is located at Cañada College and operated in conjunction with Sequoia Hospital.
Applicants to the nursing program must be either current students at SF State or transfer students. To be eligible to apply to the program, students must be eligible to apply to SF State, California residents, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, have at least a C or better in nursing prerequisite courses, complete the general education classes for the University, and submit their Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores.
The nursing prerequisites include courses in Microbiology, Physiology, Anatomy, Chemistry, Math, Nutrition, and Psychology.
Students who already have their RN license and want to complete their bachelor’s degree may apply for the Advanced Placement Option (APO) in the program. The APO will give students some academic credit for courses already taken, and offers flexibility in scheduling for nurses that are currently working. This course of study may be completed while going to school full time or part time. The length of time this option takes is variable depending on the student, but it can be completed in as little as a year and a half of full time study.
To gain credit for courses already taken, students will take challenge exams. Challenge exams are given at the start of the semester when the course will be taught. If a student passes the exam, they will receive credit for the course, but if they don’t pass, they must then take the course.
Master of Science in Nursing(MSN)
The Master of Science program in nursing is open to all RNs that hold bachelor’s degrees and can show they have completed the equivalent of all nursing content in the SF State Bachelor of Nursing program.
RNs who do not hold a bachelor’s degree may have to take additional courses through SF State and the partnering hospitals to meet the requirements and enter the program.
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree but are not RNs may enter the general Master of Science program and take the classroom and clinical courses required of the nursing undergrad students, which will usually take about five semesters. After completing those courses, students must sit for the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become RNs. Students must hold an RN license to be able to continue with graduate level nursing studies and earn a Master’s Degree.
Students in this graduate program may take extra courses for an emphasis as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with certification by the California Board of Registered Nursing, or an emphasis in Nursing Administration or in Community/Public Health Nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing: Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
The FNP concentration requires an additional 600 hours of clinical work and 19 units of classroom courses beyond the normal master’s program, and prepares the nurse for primary care practice.
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
The FNP Certificate is a post-graduate program for RNs with master’s and doctoral degrees. Candidates who complete this course of study are deemed to have met all licensure requirements to be family nurse practitioners as set by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This certificate is also recognized by professional organizations as certifying that national certification exam requirements have been met.
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco CA 94132
San Joaquin Delta College Nursing Program Review
San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC) serves the Stockton, California area, in partnership with the University of the Pacific. The Health Sciences Division at San Joaquin Delta College has seven programs for certificates and degrees in health care including nursing.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The ADN program is designed to prepare students to perform as Registered Nurses (RNs) using entry-level knowledge and skills in various patient care settings. This program is four semesters long, in the fall and spring semesters. There are no summer courses offered. Each semester, 60 to 70 students are admitted into the program.
Students are admitted based on multi-criteria entrance requirements including health care certificates and licenses, previous degrees, GPA in the science prerequisite courses, GPA in other courses, any repeats in science courses, volunteer and work experience relating to patient care, life circumstances, TEAS test score, and ability to speak a second language.
The prerequisites required for this program, with a 2.5 GPA, are Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Written Communications, Nutrition, and Algebra.
Graduates who complete the program will receive an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing, and will be eligible to complete the state licensing exam, NCLEX-RN, to become an RN.
Students that already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university may apply to the program after taking the nursing specific required courses of Fundamentals of Speech, Introduction to Psychology, and Problems of a Changing Society.
Vocational Nursing Program (VN)
The VN program gives students the entry-level skills needed to care for patients in a variety of settings. Upon completing the program, graduates will earn a completion certificate and are eligible to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. The VN program takes a calendar year to complete.
To apply for this program, students must have completed the program prerequisites of Anatomy, Psychology, Human Development, and Medical Terminology.
Due to the fact that students are in class five days a week (four days a week during the summer) and the program is 46 weeks long, students are advised not to work during the program.
Nurse Assistant Training
This program teaches students the knowledge needed to be a certified nurse assistant (CNA) in various long term care situations. Once students have completed the course, they will be able to take the state certification exam to become a California CNA.
Nurse Assistant training is a seven to eight week long program. Students will attend a combination of classes and clinical rotations.
Other Programs in the Health Sciences Division
Psychiatric Technician (PT)
Psychiatric Technicians care for patients in a variety of settings. This program will prepare students to successfully complete the state licensing exam and to become Licensed Psychiatric Technicians. This program is one year in length.
To apply for this program, students will need to take the prerequisite courses Anatomy, Psychology, Human Development, and Medical Terminology.
The Radiologic Technology program is a certificate program that takes two years to complete. Graduates are eligible for the national and state certification exams, to become Certified Radiologic Technologists and Registered Technologists.
Students enroll at Delta College and take their courses at San Joaquin General Hospital. There are no prerequisites for this program.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Students taking the EMT program will learn the skills necessary to practice as an EMT-1 and will be prepared to complete the California certification exam for EMTs. The program is one semester long, and includes classroom study, clinical observation, and skills lab components.
There are no prerequisite courses for this program. Students enter the program by enrolling in the appropriate Health Science course.
Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA)
Speech Language Pathology Assistants help patients with communication disorders and assist Speech Language Pathologists with hearing, language and speech screenings, as well as complete paperwork such as updating charts and keeping records. Graduates of the SLPA program will be able to apply for their California licensure.
There are no prerequisite courses for this two year program. Students will either be working toward the SLPA, Associate of Science Degree, or will already have a bachelor’s degree and need to finish the clinical practice to qualify for their SLPA license.
San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Nursing Program Review
The San Jose/Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) is made up of San Jose City College, founded in 1921, and Evergreen Valley College, founded in 1975. The District serves an area covering over 300 square miles, and enrolls 20,000 students each semester.
The District nursing program is administered by Evergreen Valley College.
Associate in Science – Nursing
The Nursing Program at Evergreen Valley College will provide the culturally diverse student with the ideal environment in which to begin a life-long career as a registered nurse (RN). The Associate in Science degree will allow graduates the ability to take the national RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN).
Students must be admitted into the Nursing Program to enroll in nursing courses. Once they are in the program, students are required to earn a “C” or better in all nursing courses, or they will not be allowed to continue with the program.
To apply to the Nursing Program, students need to have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have taken Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and English, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. The Associate in Science degree is a four semester program.
The Advanced Placement program is for California LVNs seeking to earn an associate degree and become RNs, and for students transferring from another state accredited nursing program. To apply, students must complete a request for advanced placement in nursing, and meet with first a Nursing Counselor and then the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, to determine where in the program they should be placed.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to RN Bridge
LVNs that choose to work toward the Associate in Science degree must meet the same admissions criteria as all other students seeking an associate degree. LVNs will be admitted as space becomes available in the third semester of the program. They must also take nursing placement tests to determine their priority in placement in the nursing program, and have a qualifying score on assessment tests.
LVN 30 Unit Option
The 30 Unit option allows LVN students to qualify for the RN licensing exam quickly. To apply to the 30 Unit option, LVNs must take Physiology and Microbiology with a grade of “C” or better, a Challenge Exam with a “C” or higher, a passing score on the TEAS exam, and complete the Role Transition course.
Students wishing to complete the 30 Unit option must complete paperwork stating their intention before they begin the program. LVNs will be admitted into the 30 Unit option as space becomes available.
Graduates of the 30 Unit option will be eligible to take the RN licensing exam, but will not earn an associate degree from Evergreen Valley College.
Students who transfer from another accredited nursing program must meet all requirements to apply to the Nursing Program, and must pass the diagnostic assessment test. They will be admitted into the program when space is available, and their placement will be determined after meeting with a Nursing Counselor, as well as the Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.
San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
4750 San Felipe Road
San Jose, CA 95135
San Jose State University Nursing School Review
San Jose State University (SJSU) has been educating students for over 150 years. A metropolitan university, this school is the largest college in Silicon Valley, offers over 134 degrees and 110 concentrations, and enrolls over 30,000 students each semester.
Students who enter the nursing program at SJSU can expect to gain clinical experience under faculty supervision in local health care facilities. This course of study will also give the student a foundation in professional education, enhanced leadership skills, experience in nursing theory, and help develop professional relationships with others working in health care.
Students wishing to apply to the BS in Nursing program must first apply to and be accepted by SJSU as a Pre-Nursing major. Students that have not yet been accepted into Pre-Nursing may enter the university as undecided majors.
Students must have at least 2 semesters of grades and be declared as Pre-Nursing majors to apply to the Nursing Program. To be considered for the program, students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their most recent 30 semester units. In addition, they must have taken Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, English and Statistics, and have a GPA of 2.75 or better in these five courses. They must also take two Chemistry courses and a Communications course with a 3.0 average or higher. Priority will be given to California applicants.
The baccalaureate program at SJSU is approved by the State Board of Registered Nursing, and is accredited nationally by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Those who graduate with a bachelor’s degree may apply for the Public Health Nurse Certificate.
Graduates may sit for the national licensing exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Transfer students may take their prerequisite and general education courses at another college, as long as they are equivalent to those courses offered by SJSU. The university maintains a list of articulation agreements and course equivalencies. For those courses not on the list, students may apply for equivalency consideration by submitting a Prerequisite Course Substitution Form to the university.
Bridge Registered Nurse (RN) to BS
Those who have experience in nursing, such as licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), RNs, and those who have taken courses in nursing at other institutions are encouraged to petition for advanced placement in the Nursing Program. Students must be at least sophomores at SJSU and Nursing majors, and have met with an Advanced Placement Coordinator. They will be eligible to begin the Advanced Placement Option after they have at least 60 units of transferable coursework completed.
LVNs that have earned a minimum of 30 units of transferable credit may enter an accelerated program for a BS degree at SJSU. LVNs may also consider the 30 Unit option, a program that allows LVNs to apply for licensure as an RN. The 30 Unit option does not, however, award a degree, and the RN license earned may not be recognized in other states.
Students that are graduates of foreign nursing schools and have transferable credit will receive individual assessment for admission to the Nursing Program.
