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Nursing Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area

Research nursing schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, which currently has more than 25 colleges offering programs. Read an overview of degree programs, tuition info and program options for the 10 largest schools and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

The San Francisco Bay Area of California is a metropolitan region that has more than 25 colleges and universities with nursing programs. Of the schools presented below, the majority offer certificate or associate's degree programs in nursing. Several schools offer bachelor's degree programs in the field as well. Some universities have graduate degree programs in nursing available, although not many nurses require graduate degrees, unless they are going into administration or specialty fields. Besides classroom lectures, practically all nursing programs require students to participate in clinical training hours with real patients.

Career Requirements

According to the California Board of Registered Nursing, all aspiring nurses must complete an approved and accredited education program to obtain licensure or certification in the state. Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) only need about 1 year of schooling to meet requirements, while registered nurses (RNs) typically must earn associate's or bachelor's degrees to be eligible for licensing. Upon graduation, both types of nurses must take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to fulfill all licensing and certification requirements. The 10 largest schools in the San Francisco Bay Area that offer nursing programs are presented below.


California State University - East Bay

Located in Hayward, California State University - East Bay was named a Best in the West college in 2013 by The Princeton Review. The Department of Nursing offers multiple tracks to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The pre-licensure nursing program takes 5 years to complete and includes courses in nursing theory, clinic and skills. Individuals who are already licensed as RNs can earn their BSN in only 1 or 2 years, part-time. There is also a track for those who have previously earned an associate's degree in nursing.

  • Program Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,309 in-state; $17,967 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

Chabot College

Chabot College is a 2-year school in Hayward. The Associate in Arts in Nursing program prepares students to begin working as RNs. Coursework includes pharmacology for professional nurses, intravenous therapy, adult health and physical assessment. Current LVNs can work toward their RN licensure as well. They can choose to earn an associate's degree or enter the non-degree-granting track.

  • Programs Offered: Associate in Arts in Nursing,
    LVN to RN
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,138 in-state; $6,562 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

City College of San Francisco

The City College of San Francisco is one of the largest public colleges in the country. Both aspiring LVNs and RNs can find programs here. The Certificate in Vocational Nursing program prepares students for entry-level work in 3 semesters. There is also an Associate in Science in Nursing available that includes general education courses, as well as nursing classes like psychosocial nursing and the nursing of children. Graduates are trained to work in a variety of health care settings.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Vocational Nursing,
    Associate in Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,238 in-state; $6,270 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

De Anza College

De Anza College in Cupertino offers an Associate of Science in Nursing program that's open to both high school graduates and current LVNs. Prior to beginning the program, students must complete all prerequisite courses. The curriculum prepares students to work as RNs. An advanced placement program is available for transfer students.

  • Program Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,542 in-state; $6,357 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city

Evergreen Valley College

Evergreen Valley College sits on 175 acres in the foothills of San Jose. Students can earn an Associate in Science in Nursing while preparing for their RN licensure. In addition to general education courses, students take nursing classes including maternity nursing, fundamentals in nursing and basic medical-surgical nursing.

  • Program Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,324 in-state; $6,946 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

Ohlone Community College

Ohlone Community College in Fremont offers an Associate in Science in Nursing program to students who wish to become RNs. This 2-year program includes clinical experiences in Alameda, Santa Clara and other counties. Advanced standing enrollment is available for current LVNs, psychiatric technicians and transfer students.

  • Program Offered: Associate in Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,162 in-state; $6,394 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. BSN students can enter the pre- or post-licensure track. In 2011-2012, approximately 86% of BSN graduates passed the NCLEX-RN exam. There is also a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for BSN graduates who wish to pursue advanced practice nursing. Graduate core courses include advanced pathophysiology and diagnostic reasoning, program planning and financial management, and epidemiology and biostatistics in advanced practice nursing.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,440 in-state; $18,098 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

San Jose State University

San Jose State University is located on the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are offered through The Valley Foundation School of Nursing. In the final semester of the BSN program, students must work for 12 hours a week in a clinical setting. Master's students can focus on nurse educator, nurse administrator or nurse informaticist specialties. There is also a joint Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program available through a collaboration between California State University, Fresno and San Jose State University. This program is approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and prepares students to work as advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $6,852 in-state; $18,510 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa Junior College is one of the largest single college districts in the nation. A Certificate in Vocational Nursing is available for students who wish to work as LVNs under the supervision of an RN or physician. The Associate in Science in Nursing program prepares students to work in many different settings with ill and injured patients. Core course requirements include fundamentals of professional nursing, nursing care of the adult/older adult/psychiatric client and advanced care of the acutely ill.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Vocational Nursing,
    Associate in Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,278 in-state; $6,652 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

Solano Community College

Solano Community College in Vallejo is part of California's community college system. Prospective RNs can enroll in the Associate in Science in Nursing program. LVNs can enter an accelerated track. Prerequisite coursework in English and biology is required. Nursing classes include nursing of adults, medical-surgical nursing and maternal-child nursing.

  • Program Offered: Associate in Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,416 in-state; $7,326 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize suburb

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Nursing Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
California State University - East Bay 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Nursing$6,309 in-state*
$17,967 out-of-state*
Chabot College 2-year, public; midsize city Associate in Arts in Nursing,
LVN to RN
$1,138 in-state*
$6,562 out-of-state*
City College of San Francisco 2-year, public; large city Certificate in Vocational Nursing,
Associate in Science in Nursing
$1,238 in-state*
$6,270 out-of-state*
De Anza College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Science in Nursing$1,542 in-state*
$6,357 out-of-state*
Evergreen Valley College2-year, public; large city Associate of Science in Nursing$1,324 in-state*
$6,946 out-of-state*
Ohlone Community College2-year, public; large suburb Associate in Science in Nursing$1,162 in-state*
$6,394 out-of-state*
San Francisco State University 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing
$6,440 in-state*
$18,098 out-of-state*
San Jose State University 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$6,852 in-state*
$18,510 out-of-state*
Santa Rosa Junior College 2-year, public; midsize city Certificate in Vocational Nursing,
Associate in Science in Nursing
$1,278 in-state*
$6,652 out-of-state*
Solano Community College 2-year, public; midsize suburb Associate in Science in Nursing$1,416 in-state*
$7,326 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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