An array of excellent LVN schools in Southern California are available to the region’s aspiring vocational nurses. From Santa Barbara all the way south to San Diego JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , California’s lower half offers a plethora of quality schools that can help you prepare in two years or less to find an exciting, rewarding career in vocational nursing.

The next few paragraphs analyzes ten of the most highly-regarded vocational programs in the state’s southern section. All programs that appear on this list are fully-accredited by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT), meaning that they satisfy the state’s highest possible standards for LVN training.

Conditions Used for Rankings

The vocational nursing schools in Southern California that are included on this list were chosen based upon their 2010 NCLEX-PN pass percentage rate for program graduates, and the overall number of pupils graduated.

Because of the second qualifier T. J. Watt Jersey , this list is clearly biased against smaller programs. This essentially mirrors the reality you’re going to discover in the employment market, however, where students from bigger, better-known schools tend to be given preference in hiring.

The 10 Best LVN Programs in Southern California

No. 10 – Career Networks Institute (Orange)

Its 12-month program generating a 75% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN amongst its graduates over the past four years Le'Veon Bell Jersey , CNI offers one of the best vocational nursing programs in Orange County. Boasting an outstanding 2010 pass percentage of 92%, the institution is fast turning into one of the region’s most-respected programs and was awarded an A+ rating in 2011 by the Better Business Bureau.

No. 9 – Marian College (Los Angeles)

Among the smallest Southern California vocational nursing schools on this list, Marian College’s Los Angeles campus is well regarded in the local nursing community. Marian reduced its enrollment further in the last year to the apparent benefit of its graduates, who saw their NCLEX-PN pass rate improve to 89% in 2010 from the 80% program graduates had averaged over the preceding three years.

No. 8 – American Career College (Orange County)

Offering LVN programs in three Southern California cities (L.A. Antonio Brown Jersey , Ontario and Anaheim), ACC, or American Career College, is among the largest educators of vocational nurses in the state. The college’s most-successful program in recent years is its Anaheim campus Mason Rudolph Jersey , where in excess of 80% of its 1,000 graduates have become licensed since 2008.

No. 7 – Casa Loma College (Van Nuys)

The Van Nuys location of Casa Loma College features one of L.A.’s best vocational nursing programs. Despite comparatively large enrollment (more than 100 aspiring vocational nurses have gone through the program every year since 2007), the school consistently sends about 84% of its former pupils to a passing NCLEX-PN result boosted by a solid 88% in 2010.

No. 6 – Citrus Community College (Glendora)

Glendora’s Citrus CC has sent an average of 80 future vocational nurses through its courses over the last four years to excellent reviews in the job market. Over the past five years, 85% of Citrus graduates have become licensed LVNs with their first attempt at passing the NCLEX-PN.

No. 5 – Long Beach City College (Long Beach)

Long Beach City College’s LVN programs hold a well-established track record as one of California’s best James Washington Jersey , thanks mainly to a graduate pass rate of 86% during the last four years. Class sizes tend to be smaller (e.g. there were only 62 graduates last year), which leads to more personalized learning opportunity with course instructors.

No. 4 – Concord Career Colleges (Garden Grove, North Hollywood, San Bernardino and San Diego)

The family of Concord Career Colleges provides one of the best collections of LVN programs in the Southern California region. Every one of its four campuses consistently has well over 80% of students pass the NCLEX-PN. Concord’s joint locations on a yearly basis send almost 300 newly-licensed LVNs into the regional health care industry Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , one of the largest totals of any school in the state.

No. 3 – North Orange County ROP (Anaheim)

Located in Anaheim, North Orange County ROP is noted both for its affordability and excellence in education. Nursing students who gain acceptance into the 13-month LVN program can complete it for less than $5,000, and an incredible 96% of them passed the NCLEX-PN on their first try over the past four years.

No. 2 – Stanbridge College (Irvine)

Recipient of the 2008-09 ACCSC School of Excellence Award and a finalist for the 2010 America’s Best Technical College Award Terrell Edmunds Jersey , Stanbridge College’s Irvine campus is truly the cream of LVN programs in Orange County. Stanbridge boasts an astronomical 97% NCLEX-PN pass percentage since introducing its first LVN program three years ago.

No. 1 – Riverside CC (Riverside)

The clear-cut choice for number one on this list, Riverside CC is reasonably priced, has perfect class sizes, and gives the very best quality training. The LVN program graduates’ perfect 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN in 2010 was just marginally higher than the 99% they have averaged recently Wholesale Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys , and these students received one of the state’s premier vocational nursing educations at community college prices.

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