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The Sonoma area is home to 3,580 registered nurses (RNs), 520 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and 1,030 nursing assistants (CNAs). Together, these professionals deliver exceptional healthcare to over half a million residents of Sonoma County. Some of the area’s top treatment centers include Sonoma Valley Hospital, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Sonoma Developmental Center, and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

RNs perform a variety of critical duties including treating patients, administering medication, and establishing patient care plans. LVNs perform support tasks such as measuring and recording vital signs, dressing wounds, and collecting samples for testing. CNAs offer hands-on care and perform routine tasks such as bathing patients, assisting with eating, and cleaning up waste.

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To ensure that these professionals have the skills to meet the demands of the position, all healthcare providers require successful completion of a degree or certificate program, as well as licensure or certification. RNs must hold an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in registered nursing. Aspiring RNs must also successfully pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure examination before they may begin practice. LVNs must complete an accredited certificate or associate’s degree program and successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. CNAs must complete an accredited certificate program and obtain state certification.

Besides a number of employment opportunities, graduates can expect to earn some of the highest salaries in the nursing field. Currently, Sonoma-based RNs average $102,540 per year, LVNs average $54,550 per year, and CNAs average $29,640 per year.

To help aspiring nurses select the most appropriate education, we’ve compiled below a list of Sonoma nursing schools with accredited RN, LVN, and CNA programs.

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Sonoma nursing schools by NCLEX score

Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue | Rohnert Park, California 94928
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Avenue | Santa Rosa, California 95401
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Sonoma State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Santa Rosa Junior College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2007-08 to 2016-17
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 84.4% 2009 to 2012
Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option