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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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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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