Masters in Nursing
Students may enter the master’s program and major in Nursing when they have a bachelor’s degree in Nursing earned from SJSU or another accredited institution. If the school they attended wasn’t accredited, their prior classes must be assessed for equivalent content to SJSU’s BS program.
Students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing may be admitted conditionally, and will be required to take Community Nursing Theory, Community Nursing Practicum, Nursing Process, and Nursing research before they can be accepted into the program.
To apply to the program, students must submit a goal statement, resume, official transcripts, and references.
The SJSU Master’s In Nursing program has majors in Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nurse Informaticist. The University also offers a Post MS Nurse Educator Certificate and a Post MS Nurse Informaticist Certificate.
In addition, the following are the credentials and certificates may be earned by master’s students:
Audiometry for School Nurses
School Nurse Credential
Clinical School Nurse Specialist/School Nurse Credential
Post Master’s School Nurse Credential
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
SJSU has partnered with California State University, Fresno, to create a joint DNP program. The purpose of this program is to increase the amount of qualified nursing faculty instructors. Students must apply to Cal State, Fresno, and include transcripts, letters of reference, work experience, and a statement of professional goals.
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
Santa Ana College Nursing Program Review
Santa Ana College has been a fixture in Orange County for over 90 years, and is the fourth oldest community college in California. Recognized as a top college in the nation for awarding associate degrees to minority students, Santa Ana is a leader in innovative education. The college offers full semester, mini-semester (8 weeks), weekend, and online courses. More than 30,000 students each semester enroll in over 300 subjects offered.
Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
Option I – Generic Registered Nurse (RN)
The ADN program at Santa Ana College gives students the knowledge and practice needed to successfully pass the licensing exam and become a successful RN. This two year program will also prepare students to continue their education by transferring to a four year college and pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
The prerequisites for this program are to complete Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and English with a GPA of 2.5 or better in these courses. The courses must have been completed within five years of applying to the program.
Students may transfer credit from nursing courses or general education classes they have taken at other accredited schools. To do so, they must have earned a C or better in the general education courses and an average of 2.5 or better in the nursing classes.
Those that have prior experience in nursing may also earn credit through challenging a nursing course. Students may go to the Admissions Office to get a “Credit by Examination” form. A student must be currently enrolled in the course they wish to test out of, and must make an appointment for the exam within the first two weeks of the semester. If the student does not pass the challenge exam, they will not be allowed to retake it.
The ADN program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). It is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
Option II – Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to RN
The LVN to RN program is a one year program. LVNs may apply to the program by meeting the same prerequisites as for the generic ADN program. They must also complete the Role Transition course. LVNs will meet with the Program Director to determine where they will be placed in the program, which will generally be in the third semester of the program with 18 units of credit awarded.
Option III – LVN 30 Unit Option
To apply for the one year 30 Unit Option, students must be a current California Licensed LVN, and complete the Role Transition course.
RN Refresher Course
The Health Sciences Skills Lab at Santa Ana College offers an independent study RN Refresher Course. The Lab has over 300 instructional DVDs and videos, simulation manikins, and a 32 station computer lab. To participate in the lab, students must be licensed RNs in the United States, though their license need not be active. They also must apply to be a Santa Ana student. After being accepted to the college, they need to attend a one hour lab orientation and tour, and complete a practice session in psychomotor skills.
Students may register for the refresher course when they complete the orientation.
Other Health Services Programs
The Medical Assistant Program is designed to ready students to work in a health facility or medical office, and will earn the student an Associate Degree and Certificate. Graduates will work under the direct supervision of a medical doctor.
Santa Ana College
1530 West 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Santa Barbara City College Nursing Program Review
Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is considered to be in the top 10 community colleges in the nation. Serving Santa Barbara County since 1909, SBCC is an ideal choice for those looking for small classes, top faculty, and new facilities. SBCC offers a variety of degree and certificate programs, and transfer opportunities to four year institutions for baccalaureate degrees.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The ADN program at SBCC is structured to prepare nursing students to learn the necessary skills to be able to graduate, pass the licensing exam offered by the state board to become a registered nurse (RN), and to become employed by a hospital or other health agency.
The program boasts a 90% satisfaction rating by graduates. Of those that start the program, 75% end up completing it, and 80% of graduates taking the licensing exam pass it on the first attempt. In addition, employers favor SBCC nursing graduates and rate 90% of them as adequate or higher.
Applications to the nursing program are accepted all year. To apply, students must be high school graduates or equivalent, unless they already hold an associate or bachelor’s degree. They must also have taken Chemistry, Math, English, Anatomy, Physiology and Microbiology, and have received a course grade of C or better in each. They must have a physical exam and a background check, and receive a satisfactory score on the TEAS assessment test.
Those who have left the program and wish to re-enter, or want to transfer from another state accredited ADN program may apply for entry into the ADN program. They must meet all the prerequisites for the ADN program, and will be considered as space becomes available in the program. Any nurse that is required by the Board of Registered Nursing to complete required classes for the licensing exam will be required to complete the prerequisites and apply for the ADN program, and will be admitted when there is space available.
