LVN in California

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Schools Offering Nursing Programs in California

Each year, approximately 0.6% of California graduates receive certificates in nursing. In other words, every year an estimated 5,141 licensed vocational nurses graduate from California's 96 LVN schools.

Top Schools

St. Francis Career College, which is located in Lynwood, is the top-ranked school in California that has a LVN program. It received a ranking of 58th in the country in 2010. 113 students graduated with a certificate in LVN from St. Francis Career College in 2010.

North-West College-Glendale, which was ranked 62nd nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in California that has a LVN program. It is located in Glendale. In 2010, North-West College-Glendale graduated 26 students from its LVN program.

Stanbridge College, which is located in Irvine, is the third-ranked school in California that has a LVN program. It received a ranking of 63rd in the country in 2010. In 2010, Stanbridge College graduated 0 students from its LVN programs. Stanbridge College charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of California's LVN schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $665 per year, though tuition can range from $14,823 per year to $624 per year. In 2010, the following California LVN schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Everest College-Anaheim - located in Anaheim, students are charged $14,823 per year
  2. San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia - located in Visalia, students are charged $12,925 per year
  3. Cuesta College - located in San Luis Obispo, students are charged $860 per year

The following California LVN schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  2. Copper Mountain Community College - located in Joshua Tree, students are charged $625 per year
  3. Sacramento City College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year

A LVN certificate from a California school... what next?

The highest percentage of LVN graduates in California pursue careers as a licensed vocational nurse. In 2010, there were 62,850 licensed vocational nurses working in California. The largest populations of California licensed vocational nurses are working in the following counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - 19,410 licensed vocational nurses
  2. Riverside County - 5,980 licensed vocational nurses
  3. San Diego County - 5,490 licensed vocational nurses

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow by 21% by 2018. There are projected to be 76,900 licensed vocational nurses working in the California then.


On average, a licensed vocational nurse earns a salary of $50,490 per year in California state. But, salaries for licensed vocational nurses can vary. In 2010, licensed vocational nurses made as little as less than $32,490 per year or as much as more than $74,570 per year in California. On average a licensed vocational nurse earns the most in the following California counties:

