“Nurses in California are among the highest paid in the nation”(1) and with increasing gaps between the healthcare demands and Nurses available in the states, it is imperative that more people embrace the Nursing career pathways.

It is stated that California is expected to have about 45,500 Registered Nurses by 2030, the wide gap hugely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Considering the above and some other incredible benefits like fulfilling career pathways, career progression and others you get to enjoy as a Nurse in the state, you might need to consider studying Nursing and becoming a Registered Nurse in the Golden State-California.

However, it is essential that you find the perfect school to achieve your educational goals, hence this is curated to give you an overview of some of the best nursing schools you can enroll for in the state

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These schools are selected based on their reputation, academic prestige and perceived value, rankings (U.S. News & World Report), accreditations, programs offered and so on.

  • University of California–San Francisco
  • University of California–Los Angeles
  • University of California–Davis
  • University of California–Irvine
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • California State University–Fullerton
  • University of Southern California
  • California State University–Los Angeles
  • San Diego State University


Below is a run-through of each school of Nursing;

University of California, San Francisco

“The UCSF School of Nursing fosters excellence, diversity, and innovation in everything they do.” (UCSF School of Nursing website)

Over the past years, the UCSF School of Nursing is the No. 1 in NIH Research Funds Nationwide, the institution has been allocated more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other nursing school.

Programs offered include; Masters’s Programs, Post-Master’s Studies, Doctoral Programs, and Postdoctoral Studies.

The institution is ranked number 11
in Best Nursing Schools for Master’s in the U.S according to U.S. News & World Report.


University of California–Los Angeles

The UCLA School of Nursing is continually ranked one of the best graduate nursing schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report 2023 and it is the number one public university in the country.

“The UCLA School of Nursing aims to lead and transform nursing science, how nursing is taught, and practiced.” (UCLA School of Nursing website)

The school offers the following programs; Bachelor of Science, Master’s, Post Master’s Certificate, DNP and PhD programs respectively.


University of California–Davis

Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California–Davis is continually ranked among the top 25 institutions for graduate nursing program in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report 2023.

“Integrating the science and humanity of nursing and other health disciplines, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing leads innovative research, education and practice and prepares leaders who advance health, transform health care and ignite bold system change locally, nationally and globally.” (UC Davis Nursing School website).

The institution only offers graduate programs for Masters, DNP, PhD and certificate programs.

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At the UC Davis Nursing School, there is also a fellowship program- Betty Irene Moore Fellowship that Nurse Leaders and Innovators can take advantage of to develop themselves, the program also focus on building the next generation of Nurse Leaders and Innovators.


University’s of California–Irvine

The Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) at Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, University of California–Irvine is ranked as one of the top 42 graduate nursing programs in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2023 rankings .

The program also ranked number 27 among public universities in the nation, an achievement the institution takes pride because it is the 6th year of the program.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science, Master’s Entry Program in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing practice (DNP) AND Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in diverse specialty are the programs that are being offered in the institution.

The School “dedicate themselves to the education of nursing professionals who will improve patient care and promote population health, locally and globally. We strive to produce leaders in research, education, and clinical practice who will champion collaborative, compassionate, and interdisciplinary evidence-based practice.” (UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing website)


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University of San Diego

Established more than 40 years ago, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, University of San Diego is ranked among the best nursing schools for graduate programs in the state and the country.

The institution pride itself in “building an academic culture on belonging by preparing the next generation of nurse scientists, leaders, advanced clinicians and informaticists to meet humanity’s most urgent needs — with compassion and with intellectual rigor.” (Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science website)

The programs offered at the institutionare only tailored to meet the need of graduate students interested in enrolling for Masters, DNP and PhD programs in various specialty.


University of San Francisco

The School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco is a private institution whose “mission is to prepare socially conscious, innovative, expert-level health professionals who use their hearts, minds, and souls to change the world.”

The institution offers baccalaureate degree in nursing, Master’s degree in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) and other non-degree and certificates programs.


California State University–Fullerton

School of Nursing at Cal State FullertonWe educate and transform nurses to practice in dynamic healthcare environments with diverse populations

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California is one of the top spots Nurses target in the nation majorly due to the mouthwatering salaries ranging between “$90,490 to $140,684, with an average annual wage of $112,993 or $54.32 hourly” they can earn in the state.

Furthermore, the rate of employment and job openings in the state is quite high due to extensive shortage, the state being a bubbling one with diverse advantageous opportunities for career advancement amidst others are some of the reasons you can consider the golden state for your career pathway in Nursing.


This article is written by Mayowa Racheal Popoola
Nurse, Nurse-Wrter mayowarachealpopoola@gmail.com


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Abdullahi Suleiman a Certified Registered Nurse based in Nigeria, an Entrepreneur and Also a Blogger, passionate about Community Development and Cosmetic Nursing

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