High school students at San Marcos High School Health Academy are encouraged to take advantage of the articulation agreement between their school and SBCC. They may take the four year pre-nursing program to prepare to enter the ADN program.
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) with current California licenses have two ways to enter the ADN program, either as an LVN to RN student (earning a degree) or in the 30 Unit Option (no degree). LVNs must have completed the same requirements as for the ADN program above, and are only admitted to the program during the spring semester.
Vocational Nursing (LVN)
Students pursuing the three semester LVN program will earn a Certificate of Achievement and are allowed to sit for the state licensing examination for LVNs. Students may also earn an Associate in Science: Vocational Nursing (LVN) degree by completing the LVN certificate program, and taking at least 18 additional credits of General Education classes to meet the Associate of Science degree requirements.
To apply for the program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a grade of C or better in Anatomy and Speech, be eligible to take English, and have either a current Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) license or recent CNA experience.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)/Home Health Aide (HHA)
SBCC offers the Dorothy D. Rupe CNA/HHA program, designed to train students to provide basic patient care, especially to the elderly. This is a one semester program when the CNA and HHA courses are taken concurrently.
To apply, students must apply to SBCC for admission, and be eligible to take English.
After completing the CNA class with a grade of C or higher, students are eligible to sit for the State Certification Exam in California to become a CNA. Students may take the Acute Care CNA course and the Home Health Aid course to gain skill competency awards in both areas. Both of these courses may be taken at the same time as the CNA course.
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
Santa Monica College Nursing Program Review
Santa Monica College (SMC) opened in 1929 and is now a bustling college with over 30,000 students enrolled each semester. Considered one of the best community colleges in the nation, the school is a leader in transferring students to four-year universities. Santa Monica College attracts students from all over the world to study and participate in its wide range of cultural and recreational offerings.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
Graduates of the nursing program receive an Associate in Arts – Nursing Degree and may sit for the state licensing exam for Registered Nurses (RNs). Students are encouraged to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree by then transferring to a four-year college.
To apply to the ADN program, students must meet the perquisites of the program. That includes passing the admission assessment exam, taking English with a grade of C or better, and Physiology, Microbiology, and Anatomy with an average of 2.5 or better and no grade lower than a C in anyone. Students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all classes taken.
About 40 students are accepted into the nursing program each spring and fall semester. If on the waitlist for the program, students are encouraged to complete their general education required courses, complete their Pharmacology courses, consider taking BSN courses in conjunction with California State University, Dominguez Hills, and consider using web-based programs, such as Plato (see below), to enhance their skills.
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and transfer students may be considered for advanced placement, based on nursing courses already taken. They must meet with a nursing counselor to determine if they are eligible. They must also take the Nursing Transition course, have a current LVN license, and meet all the requirements of the ADN program. There are limited advanced placement spaces available in the nursing program.
The ADN program at SMC is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and the NLN Accrediting Commission.
ADN to BSN/Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Santa Monica College has entered into an agreement with California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), to allow SMC students who have been waitlisted for the ADN program to get a start on their BSN/MSN degree. Students may enroll concurrently in CSUDH’s BSN/MSN program.
To do this, students must not be on academic probation, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their science classes and an overall GPA of 3.0, have good scores on their admissions exams, and have a C or higher grade in English, Philosophy, Math, and Speech. In addition, those students who are currently in the ADN program must be passing their nursing courses with a grade of B or better, and not have any academic statements of concern or correction.
SMC has a unique program available to students on the ADN waitlist. Plato Orientation is an online program designed to help students improve their skills in Science, Math, English, and Reading. Since the program is web-based, it can be used anywhere students have access to a computer with internet access and a web browser. Students can set up an individual study program, free of charge.
Santa Monica College,
1900 Pico Boulevard,
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Sonoma State University Nursing School Review
Sonoma State University (SSU) is located one hour north of San Francisco, in the heart of California’s wine country. Sonoma State is a small university and many classes have fewer than 40 students enrolled. The University offers 45 bachelors degree level majors and 15 masters degree level majors.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Students with no prior experience in nursing may apply for the pre-licensure BSN option. They will spend the first two years of the program as Pre-Nursing majors, completing science and general education courses. After completing all of the Pre-Nursing requirements, students may then apply for acceptance into the Nursing major.
The prerequisites for Pre-Nursing are high school or college level Biology and Chemistry courses at a B or better, an overall GPA of 3.5, and an SAT score of 4000. The Nursing major requirements are: overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, a 3.0 or better in Anatomy, Physiology, and Chemistry classes, Certified Nurse Assistant certification, an essay, and an acceptable score on the TEAS exam.
The Nursing program at Sonoma State University is highly competitive, with only 24 students being admitted into the BSN program each fall semester.
Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN
The RN to BSN program is for post-licensure students (now called the Post-Licensure BSN Program). It is structured to allow students to transfer credits from their community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program in order to meet degree requirements for the BSN. The curriculum will expand upon what the student has already learned and will result in successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
The courses for the RN to BSN program are designed to be flexible and are offered either as a combination of classroom and online (hybrid format) or exclusively online.
