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What does it take to become a registered nurse (RN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or certified nursing assistant (CNA) in the Vallejo / Fairfield area of California? RNs must be skilled at performing a variety of challenging duties, from establishing care plans for the sick or injured to conducting diagnostic tests and analyzing results. As a result, many employers prefer to hire professionals with a bachelor of science or master of science in nursing degree. An associate’s degree in nursing is acceptable for most entry-level positions. No matter which degree level you choose, all nurses must obtain a license to practice in the state of California.

LVNs care for the sick or injured under the supervision of RNs, surgeons, and physicians. They must complete a 12- to 24-month certificate or associate’s degree program and obtain a license. CNAs provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and other medical staff. They must complete a brief accredited training program and obtain state certification.

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Graduates of the leading RN, LVN, and CNA programs in California will have the skills needed to join the small but high-earning community of professional nurses in the Vallejo / Fairfield area. Solano County is home to 3,230 RNs averaging $124,630 per year. The area’s 720 LVNs average $53,340 per year, and its 750 CNAs average $29,680 per year. These professionals work at top county hospitals including Sutter Solano Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano, and NorthBay Medical Center.

If you’re ready to start training for a career in nursing, the following is a list of accredited schools in the Vallejo / Fairfield area that offer top-tier nursing programs at all degree and certificate levels.

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Vallejo / Fairfield area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Solano Community College
4000 Suisun Valley Road | Fairfield, California 94534
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Blake Austin College
611 Orange Drive, Suite K | Vacaville, California 95687
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
InterCoast College - Fairfield
2480 Hilborn Road | Fairfield, California 94533
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 79.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
PRIME Career College
1422 Springs Road, Suite D | Vallejo, California 94591
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 65.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive | Vallejo, California 94592
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Solano Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.9% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Blake Austin College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 85.3% 2009 to Q1 2013
InterCoast College - Fairfield Certificate in Vocational Nursing 79.0% 2009 to Q1 2013
PRIME Career College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 65.9% 2009 to Q1 2013
Touro University California Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion