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California nursing programs and career opportunities are plentiful in California’s Ventura County, which includes the cities of Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura. However, it still takes hard work and the right education to succeed. Some of the most in-demand positions in the area include registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and nursing assistants (CNAs). Ventura County is home to 3,730 RNs averaging $74,550 per year, 760 LVNs averaging $48,830 per year, and 1,480 CNAs averaging $27,400 per year.

RNs must be skilled at performing a variety of challenging tasks, from conducting diagnostic tests and analyzing the results to establishing effective care plans for the sick or injured. In order to prepare for these tasks, aspiring RNs must complete an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN) program. Many top employers prefer a BSN or MSN. Successfully passing the national licensure examination is also required.

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Licensed vocational nurses care for the sick or injured under the supervision of RNs, surgeons, and physicians, while CNAs provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and other medical staff. LVNs must complete a certificate or associate’s degree program and successfully pass the national licensure examination. CNAs must complete an accredited training program and obtain state certification.

Graduates of top registered nursing programs in California often find employment at major hospitals in heavily populated areas such as Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, or Ventura. Just a few of the top nursing employers here include Saint John's Regional Medical Center, Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Ventura County Medical Center, and Community Memorial Hospital.

To help aspiring nurses launch their careers, we’ve compiled below a complete list of accredited nursing schools in California’s Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area. These schools offer top-rated education programs in all areas of this lucrative field.

Oxnard / Thousand Oaks / Ventura area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Ventura College
4667 Telegraph Road | Ventura, California 93003
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
California State University, Channel Islands
One University Drive | Camarillo, California 93012
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009-10 through 2011-12)
Moorpark College
7075 Campus Road | Moorpark, California 93021
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Professional Medical Careers Institute
920 Hampshire Road, Suite S | Westlake Village, California 91361
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Career Care Institute - Ventura
2151 Alessandro Drive, Suite 150 | Ventura, California 93001
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through Q1 2013)
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