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California’s Inland Empire is home to an impressive 23,610 registered nurses (RNs). The area, which consists of cities such as Ontario, Riverside, and San Bernardino, is also home to 6,140 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and 8,160 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). While opportunities for nurses are plentiful in Ontario, the field is still very competitive. To ensure that their nurses have the skills needed to provide exceptional patient care, Ontario-based hospitals and healthcare providers require a degree or certificate, clinical experience, and the appropriate state or national licensure.

RNs perform a variety of challenging duties from administering treatments and medications to educating patients and the public about medical conditions. These professionals typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN). All must successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam. Employers are demonstrating an increasing preference for BSN- or MSN-educated RNs.

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LVNs care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of RNs, surgeons, and physicians. They must complete an accredited, state-approved certificate or associate’s degree program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. CNAs provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. CNAs must complete an accredited training program and obtain state certification.

Graduates of these programs will have the skills needed to seek lucrative positions with top Ontario hospitals and medical centers, including Kindred Hospital and Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center. Inland Empire-based RNs average $87,160 in earnings per year, LVNs earn $45,570 in annual salary, and CNAs bring home an average of $26,130 per year.

The following is a list of Ontario’s top universities, colleges, and vocational schools for nursing. These schools offer a variety of educational programs for all areas of this exciting field.

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Ontario nursing schools by NCLEX score

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)
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)
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
3700 East Inland Empire Boulevard, Suite 550 | Ontario, California 91764
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.6% 2009 to Q1 2013
West Coast University - Ontario Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.8% 2011-12 to 2016-17
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
American Career College - Ontario Certificate in Vocational Nursing 83.5% 2010 to Q1 2013
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario Certificate in Vocational Nursing 78.6% 2011 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate