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The state of California is home to the nation’s largest population of registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, and certified nursing assistants. This means that California nursing programs and career opportunities are plentiful in cities across the state. So what do these professionals do, and how do they prepare for success?

Registered nurses (RNs) perform a variety of duties from administering treatment and medications to educating patients and the public about various medical conditions. RNs may typically hold an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or even a master of science in nursing (MSN). A license is required in all states.

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Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of RNs, surgeons, and physicians. Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and other medical staff. LVNs must complete an accredited, state-approved certificate or associate's degree program and obtain a license, while CNAs must complete an accredited training program and obtain certification.

Graduates of accredited nursing schools in California have the skills needed to seek employment at top Anaheim hospitals and healthcare providers such as AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center, Anaheim Health Care, West Anaheim Medical Center, and Western Medical Center Anaheim. And thanks to high demand, salaries are competitive. The city’s 18,510 RNs average $85,400 per year, its 6,120 LVNs earn roughly $48,690 annually, and the city’s 8,450 CNAs average $27,450 per year.

The following is a list of accredited nursing schools in Anaheim, California that offer top-tier nursing programs in all areas of this exciting field.

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Anaheim nursing schools by NCLEX score

North Orange County Regional Occupational Program
1617 East Ball Road | Anaheim, California 92805
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
West Coast University - Orange County
1477 South Manchester Avenue | Anaheim, California 92802
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
American Career College - Orange County
1200 North Magnolia Avenue | Anaheim, California 92801
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Summit College - Anaheim
1360 South Anaheim Boulevard | Anaheim, California 92805
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 64.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Casa Loma College - Anaheim
2641 West La Palma Avenue | Anaheim, California 92801
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 63.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Bethesda University
730 North Euclid Street | Anaheim, California 92801
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 39.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
North Orange County Regional Occupational Program Certificate in Vocational Nursing 94.5% 2009 to Q1 2013
West Coast University - Orange County Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.8% 2011-12 to 2016-17
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
American Career College - Orange County Certificate in Vocational Nursing 78.9% 2009 to Q1 2013
Summit College - Anaheim Certificate in Vocational Nursing 64.6% 2009 to Q1 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Casa Loma College - Anaheim Certificate in Vocational Nursing 63.5% 2009 to Q1 2013
Bethesda University Certificate in Vocational Nursing 39.6% 2009 to Q1 2013