Becoming an LVN in California

The state of California is looking to advance their quality of healthcare and ethical practices by focusing on leadership, legislation, and public health infrastructure. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 23% increase in Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) jobs per year in the state of California by 2020. To meet this growing demand for nurses, more than 165 schools currently offer LVN programs throughout the state—we’ve ranked the top 50 based on state licensure exam pass rates over the last several years. To become an LVN in the state, applicants can apply for a California LVN license by either exam after recently graduating or by endorsement if transferring from another state.

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    LVN Programs in California

    For those seeking to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse in the state of California, choosing a program that meets state requirements is imperative for licensure. California has almost 170 state-approved LVN programs made up of community colleges, technical centers and vocational high schools, as well as private career schools. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam pass-rates over the past several years, across the state of California, we've compiled and ranked the top 50 programs in the state.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)

    Ranked: 1
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 99.32%

    4800 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA (951) 222-8000 Visit Homepage

    Riverside City College (RCC) is a two-year school offering a broad range of lower-division courses located in Riverside, California. RCC not only provides a rich diversity in the ways students can serve their community while gaining important life-experiences, but they also aspire to change the way education is pursued, introducing clinical curriculum.

    Get More Information About: Riverside City College

    Ranked: 2
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 99.16%

    2700 E Leland Rd, Pittsburg, CA (925) 439-2181 Visit Homepage

    Los Medanos College is a public community college located in Pittsburg, California, with an additional center located in Brentwood. By focusing on student learning and success, Los Medanos College aims to not only help students build their abilities and competencies as lifelong learners, but they also create excellence by continuously assessing student learning.

    Get More Information About: Los Medanos Community College

    Ranked: 3
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.55%

    721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA (805) 965-0581 Visit Homepage

    Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is located in Santa Barbara, California. SBCC houses a mix of excellent academic programs and exceptional teachers, with small class sizes, over 80 degree programs, and more than 50 certification programs. The Continuing Education division of SBCC has multiple locations and include short term vocational programs, English as a second language, and adult GED programs.

    Get More Information About: Santa Barbara City College

    Ranked: 4
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.82%

    303 Plaza Dr, Santa Maria, CA (805) 922-0641 Visit Homepage

    Santa Barbara Business (SBB) College located in Central Coast wine country in Santa Maria, California, with additional locations in Bakersfield, Rancho Mirage, Santa Barbara, and Venture. SBB strives to provide quality training and degree programs to meet a variety of career needs, emphasizing learning, providing access to state-of-the art equipment, and offering job placement assistance.

    Get More Information About: Santa Barbara Business College – Santa Maria

    Ranked: 5
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.66%

    1200 North E St, San Bernardino, CA (909) 388-6000 Visit Homepage

    San Bernardino Adult School is part of the San Bernardino City Unified School District located in San Bernardino, California, providing personal enrichment classes, medical education, GED preparation, and various other vocational programs to prepare students for jobs throughout the community.

    Ranked: 6
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.61%

    800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA (805) 922-6966 Visit Homepage

    Allan Hancock College (AHC) is a public community college located in Santa Maria, California, with additional locations in Lompoc, Solvang, and Vanderberg AFB. AHC provides quality education, enhancing student learning through excellence in teaching and by finding innovative ways to enhance achievement. AHC is ranked one of the five best community colleges in California.

    Get More Information About: Allan Hancock College

    Ranked: 7
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.54%

    800 College Ave, Weed, CA (530) 938-5555 Visit Homepage

    College of the Siskiyous (COS) is an accredited junior college located at the base of Mt. Shasta in Weed, California, with an additional campus in Yreka. COS prides itself on its small class sizes, exceptional instructors, friendly staff, and great career and support programs.

    Get More Information About: College of the Siskiyous

    Ranked: 8
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.37%

    5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, CA (408) 848-4800 Visit Homepage

    Gavilan College is located in Gilroy, California, with additional locations in Hollister and Morgan Hill. Gavilan College believes in using both traditional and emerging learning practices to cultivate learning and personal growth by offering courses for career and technical education, developmental education, and support services for workforce development.

    Get More Information About: Gavilan Community College

    Ranked: 9
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.04%

    11450 Sharp Ave, Los Angeles, CA (818) 365-9645 Visit Homepage

    North Valley Occupational Center is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District with additional locations in Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, and Sun Valley, California. North Valley Occupational center offers educational opportunities for students that allow them to become career-ready, technically-skilled, and educationally prepared. Please note: The LVN program will be inactive until the 2015-2016 school year.