Nurses that have graduated an ADN program and have completed all general education requirements before starting the RN to BSN program can complete the program in as little as two semesters at Sonoma State, if enrolled full time.
To apply for the RN to BSN program, students must have at least 60 hours of transfer credit with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 30 units of this should meet Sonoma State General Education requirements, including English Composition, Speech, Critical Thinking and Statistics. Another 30 units must be nursing courses. Students must also be currently licensed in California as an RN, have at least 3 credit hours of Chemistry with a C or higher, direct patient care experience within the last two years or Anatomy and Physiology taken within the last 10 years, and have been admitted to Sonoma State University.
Priority placement within the program will be given to students who live in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Marin, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to BSN
Sonoma State University offers an LVN to BSN program in partnership with Indiana State University, in order to make sure that all California LVNs had access to a quality BSN program. Students take the program online from anywhere.
LVN 30 Unit Option
The LVN 30 Unit option is a state-mandated program that allows LVNs to become licensed as RNs. This program meets the requirements for LVNs to take the state RN licensing exam, although they will not earn a degree. Students seeking this option should be aware that spots are awarded when space is available, and there is no guarantee of placement.
Master of Science in Nursing
The MSN program is for graduate level nurses who wish to influence the delivery and practice of health care. To apply to the program, students must have a BSN degree or other bachelors degree, be a licensed California RN, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last 60 credits, and have taken a statistics course at the college level.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
The FNP option of the MSN program has an emphasis on an advanced level of primary care practice in a clinical setting. Applicants for this program must meet the MSN requirements above and have completed an upper-division physical assessments course (within the last three years), have completed a course in community health nursing, and preferably have two years experience as an RN.
Graduates are qualified to take the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) exam or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) exam for national certification.
Sonoma State University also offers a post graduate certificate in FNP.
Leadership and Management
The Leadership and Management option of the MSN program has specialties in Administration, Education, and Clinical Nurse Leader. This course of study focuses on concepts of financial management, leadership and organization and research application and use. Students applying for this option must meet the same requirements as the generic MSN program listed above.
Direct Entry MSN Program
The Direct Entry MSN program is for non-RNs with bachelor’s degrees. This program requires 18 months of continuous study, online classes, and studying undergraduate and graduate coursework at the same time.
To apply, students must earn a 3.0 in the undergraduate courses of Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, and Human Growth and Development. Students must also become a certified CNA before starting the program.
Upon graduation, students will be awarded an MSN degree and be eligible to take the exam for RN licensing.
ADN to MSN Pathways Program
The ADN to MSN program is for licensed RNs in California with a bachelor’s degree or higher to earn their MSN degree and be eligible for the California Public Health Nurse Certification. Students who complete this program will earn an MSN degree, but not a BSN degree.
Students will be assessed based on their nursing practice and educational background to determine which courses are still required for the master’s option they wish to pursue. Students may attend classes full or part time.
To apply to the program, students must be currently licensed RNs in California or scheduled to graduate from an ADN program and be licensed prior to the fall admission to the ADN-MSN program. They must also be admitted conditionally to the University as a graduate student, hold a bachelor’s degree, have a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 units of coursework, and show they’ve completed a college level Statistics course and the Development Across the Lifespan course.
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Southwestern College Nursing Program Review
Located south of San Diego, Southwestern College (SWC) was established in 1961 and enrolls over 20,000 each semester. With over 300 associate degree and certificate options, SWC has something to offer for everyone.
Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN)
The ADN program at SWC is a four semester (two year) course of study. Approximately 60 students are admitted into the program each Fall semester.
Students are admitted into the ADN program using a multi criteria point system. The multi criteria point system gives each candidate a point score based on their academic degrees and diplomas already earned, their GPA in related classes, life experience, skill in languages other than English, and assessment test results. In addition, students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the nursing prerequisite courses of Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. Students must also have a high school diploma or equivalent, be a Certified Nurse Assistant or equivalent, and demonstrate Math and English reading proficiency.
Graduates of the ADN program are allowed to sit for the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN). After passing, they will become licensed Registered Nurses (RNs).
SWC’s ADN program is accredited for the maximum time given by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission.
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Step Up Program
Currently licensed California LVNs are eligible to apply for the LVN Step Up program, a one year LVN to ADN transition. Students will be given credit for the first two semesters of the ADN program when they submit proof of licensure. They must also complete a transition course before they begin the third semester of the ADN program.
To apply, students will be evaluated based on the multi criteria point system outlined above. Students must also meet all the prerequisites listed above for the ADN program before they may apply. Graduates of this program will earn their ADN degree and be qualified to take the state licensing exam for RNs.
Vocational Nursing Program
The Vocational Nursing program is three semesters and begins every year and a half. There are spots for 30 students each time the program begins, and they must have met the program prerequisites to apply. The prerequisites are a C or better in college level Reading and Math, Anatomy/Physiology, Principles of Child Development, Fundamentals of Nutrition, and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course. In addition, students must submit verification of their CNA certificate and Hepatitis B vaccination.
All classes must be taken in sequence, and students must earn a grade of C or higher for each of their nursing requirements.
