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Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of registered nurses, surgeons, and physicians. They measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, prepare and give injections, monitor catheters, give alcohol rubs and massages, collect samples for testing, and clean and monitor medical equipment. LVNs gather information from patients for physicians and insurance purposes, they teach family members how to care for patients, and some even help deliver, care for, and feed infants. Experienced LVNs may also supervise nursing assistants and aides.

In order to provide care to patients, licensed vocational nurses must possess advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pediatrics, nutrition, pharmacology, obstetrics nursing, medical / surgical nursing, first aid, and much more. To obtain the training and skills necessary to qualify for a positon at any hospital, nursing care facility, or physician’s office, aspiring LVNs must complete a state-approved educational program which typically requires about 12 to 18 months. LVNs must also be licensed by the state.

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Graduates of an accredited LVN educational program can expect a positive job outlook and competitive salaries. Expected employment growth for LVNs is 25% for the 2012-2022 decade. In the state of California, LVNs can expect to earn a median salary of $51,620 per year, which is roughly $10,000 above the national median of $41,540 per year.

Below is a list of accredited California nursing schools that offer some of the top licensed vocational nursing programs in the state.

Bakersfield

Cerro Coso Community College - Indian Wells Valley
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bakersfield College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Bakersfield Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 65.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Southern California Medical College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 50.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Cerro Coso Community College - Kern River Valley
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing

Fresno

Fresno Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Clovis Adult Education
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Fresno
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Inland Empire

Riverside City College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
San Bernardino Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)
Concorde Career College - San Bernardino
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Beaumont Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Copper Mountain College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Santa Barbara Business College - Rancho Mirage
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
American Career College - Ontario
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
College of the Desert
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North-West College - Riverside
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Chaffey College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Summit College - Colton
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 75.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)
Four-D College - Victorville
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 72.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Four-D College - Colton
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 68.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Nurses Educational Institute
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Palo Verde College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 66.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
UEI College - San Bernardino
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 61.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1 2013 through Q1 2013)
Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 56.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Sierra Pacific College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 32.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)

Los Angeles County

Jordan-Locke Community Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North Valley Occupational Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
West Valley Occupational Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
YWCA Los Angeles Job Corps
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Rio Hondo College
Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Citrus College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Career Development Institute
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Long Beach City College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Manual Arts-Crenshaw Community Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
El Monte-Rosemead Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North-West College - Pasadena
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
East Los Angeles Occupational Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Charter College - Canyon Country
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Downey Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Allied Medical & Health Services
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North-West College - West Covina
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Concorde Career College - North Hollywood
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Annenberg School of Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Pasadena City College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Beverly Hills
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Marian College - Los Angeles
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 77.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Glendale Career College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Lynwood Community Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American Career College - St Francis in Lynwood
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 75.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Marian College - Van Nuys
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Kaplan College - North Hollywood
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North-West College - Pomona
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
College of Nursing & Technology
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Angeles Institute
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American Career College - Los Angeles
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
University of Antelope Valley
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 72.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
CES College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Career Care Institute - Lancaster
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 70.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Homestead Schools
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 69.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Integrity College of Health
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 69.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Career College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 69.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Trinity Vocational Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 67.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Shepherd University
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Antelope Valley College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 62.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Premiere Career College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 62.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Preferred College of Nursing - Van Nuys
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 62.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Preferred College of Nursing - Carson
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 61.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Platt College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 58.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2011)
Valley School of Allied Health
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 58.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Saint Joseph's School of Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 58.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Advanced College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 55.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North-West College - Long Beach
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 54.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
High Desert Medical College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 53.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Central Nursing College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Angeles College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Infotech Career College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Valley College of Medical Careers
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 46.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Medical Allied Career Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 46.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Charter College - Long Beach
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Medical Career Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
American Medical Sciences Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
California Career Institute - Hawthorne
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing

Merced

Merced College
Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
WestMed College - Merced
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 55.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Modesto

Kaplan College - Modesto
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Modesto
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Napa

Napa Valley College
Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Orange County

North Orange County Regional Occupational Program
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
CNI College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Stanbridge College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Concorde Career College - Garden Grove
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American Career College - Orange County
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Pacific College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 71.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Everest College - Anaheim
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 70.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Career Institute - Garden Grove
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 70.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Summit College - Anaheim
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 64.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Casa Loma College - Anaheim
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 63.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Bethesda University
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 39.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area

Professional Medical Careers Institute
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Career Care Institute - Ventura
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Sacramento

Twin Rivers Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Sacramento City College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Carrington College California - Sacramento
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Kaplan College - Sacramento
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Unitek College - Sacramento
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 82.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Curam College of Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1 2013)
Charles A Jones Career & Education Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 64.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Salinas

Hartnell College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

San Diego County

Concorde Career College - San Diego
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
MiraCosta College
Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Grossmont Health Occupations Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Kaplan College - Vista
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 77.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Southwestern College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 68.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Kaplan College - San Diego
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 68.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
UEI College - Chula Vista
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 58.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)

San Francisco Bay metro area

Los Medanos College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gavilan College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Unitek College - Fremont
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Carrington College California - Pleasant Hill
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Mission College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Unitek College - San Jose
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
City College of San Francisco
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 75.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
NCP College of Nursing - Hayward
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
NCP College of Nursing - South San Francisco
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - San Mateo
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Concord
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Carrington College California - San Leandro
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 70.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Carrington College California - San Jose
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 69.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American College of Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 69.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
WestMed College - San Jose
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 64.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Bay Area College of Nursing - Daly City
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 54.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Bay Area College of Nursing - Palo Alto
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 54.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Oikos University
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 53.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Medical Career College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 46.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

San Luis Obispo

Cuesta College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Santa Barbara Business College - Santa Maria
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Allan Hancock College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Sonoma

Santa Rosa Junior College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Stockton

Xavier College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 77.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Vallejo / Fairfield area

Blake Austin College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
InterCoast College - Fairfield
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 79.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
PRIME Career College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 65.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)

Visalia / Porterville area

Visalia Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Tulare Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
San Joaquin Valley College
Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Porterville College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Dinuba Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)

Other California cities

Cerro Coso Community College - Eastern Sierra College Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2010)
Feather River College - Fall River Mills
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
College of the Redwoods - Eureka
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
College of the Siskiyous
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
College of the Redwoods - Del Norte
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2011)
Butte College
Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Ukiah Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Imperial Valley College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Shasta College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Lassen Community College
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Institute of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Hanford Adult School
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Madera Community College Center
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Feather River College - Quincy
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Tri-County Regional Occupational Program
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 64.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
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