Top Hispanic Friendly LPN/LVN Programs

hispanic_rankAs the United States’ Baby Boomer population reaches retirement age, the need for Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurses (LPN & LVN*) continues to increase.To meet this need, more and more students throughout the country—including Hispanics—are choosing to obtain LPN / LVN certifications by attending accredited schools in their states. Hispanic LPN's are becoming a large part of the healthcare workforce, especially in cities. In fact, people of Hispanic and Latino descent make up 8.9 percent of LPN's in urban areas, compared to just 3.2 percent in rural areas, which are generally served by Caucasian LPN's.Despite the overall increase in the number of Hispanic LPN's recent years, they are still underrepresented in the healthcare and nursing fields.To address this issue and increase interest and enrollment in LPN programs, many schools around the country have retooled their curriculum and marketing strategies to better target and serve students of Hispanic and Latino ancestry.

States that Emphasize Hispanic-Friendly LPN / LVN Programs

A Nurse Sitting At A Computer At The Reception Area Of A HospitaThe demographics and geography of the United States mean that certain states have higher populations of Hispanics than others. Texas, California, Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona have the highest percentage of population that is of Hispanic or Latino descent, and it’s no surprise that programs in those states have devoted the most money and resources into developing Hispanic-friendly LPN / LVN programs.In fact, our data shows that the top four Hispanic-friendly programs in the country are all in Texas. Laredo Community College, South Texas College, The University of Texas at Brownsville, and Valley Grande Institute all have LVN programs that meet key criteria for attracting, retaining, and graduating the large Hispanic population in the Lone Star state.Rounding out the top 10 includes two schools from California—Imperial Valley College and Downey Adult School—as well as one from Florida: Florida National University. Like Texas, both California and Florida have large Hispanic populations that are underrepresented in each state’s overall LPN / LVN workforce.

Statistics of Hispanics Pursuing Higher Education in the United States

The percentage of Hispanic high school graduates in the United States who go on to enroll in college is higher than ever. The class of 2012 saw 69 percent of Hispanic high school graduates taking college classes during the following fall semester. That’s two percent higher than the number of Caucasian students who make the jump to college after high school graduation.However, Hispanic high school graduates are less likely than Caucasians to attend four-year universities, with only 56 percent attending traditional bachelor’s degree-granting colleges.While these is an overall push to increase that number, LPN programs throughout the country have capitalized on the trend by offering an in-demand skillset that also offers high salaries for only one year of post-high school training.The addition of Hispanic LPN's to the healthcare workforce is especially vital in the coming years, as they’re often bilingual and can more easily provide and translate complex medical instructions to patients who only speak Spanish. Find available LPN jobs.

Ranking Methodology

The data used to determine the top Hispanic friendly LPN/LVN program rankings were obtained from the 2012 IPEDS data release (http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds). The LPN/LVN program completions were analyzed and ranked via the following process: 
  1. The program must have at least 10 students total
  2. The program must have at least 10 Hispanic students
  3. At least 25% of the total students completing the program must be Hispanic
  4. Programs were ranked in order of the percent of total students that were Hispanic.
* PLEASE NOTE: Correct terminology in California & Texas is Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN).

    Ranked: 1
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 95.0%

    Laredo Community College

    West End Washington St, Laredo, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 92.1%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 96.3%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 97.1%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 77.1%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 80.6%

    Visit the School's Website: Laredo Community College

    Ranked: 2
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 94.6%

    South Texas College

    3201 W Pecan, McAllen, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 86.4%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 82.9%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 93.3%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 89.2%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 84.6%

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    Ranked: 3
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 94.1%

    The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College

    80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 90.7%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 98.3%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 90.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 90.7%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 89.6%

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    Ranked: 4
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 93.8%

    Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies

    345 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 74.5%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 78.6%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 79.2%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 83.6%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 85.2%

    Visit the School's Website: Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies

    Ranked: 5
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 90.0%

    Imperial Valley College

    380 E. Aten Road, Imperial, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 94.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 0.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 76.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Imperial Valley College

    Ranked: 6
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 88.9%

    Northern New Mexico College

    921 Paseo de Onate, Espanola, NM

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 91.7%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 92.3%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 94.4%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Northern New Mexico College

