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The East Bay region, which includes Fremont, Hayward, and Oakland, is home to 20,070 registered nurses (RNs), 7,280 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and 4,260 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). These professionals earn some of the highest salaries in the healthcare field. Hayward-based RNs average $127,930 per year, LVNs average $61,700 per year, and CNAs average $34,180 per year.

To break into this lucrative field as an RN, you’ll need an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN); advanced specializations require a master of science in nursing (MSN) as well. Successful passing of the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam is also required. LVNs must complete an accredited, state-approved certificate or associate's degree program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. CNAs must complete an accredited training program and obtain certification.

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With the right education and skills, aspiring nurses are well prepared for the demands of these challenging positions. On a typical day, RNs will perform a number of diverse duties including treating patients, performing diagnostic tests, establishing care plans, and providing emotional support to families. LVNs do everything from measuring and recording vital signs to teaching family members how to care for patients. CNAs check vital signs and help patients perform routine tasks such as cleaning, bathing, and eating; some may also administer medication.

Skilled nursing professionals are in high demand at some of Hayward’s busiest hospitals and health centers such as St. Rose Hospital, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, and Bay Valley Medical Group.

The following is a list of top-tier nursing schools in Hayward, California that offer programs in all areas of this diverse career field.

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Hayward nursing schools by NCLEX score

Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Boulevard | Hayward, California 94545
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard | Hayward, California 94542
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Unitek College - Hayward
21615 Hesperian Boulevard | Hayward, California 94541
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Chabot College Associate's Degree in Nursing 98.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
California State University, East Bay Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Unitek College - Hayward Certificate in Vocational Nursing 79.3% 2009 to 2018