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Tulare County, California – also known as the Visalia / Porterville area – is home to 1,830 registered nurses (RNs), 1,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and 520 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). These professionals serve the county’s nearly 450,000 residents at top healthcare providers like Sierra View District Hospital, Porterville Developmental Center, and Kaweah Delta Health Care District.

Each nursing occupation requires role-specific education. RNs must hold a two-year associate’s degree, four-year bachelor’s (BSN) degree, or graduate-level master’s (MSN) degree. Many top hospitals and healthcare providers prefer a BSN or MSN. LVNs must complete a 12- to 24-month certificate or associate’s degree program in licensed vocational nursing. CNAs must complete a brief training program and obtain certification.

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With the right education program, aspiring nurses will be well prepared for the demands of these challenging positions. RN duties include treating patients for various conditions, performing diagnostic tests, establishing care plans, and providing emotional support to families. LVNs do everything from measuring and recording vital signs to teaching family members how to care for patients. CNAs help patients perform tasks such as cleaning, bathing, and eating; they check vital signs; and some administer medication.

In addition to a rewarding career and exciting opportunities at top healthcare centers, nurses in the Visalia / Porterville area earn competitive wages. The county’s RNs earn an average annual salary of $75,190, LVNs average $46,060 per year, and CNAs average $23,390 annually.

If you’re serious about starting a career in nursing, peruse our list below of top nursing schools in the Visalia / Porterville area that offer excellent programs in all areas of this respected field.

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Visalia / Porterville area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Visalia Adult School
3110 East Houston Avenue | Visalia, California 93292
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Tulare Adult School
575 West Maple Avenue | Tulare, California 93274
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
College of the Sequoias
915 South Mooney Boulevard | Visalia, California 93277
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Porterville College
100 East College Avenue | Porterville, California 93257
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2016-17)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
San Joaquin Valley College
8344 West Mineral King Avenue | Visalia, California 93291
  • Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2016-17)
  • LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Dinuba Adult School
1327 East El Monte Way | Dinuba, California 93618
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Visalia Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 87.2% 2009 to Q1 2013
Tulare Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 85.8% 2010 to Q1 2013
College of the Sequoias Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Porterville College Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.7% 2011-12 to 2016-17
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 74.7% 2009 to 2012
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
San Joaquin Valley College Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing 81.0% 2009 to Q1 2013
Associate's Degree in Nursing 72.2% 2007-08 to 2016-17
LVN-to-RN 30-Unit Option
Dinuba Adult School Certificate in Vocational Nursing 74.2% 2009 to 2012