    Ranked: 7
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 87.7%

    Downey Adult School

    12340 Woodruff Ave, Downey, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 88.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 86.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 87.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 78.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 81.0%

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    Ranked: 8
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 86.8%

    El Paso Community College

    919 Hunter Drive, El Paso, TX

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    Ranked: 9
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 86.4%

    Florida National University - Main Campus

    4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue, Hialeah, FL

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 65.4%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 54.5%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 42.1%

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    Ranked: 10
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 85.3%

    Southwest Texas Junior College

    2401 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 79.7%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 86.7%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 98.3%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 91.7%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 96.6%

    Visit the School's Website: Southwest Texas Junior College

    Ranked: 11
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 81.8%

    Anamarc College - El Paso

    3210 Dyer, El Paso, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 89.7%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 92.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 90.9%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 96.9%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 93.8%

    Visit the School's Website: Anamarc College - El Paso

    Ranked: 12
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 80.0%

    Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

    1902 North Loop 499, Harlingen, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 0.0%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 0.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 86.4%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 95.2%

    Visit the School's Website: Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

    Ranked: 13
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 75.0%

    Computer Career Center

    6101 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 94.1%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Computer Career Center

    Ranked: 14
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 73.9%

    Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing

    3663 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 84.7%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 89.2%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 76.5%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 86.2%

    Visit the School's Website: Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing

    Ranked: 15
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 73.4%

    Kaplan College - Corpus Christi Campus

    1620 S. Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christ, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 73.9%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 70.7%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 74.1%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 83.9%

    Visit the School's Website: Kaplan College - Corpus Christi Campus

    Ranked: 16
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 73.3%

    Medvance Institute - Miami

    9035 Sunset Drive, Suite 200, Miami, FL

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 88.6%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 93.8%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 75.8%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 85.2%

    Visit the School's Website: Medvance Institute - Miami

    Ranked: 17
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 71.4%

    New Mexico State University - Carlsbad

    1500 University Dr, Carlsbad, NM

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%

    Visit the School's Website: New Mexico State University - Carlsbad

    Ranked: 18
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 69.8%

    California Nurses Educational Institute

    5200 E. Ramon Rd. Suite I-1, Palm Springs, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 62.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 57.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 80.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 76.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 59.0%

    Visit the School's Website: California Nurses Educational Institute

    Ranked: 19
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 68.8%

    Robert Morgan Educational Center

    18180 SW 122nd Ave, Miami, FL

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 76.7%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 76.9%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 87.5%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 91.7%

    Visit the School's Website: Robert Morgan Educational Center

    Ranked: 20
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 66.7%

    Sul Ross State University

    400 North Harrison, Alpine, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Sul Ross State University

    Ranked: 21
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 65.8%

    Advanced College

    13180 Paramount Blvd., South Gate, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 42.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 38.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 60.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 82.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 75.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Advanced College

    Ranked: 22
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 64.9%

    Kaplan College - San Antonio

    6441 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 68.5%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 69.4%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 76.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 83.5%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 65.4%

    Visit the School's Website: Kaplan College - San Antonio

    Ranked: 23
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 63.6%

    Luna Community College

    Hot Springs Blvd, Las Vegas, NM

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 96.4%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 85.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 93.8%

    Visit the School's Website: Luna Community College

    Ranked: 24
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 63.1%

    Coastal Bend College

    3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 90.2%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 80.8%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 79.7%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 89.7%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 83.6%

    Visit the School's Website: Coastal Bend College

    Ranked: 25
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 61.1%

    Arizona Western College

    2020 S. Avenue 8E, Yuma, AZ

    • 2007 NCLEX pass rate 95.0%
    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 90.8%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Arizona Western College

    Ranked: 26
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 54.5%

    HoHoKus - Hackensack School of Business and Medical Sciences

    250 Moore Street, Hackensack, NJ

    • 2007 NCLEX pass rate 81.7%
    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 71.8%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 71.3%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 77.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 79.8%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 88.2%

    Visit the School's Website: HoHoKus - Hackensack School of Business and Medical Sciences

    Ranked: 27
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 53.8%

    Bakersfield College

    1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 83.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 80.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 95.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 94.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Bakersfield College

