We've organized a comprehensive list of California nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LVN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major California city.

Home to a small population of 1,380 registered nurses (RNs), 220 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and dozens of nursing assistants (CNAs), Santa Cruz is a great place for aspiring nurses looking for a less hectic pace. While the demand for nurses isn’t as high in Santa Cruz as it is in larger metropolitan areas, this doesn’t mean nursing is any less demanding in this beach city.

To prepare for a career as a registered nurse (RN) in Santa Barbara, California, you must complete an associate’s (ADN), bachelor of science (BSN), or master of science (MSN) degree program. Licensure is required as well. These programs will prepare you to conduct diagnostic tests and analyze results, establish care plans, operate medical equipment, work with intravenous lines, and much more.

The city of San Diego has an impressive 23,670 registered nurses (RNs), 5,170 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and 8,320 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). These professionals work at major hospitals and healthcare providers such as Sharp Memorial Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital, UC San Diego Health System, and Alvarado Hospital Medical Center. To obtain employment at top-notch hospitals like these, you will need to earn a nursing degree or certificate, hold clinical experience, and obtain the proper license or certification.

San Bernardino offers a variety of opportunities for registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and nursing assistants (CNAs). Part of California’s Inland Empire, San Bernardino is home to major hospitals such as St. Bernardine Medical Center, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, and Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital. To keep the area’s healthcare facilities running smoothly, Inland Empire has a large population of 23,610 RNs, 6,140 LVNs, and 8,160 CNAs.

Sacramento is home to a sizable population of approximately 16,010 registered nurses (RNs). The city is also home to 4,720 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and 3,010 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). While opportunities for Sacramento-based nurses are plentiful, competition is intense and standards are high. To ensure that their nurses have the skills needed to provide exceptional patient care, hospitals and other healthcare providers across the state require postsecondary education, clinical experience, and licensure or certification.

With a large population of 23,610 registered nurses (RNs) averaging $87,160 per year, 6,140 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) averaging $45,570 per year, and 8,160 nursing assistants (CNAs) averaging $26,130 per year, California’s Inland Empire is one of the nation’s best places to start a nursing career. While the opportunity for success is promising in Riverside and other Inland Empire cities, the industry here is competitive. To stand out, aspiring nurses must have a degree, they must be licensed, and they must demonstrate the ability to juggle a variety of demanding tasks.

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.