Top RN Schools
1. University of San Francisco, San Francisco
The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions offers nursing students an undergraduate program that emphasizes the holistic education of its pupils. The Department of Nursing Education had its beginning in 1948, when the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution of higher learning, implemented a program so nurses at nearby St. Mary’s Hospital could earn four-year degrees. Today, the university still adheres to the Jesuit principle “cura personalis” (“caring for the whole person”) as it trains aspiring nurses.
2. California State University, Long Beach
A well-known publication has named Cal State Long Beach the third best public university in the west. The reputation for excellence is borne out of the University’s nationally recognized nursing programs. If you’re looking for a nursing school in California that will provide you with a broad range of courses and the opportunity to become well-rounded in your nursing studies, this is definitely a school that you should consider. A new 10,600-square-foot nursing building provides classrooms, teaching labs and a computer lab. You also have access to a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab at nearby Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
3. San Diego State University, San Diego
The School of Nursing at San Diego State University is one of the few nursing programs in California that admits freshmen. The website ValueColleges.com has dubbed it the sixth best nursing school in the United States. In addition to learning alongside colleagues from the Graduate School of Public Health and the Department of Gerontology, students have access to a Media Lab, a Nursing Fundamentals Skills Lab, a Health Assessment Lab, and the Sharp Healthcare Human Patient Simulation Lab.
4. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa
About the APU’s School of Nursing: If you’re interested in approaching nursing through a Christian perspective, the School of Nursing at Azusa Pacific University has much to offer you. Founded in 1899 as the first Bible college on the West Coast, the university has an excellent reputation as one of the most academically rigorous Christian institutions of higher learning. The school views nursing as a calling and teaches aspiring nurses how to care for their patients’ spiritual as well as physical needs.
5. University of California, Los Angeles
The UCLA School of Nursing has been an innovator in nursing education for more than 100 years. It is one of the few nursing schools in California that consistently ranks among the top 20 nursing colleges in the country according to “U.S. News and World Report” reviews. Thanks to research initiatives like the Center for Vulnerable Populations Research, the Center for American Indian/Indigenous Research and Education Center for the Advancement of Gerontological Nursing Science, the school is the 24th-largest recipient of NIH nursing grants. Undergraduate students can participate in an eight-week Summer Research Program, which allows them to be mentored by faculty members in their specific field of interest.