  1. Sonoma County - $58,460 per year
  2. Monterey County - $58,330 per year
  3. Marin County - $58,000 per year

A licensed vocational nurse in the following counties in California make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Tulare County - $45,260 per year
  2. Riverside County - $45,440 per year
  3. Colusa County - $45,740 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in nursing and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as nurse assisting or RN.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing in California
  • Certificate in Nursing in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,822 miles from location CES College Burbank CA n/a n/a n/a
7,942 miles from location Unitek College Fremont CA n/a n/a n/a
7,824 miles from location Preferred College of Nursing-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA n/a n/a n/a
7,821 miles from location Angeles Institute Lakewood CA n/a n/a n/a
7,817 miles from location Downey Adult School Downey CA n/a n/a n/a
7,824 miles from location Angeles College of Nursing Los Angeles CA n/a n/a n/a
7,784 miles from location Franklin Career College Ontario CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,962 miles from location City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 19.5231 n/a 32,950
7,820 miles from location Long Beach City College Long Beach CA 13.8435 n/a 27,894
7,893 miles from location Sacramento City College Sacramento CA 14.8295 n/a 27,171
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,811 miles from location Rio Hondo College Whittier CA 14.8367 n/a 22,432
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,898 miles from location San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA 16.8338 n/a 20,223
7,894 miles from location Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 18.7886 n/a 19,753
7,890 miles from location Modesto Junior College Modesto CA 14.2493 n/a 18,410
7,833 miles from location Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA 15.0744 n/a 18,402
7,787 miles from location San Diego City College San Diego CA 12.0991 n/a 18,074
7,756 miles from location Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto CA 11.7295 n/a 17,583
7,953 miles from location Cabrillo College Aptos CA 17.7158 n/a 15,974
7,823 miles from location Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA 12.531 n/a 15,968
7,806 miles from location Antelope Valley College Lancaster CA 16.6671 n/a 15,705
7,833 miles from location Reedley College Reedley CA 15.9728 n/a 15,384
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,873 miles from location Butte College Oroville CA 14.6243 n/a 13,147
7,800 miles from location Citrus College Glendora CA 12.4755 n/a 12,895
7,928 miles from location Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA 15.736 n/a 12,025
7,921 miles from location Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 16.6722 n/a 11,070
7,946 miles from location Mission College Santa Clara CA 14.2259 n/a 10,954
7,925 miles from location Los Medanos College Pittsburg CA 11.077 n/a 10,773
7,881 miles from location Shasta College Redding CA 17.9463 n/a 10,578
7,947 miles from location Hartnell College Salinas CA 14.8313 n/a 10,451
7,870 miles from location Merced College Merced CA 10.9318 n/a 10,446
7,725 miles from location College of the Desert Palm Desert CA 11.9919 n/a 10,193
7,692 miles from location Imperial Valley College Imperial CA 12.7761 n/a 8,831
7,881 miles from location Yuba College Marysville CA 12.4683 n/a 8,564
7,935 miles from location Gavilan College Gilroy CA 9.80111 n/a 8,087
7,970 miles from location College of the Redwoods Eureka CA 14.2499 n/a 7,634
7,946 miles from location Merritt College Oakland CA 7.18193 n/a 7,295
7,939 miles from location Napa Valley College Napa CA 15.1485 n/a 7,282
7,823 miles from location El Camino College-Compton Center Compton CA 6.2099 n/a 6,691
7,760 miles from location Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest CA 10.7394 n/a 6,342
7,822 miles from location Porterville College Porterville CA 11.8615 n/a 4,571
7,807 miles from location Hacienda La Puente Adult Education La Puente CA 6.80913 n/a 3,852
7,764 miles from location Palo Verde College Blythe CA 9.84469 n/a 3,516
7,863 miles from location College of the Siskiyous Weed CA 14.331 n/a 3,045
7,832 miles from location Feather River Community College District Quincy CA 12.7524 n/a 2,267
7,800 miles from location Lassen Community College Susanville CA 10.562 n/a 2,250
7,708 miles from location Copper Mountain Community College Joshua Tree CA 9.13844 n/a 2,044
7,891 miles from location Charles A. Jones Skills and Business Education Center Sacramento CA 33.6513 n/a 1,618
7,769 miles from location Summit Career College Colton CA 24.5911 n/a 1,603
7,887 miles from location Carrington College California-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.7306 77% 1,537
0 miles from location Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center Los Angeles CA 21.2928 n/a 1,277
7,826 miles from location Charter College Canyon Country CA 21.1219 n/a 1,269
7,836 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia Visalia CA 23.4766 n/a 1,252
7,842 miles from location Institute of Technology Inc Clovis CA 25.1382 n/a 1,182
7,840 miles from location Clovis Adult Education Clovis CA 23.2948 n/a 1,159
7,810 miles from location Everest College-Anaheim Anaheim CA 11.9981 100% 1,143
7,939 miles from location Carrington College California-San Jose San Jose CA 31.6955 72% 1,016
7,770 miles from location Four-D College Colton CA 24.1494 n/a 956
7,805 miles from location Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education Baldwin Park CA 0.632715 n/a 948
7,946 miles from location Carrington College California-San Leandro San Leandro CA 29.9223 73% 893
7,769 miles from location Concorde Career College San Bernardino CA 35.0465 100% 860
7,820 miles from location Career Colleges of America South Gate CA 30.4078 n/a 848
7,804 miles from location University of Antelope Valley Lancaster CA 28.4996 n/a 792
7,839 miles from location Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield CA 20.3916 100% 737
7,809 miles from location Career Networks Institute Orange CA 27.0637 n/a 712
7,804 miles from location Career Care Institute Lancaster CA 25.2869 n/a 637
7,830 miles from location Casa Loma College-Van Nuys Van Nuys CA 34.7334 88% 604
7,922 miles from location Carrington College California-Antioch Antioch CA 31.8615 80% 586
7,805 miles from location CIT College of InfoMedical Technology Anaheim CA 31.6397 n/a 529
7,807 miles from location Premiere Career College Baldwin Park CA 27.1848 n/a 415
7,808 miles from location Stanbridge College Irvine CA 36.7248 100% 413
7,922 miles from location Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria CA 27.5213 100% 293
7,809 miles from location Pacific College Costa Mesa CA 27.6537 n/a 292
7,827 miles from location Community Based Education and Development DBA CBD College Los Angeles CA 36.4231 n/a 263
7,820 miles from location Advanced College South Gate CA 27.7997 n/a 207
7,824 miles from location Marian Health Careers Center Los Angeles CA 33.2154 100% 186
7,838 miles from location Valley College of Medical Careers Canoga Park CA 33.5575 n/a 173
7,805 miles from location North-West College-West Covina West Covina CA 34.7522 100% 162
7,781 miles from location North-West College-Riverside Riverside CA 35.3711 100% 159
7,822 miles from location St. Francis Career College Lynwood CA 41.8327 100% 134
7,820 miles from location North-West College-Glendale Glendale CA 37.9687 100% 126
7,832 miles from location Homestead Schools Torrance CA n/a n/a 118
7,838 miles from location California Career College Canoga Park CA 1.48776 n/a 112
7,729 miles from location California Nurses Educational Institute Cathedral City CA n/a n/a 97
7,825 miles from location Central Nursing College Los Angeles CA n/a n/a 88
7,794 miles from location North-West College-Pomona Pomona CA 34.1666 100% 78
7,810 miles from location Palladium Technical Academy El Monte CA 35.9668 100% 76
7,753 miles from location Beaumont Adult School Beaumont CA 23.9024 n/a 72
7,814 miles from location North-West College-Pasadena Pasadena CA 34.1192 100% 56
7,920 miles from location Blake Austin College Vacaville CA 33.0436 100% 51
7,830 miles from location Career Development Institute Los Angeles CA n/a n/a 7

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses + 62,850 $50,490 19.8%

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