    Ranked: 10
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.92%

    385 N Muller St, Anaheim, CA (714) 502-5800 Visit Homepage

    North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) is located in Anaheim, California, with classes in 23 high schools and three satellite locations, offering accredited career education and skills training as part of Southern California public school system. ROP instructors are experienced professionals, teaching with state-of-the-art equipment and software.

    Ranked: 11
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.94%

    411 Central Ave, Salinas, CA (831) 755-6700 Visit Homepage

    Hartnell Community College is located in Hartnell, California, with additional campuses in Aisal and King City. Hartnell College provides the resources to ensure students have access to the quality education to achieve their goals while preparing them for productive participation in a changing world.

    Get More Information About: Hartnell Community College

    Ranked: 12
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.86%

    8265 Aspen Ave Suite 100, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (909) 980-6490 Visit Homepage

    Baldy View Regional Occupational Program (ROP) is located in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and seeks to inspire lifelong learning and making informed career choices, while also empowering students in both new and established fields. Baldy View is committed to building an environment of excellence with a clear vision of success for all of its students.

    Ranked: 13
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.78%

    4393 Imperial Ave., Suite 100, San Diego, CA (619) 688-0800 Visit Homepage

    Concorde Career College is located in San Diego, California, with multiple other campuses located nationwide, offering hands-on healthcare training that's not only affordable, but it also fits any schedule. While they have specialized training and career options, Concorde Career College also has entry-level programs that can be complete in a short 9 months.

    Ranked: 14
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.34%

    1801 Panorama Drive, Bakersfield, CA (661) 395-4011 Visit Homepage

    Bakersfield College is one the nation's oldest continually-operating community colleges. Located in northeast Bakersfield, the college is committed to providing excellent learning opportunities for students so they may achieve informed educational goals. Classes are offered on traditional 16-week semesters as well as a variety of non-traditional scheduling options.

    Get More Information About: Bakersfield College

    Ranked: 15
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.30%

    1056 N Bush St, Ukiah, CA (707) 463-5217 Visit Homepage

    Ukiah Adult School located in Ukiah, California, is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to adults in both academic and career training. While the school offers adult GED education and prep, it also offers LVN and other continued education courses for professional advancement in the workforce.

    Ranked: 16
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.20%

    1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA (707) 527-4011 Visit Homepage

    Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) is located in Santa Rosa, California with additional campuses and centers in Petaluma, Windsor, and Forestville. SRJC culminates learning through creative, intellectual, and physical development, as well as development using social, emotional, and aesthetic factors, focusing on the student and improving his or her foundation skills.

    Get More Information About: Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC)

    Ranked: 17
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.00%

    1830 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (310) 559-0225 Visit Homepage

    Career Development Institute (CDI) is a family-owned nursing school located in Los Angeles, California. Students receive a tailored academic experience in small classes, with free tutoring. CDI supports it students by helping them reach their professional goals by identifying their potential.

    Ranked: 18
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92.06%

    8909 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA (916) 585-7770 Visit Homepage

    Carrington College of California is located in Sacramento, California, with other locations in Citrus Heights, Pleasant Hills, Pomona, San Jose, San Leandro, and Stockton. Carrington College strives to help the student meet his or her goals by creating opportunities and positive experiences.

    Ranked: 19
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92.05%

    1575 Cherry Avenue, Beaumont, CA (951) 845-6012 Visit Homepage

    Beaumont Adult School is part of the Beaumont Unified School District (BUSD) in Beaumont California. Their mission is to provide opportunities for students to complete both basic and secondary instruction, as well as provide additional opportunities to complete career technical training in a variety of programs.

    Get More Information About: Beaumont Adult School

    Ranked: 20
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92.00%

    1499 N. State St., San Jacinto, CA (951) 487-6752 Visit Homepage

    Mr. San Jacinto College (MSJC) is la comprehensive community college located in San Jacinto, California, with additional campuses in Menifee, Temecula, and Banning. MSJC offers courses and programs for transfer requirements to a four-year university, as well as a variety of vocational and technical programs to prepare students for rewarding careers.