    Ranked: 28
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 52.9%

    Pacific College

    3160 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA

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    Ranked: 29
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 51.9%

    Franklin Career College

    1274 Slater Cir, Ontario, CA

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    Ranked: 30
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 51.3%

    St Philips College

    1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, TX

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    Ranked: 31
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 50.0%

    Kaplan College - North Hollywood

    6180 Laurel Cyn Blvd Ste 101, North Hollywood, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 74.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 85.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 77.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 64.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 65.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Kaplan College - North Hollywood

    Ranked: 32
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 49.4%

    Career Point College

    4522 Fredericksburg RD Suite A-18, San Antonio, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 0.0%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 90.5%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 86.4%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 92.6%

    Visit the School's Website: Career Point College

    Ranked: 33
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 49.1%

    Midland College

    3600 N Garfield, Midland, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 84.8%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 71.7%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 73.7%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 75.4%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 68.9%

    Visit the School's Website: Midland College

    Ranked: 34
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 48.5%

    North - West College - West Covina

    2121 W Garvey Ave, West Covina, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 80.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 80.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 92.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 85.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 80.0%

    Visit the School's Website: North - West College - West Covina

    Ranked: 35
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 47.6%

    San Joaquin Valley College - Visalia

    8400 W Mineral King Ave, Visalia, CA

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    Ranked: 36
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 47.4%

    Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

    8400 Datapoint Dr, San Antonio, TX

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    Ranked: 37
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 47.2%

    American Career College at St. Francis

    3680 E. Imperial Highway, 5th Floor, Lynwood, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 60.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 84.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 75.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 79.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 85.0%

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    Ranked: 38
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 47.0%

    Amarillo College

    2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 97.2%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 95.8%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 93.4%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 87.8%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 81.3%

    Visit the School's Website: Amarillo College

    Ranked: 39
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 46.5%

    Career Care Institute

    43770 Fifteenth St W Ste 115, Lancaster, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 67.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 74.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 93.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 66.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 72.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Career Care Institute

    Ranked: 40
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 46.5%

    City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College

    4300 N Narragansett, Chicago, IL

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 97.0%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 94.6%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 96.5%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 90.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 91.1%

    Visit the School's Website: City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College

    Ranked: 41
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 46.2%

    Morton College

    3801 S Central Ave, Cicero, IL

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 96.3%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 93.8%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 83.3%

    Visit the School's Website: Morton College

    Ranked: 42
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 45.9%

    Summit College

    851 S. Cooley Dr, Colton, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 66.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 80.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 81.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 82.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 75.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Summit College

    Ranked: 43
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 45.5%

    Rio Hondo College

    3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 86.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 97.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 92.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 92.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 86.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Rio Hondo College

    Ranked: 44
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 44.3%

    Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield

    5300 California Avenue, Bakersfield, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 85.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 82.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 55.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 58.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 72.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Santa Barbara Business College - Bakersfield

    Ranked: 45
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 44.1%

    Frank Phillips College

    1301 W. Roosevelt St., Borger, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 93.8%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 95.5%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 94.4%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 91.7%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 67.7%

    Visit the School's Website: Frank Phillips College

    Ranked: 46
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 44.0%

    Allan Hancock College

    800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 92.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 94.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 97.0%

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    Ranked: 47
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 44.0%

    Copper Mountain College

    6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, CA

    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 83.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 80.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 79.0%
    • 2013 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%

    Visit the School's Website: Copper Mountain College

    Ranked: 48
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 42.9%

    SUNY Westchester Community College

    75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 97.1%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 92.3%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 100.0%

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    Ranked: 49
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 42.9%

    Holyoke Community College

    303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA

    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 83.3%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 90.6%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 90.0%

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    Ranked: 50
    2012 Hispanic Enrollment: 42.3%

    Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio

    7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 300, San Antonio, TX

    • 2008 NCLEX pass rate 86.4%
    • 2009 NCLEX pass rate 86.9%
    • 2010 NCLEX pass rate 90.9%
    • 2011 NCLEX pass rate 80.6%
    • 2012 NCLEX pass rate 77.5%

    Visit the School's Website: Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio

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