Top Ranked Nursing School - Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles has few schools with programs in nursing. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

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School and Ranking Information

Students looking to study nursing in Los Angeles have a few schools available. The top three schools, according to rankings, awarded degrees in the field and choices for program level, are as follows:

  • Winner: University of California at Los Angeles comes in first place due to its high graduation rate, national rankings in various categories from U.S. News & World Report and for the success rate its nursing graduates have with the licensing exam.
  • Runner Up #1: California State University in Los Angeles secures first runner up for tuition rates, the nursing school's accreditation and for being a public school.
  • Runner Up #2: Mount St. Mary's College, located in Los Angeles, follows for the large amount of degrees it awards in the field, being ranked both nationally and regionally by U.S. News & World Report and for having an expedited program option.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of California - Los Angeles California State University - Los Angeles Mount St. Mary's College
Rankings 2nd for Top Public Schools, nationwide*
21st for graduate nursing programs, nationwide*
24th for Top National Universities*
38th for Top Public Schools, nationwide*
79th for graduate nursing programs, nationwide*
89th for Regional Universities (West)*
30th for Regional Universities (West)*
99th for graduate nursing programs, nationwide*
Location Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, CA
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $12,692 (undergraduate, in-state)
$35,570 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$12,566 (graduate, in-state)
$27,688 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$6,101 (undergraduate, in-state)
$17,759 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$7,627 (graduate, in-state)
$17,183 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$32,894 (undergraduate)
$9,425 (graduate)**
Nursing Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees
Nursing Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 239** 238** 255**
Most Popular Nursing Program in 2011-2012 Master's in Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing (164 awarded)** Bachelor in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (162 awarded)** Bachelor in Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (152 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 90%** 36%** 48%**
Noteworthy UCLA's School of Nursing Health Center at the Union Rescue Mission is the U.S.' oldest health center run by nurse-practitioners
The School of Nursing is affiliated with six institutes/centers Has a 3-year degree option for undergrads

Sources: *2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings, **NCES College Navigator

Winner: University of California - Los Angeles

  • School of Nursing has 47 tenured faculty members and 38 adjunct faculty members
  • For 23 years in a row, UCLA's hospital system has been ranked #1 west of the Mississippi River by U.S. News & World Report
  • Undergraduate nursing program is competitive, with the school receiving 1,800 applications for 35 spots

In 2012, UCLA's School of Nursing enrolled 594 students, 356 of whom were graduate students. The school, which has 50 full-time faculty members, awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nursing, as well as post-master's certificates. UCLA's nursing programs are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). According to the BRN, approximately 91% of UCLA's 2011-2012 bachelor's degree graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses on the first try, while almost 89% of its master's students passed.

Runner-Up #1: California State University - Los Angeles

  • School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and meets requirements set by the California Board of Nursing
  • CSU - Los Angeles had a 69% admission rate in fall 2011, according to NCES

The School of Nursing at California State University - Los Angeles offers programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The school enrolls about 200 graduate students and 400 undergraduate students in its nursing programs. Among 2011-2012 CSU - Los Angeles graduates, approximately 90% of bachelor's students and 96% of master's students who took the NCLEX-RN passed on their initial attempt, based on California BRN figures.

Runner-Up #2: Mount St. Mary's College

  • Health professions accounted for the most popular major among 2011 graduates
  • College offered the first BSN program in the state of California
  • Mount St. Mary's College is a Catholic, primarily women's school

Mount St. Mary's College offers Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. At the graduate level, students can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing with specialty tracks in adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, education, and leadership and administration. The college also offers a post-MSN clinical nurse specialist (adult gerontology) track. According to the California BRN, of 2011-2012 ADN graduates from Mount St. Mary's, almost 79% passed the NCLEX on their first try; of graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 86% passed on their initial attempt.

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