    Get More Information About: Mt. San Jacinto Community College

    Ranked: 21
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92.00%

    883 W. Washington Blvd, Crescent City, CA (707) 464-7457 Visit Homepage

    College of the Redwoods (CR) is located in Crescent City, California, with additional campuses located in Eureka and Fort Bragg, as well as instructional sites in Hoopa and Garberville. CR strives to provide outstanding developmental, career technical, and transfer education to ensure the success of their students.

    Ranked: 22
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.90%

    1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, CA (626) 963-0323 Visit Homepage

    Citrus College is located in Glendora, California, offering high-quality instruction to support the successful completion of transfer, career education, and basic skills development. Citrus College seeks to advance as a dynamic center for life-long learning as well as increase career development and award occupational certificates and degrees for career preparation and advancement.

    Get More Information About: Citrus College

    Ranked: 23
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.80%

    575 W Maple Ave, Tulare, CA (559) 686-0225 Visit Homepage

    Tulare Adult School located in Tulare, California, providing classes to help achieve educational goals and allows students to pursue the careers of their choice. With small classes and dedicated faculty, Tulare Adult School is dedicated to providing exceptional education to meet the goals of the community.

    Ranked: 24
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.53%

    9368 Oakbourne Rd, Santee, CA (619) 956-4300 Visit Homepage

    Grossmont Health Occupations Center is located in Santee, California. Grossmont seeks to enrich the lives of community members by providing high-quality, affordable learning opportunities, helping students meet personal, academic, and workplace goals, while also helping learners seek continuing academic and career training.

    Ranked: 25
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.01%

    3000 College Heights Blvd, Ridgecrest, CA (760) 384-6100 Visit Homepage

    Cerro Coso Community College (CCCC) is one of three colleges in the Kern Community College District located in Ridgecrest, California, with additional locations in Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, Lake Isabella, and Edwards AFB. CCCC strives to foster student success through continued quality improved of instruction and student service.

    Get More Information About: Cerro Coso Community College

    Ranked: 26
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.90%

    730 S. Central Ave Ste 208, Glendale, CA (818) 637-7871 Visit Homepage

    Allied Medical and Health Services, Inc., (AMHS) is a private nursing school located in Glendale California. AMHS's mission is to create health training programs that will prepare students to develop quality skills and the knowledge needed for patient care through courses designed to foster self-discipline, professionalism, and the ability to meet employer expectations and market demands.

    Ranked: 27
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.80%

    3536 Butte Campus Dr, Oroville, CA (530) 895-2511 Visit Homepage

    Butte College is a public community college located in Oroville, California, with additional centers located in Chico and Orland. Butte College provide opportunities for transfer and associate's degrees and short-term certificates for those looking to achieve a new skill or advance in the workplace.

    Get More Information About: Butte Community College

    Ranked: 28
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.68%

    530 E Union St, Pasadena, CA (626) 796-5815 Visit Homepage

    North-West College (NWC) is located in Pasadena, California, with additional campuses in Santa Ana, West Covina, Glendale, Long Beach, Pomona, and Riverside. NWC has made it their mission to prepare students in short-term programs for gainful employment by utilizing modern well-equipped facilities and professional faculty-all within a friendly and warm atmosphere.

    Get More Information About: North – West College – Pasadena

    Ranked: 29
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.64%

    5703 Skvarla Avenue, Mcclellan, CA (916) 566-2785 Visit Homepage

    Twin Rivers Adult School is part of the Twin Rivers Unified School District located in McClellan, California, and is committed to providing opportunities for individuals to meet personal, education, and vocational goals, becoming more responsible and productive members of society. Twin Rivers Adult School offers year-round courses and is fully accredited.

    Ranked: 30
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.30%

    11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding, CA (530) 242-7500 Visit Homepage

    Shasta College (SC) is part of the California Community College System and is located in Redding, California. SC provides open access to education opportunities, contributing to social, cultural, and economic development, as well as offering a variety distance learning opportunities for general education, transfer curriculum, and career training.

    Get More Information About: Shasta Community College

    Ranked: 31
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.10%

    101 College Parkway, Mammoth Lakes, CA (760) 934-2875 Visit Homepage

    Easters Sierra College Center is part of the Cerro Coso (CC) Community College network and is located in Mammoth Lakes, California, with an additional campus located in Bishop. Eastern Sierra College values student success and has total online education options that are recognized for excellence state-wide, offering transfer programs and cutting-edge technical programs for career development.

