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.

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.

Inland Empire nursing schools by NCLEX score

Victor Valley College
18422 Bear Valley Road | Victorville, California 92395
  • Associate Degree in Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92506
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Inland Career Education Center
1200 North E Street | San Bernardino, California 92405
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
Chaffey College
5897 College Park Avenue | Chino, California 91710
  • Associate Degree in Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 72.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Mt. San Jacinto College
28237 La Piedra Road | Menifee, California 92584
  • Associate Degree in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way | Joshua Tree, California 92252
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Beaumont Adult School
1575 Cherry Avenue | Beaumont, California 92223
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Loma Linda University
11262 Campus Street | Loma Linda, California 92350
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • 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
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway | San Bernardino, California 92407
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue | Palm Desert, California 92260
  • Associate Degree in Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92504
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • Direct Entry MSN: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program
1501 South Bon View Avenue | Ontario, California 91761
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
American Career College - Ontario
3130 East Sedona Court | Ontario, California 91764
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue | San Bernardino, California 92410
  • Associate Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2020-21)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Concorde Career College - San Bernardino
201 East Airport Drive | San Bernardino, California 92408
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
Smith Chason School of Nursing - Ontario
3700 East Inland Empire Boulevard, Suite 235 | Ontario, California 91764
  • Diploma in Vocational Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
North-West College - Riverside
4550 La Sierra Avenue | Riverside, California 92505
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
Summit College
804 East Brier Drive | San Bernardino, California 92408
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 71.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
California Nurses Educational Institute
5200 East Ramon Road, Suite I-1 | Palm Springs, California 92264
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 70.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley
22500 Town Circle, Suite 2205 | Moreno Valley, California 92553
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 68.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
Palo Verde College
One College Drive | Blythe, California 92225
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
San Joaquin Valley College - Rancho Mirage
34275 Monterey Avenue | Rancho Mirage, California 92270
  • Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing: 64.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2021)
Southeast California College
225 East Airport Drive, Suite 150 | San Bernardino, California 92408
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 40.0% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2021)
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
1214 Indiana Court | Redlands, California 92374
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Victor Valley College Associate Degree in Nursing 96.6% 2011-12 to 2020-21
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Riverside City College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 96.1% 2012 to 2021
Associate Degree in Nursing 93.7% 2011-12 to 2020-21
Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Inland Career Education Center Certificate in Vocational Nursing 94.9% 2012 to 2021
Chaffey College Associate Degree in Nursing 94.5% 2011-12 to 2020-21
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 72.3% 2012 to 2021
Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Mt. San Jacinto College Associate Degree in Nursing 93.6% 2011-12 to 2020-21
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Copper Mountain College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.3% 2012 to 2021
Associate Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2011-12 to 2020-21
Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Beaumont Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 91.3% 2012 to 2021
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Loma Linda University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.1% 2011-12 to 2020-21
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
California State University, San Bernardino Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.1% 2011-12 to 2020-21
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
College of the Desert Associate Degree in Nursing 87.7% 2011-12 to 2020-21
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 80.5% 2012 to 2021
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
California Baptist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.5% 2011-12 to 2020-21
Direct Entry MSN 85.1% 2011-12 to 2020-21
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program Certificate in Vocational Nursing 83.6% 2012 to 2021
American Career College - Ontario Certificate in Vocational Nursing 82.5% 2012 to 2021
San Bernardino Valley College Associate Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2011-12 to 2020-21
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Concorde Career College - San Bernardino Certificate in Vocational Nursing 81.3% 2012 to 2021
Smith Chason School of Nursing - Ontario Diploma in Vocational Nursing 80.2% 2012 to 2021
North-West College - Riverside Certificate in Vocational Nursing 78.7% 2012 to 2021
Summit College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 71.3% 2012 to 2021
Nursing Assistant Certificate
California Nurses Educational Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing 70.4% 2012 to 2021
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley Certificate in Vocational Nursing 68.9% 2012 to 2021
Palo Verde College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 68.5% 2012 to 2021
Nursing Assistant Certificate
San Joaquin Valley College - Rancho Mirage Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing 64.6% 2012 to 2021
Southeast California College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 40.0% 2019 to 2021
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program Nursing Assistant Certificate
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