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With a population of more than 250,000 registered nurses and hundreds of renowned nursing schools, California is one of the most promising places to start a nursing career, with Los Angeles leading the pack. While California nursing programs and career opportunities are plentiful, it still takes a lot of work and the right education to obtain a lucrative position in this competitive field.

The most common careers for nurses in the state include registered nurse (RN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN) and certified nursing assistant (CNA). RNs must be skilled at performing a variety of challenging tasks, from conducting diagnostic tests and analyzing results to establishing care plans for the sick or injured. To prepare for these tasks, aspiring RNs typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or a master of science in nursing (MSN). A license is required as well.

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

Graduates are prepared to seek lucrative positions at top Los Angeles-area hospitals and health centers such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, California Hospital Medical Center, and Keck Hospital of USC. Currently, Los Angeles County-based RNs average $92,230 per year, LVNs average $51,340 per year, and CNAs average $27,330 per year.

Below we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of accredited Los Angeles nursing schools that offer top-tier programs in all areas of this lucrative field.

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Los Angeles nursing schools by NCLEX score

Jordan-Locke Community Adult School
10925 South Central Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90059
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
1237 North Mission Road | Los Angeles, California 90033
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive | Los Angeles, California 90032
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Career Development Institute
1830 South Robertson Boulevard | Los Angeles, California 90035
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center
10925 South Central Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90059
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Manual Arts-Crenshaw Community Adult School
4131 South Vermont Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90037
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90095
  • Direct Entry MSN: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2016-17)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • LVN-to-RN 45-Unit Option
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Los Angeles Job Corps Center
1106 South Broadway | Los Angeles, California 90015
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Los Angeles City College
855 North Vermont Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90029
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
East Los Angeles Occupational Center
2100 Marengo Street | Los Angeles, California 90033
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
400 West Washington Boulevard | Los Angeles, California 90015
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Mount Saint Mary's University
12001 Chalon Road | Los Angeles, California 90049
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American Career College - Los Angeles
4021 Rosewood Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90004
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2016-17 through 2016-17)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Los Angeles Southwest College
1600 West Imperial Highway | Los Angeles, California 90047
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Marian College - Los Angeles
3325 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1010 | Los Angeles, California 90010
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1100 | Los Angeles, California 90010
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th Street | Los Angeles, California 90059
  • Direct Entry MSN: 62.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Angeles College
3440 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 310 | Los Angeles, California 90010
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Central Nursing College
3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 830 | Los Angeles, California 90010
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
University of Southern California
University Park | Los Angeles, California 90089
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Jordan-Locke Community Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2009 to Q1 2013
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
California State University, Los Angeles Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.1% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Career Development Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing 90.0% 2009 to Q1 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center Certificate in Vocational Nursing 90.0% 2009 to Q1 2013
Manual Arts-Crenshaw Community Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2012
University of California, Los Angeles Direct Entry MSN 88.9% 2008-09 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.6% 2010-11 to 2016-17
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
LVN-to-RN 45-Unit Option
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Los Angeles Job Corps Center Certificate in Vocational Nursing 88.6% 2009 to 2017
Los Angeles City College Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.8% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
East Los Angeles Occupational Center Certificate in Vocational Nursing 87.0% 2009 to 2012
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Mount Saint Mary's University Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.3% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.5% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificates
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American Career College - Los Angeles Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.1% 2016-17 to 2016-17
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 73.0% 2009 to Q1 2013
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Los Angeles Southwest College Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.6% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Marian College - Los Angeles Certificate in Vocational Nursing 74.4% 2009 to 2017
Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles Certificate in Vocational Nursing 66.5% 2009 to Q1 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Direct Entry MSN 62.3% 2011-12 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Angeles College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 53.1% 2009 to Q1 2013
Nursing Assistant Certificate
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Central Nursing College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 53.1% 2009 to Q1 2013
University of Southern California Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia