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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

California’s Inland Empire, which consists of Ontario, Riverside, and San Bernardino, offers a variety of opportunities for skilled registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and more. So what does it take to get your foot in the door?

RNs perform a wide variety of duties, from administering treatments and medications to educating patients and the public about medical conditions. They must obtain an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN), plus a passing score on the national licensure examination. Many employers are demonstrating a growing preference for a BSN or MSN degree.

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LVNs care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of RNs, surgeons, and physicians. They must complete a state-accredited certificate or associate's degree program and successfully pass the national licensure examination. CNAs provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of other medical staff. They must complete a brief (typically six- to eight-week) training program and obtain state certification.

Nursing graduates are well prepared to join Inland Empire’s large but closely knit community of nurses that earn some of the highest salaries in the healthcare industry. The area is home to 23,610 RNs averaging $87,160 per year, 6,140 LVNs averaging $45,570 per year, and 8,160 CNAs averaging $26,130 per year. The region’s top nursing employers include Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, Kindred Hospital Ontario, and San Antonio Community Hospital.

The following is a list of accredited nursing schools in California’s Inland Empire that offer top-tier CNA, LVN, ADN, BSN, and MSN programs.

Inland Empire nursing schools by NCLEX score

Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92506
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Chaffey College
5885 Haven Avenue | Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 79.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing
California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue | Riverside, California 92504
Master's in Registered Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
San Bernardino Adult School
1200 North E Street | San Bernardino, California 92405
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program
1501 South Bon View Avenue | Ontario, California 91761
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program
1214 Indiana Court | Redlands, California 92374
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Victor Valley College
18422 Bear Valley Road | Victorville, California 92395
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing
Concorde Career College - San Bernardino
201 East Airport Drive, Suite A | San Bernardino, California 92408
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Mt San Jacinto College
28237 La Piedra Road | Menifee, California 92584
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Avenue | Palm Desert, California 92260
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Beaumont Adult School
1575 Cherry Avenue | Beaumont, California 92223
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Copper Mountain College
6162 Rotary Way | Joshua Tree, California 92252
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Santa Barbara Business College - Rancho Mirage
34275 Monterey Avenue | Rancho Mirage, California 92270
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway | San Bernardino, California 92407
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing
San Bernardino Valley College
701 South Mount Vernon Avenue | San Bernardino, California 92410
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
American Career College - Ontario
3130 East Sedona Court | Ontario, California 91764
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Loma Linda University
11262 Campus Street | Loma Linda, California 92350
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Master's in Pediatric Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Pediatric Nursing; Master's in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist; Master's in Nursing Education; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Registered Nursing
North-West College - Riverside
4550 La Sierra Avenue | Riverside, California 92505
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Everest College - Ontario Metro
1819 South Excise Avenue | Ontario, California 91761
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2011-12)
Summit College - Colton
851 South Cooley Drive | Colton, California 92324
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 77.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Ontario
3700 East Inland Empire Boulevard, Suite 550 | Ontario, California 91764
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 75.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Four-D College - Victorville
16534 Victor Street | Victorville, California 93295
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 72.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
West Coast University - Ontario
2855 East Guasti Road | Ontario, California 91761
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 72.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Four-D College - Colton
1020 East Washington Street | Colton, California 92324
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 68.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Nurses Educational Institute
5200 East Ramon Road, Suite I-1 | Palm Springs, California 92264
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 68.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Palo Verde College
One College Drive | Blythe, California 92225
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 66.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
UEI College - San Bernardino
295 East Caroline Street, Suite E | San Bernardino, California 92408
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 61.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1 2013 through Q1 2013)
Career Care Institute - Moreno Valley
22500 Town Circle, Suite 2205 | Moreno Valley, California 92553
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 56.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1 2013)
Sierra Pacific College
1200 Arizona Street, Suite A-2 | Redlands, California 92374
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 32.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
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