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Best 26 Nurse Practitioner Programs in California in 2021

August 12, 2021 | Staff Writers

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1

California State University

  • Fullerton, California
  • Graduation Rate: 83%

California State University, Fullerton takes the top spot on our list because of its affordable tuition and high-quality nursing practitioner program. CSUF offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to aspiring nurse practitioners. BSN and MSN degrees are also available.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $6,924 in-state; $18,804 non-resident
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California State University

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Graduation Rate: 76%

California State University, Los Angeles is well-known for its graduate nursing programs. Various Nurse Practitioner tracks are offered at the MSN level. MSN tracks are also offered in CNS specialties.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $6,768 in-state; $18,468 non-resident
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3

California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • Dominguez Hills, California
  • Graduation Rate: 76%

California State University, Dominguez Hills is a Hispanic-serving institution in Carson. It offers an MSN degree with several different specializations, including Family Nurse Practitioner. The other tracks include Clinical Nurse Specialist (Adult-Gerontology, Neonatal, or Pediatric), Educator, and Administrator.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $6,946 in-state; $18,826 non-resident
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4

San Francisco State University

  • San Francisco, California
  • Graduation Rate: 79%

San Francisco State University offers a top-notch nurse practitioner program at an affordable price. Its nursing practitioner program is a Family Nurse Practitioner track within the MSN program. The MSN program also offers tracks in CNS, Administration, and Public Health. In addition to the master’s FNP track, they have a post-master’s FNP program for nurses with a master’s degree seeking an FNP certificate.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,266 in-state; $19,146 non-resident
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5

California State University

  • Long Beach, California
  • Graduation Rate: 68%

California State University, Long Beach is well-known for its nurse practitioner program. As with many programs, nurse practitioner degrees are offered as specializations within the MSN program. These specializations include Adult-Geriatric, Family, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, and Women’s Health.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $6,834 in-state; $18,714 non-resident
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6

California State University

  • Stanislaus, California
  • Graduation Rate: 80%

California State University, Stanislaus is one of the lesser-known campuses in the CSU system, but it still offers a top-notch nurse practitioner program. The MSN program at the school offers a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. There is also a general MSN available.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,542 in-state; $19,422 non-resident
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7

California State University

  • Fresno, California
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

California State University, Fresno is one of the leading nursing schools in central California. It offers two nurse practitioner programs. The MSN offers a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialization, while a DNP program is available at the doctoral level.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $6,589 in-state; $18,469 non-resident
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8

California State University

  • Bakersfield, California
  • Graduation Rate: 65%

California State University, Bakersfield is a public university with a world-class nurse practitioner program. Its MSN degree offers a Family Nurse Practitioner focus. BSN and RN-to-BSN programs are also available.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,419 in-state; $19,299 non-resident
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9

San Jose State University

  • San Jose, California
  • Graduation Rate: 62%

San Jose State University offers one of the top nurse practitioner programs in Northern California. It actually offers two nurse practitioner programs, one at the master’s level and one at the doctoral level. The MSN degree has a Family Nurse Practitioner track, while the DNP is available at the doctoral level.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,852 in-state; $19,732 non-resident
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10

Sonoma State University

  • Rohnert Park, California
  • Graduation Rate: 97%

Sonoma State University offers another top nurse practitioner program in Northern California. They offer both an MSN/FNP as well as a Post MSN Certificate Program. The Family Nurse Practitioner certificate is a post-MSN program.

School Overview

MSN/FNP graduation rate: 97%
Post MSN Certificate FNP graduation rate: 100%
Tuition per year: $7,880 in-state; $19,760 non-resident
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11

University of California

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Graduation Rate: 91%

The University of California, Los Angeles, better known as UCLA, offers a leading nurse practitioner program. Its MSN program offers several nurse practitioner specializations. CSN specializations are also offered.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $13,240 in-state; $42,994 non-resident
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12

Brandman University

  • Irvine, California
  • Graduation Rate: 81%

Brandman University is the first private university on our list. It offers a well-respected nurse practitioner program at an affordable price. The specializations available include Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family Health, Pediatric Acute Care, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, and Psychiatric/Mental Health.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $12,440
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13

University of California

  • Irvine, California
  • Graduation Rate: 87%

The University of California, Irvine is one of the most prestigious public institutions in the region. Its nurse practitioner program is offered at the doctoral level. The DNP program offers a Family Nurse Practitioner track.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $13,387 in-state; $43,481 non-resident
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14

University of California

  • Davis, California
  • Graduation Rate: 85%

The University of California, Davis is a public institution with a solid nurse practitioner program. Its MSN offers a Family Nurse Practitioner track. Students in this track can also study to be physician’s assistants at the same time.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $14,495 in-state; $44,249 non-resident
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15

Charles R. Drew University

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Graduation Rate: 61%

Charles R. Drew University is a historically black institution that focuses on health sciences programs. Its MSN program offers a Family Nurse Practitioner track. An entry-level MSN is also available.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $13,972
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16

National University

  • San Diego, California
  • Graduation Rate: 13%

National University offers a wide range of graduate nursing programs. It offers a traditional MSN and a Nurse Anesthesia MSN. The Family Nurse Practitioner post-graduate certificate is available online.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $13,320
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17

West Coast University

  • Irvine, California
  • Graduation Rate: 75%

West Coast University offers a top nurse practitioner program in Los Angeles. As with some other schools on this list, its Family Nurse Practitioner program is a post-graduate certificate. It is not integrated into the MSN degree.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $26,645
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18

Loma Linda University

  • Loma Linda, California
  • Graduation Rate: 90%

Loma Linda University is well-known for its world-class medical school, but it also has a strong nurse practitioner program. Its nurse practitioner program is offered at the doctoral level. Loma Linda also offers a Ph.D. in addition to its DNP degree.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $35,180
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19

Fresno Pacific University

  • Fresno, California
  • Graduation Rate: 72%

Fresno Pacific University offers nursing degrees at several different levels. It offers an MSN and an MSN-to-FNP pathway. FNP students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through practicums.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $32,950
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20

California Baptist University

  • Riverside, California
  • Graduation Rate: 58%

California Baptist University is one of the top California-based private institutions for nursing. It is a Christian university, but students of all faiths can attend. It offers BSN, MSN, and DNP degrees.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $50,138
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21

Samuel Merritt University

  • Oakland, California
  • Graduation Rate: 98%

Samuel Merritt University offers a unique and innovative nurse practitioner program. Several specializations are offered within the MSN degree, including Family Nurse Practitioner. Specializations are also offered in Case Manager and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $50,138
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22

Azusa Pacific University

  • Azusa, California
  • Graduation Rate: 70%

Azusa Pacific University has an advanced nurse practitioner program. Four nurse practitioner specializations are offered at the MSN level. APU also offers a DNP degree.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $40,220
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23

Western University of the Health Sciences

  • Pomona, California
  • Graduation Rate: 69%

The Western University of the Health Sciences offers one of the leading nurse practitioner programs in the area. It offers a unique online FNP program. A DNP program is also offered.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $44,065
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24

University of San Diego

  • San Diego, California
  • Graduation Rate: 78%

The University of San Diego is one of the most prestigious private universities in Southern California. It offers a DNP program with two entry points. Students can enter after their BSN degree or after their MSN degree.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $51,186
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25

University of San Francisco

  • San Francisco, California
  • Graduation Rate: 71%

The University of San Francisco is a leading private university in Northern California. It offers a unique DNP program. This program was designed to be completed by nurses who are working full-time

School Overview

Tuition per year: $50,282
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Touro University California

  • Vallejo, California
  • Graduation Rate: 78%

Touro University California has an excellent nurse practitioner program. Its nurse practitioner degree is a DNP rather than an MSN. Graduates of the DNP program are eligible to take the FNP licensure exam.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $56,860
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Our Ranking Methodology

We used our proprietary formula to rank the nurse practitioner programs on this list. We took two vital statistics (yearly tuition rate and graduation rate) and put them into our formula to come up with a rating. If the school is a public institution that charges varying tuition based on a student’s residency, we looked only at the resident rate. Our formula takes the tuition rate and adds a multiplier that is equivalent to the percentage of students who did not graduate from the school. The resulting rating is used to rank schools from #1 (lowest rating) to #26 (highest rating). Here’s an example: ABC University has a yearly tuition rate of $30,000 and a graduation rate of 80%. Its rating would be 36,000 (30,000 x 120%). 

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