Students who complete the LVN program are eligible to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-PN) to become LVNs.
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program.
This program is for those who are interested in beginning a career in nursing, and is a requirement for entry into the LVN and ADN programs. This program consists of a class and a lab, and is offered four times a year. Students must pre-apply for the class through the nursing department.
Perioperative Nursing Program
The Perioperative Nursing program instructs nurses on operating room procedures. The program begins each Fall semester, and 10 students will be admitted.
To be considered, students must be currently licensed RNs in the state of California, or be in the last year of their nursing program and obtain the program director’s recommendation. Students also need to have recent (within the last 5 years) acute care RN experience. Students must be current on their vaccinations, CPR certification, professional liability insurance, and they must have a drug screening and background test completed before starting the program.
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
University of California, Los Angeles Nursing School Review
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has 27,000 undergraduate students and 13,000 graduate students, and is a magnet for the entire Southern California area. One of the world’s most respected research universities, it is also a hub for cultural experiences and world class sports.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing
The BS pre-licensure program in nursing was developed to get students ready for their nursing career. This is a four year program. Students will be allowed after graduation to take the state licensing exam for Registered Nurses (RNs).
Students are admitted as freshmen once a year into the School of Nursing at UCLA, and a limited number of transfer students are admitted at the junior level of the course. Freshmen should complete the UC Application of Admission first to be admitted to the school, then complete the Nursing Supplemental Application form. The Nursing Supplemental Application must include a resume detailing volunteer and work experience, personal recommendations, and a statement of purpose.
Freshmen students who are already enrolled at UCLA in another major and have fewer than 60 units of coursework with a 3.0 or higher GPA may apply for a change of major to the School of Nursing by submitting the Nursing Supplemental Application. These students will be considered along with incoming freshmen.
Students already enrolled at UCLA in another major and that have over 60 credits of courses completed are recommended to consider finishing their current degree and pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nursing, or looking at other RN educational opportunities within the state of California. By changing majors, students may find they have to take an additional year of courses to complete their studies.
Transfer students must complete their general education requirements at their prior school, and must complete the non-nursing prerequisites of Chemistry, Communications, Life Sciences, Math, Microbiology, Physiology, and Psychology, or their equivalencies.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Masters Entry Clinical Nurse (MECN)
The MSN MECN program at UCLA is designed as a two year, pre-licensure program for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another subject and want to pursue a master’s in nursing.
Graduates of the MSN MECN program are eligible to sit for the state licensing exam to become RNs, and to then work in nursing.
To apply for this program, students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school. They must also have earned a C or higher in the prerequisite courses of Chemistry, Epidemiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Statistics, English Composition, and Communication. They must also have a record of satisfactory scholarship, and three letters of recommendation. In addition, foreign applicants must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
This program allows students to take the Clinical Nurse Leader exam for certification, as well as apply for a Public Health Nursing Certificate.
MSN – Advanced Practice
The MSN, Advanced Practice program is what licensed RNs with baccalaureate degrees will take to pursue their advanced studies.
To enter this program, students must be licensed RNs with a BS degree in nursing from an accredited school. They must also have completed Biostatistics (or equivalent), an upper level nursing research course, an upper level Physical Assessment course, and an upper level Physiology course. In addition, they must have a satisfactory record of scholarship, usually maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better. Also, foreign applicants must pass the TOEFL.
There are a number of advanced practice specialties available in the MSN program. They are:
- Nursing Administration, also available with an emphasis in Occupational and Environmental Health, or as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA)/MSN
- Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, also with an emphasis in Occupational and Environmental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Population
- Family Population, either as Family Nurse Practitioner, or Underserved Populations
- Pediatric Population
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The PhD program at UCLA focuses on clinical nursing research.
The application for the program begins with an MSN, a BS in Nursing with a master’s in a different field, or a BS in Nursing. Students must have a 3.5 GPA or better, have taken the GRE in the last 5 years, be a licensed RN, have taken an upper level Statistics course, a graduate level nursing research course, and four letters of recommendation. They must also have passed the TOEFL if applying from another country. In addition, they need to supply a curriculum vitae, examples of their published nursing papers, and a statement of educational, research, and career goals.
The Post-Master Certificate program is for students who hold MSN degrees who want to obtain the clinical and educational experience to be a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or nurse administrator.
UCLA offers Post-Master specialties in the following areas:
- Nursing Administration
- Adult/Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Adult/Gerontology-Acute Care Program/Oncology Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s certificate
To apply, students need to verify an MSN and current RN license, have three recommendations, a statement summarizing their nursing and personal goals, a curriculum vitae, completed upper division Physical Assessment and Physiology courses (not needed if applying for Nursing Administration), and foreign students need to pass the TOEFL.
University of California – Los Angeles
301 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
University of California, San Francisco Nursing School Review
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is the only school in the University of California system dedicated to health sciences, and is a leader in education in health professions and life sciences.
Master of Science (MS) in Nursing
The MS program at UCSF is geared toward students who already have a baccalaureate degree in nursing. However, Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a bachelor’s degree in another field are still able to apply.
