Entry Level ADN, BSN, & MSN Programs in Los Angeles, CA

Direct-entry nursing programs for those with no prior nursing degree are available in a variety of formats in Los Angeles. The Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) is the most basic, but there are also direct-entry opportunities for those looking to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or even a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN).

LPN to RN Programs

For aspiring RNs with work experience as licensed vocational nurses, LVN to RN programs around Los Angeles and southern California offer an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in nursing and become prepared to take the NCLEX licensing exam. Pasadena City College offers a three-semester LVN to RN program that is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

ADN Programs

Two-year ADN programs, like the one offered through LA City College, prep students for entry-level nursing roles. Students enrolled in this kind of program take a mix of nursing theory and clinical courses. Choosing a school with favorable completion and pass rates is crucial; LA City College graduates boast high NCLEX-RN exam pass rates.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

With more hospitals requiring BSN-educated RNs, enrolling in this traditional, 4-year program right out of the gate is a wise idea. Colleges and universities all around the Los Angeles area offer BSN programs. California State University-Fullerton, for example, offers an entry-level BSN program for freshmen that includes courses such as Health Assessment, Foundations of Nursing Practice, and Community Health Nursing.

Find out more about California Accelerated BSN Programs

Direct-Entry MSN Programs

Entry-level master's programs, while rare, are available in the Los Angeles area. These programs are designed for students who already hold a bachelor's degree or higher in another discipline. Azusa Pacific University offers a fully accredited entry-level Master's in Nursing program that prepares graduates for certification as a clinical nurse specialist and/or nurse practitioner.

Find out more about California Accelerated MSN Programs

Los Angeles RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 Los AngelesCalifornia
NCLEX-RN Students Total5,23412,556
NCLEX-RN Students Passed4,58111,207
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate87.5%89.3%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Los Angeles

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Los Angeles based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for California out of 131 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • California State University, Long Beach - #4
  • Glendale Community College - #19
  • Los Angeles Harbor College - #9
SchoolContact Information

American Career College

4021 Rosewood Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 668-7555

American University of Health Sciences

1600 E Hill St #1
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 988-2278

Azusa Pacific University

901 E Alosta Ave
Azusa, CA 91702
(626) 969-3434

Biola University

13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639
(562) 903-6000

California Career College

7003 Owensmouth Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 710-1310

California State University, Fullerton

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-2011

California State University, Long Beach

  • BSN,MSN Campus
  • Top Ranked California Program: #4 of 131
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000

California State University, Northridge

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-2494

Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 860-2451

Charles Drew University

1748 East 118th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(323) 568-3304

Citrus College

1000 W Foothill Blvd
Glendora, CA 91741
(626) 963-0323

CNI College

702 Town and Country Rd
Orange, CA 92868
(888) 976-5120

Compton College

1111 E Artesia Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
(310) 900-1600

Compton College

1111. E. Artesia Boulevard
Comptom, CA 90221
(310) 900-1600

Cypress College

9200 Valley View St
Cypress, CA 90630
(714) 484-7000

East Los Angeles College

1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 265-8650

El Camino College

16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506
(310) 532-3670

Glendale Career College

240 N. Brand Blvd, Lower Level
Glendale, CA 91203
(800) 639-3384

Glendale Community College

  • ADN Campus
  • Top Ranked California Program: #19 of 131
1500 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208
(818) 240-1000

