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California is home to more than a quarter-million registered nurses (RNs). Some 20,070 live in the East Bay area (Fremont, Hayward, and Oakland). The area is also home to an impressive 7,280 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and 4,260 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). While opportunities for nurses are plentiful in Fremont, the field is very competitive. To ensure that their nurses have the skills needed to provide exceptional patient care, the city’s hospitals and healthcare providers require education, experience, and licensure / certification.

RNs perform a variety of challenging duties from administering treatment and medications to educating patients and the public about medical conditions. These professionals typically hold an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN). Most employers prefer a BSN or MSN.

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

Graduates of accredited nursing schools in California are prepared to seek positions with top employers such as Washington Hospital Healthcare System and Fremont Hospital. They also have excellent earning potential. Currently, Fremont-based RNs average $127,930 per year, LVNs average $61,700 per year, and CNAs average $34,180 per year.

The following is a list of Fremont's top four-year colleges and universities for nursing as well as public, vocational, and career schools that offer top-tier programs in this growing field.

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Fremont nursing schools by NCLEX score

Unitek College - Fremont
4670 Auto Mall Parkway | Fremont, California 94538
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Medical Career College
41300 Christy Street | Fremont, California 94538
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 46.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Unitek College - Fremont Certificate in Vocational Nursing 90.0% 2009 to Q1 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Medical Career College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 46.0% 2009 to Q1 2013