While California nursing programs and career opportunities are plentiful, it still takes a lot of work and the right education to obtain a lucrative position as a registered nurse (RN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or certified nursing assistant (CNA). RNs must be skilled at performing a variety of challenging tasks from conducting diagnostic tests and analyzing results to establishing effective care plans for the sick or injured. In order to prepare for these tasks, aspiring RNs must complete an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN) program. A license is required as well.

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

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Graduates of top RN programs in California (or leading LVN or CNA programs) often find employment at major hospitals in top-ten cities such as Bakersfield. The city is home to 4,210 RNs averaging $77,480 per year, 1,010 LVNs averaging $48,580 per year, and 1,270 CNAs averaging $23,870 per year. Just a few of the top nursing employers in Bakersfield include Good Samaritan Hospital, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, Kern Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Bakersfield, and San Joaquin Community Hospital-Adventist Health.

The following is a complete list of accredited nursing schools in Bakersfield, California that offer top-tier education and training programs in this lucrative field.

Featured Schools

Bakersfield nursing schools by NCLEX score

Cerro Coso Community College - Indian Wells Valley
3000 College Heights Boulevard | Ridgecrest, California 93555
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway | Bakersfield, California 93311
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Drive | Bakersfield, California 93305
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bakersfield Adult School
2727 F Street | Bakersfield, California 93301
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield
5300 California Avenue | Bakersfield, California 93309
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 65.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Southern California Medical College
3611 Stockdale Highway, Suite I-2 | Bakersfield, California 93309
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 50.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Cerro Coso Community College - Kern River Valley
5520 Lake Isabella Boulevard | Lake Isabella, California 93240
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Cerro Coso Community College - Indian Wells Valley Certificate in Vocational Nursing 91.4% 2009 to 2012
Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
California State University, Bakersfield Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bakersfield College Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 87.8% 2009 to 2012
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Bakersfield Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 87.2% 2009 to Q1 2013
Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield Certificate in Vocational Nursing 65.7% 2009 to Q1 2013
Southern California Medical College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 50.2% 2010 to Q1 2013
Cerro Coso Community College - Kern River Valley Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
Certificate in Vocational Nursing
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