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California’s Inland Empire, which consists of Ontario, Riverside, and San Bernardino, offers a variety of opportunities for skilled registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and more. So what does it take to get your foot in the door?

RNs perform a wide variety of duties, from administering treatments and medications to educating patients and the public about medical conditions. They must obtain an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN), plus a passing score on the national licensure examination. Many employers are demonstrating a growing preference for a BSN or MSN degree.

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LVNs care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of RNs, surgeons, and physicians. They must complete a state-accredited certificate or associate's degree program and successfully pass the national licensure examination. CNAs provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of other medical staff. They must complete a brief (typically six- to eight-week) training program and obtain state certification.

Nursing graduates are well prepared to join Inland Empire’s large but closely knit community of nurses that earn some of the highest salaries in the healthcare industry. The area is home to 23,610 RNs averaging $87,160 per year, 6,140 LVNs averaging $45,570 per year, and 8,160 CNAs averaging $26,130 per year. The region’s top nursing employers include Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, Kindred Hospital Ontario, and San Antonio Community Hospital.

The following is a list of accredited nursing schools in California’s Inland Empire that offer top-tier CNA, LVN, ADN, BSN, and MSN programs.

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Inland Empire nursing schools by NCLEX score

Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92506
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
San Bernardino Adult School
1200 North E Street | San Bernardino, California 92405
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Chaffey College
5885 Haven Avenue | Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program
1501 South Bon View Avenue | Ontario, California 91761
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Victor Valley College
18422 Bear Valley Road | Victorville, California 92395
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
1214 Indiana Court | Redlands, California 92374
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mt. San Jacinto College
28237 La Piedra Road | Menifee, California 92584
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Concorde Career College - San Bernardino
201 East Airport Drive, Suite A | San Bernardino, California 92408
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Beaumont Adult School
1575 Cherry Avenue | Beaumont, California 92223
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92504
  • Direct Entry MSN: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue | Palm Desert, California 92260
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Loma Linda University
11262 Campus Street | Loma Linda, California 92350
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way | Joshua Tree, California 92252
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway | San Bernardino, California 92407
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Santa Barbara Business College - Rancho Mirage
34275 Monterey Avenue | Rancho Mirage, California 92270
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
West Coast University - Ontario
2855 East Guasti Road | Ontario, California 91761
  • 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 - Ontario
3130 East Sedona Court | Ontario, California 91764
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue | San Bernardino, California 92410
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
North-West College - Riverside
4550 La Sierra Avenue | Riverside, California 92505
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Summit College - Colton
851 South Cooley Drive | Colton, California 92324
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
3700 East Inland Empire Boulevard, Suite 550 | Ontario, California 91764
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 75.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Four-D College - Victorville
16534 Victor Street | Victorville, California 93295
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 72.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Four-D College - Colton
1020 East Washington Street | Colton, California 92324
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 68.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Nurses Educational Institute
5200 East Ramon Road, Suite I-1 | Palm Springs, California 92264
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Palo Verde College
One College Drive | Blythe, California 92225
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 66.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
UEI College - San Bernardino
295 East Caroline Street, Suite E | San Bernardino, California 92408
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 61.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1 2013 through Q1 2013)
Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley
22500 Town Circle, Suite 2205 | Moreno Valley, California 92553
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 56.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Sierra Pacific College
1200 Arizona Street, Suite A-2 | Redlands, California 92374
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 32.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
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