Applicants to the MS program in nursing must provide proof of their RN license and official transcripts showing they graduated from an accredited bachelor’s program. A GPA of 3.0 is or higher is desired, as is proof of graduate study potential and personal qualifications, through personal references and their work and volunteer history. They must also have one Statistics course, a minimum of one year of work experience as an RN, and computer proficiency. In addition, foreign students for whom English is a second language will need to achieve a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
There are a number of specialty areas in the UCSF MS in nursing program. These areas are:
- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
- Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (ACPNP)
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
- Advanced Practice Neonatal Nursing (APNN)
- Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing (APPN)
- Cardiovascular Nursing
- Critical Care Trauma
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing
- Health Policy Nursing
- Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing and Health Systems Leadership (NHSL)
- Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
- Oncology Nursing, Advanced Practice
- Perinatal Nursing
- Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
- Public Health Nursing, Advanced Practice (PHNAP)
In addition to these specialties, students may also choose to minor in Psych/Mental Health, Genomics, HIV/AIDS, Health Policy, or Global Health.
Masters Entry Program (MEPN)
The MEPN is a program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a program other than nursing. This three year course of study will prepare students to become advanced practice nurses, meaning they are experts in their area of practice and knowledge.
MEPN students begin the program with four semesters of foundation nursing courses. After the first year, they are allowed to sit for the state licensing exam to become RNs. At that time they will begin their MS specialty coursework.
Applicants must complete prerequisite coursework in Statistics, Psychology, Microbiology, Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology to be able to apply to the program. In addition, applicants must submit their GRE scores (taken in the last 5 years), four recommendation letters, official transcripts for all schools after high school, proof of graduate study potential and personal qualifications, through personal references and their work and volunteer history, and a written goal statement.
Masters Pathway Program
RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) but do not yet have a bachelor’s degree or higher may apply for the ADN to MS Pathway program. This program begins study at educational partner schools Golden State University (GSU) or John F. Kennedy University (JFKU). Students will earn their bachelor’s degree in approximately 18 to 24 months, and then will be eligible to start the MS program at UCSF. Pathway students will need to apply to the MS program at least nine months in advance of earning their bachelor’s degree.
To apply to the pathway program, students must apply to GSU or JFKU. Students will need to meet all the requirements for the UCSF MS program before they may begin their MS studies.
Doctoral Program – PhD in Nursing
The Doctoral program at UCSF is designed for those who wish to focus their nursing careers on being clinical researchers or academic faculty.
Students may enter the PhD program with an MS in Nursing, a BS in Nursing, or a BS in another program while enrolled in the MS program. Students who don’t have an MS degree when starting the PhD program may earn one after completing MS specialty requirements.
The PhD program offers research programs in Family Health Care Nursing, Community Health Systems, Physiological Nursing, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and a graduate GPA of 3.5 (if applicable). They must have a recent (with 5 years) GRE score, and be proficient in English. They also must have taken Statistics, and a Nursing Research Methods course. They must also have a valid RN license, have one year of nursing experience, and be computer proficient.
PhD in Sociology
The PhD in Sociology program centers on the study and research of illness, health, biomedicine, and the system of health care. There are four specialty areas of study:
- aging, chronic illness, and disability
- health policy, organizations and economics
- science, technology, and medicine studies
- race, class, gender, and health/health inequalities
Students applying for the PhD in Sociology must submit a statement of purpose, official transcripts, GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, an example of scholarly writing, and a curriculum vitae.
Once admitted to the program, students must pass qualifying exams at the end of the first and second years of the program in social theory and sociology of health and illness to be considered for candidacy to continue on in the program. At that point, they will write a review of a relevant problem, that will lead to their dissertation, which will be based on their own research.
Post Master’s Options
Post Master’s options are offered when available, based on the faculty resources. Offerings will vary, but the categories generally offered are nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, health policy specialist, and nursing and health systems leadership.
Post Doctoral Options
Post Doctoral study is in specific areas of interest to the individual student, and will be arranged by student request. Students will receive no academic credit or transcript, but they will receive a certificate of study when finished.
Custom Special Studies
The Custom Special Studies program is an individualized course of study tailored to the needs of the student and does not lead to certification or a degree. Acceptance is based on department approval, availability of a faculty advisor, and English competence.
University of California – San Francisco
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122
University of San Diego Nursing School Review
The University of San Diego (USD) is a Catholic school that was formed in 1972 when the College of Women and College of Men merged. The school has 7800 students and has six academic divisions, including the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.
Health Care Informatics
Health Care Informatics is the process of automating, organizing, and improving information transmission to improve health care. It means computerized patient records, electronic transmission of lab results, and increasing accuracy and speed of medical care while decreasing costs and errors, thereby improving overall medical care.
