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California is home to 97,420 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), 61,050 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and a whopping 252,940 registered nurses (RNs). Although these professionals reside in every city across the state, the largest populations are found in Los Angeles County. Home to 31,030 CNAs, 20,010 LVNs, and 69,610 RNs, LA County offers some of the best career opportunities and the nation’s highest salaries for nursing professionals. As of 2013, Los Angeles County-based RNs averaged $92,230 per year, LVNs averaged $51,340 per year, and CNAs averaged $27,330 per year.

While opportunities in Los Angeles County are plentiful, competition is fierce. This is especially true at top hospitals and healthcare providers such as Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Los Angeles General Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and St. Vincent Medical Center.

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Fortunately, with the right education and training, you can stand out from the crowd. To become an RN, you must obtain an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN). A license is required as well, and employers prefer a BSN or MSN for most positions. This will ensure that you are well prepared to provide the level of care employers are seeking. Your positon as an RN will involve treating patients, administering medications, operating medical equipment, and establishing care plans for the sick or injured.

LVNs record vital signs, clean and monitor equipment, and dress wounds. They must complete a certificate or associate’s degree program and obtain a license. CNAs serve meals, assist the patient with eating, check vital signs, and clean and bathe patients. CNAs must complete an accredited training program and obtain certification.

The following is a list of nursing schools in Los Angeles County that offer some of the best RN, LVN, and CNA programs in California.

