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California has a lot to offer in terms of nursing education. The state boasts 70 ADN programs, 73 LVN- to-RN programs, 22 RN-to-BSN programs, 38 generic BSN programs (plus seven accelerated BSN programs and 19 entry level master's programs for students with bachelor degrees in other fields) and 29 traditional MSN programs. Ten state institutions offer doctoral nursing degrees (DNP or PhD), while 22 offer NP programs. Nurses in Northern California will find a wide variety of options, from completing the BSN to earning doctoral degrees. Many programs are offered online, or have online components, and most are accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Institutes of Medicine 2010 report on the future of nursing calls for 80 percent of RNs to have at least a BSN by 2020 and encourages nurses to attain advanced degrees. Here is a list of Northern California nursing schools offering RN-to-BSN, MSN, NP and doctoral programs. Those identified by an * offer online programs.
*California State University-Chico
Programs Offered: LVN-to-BSN,
RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN
California State University-East Bay, Hayward
Programs Offered: BSN, RN-to-BSN
California State University-Fresno
Programs Offered: LVN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, school nurse services credential, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, DNP
Programs Offered: LVN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, accelerated second bachelor's in nursing (ASBSN), MSN, school nurse services credential
California State University-Stanislaus, Turlock
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN
Dominican University of California, San Rafael
Programs Offered: BSN, LVN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN/CNL
Holy Names University, Oakland
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN, FNP, MSN/MBA, MSN/Forensic Psychology
Pacific Union College, Angwin
Programs Offered: LVN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, BSN
San Francisco State University
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN, FNP
The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, San Jose State University
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN, school nurse services credential, DNP
Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing, Oakland & Sacramento
Programs Offered: ABSN, BSN, ELM, MSN, CRNA, DNP
Simpson University, Redding
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park
Programs Offered: BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, ELMN, FNP
University of California San Francisco
Programs Offered: MEPN, MSN (cardiovascular, critical care/trauma, gerontology, health policy, women's health, nursing * health systems leadership, occupational and environmental health, oncology, perinatal, public health), nurse practitioner (ACNP, FNP, PNP, NNP, ACPNP, MHNP), midwifery, PhD
University of California Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Programs Offered: MSN, PhD
University of Phoenix
Bay Area Campus (San Jose, Concord, Livermore, Oakland, San Francisco), Central Valley (Fresno, Visalia) and Sacramento Valley (Beale AFB, Elk Grove, Fairfield, Lathrop, Modesto, Rancho Cordova, Roseville, Sacramento)
Programs Offered: LVN-to-RN (Modesto), RN-to-BSN
*University of San Francisco
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN/CNL, MSN, MPH, DNP
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