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What does it take to become a nursing professional in Fresno, California? Registered nurses (RNs) must perform a variety of challenging tasks, from conducting diagnostic tests and analyzing results to establishing effective care plans for the sick or injured. RNs must therefore earn an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN), and they must successfully pass the national licensure exam. Most hospitals and healthcare providers prefer a BSN or MSN degree.

Some of the top hospitals and healthcare providers in Fresno include Community Medical Centers, VA Central California Health Care System, Saint Agnes Cancer Center, and Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center.

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Other popular nursing careers include licensed vocational nurse (LVN) and certified nursing assistant (CNA). 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 pass the national licensure examination, while CNAs must complete an accredited training program and obtain state certification.

Graduates of Fresno's RN, LVN, or CNA programs will join a sizable community of local nursing professionals that earn some of the highest salaries in the healthcare industry. Fresno is home to 5,340 RNs who earn $73,590 annually, 1,350 LVNs earning $46,470 per year, and 2,530 CNAs who earn $24,560 on average.

The following is a list of accredited nursing schools in Fresno, California that offer some of the top educational programs in this lucrative field.

Fresno nursing schools by NCLEX score

Fresno Adult School
2500 East Stanislaus Street | Fresno, California 93721
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue | Fresno, California 93740
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Master's in Registered Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2010-11)
Fresno City College
1101 East University Avenue | Fresno, California 93741
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Clovis Adult Education
1452 David E Cook Way | Clovis, California 93611
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts - Fresno
7335 North Palm Bluffs Avenue | Fresno, California 93711
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 65.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Fresno Pacific University
1717 South Chestnut Avenue | Fresno, California 93702
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Nursing Research
Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants
1325 North Wishon Avenue | Fresno, California 93728
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Phoenix - Central Valley
45 Riverpark Place West | Fresno, California 93720
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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