Los Angeles County nursing schools by NCLEX score

California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard | Long Beach, California 90840
Master's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2010-11)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Public Health and Community Nursing
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th Street | Los Angeles, California 90059
Master's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration
Jordan-Locke Community Adult School
10925 South Central Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90059
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North Valley Occupational Center
11450 Sharp Avenue | Mission Hills, California 91345
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Place | Wilmington, California 90744
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive | Los Angeles, California 90032
Master's in Registered Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Long Beach City College
4901 East Carson Street | Long Beach, California 90808
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
1237 North Mission Road | Los Angeles, California 90033
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
West Valley Occupational Center
6200 Winnetka Avenue | Woodland Hills, California 91367
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street | Northridge, California 91330
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Glendale Community College
1500 North Verdugo Road | Glendale, California 91208
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Boulevard | Santa Monica, California 90405
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Boulevard | Pasadena, California 91106
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Mt San Antonio College
1100 North Grand Avenue | Walnut, California 91789
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
YWCA Los Angeles Job Corps
1106 South Broadway | Los Angeles, California 90015
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Boulevard | Torrance, California 90506
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road | Whittier, California 90601
Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Citrus College
1000 West Foothill Boulevard | Glendora, California 91741
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue | Valley Glen, California 91401
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90095
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2011-12)
Master's in Registered Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Nursing Research; Master's in Nursing Research; Doctor's in Nursing Research
Cerritos College
11110 Alondra Boulevard | Norwalk, California 90650
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Career Development Institute
1830 South Robertson Boulevard | Los Angeles, California 90035
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center
10925 South Central Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90059
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Manual Arts-Crenshaw Community Adult School
4131 South Vermont Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90037
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Western University of Health Sciences
309 East Second Street | Pomona, California 91766
Master's in Registered Nursing: 89.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Administration
El Monte-Rosemead Adult School
10807 Ramona Boulevard | El Monte, California 91731
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Biola University
13800 Biola Avenue | La Mirada, California 90639
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Antelope Valley College
3041 West Avenue K | Lancaster, California 93536
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 62.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North-West College - Pasadena
530 East Union Street | Pasadena, California 91101
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 88.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Los Angeles City College
855 North Vermont Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90029
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Avenue | Woodland Hills, California 91371
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
East Los Angeles Occupational Center
2100 Marengo Street | Los Angeles, California 90033
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Charter College - Canyon Country
27125 Sierra Highway, Suite 329 | Canyon Country, California 91351
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
14101 East Nelson Avenue | La Puente, California 91746
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
West Coast University - Los Angeles
12215 Victory Boulevard | North Hollywood, California 91606
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education
College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road | Santa Clarita, California 91355
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Downey Adult School
12340 Woodruff Avenue | Downey, California 90241
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Azusa Pacific University
901 East Alosta Avenue | Azusa, California 91702
Master's in Registered Nursing: 85.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 83.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Doctor's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing
Allied Medical & Health Services
730 South Central Avenue, Suite 208 | Glendale, California 91204
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North-West College - West Covina
2121 West Garvey Avenue | West Covina, California 91790
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Concorde Career College - North Hollywood
12412 Victory Boulevard | North Hollywood, California 91606
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Mount St Mary's College
12001 Chalon Road | Los Angeles, California 90049
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist
Annenberg School of Nursing
7150 Tampa Avenue | Reseda, California 91335
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Los Angeles Southwest College
1600 West Imperial Highway | Los Angeles, California 90047
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
West Coast Ultrasound Institute - Beverly Hills
291 South La Cienega Boulevard, Suite 500 | Beverly Hills, California 90211
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
American University of Health Sciences
1600 East Hill Street, Building One | Signal Hill, California 90755
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 78.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Marian College - Los Angeles
3325 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1010 | Los Angeles, California 90010
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 77.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Glendale Career College
240 North Brand Boulevard, Lower Level | Glendale, California 91203
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street | Carson, California 90747
Master's in Registered Nursing: 76.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008-09 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
El Camino College Compton Center
1111 East Artesia Boulevard | Compton, California 90221
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Lynwood Community Adult School
4050 East Imperial Highway | Lynwood, California 90262
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
400 West Washington Boulevard | Los Angeles, California 90015
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
American Career College - St Francis in Lynwood
3680 East Imperial Highway, Fifth Floor | Lynwood, California 90262
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 75.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Kaplan College - North Hollywood
6180 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Suite 101 | North Hollywood, California 91606
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Marian College - Van Nuys
5900 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 101 | Van Nuys, California 91411
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
North-West College - Pomona
134 West Holt Avenue | Pomona, California 91768
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
College of Nursing & Technology
18700 Sherman Way, Suite 203 | Reseda, California 91335
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Angeles Institute
11688 South Street, Suite 205 | Artesia, California 90701
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Casa Loma College - Van Nuys
6725 Kester Avenue | Van Nuys, California 91405
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Shepherd University
3200 North San Fernando Road | Los Angeles, California 90065
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 73.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010-11 through 2011-12)
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
American Career College - Los Angeles
4021 Rosewood Avenue | Los Angeles, California 90004
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
University of Antelope Valley
44055 North Sierra Highway | Lancaster, California 93534
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 72.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
CES College
401 South Glenoaks Boulevard, Suite 211 | Burbank, California 91502
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez | Monterey Park, California 91754
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 70.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing
Career Care Institute - Lancaster
43770 15th Street West, Suite 115 | Lancaster, California 93534
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 70.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Homestead Schools
23800 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 200 | Torrance, California 90505
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 69.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Integrity College of Health
1460 North Lake Avenue, Suite 102 | Pasadena, California 91104
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 69.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
California Career College
7003 Owensmouth Avenue | Canoga Park, California 91303
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 69.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Trinity Vocational Center
1149 West 190th Street, Suite 2000 | Gardena, California 90248
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 67.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Preferred College of Nursing - Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1100 | Los Angeles, California 90010
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 66.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Preferred College of Nursing - Van Nuys
6551 Van Nuys Boulevard, Suite 200 | Van Nuys, California 91401
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 62.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Premiere Career College
12901 Ramona Boulevard | Irwindale, California 91706
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 62.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Preferred College of Nursing - Carson
1950 East 220th Street, Suite 209 | Long Beach, California 90810
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 61.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Platt College
1000 South Fremont Avenue, Building A9W | Alhambra, California 91803
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 58.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2011)
Valley School of Allied Health
18107 Sherman Way, Suite 101 | Reseda, California 91335
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 58.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Saint Joseph's School of Nursing
816 West Lancaster Boulevard | Lancaster, California 93536
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 58.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Advanced College
13180 Paramount Boulevard | South Gate, California 90280
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 55.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North-West College - Long Beach
3799 East Burnett Street | Long Beach, California 90804
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 54.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
High Desert Medical College
701 West Avenue K, Suite 123 | Lancaster, California 93534
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 53.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Angeles College
3440 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 310 | Los Angeles, California 90010
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Central Nursing College
3550 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 830 | Los Angeles, California 90010
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 53.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Infotech Career College
8527 Alondra Boulevard, Suite 174 | Paramount, California 90723
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Valley College of Medical Careers
8399 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Suite 200 | West Hills, California 91304
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 46.9% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
Medical Allied Career Center
12631 East Imperial Highway, Suite D-108 | Santa Fe Springs, California 90670
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 46.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
American Medical Sciences Center
225 West Broadway, Suite 115 | Glendale, California 91204
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education
4640 North Maine Avenue | Baldwin Park, California 91706
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
California Career Institute - Hawthorne
1633 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 307 | Hawthorne, California 90250
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Charter College - Long Beach
100 West Broadway, Suite 3000 | Long Beach, California 90802
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program
1501 West Del Norte Street | West Covina, California 91790
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Medical Career Institute
117 H Street | South El Monte, California 91733
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing
Pomona Adult & Career Education
1515 West Mission Boulevard | Pomona, California 91766
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Southern California
University Park | Los Angeles, California 90089
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
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