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MSN in California

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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in California

Each year, approximately 0.0% of California graduates receive degrees in nursing. That means an estimated 209 nurse practitioners graduate from California's 11 MSN schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California that has a MSN program is University of San Diego. University of San Diego, which was ranked 28th in the country in 2010, is located in San Diego. 54 students graduated with a degree in MSN from University of San Diego in 2010. Tuition at University of San Diego was $37,372 per year.

The second-ranked school in California that has a MSN program is Holy Names University. Holy Names University, which was ranked 52nd in the country in 2010, is located in Oakland. Students at Holy Names University paid $28,690 per year in tuition fees.

Point Loma Nazarene University, which is located in San Diego, is the third-ranked school in California that has a MSN program. It received a ranking of 67th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 59 students graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University MSN program. Point Loma Nazarene University charged in-state students $27,100 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at California's MSN schools ranges from $37,372 per year to $11,880 per year. But, the average tuition is $17,202 per year. The California MSN schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. University of San Diego - located in San Diego, students are charged $37,372 per year
  2. West Coast University-Los Angeles - located in North Hollywood, students are charged $33,544 per year
  3. Holy Names University - located in Oakland, students are charged $28,690 per year

The MSN schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in California were:

  1. University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus - located in San Diego, students are charged $11,880 per year
  2. University of Phoenix-Central Valley Campus - located in Fresno, students are charged $12,660 per year
  3. University of Phoenix-Bay Area Campus - located in San Jose, students are charged $12,660 per year

A MSN degree from a California school... what next?

A large number of California MSN graduates become nurse practitioners. California had 2,260 nurse practitioners in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of California nurse practitioners:

  1. Los Angeles County - 770 nurse practitioners
  2. Marin County - 260 nurse practitioners
  3. San Benito County - 250 nurse practitioners

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of nurse practitioners is expected to grow by 16% by 2018. There are projected to be 5,000 nurse practitioners working in the California then.


On average, nurse practitioners earn $80,160 per year. But, salaries for nurse practitioners can vary. In 2010, nurse practitioners made as little as less than $28,540 per year or as much as more than $122,370 per year in California. The following counties in California have the highest average salaries for nurse practitioners:

  1. Stanislaus County - $103,910 per year
  2. San Benito County - $89,260 per year
  3. El Dorado County - $87,780 per year

The following counties in California have the lowest average salaries for nurse practitioners:

  1. Orange County - $59,610 per year
  2. Los Angeles County - $64,250 per year
  3. Riverside County - $71,510 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional California statistics regarding a career in nursing. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as RN to BSN or RN.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing in California
  • Master's Degree in Nursing in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 2,260 $80,160 22.2%

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