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With a large population of 23,610 registered nurses (RNs) averaging $87,160 per year, 6,140 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) averaging $45,570 per year, and 8,160 nursing assistants (CNAs) averaging $26,130 per year, California’s Inland Empire is one of the nation’s best places to start a nursing career. While the opportunity for success is promising in Riverside and other Inland Empire cities, the industry here is competitive. To stand out, aspiring nurses must have a degree, they must be licensed, and they must demonstrate the ability to juggle a variety of demanding tasks. This can only be accomplished with the right education and training.

RNs treat patients, administer medications, operate medical equipment, and establish care plans for the sick or injured. 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). Many employers prefer a BSN or MSN degree.

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LVNs record vital signs, clean and monitor equipment, dress wounds, and more. CNAs provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks such as feeding / bathing patients and checking vital signs. LVNs must complete a 12- to 18-month certificate or associate’s degree program and obtain a license. CNAs must complete a brief (two- to three-month) training program and obtain state certification.

Graduates of accredited nursing schools in California are prepared to seek positions at major hospitals and healthcare providers in Riverside. These include Parkview Community Hospital, Riverside County Community Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center.

Below we’ve compiled a list of Riverside nursing schools that offer some of the best nursing education in California, including top-rated MSN, BSN, ADN, LVN, and CNA programs.

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Riverside 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
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
North-West College - Riverside
4550 La Sierra Avenue | Riverside, California 92505
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Riverside City College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 99.0% 2009 to Q1 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Nursing Assistant Certificate
California Baptist University Direct Entry MSN 86.7% 2009-10 to 2016-17
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.9% 2008-09 to 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
North-West College - Riverside Certificate in Vocational Nursing 80.6% 2009 to Q1 2013