Those in and around Los Angeles have a wide variety of world-class nursing programs right at their fingertips. Entry-level or advanced practice, L.A. has something for everyone.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

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 Total3,12310,473
NCLEX-RN Students Passed2,8229,619
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate90.4%91.8%

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 129 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • California State University, Fullerton - #32
  • California State University, Long Beach - #4
  • California State University, Los Angeles - #27
  • Glendale Community College - #28
  • Long Beach City College - #43
  • Los Angeles Harbor College - #5
  • Mt. San Antonio College - #49
  • Rio Hondo College - #31
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 129
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
(562) 985-4111
California State University, Los Angeles
  • BSN, MSN Campus
  • Top Ranked California Program: #27 of 129
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: #28 of 129
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
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

Los Angeles, CA Related Topics

Nurses working in a large metropolitan area, including Los Angeles, have somewhat of an edge when it comes to salary. Many times, larger cities have competing health care organizations that offer competitive pay for nurses as well as competitive benefits packages.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)'s May 2019 data, the average salary for an RN in Los Angeles is around $106,190 annually. The mean hourly wage is $51.05.

Nurse Practitioners have a bit of an advantage over registered nurses in Los Angeles in terms of salary. The BLS reports a national mean annual salary of $138,340 for NPs, and a mean hourly wage of $66.51.

It's important to recognize that these values are based on reported salaries, and many variables go into a nurse's salary. For example, many healthcare organizations are unionized in the Los Angeles area, and therefore negotiate higher salaries to match cost-of-living increases. Additionally, some organizations pay according to experience and education, and consequently, a nurse may enjoy higher wages. It's prudent to research each company to find out what wage and benefits package works best for the nurse, taking into account hours worked compared to the hourly wage or salary offered.

Los Angeles is an enormous metropolitan area in Southern California, and a prime location for nurses. Not only can nurses seek employment in the greater L.A. area, but nearby cities as well, including Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, and many others.

Many nurses gravitate toward hospitals as a place of employment, and Los Angeles has some of the best hospitals in the country. Hospitals such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente are some of the top-rated facilities. UCLA Medical Center has four hospitals including a neuropsychiatric hospital. In Los Angeles proper, Kaiser Permanente has three medical centers. There are also more acute care facilities in the area that provide employment to RNs.

The greater Los Angeles area has many outpatient clinics, urgent care offices, and other ambulatory care facilities. UCLA, for example, has clinics spread throughout southern California with multiple specialties available. Home Health positions are also plentiful in Los Angeles (there are over one hundred agencies!).

Besides working in acute or ambulatory care, nurses may also find opportunity as a school nurse, correctional nurse, or even in forensics and law. Additionally, with the proximity to Hollywood, nurses can also look for opportunities on a movie set.

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