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Continuing Education Opportunities

Check out these programs in Northern California to help continue your growth as an RN.

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,
CCNE accredited

California State University-East Bay, Hayward
Programs Offered: BSN, RN-to-BSN
NLNAC accredited

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
CCNE accredited

California State
Programs Offered: LVN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, accelerated second bachelor's in nursing (ASBSN), MSN, school nurse services credential
CCNE accredited

California State University-Stanislaus, Turlock
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN
CCNE accredited

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
CCNE accredited

Pacific Union College, Angwin
Programs Offered: LVN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, BSN
NLNAC accredited

San Francisco State University
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN, FNP
CCNE accredited

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, San Jose State University
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN, school nurse services credential, DNP
CCNE accredited

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
NLNAC accredited

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
CCNE accredited

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
CCNE accredited

*University of San Francisco
Programs Offered: RN-to-BSN, BSN, MSN/CNL, MSN, MPH, DNP
CCNE accredited

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