Health Care Informatics has three programs:
- Certificate in Health Care Informatics – students apply through the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies, and must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school, basic information management skills, and an understanding of MS Office products
- Master of Science in Health Care Informatics – students must meet the requirements for the Certificate program, and submit an application for the program, as well as take Statistics, have a GPA of at least 3.0, one year of work experience, three recommendations, a resume, and an interview
- Master of Science in Nursing Health Care Informatics – students must have met the requirements for the Certificate and Master of Science programs, and must have a current Registered Nurse (RN) license in California
Masters Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) for non-RNs
This program is for students seeking a new career in nursing, that have a bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-related field. Graduates will receive a clinical nursing master’s degree and will meet the criteria to sit for the state RN licensing exam. They will also have met the requirements to take the Clinical Nurse Leader certificate examination.
To apply to the program, students must complete the application, have a bachelor’s (or higher) degree from an accredited college with a GPA of at least 3.0, be computer literate, have three references, a resume, at least 100 hours of health care related volunteer work, have taken the GRE, and have completed the prerequisite courses with at least a B in the science classes. The prerequisite courses are Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, English Composition, Speech, Statistics, and Nutrition.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The MSN program is structured to build upon a student’s existing nursing knowledge and focus on theory, research, and practice. Emphasis areas are offered in:
- Health Care Informatics
- Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Executive Nurse Leader
- Clinical Nursing
- Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Dual Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner
- Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner
In addition, the MSN program has the options of Latino Health Care, Nursing Education, and Mind-Body-Spirit Health Care.
Applying to the MSN program involves submitting the application, resume, letters of reference, and official transcripts. Students must have graduated from an accredited school with a minimum 3.0 GPA, have a current RN license, and complete an interview.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing
The PhD program is designed for nurses who wish to follow a career in research. It has three routes to achieving a degree: BSN to PhD, post-MSN PhD, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to PhD.
The BSN to PhD program is an accelerated program for nurses with a bachelor’s degree. Students may pursue an emphasis in Executive Nurse Leadership, or Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.
With the post-MSN PhD, students with a master’s degree in nursing may pursue a concentration in clinical nursing research, knowledge transmission, or executive leadership.
The DNP to PhD program is for nurses who have completed their DNP degree and wish to also obtain their PhD. This is an individual, custom-designed program.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The DNP program is designed for nurses in advanced practice who wish to take on a leadership role in nursing. The DNP program can be entered by students either after completing their BSN degree or their MSN degree.
The options available for BSN graduates who wish to pursue their DNP degree are:
- Dual Pediatric/Family
- Dual Adult/ Family Nurse Practitioner
- Family/Lifespan Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Adult-Gerontology as a Clinical Nurse Specialist
The Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers nursing students the opportunity to gain international awareness and provide competent, evidence-based health care to vulnerable populations around the globe. Students have been participating in these clinical research missions since 2003 in various parts of the world.
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
University of San Francisco Nursing School Review
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and downtown, the University of San Francisco (USF) is one of the top schools in the nation for ethnic diversity and international student enrollment. USF is a Jesuit Catholic school with small class sizes, and over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The BSN program at USF is for men and women who are beginning their careers in nursing. Graduates will be able to take the state licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become Registered Nurses (RNs). They will also be eligible for the Public Health Nursing Certificate for California.
Course work in the program begins freshman year. To graduate, students will complete a minimum of 128 credits of general education and nursing requirements.
The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
The CNL is a generalist who provides and manages care for a specific group of patients. This program is for non-nurses who have a bachelor’s degree or higher. This program is six semesters long when taken full time, and students will complete a minimum of 67 units to graduate.
Registered Nurse (RN) Associate Degree (ADN) to MSN CNL
RNs that have completed their ADN can pursue this accelerated program to earn their MSN CNL degree. Students do not need a bachelor’s degree for this program. This program requires a total of 46 units to complete.
RN Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to MSN CNL
This two year program allows RNs who have already completed their BSN degree to work toward an MSN CNL degree.
RN (BA/BS non-nursing) to MSN CNL
RNs that have completed their ADN and also have a non-nursing BA or BS degree are eligible to apply to this program. This is a two year program, and students will be required to take 40 units of coursework.
The Online MSN degree is an innovative program that allows RNs with either ADN degrees or BSN degrees to work toward their MSN CNL degree while taking all of their coursework online, and completing their clinical internships in a health care facility close to where they live. Students are able to complete this program in as little as two years.
Post Master’s CNL
The Post Master’s CNL program at USF is a personalized program that is custom fitted to each student. Students will take a series of courses related to CNL competencies as outlined by the Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), after a review of their transcript. Depending on the student, the program will be anywhere from 9 to 31 units. Upon completion of the program, students will be allowed to take the CNL examination.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The USF MPH degree is structured to prepare students to be public health practitioners and leaders. This program requires 45 units of study to graduate.
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The DNP program is designed for nurses holding either a BSN or MSN degree. BSN students will take from 82 to 94 units, and will need four years to complete the program. MSN students will be given consideration for courses already taken, and their program will be adjusted to reflect this. Most courses are given in a combination of online and in person. Courses are designed with the working professional nurse in mind. Graduates will also have completed 1000 hours of clinical practice performed under supervision.
RNs with a BSN or MSN can pursue specialties of Family Nurse Practitioner and Healthcare Systems Leadership. Nursing executives holding an MSN may specialize in Nursing Leadership.
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street,
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080