Golden West College

15744 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 892-7711

LA City College

855 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 953-4000

Long Beach City College

4901 E Carson St
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 938-4811

Los Angeles County College of Nursing & Allied Health

1237 N Mission Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 226-4911

Los Angeles Harbor College

1111 Figueroa Pl
Wilmington, CA 90744
(310) 233-4000

Los Angeles Mission College

13356 Eldridge Ave
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 364-7600

Los Angeles Southwest College

1600 W Imperial Hwy
Los Angeles, CA 90047
(323) 241-5321

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

400 West Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-7000

Los Angeles Valley College

5800 Fulton Ave
Valley Glen, CA 91401
(818) 947-2600

Mount St. Mary's University - Los Angeles

12001 Chalon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 954-4250

Mt. San Antonio College

1100 N Grand Ave
Walnut, CA 91789
(909) 274-7500

Pasadena City College

1570 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 585-7123

Pierce College

6201 Winnetka Ave
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
(818) 719-6404

Rio Hondo College

3600 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 692-0921

Santa Ana College

1530 W 17th St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 564-6005

Santa Monica College

1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 434-4000

University of California, Los Angeles

700 Tiverton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-8690

Vanguard University

55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-3610

West Coast University

12215 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 299-5500

Western University of Health Sciences

309 E 2nd St
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 623-6116

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Los Angeles, CA

Bridge programs are specialized pathways where current RNs can earn a higher degree. Typically these programs are shorter, as they take into account the knowledge and training the nurse has already obtained in their diploma or ADN program. RN to BSN and RN to MSN bridge programs are readily available at many Los Angeles area schools.

RN to BSN Programs

The RN to BSN bridge program is a popular option that can result in a bachelor's degree in nursing in less than 2 years. California State University-Northridge, for example, offers this program in both part-time and full-time formats. Financial aid is readily available for those who qualify.

Learn more about California RN to BSN Programs

RN to MSN Programs

RN to MSN programs are designed for licensed RNs who know they want to enter advanced practice nursing. California State University-Dominguez Hills offers an RN to MSN program for RNs who hold a bachelor's degree in another field. While some BSN courses are taken in the program, it does not culminate in a BSN degree; students earn just the MSN.

Learn more about California RN to MSN Programs

SchoolContact Information

Azusa Pacific University - Monrovia

606 E. Huntington Dr.
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 815-6000 x5386

California State University - Dominguez Hills

1000 East Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
(310) 243-2005

California State University - Fullerton

800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-3336

California State University - Los Angeles

5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-4719

California State University - Northridge

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
(818) 677-2494

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

1731 E. 120th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(323) 568-3304

Pacific College

3160 Red Hill Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 662-4402

West Coast University

12215 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(949) 783-4814

West Coast University - Los Angeles

12215 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 299-5500

West Coast University - Orange County

1477 S. Manchester Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 782-1700

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Los Angeles, CA

Those in Los Angeles looking to gain advanced nursing education have multiple options. Traditional MSN programs and post-master's certificate programs can help RNs become nurse practitioners, and doctoral programs in nursing (DNPs) allow nurses to reach the highest heights in nursing education.

MSN Programs

The traditional MSN is designed to be completed after a BSN. They typically take 2 years to complete and offer a variety of nurse practitioner specialties, including women's health, midwifery, adult-gerontology, nurse educator, and more. The University of Southern California, for example, offers an MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty. The program is delivered in an online format for maximum flexibility.

Learn more about California Nurse Practitioner Programs

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

For RNs who have earned an MSN but want to specialize, a post-master's certificate is a much more cost-effective option than earning another degree. California State University-Long Beach offers a post-master's nurse practitioner certificate in a variety of specialties, as well as one for nurse educators. These programs typically require less than 20 units to complete.

Learn more about California Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

DNP and Ph.D. Programs

At the top of the nursing education echelon, doctor of nursing practice programs are for those who wish to rise to the highest clinical nursing ranks. Likewise, the Ph.D. in Nursing is a pathway for nurses who want to earn a nursing doctorate in order to advance in academia. Those who hold an MSN are eligible to apply to Ph.D. and DNP programs, like the DNP pathways offered at Cal State LA. Students there are able to choose from a traditional post-MSN pathway or a DNP Nurse Anesthesia pathway.

Learn more about California DNP Programs

SchoolContact Information

Azusa Pacific University

901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA 91702
(626) 969-3434

Azusa Pacific University Monrovia

PhD Programs
606 E Huntington Dr
Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 815-6302

Cal State LA

5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000

California Coast University

925 N Spurgeon St
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(888) 228-8648

California State University Dominguez Hills

1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
(310) 243-3696

California State University Fullerton

800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-2011

California State University Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111

California State University, Los Angeles

MSN Programs
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000

Mount Saint Mary's University- Los Angeles

10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 477-2500

UCLA

Factor Bldg, 700 Tiverton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(310) 825-9193

University of Southern California

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90007

West Coast University Online

590 North Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(866) 508-2684

Western University

309 E. Second St.
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 623-6116
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