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California, CA - LPN to BSN Nursing School Program

Working as an LPN in California can be a great career, but for those wanting more diverse workplace opportunities, an LPN to BSN program is an attractive option. As a full time student, it is possible for a practicing LPN to receive a Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BSN), in five semesters, or under three years—with part time study options also available—and access a plethora of career opportunities that are not available to Licensed Practical Nurses.

Just like an Associate Degree, Nursing (ADN), a BSN prepares students for the national Registered Nurse licensing examination, the NCLEX-RN. Unlike an ADN, a BSN offers further opportunities for targeted learning in areas that are of particular interest to a student. From rehabilitation to critical care to nurse management, typical RN occupations are available with a BSN—however, a BSN leads to opportunities outside of hospital and clinical settings as specialized research work in both public health and corporate settings typically recruit BSNs over ADNs. From Cancer and pharmaceutical research to the instruction of Certified Nursing Assistants, a BSN provides the opportunity to go beyond patient care and delve into any number of occupational streams—and an opportunity to make a good salary as well. Currently, the average pay for an RN in California is over $67,000 per year plus benefits, and with a BSN, the opportunities for work in the private sphere can lead to salaries into six figures.

An LPN to BSN program usually has general education requirements, such as statistics and English, science courses such as microbiology, nursing theory courses and clinical study. Most of the program is, however, dedicated to nursing-specific courses that provide a wide variety of options such as mental health nursing, adult care, maternity care, pediatrics, medication and assessment, legal issues in health care and more. Indeed, it is through the extra time allotted to a BSN that an LPN can pursue the areas of nursing that they find the most interesting towards an enjoyable and personally gratifying career path.

California Campus Schools:

University of Phoenix
Campus Locations:   Honolulu | Salida | Woodland Hills | More...
Programs: Licensed Practical Nurse/ Licensed Vocational Nurse to BSN , BS in Nursing (RN Required) , MS in Nursing (RN Required) , more...

Platt College
Campus Locations:   Alhambra
Programs: Vocational Nursing Program*

West Coast University
Campus Locations:   Ontario
Programs: LVN to BSN , Bachelor of Science in Nursing , RN to BSN

Carrington College
Campus Locations:   Reno
Programs: Registered Nursing

Carrington College California
Campus Locations:   Sacramento
Programs: AS in Registered Nursing

California College San Diego
Campus Locations:   San Diego | National City | San Marcos
Programs: Nursing Administration (BS) (RN req.) , Nursing Administration (MS)

Unitek College
Campus Locations:   San Jose | Fremont
Programs: Bachelor of Science Nursing - RN to BSN

Online Schools:

Medical Career Institute
Online Programs:   RN to BSN

The College Network
Online Programs:   LPN/LVN to RN - AS in Nursing (Licensed LPN/LVNs only) , LPN/LVN to RN - BS in Nursing - Indiana St. - (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)

South University,Online Programs
Online Programs:   Doctor of Nursing Practice , Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Educator , Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing with a specialization in Adult Nurse Practitioner , more...

Norwich University - Online
Online Programs:   Master of Science in Nursing

University of Cincinnati Online
Online Programs:   Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration , Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner , Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist , more...

Kaplan University
Online Programs:   MS in Nursing , Doctor of Nursing Practice , MS - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice) , more...

University of Phoenix
Online Programs:   RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing , M.S. in Nursing/Master of Health Administration

Capella University
Online Programs:   MSN - Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited) , MSN - RN-to-MSN Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited) , MSN -Diabetes Nursing (CCNE-accredited) , more...

Ohio Christian University
Online Programs:   Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

California University of Pennsylvania
Online Programs:   RN-BSN Program in Nursing , MS in Nursing - Nursing Administration and Leadership