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.

Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of registered nurses, surgeons, and physicians. They measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, prepare and give injections, monitor catheters, give alcohol rubs and massages, collect samples for testing, and clean and monitor medical equipment. LVNs gather information from patients for physicians and insurance purposes, they teach family members how to care for patients, and some even help deliver, care for, and feed infants.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of nursing and other medical staff. CNAs clean and bathe patients; assist patients with dressing and using the restroom; position patients in beds, chairs or wheelchairs; serve meals and assist the patient with eating; and check the patient’s vital signs. Depending on the level of training and the state, some nursing assistants administer medication. In the state of California this is permitted, but it must be done under the direct supervision of a physician.

The East Bay region, which includes Fremont, Hayward, and Oakland, is home to 20,070 registered nurses (RNs), 7,280 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and 4,260 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). These professionals earn some of the highest salaries in the healthcare field. Hayward-based RNs average $127,930 per year, LVNs average $61,700 per year, and CNAs average $34,180 per year.

What does it take to become a nursing professional in Fresno, California? Registered nurses (RNs) must perform a variety of challenging tasks, from conducting diagnostic tests and analyzing results to establishing effective care plans for the sick or injured. RNs must therefore earn an associate's degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN), and they must successfully pass the national licensure exam. Most hospitals and healthcare providers prefer a BSN or MSN degree.

California is home to more than a quarter-million registered nurses (RNs). Some 20,070 live in the East Bay area (Fremont, Hayward, and Oakland). The area is also home to an impressive 7,280 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and 4,260 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). While opportunities for nurses are plentiful in Fremont, the field is very competitive. To ensure that their nurses have the skills needed to provide exceptional patient care, the city’s hospitals and healthcare providers require education, experience, and licensure / certification.

With a population of 23,670 registered nurses (RNs) averaging $83,160 per year, 5,170 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) averaging $48,190 per year, and 8,320 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) averaging $27,670 per year, Chula Vista is one of the nation’s best places to start a career in nursing. While the opportunity for success in the city is promising, nurses must demonstrate the ability to juggle a variety of demanding tasks to land a position at a top hospital or healthcare provider. This can only be accomplished with the right education and training.

While California nursing programs and career opportunities are plentiful, it still takes a lot of work and the right education to obtain a lucrative position as a registered nurse (RN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or certified nursing assistant (CNA). RNs must be skilled at performing a variety of challenging tasks from conducting diagnostic tests and analyzing results to establishing effective care plans for the sick or injured.

Registered nurses (RNs) make up the nation’s largest healthcare occupation, with a growing population of more than 2.7 million nationwide and a total of 252,940 in the state of California alone. There are also 97,420 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in California and over 61,000 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) in the state. California’s nursing population is so great that, according to a 2014 report by the US Health Occupations Center, nearly 17,000 future RNs and LVNs graduate from the state's nursing schools each year.