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2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in California

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

50 Colleges
$8,810 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$62,245 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree School for You

Nursing is the most popular major in California with 17,690 degrees and certificates handed out in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which healthcare program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Healthcare Degree Search has developed this Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in California ranking. Our analysis looked at 50 schools in California to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best value experiences for nursing students with the aim of identifying those quality schools that are more affordable than some of their counterparts.

When determining this ranking, we place a high emphasis on the school's quality as well as its sticker price. Even though a college may be affordable, it may not offer value. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

Our calculations use out-of-state tuition and fees in our nationwide and regional rankings. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Colleges.

Top 10 Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named California State University - Stanislaus the best value school in California for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Stan State is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Turlock.

Stan State undergraduate students pay an average of $7,542 in in-state tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at Stan State take out an average of $19,720 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $230, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

Stan State not only placed well in our value ranking, but it is also #5 on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California list.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California State University - Dominguez Hills. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California list. CSUDH is a fairly large public school located in the city of Carson.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at CSUDH are $6,946 a year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from CSUDH carry an average student debtload of $18,494. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $174.

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Out of the 50 schools in California that were part of this year’s ranking, California State University - Sacramento landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Sacramento, Sac State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Sac State are $7,368 a year. While working on their Bachelor's Degree, nursing majors at Sac State accumulate an average of around $17,638 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $176, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend California State University - San Marcos. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California list. Located in the large suburb of San Marcos, CSUSM is a public school with a fairly large student population.

CSUSM undergraduate students pay an average of $7,717 in in-state tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at CSUSM take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $23,516. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $259.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, CSUSM also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Sonoma State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value nursing schools in California. SSU is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Rohnert Park.

SSU undergraduate students pay an average of $7,880 in in-state tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at SSU take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $15,011. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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California State University - East Bay came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California ranking. Located in the suburb of Hayward, Cal State East Bay is a public college with a large student population.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Cal State East Bay are $7,000 per year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Cal State East Bay take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $18,849. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $174.

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California State University - Long Beach came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California ranking. CSULB is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Long Beach.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at CSULB are $6,834 per year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at CSULB take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $17,509. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $156.

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California State University - Channel Islands ranked #8 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California list. CSUCI is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Camarillo.

CSUCI undergraduate students pay an average of $6,802 in in-state tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at CSUCI take out an average of $18,520 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $153, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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United States University

San Diego, CA

United States University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in California list. USU is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego.

In-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at USU are $6,480 per year. Nursing majors at USU take out an average of $24,855 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $232, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California State University - Fresno did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the large city of Fresno, Fresno State is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an in-state undergraduate at Fresno State are $6,589 a year. Nursing majors at Fresno State take out an average of $20,189 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $201.

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Best Value Nursing Colleges in the Far Western US Region

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State Degrees Awarded
Oregon 1,627
Washington 3,747
Nevada 1,742
Hawaii 630
Alaska 153

Nursing is one of 34 different types of healthcare programs to choose from.

Nursing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 99,641
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Public Health 36,569

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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