    Ranked: 32
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 89.96%

    3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA (562) 908-3415 Visit Homepage

    Rio Hondo College (RHC) is a comprehensive community college located in Whittier, California. RHC offers strong career programs, a full transfer curriculum, and basic skills courses and services, as well as community service programs for workforce development. With a commitment to student success, RHC strive to provide dynamic educational opportunities and resources to develop life-long learning.

    Get More Information About: Rio Hondo Community College

    Ranked: 33
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.93%

    611k Orange Drive, Vacaville, CA (707) 455-0557 Visit Homepage

    Blake Austin College has two campuses located in Vacaville, California; a short drive from both Napa and Sacramento. Blake Austin College believes in providing quality education in an environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence, as well as covering material that is relevant to current employment demands, attempting to provide real-world, hands-on training and licensure preparation.

    Get More Information About: Blake Austin College

    Ranked: 34
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.89%

    6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, CA (760) 366-3791 Visit Homepage

    Copper Mountain Community College (CMC) is located in Joshua Tree, California, with Marine Base Programs in Twentynine Palms. CMC offers a wide range of programs for degree transfers, associate's degrees, and certificates for proficiency and achievement, as well as GED education and workforce development and continuing education.

    Get More Information About: Copper Mountain Community College

    Ranked: 35
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.83%

    4131 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA (323) 846-3000 Visit Homepage

    Manual Arts Crenshaw Adult School is part of Los Angeles Unified School District's Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) located in Los Angeles, California. Manual Arts offers a wide variety of academic and career training, allowing members of the community to reach their personal and professional goals by offering access to high-quality instruction at affordable prices.

    Ranked: 36
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.75%

    18700 Sherman Way #203, Reseda, CA (818) 343-1022 Visit Homepage

    College of Nursing and Technology is located in Reseda, California, and is committed to providing excellent nursing educations via highly-qualified constructors, consisting of PhDs, MDs, Pas, NPs, BSs, and MSs. The college is dedicated to delivering a dynamic learning experience that not only enriches and enhances the student's life, but it also empowers them in their future employment.

    Ranked: 37
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.59%

    201 East Airport Drive, San Bernardino, CA (909) 884-8891 Visit Homepage

    Concorde Career Center is located in San Bernardino, California, with many other campuses nationwide, offering hands-on healthcare training that's not only flexible, but it's also affordable. These short, hands-on healthcare programs with specialized training and degree programs, allow students to start their careers in as few as 9 months.

    Ranked: 38
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.58%

    702 Town and Country Road, Orange, CA (800) 455-4700 Visit Homepage

    CNI College is a private institution located in Orange, California, committed to academic excellence in allied health disciplines while also devoted to the community. CNI allows students to train for a career as a vocational nurse in as little as 12 months.

    Get More Information About: CNI College

    Ranked: 39
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88.36%

    325 E 111th Street, Los Angeles, CA (323) 420-2065 Visit Homepage

    Maxine Water Employment Center is part of Los Angeles Unified School District's Division of Adult and Career Education (DACE) located in Los Angeles, California. Maxine Waters offers a range of academics and career training, offering access to high-quality instruction that allows the community to reach personal and professional goals at affordable prices.

    Get More Information About: LAUSD – Maxine Waters Employment Center

    Ranked: 40
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.98%

    4670 Auto Mall Pkwy, Fremont, CA (888) 775-1514 Visit Homepage

    Unitek College is a privately held vocational school located in Fremont, California, with additional campuses located in San Jose and Sacramento. Unitek College offers education options, allowing students to complete some programs in as little as 9 months. Their programs feature modern labs that simulate real-work settings with outstanding instruction designed for success.

    Ranked: 41
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.98%

    4901 Carson St, Long Beach, CA (562) 938-4111 Visit Homepage

    Long Beach City College (LBCC) has two locations in Long Beach, California, with an Economic & Resource Development center in Lakewood. LBCC promotes student learning and achievement and academic excellence, as well as workforce development by way of high-quality education and support services.

    Get More Information About: Long Beach City College (LBCC)

    Ranked: 42
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.65%

    501 South Mount Vernon, Bakersfield, CA (661) 835-1855 Visit Homepage

    Bakersfield Adult School has two campuses located in Bakersfield, California, offering vocational career training and workforce development, as well as GED coursework, life-long learning for older adults, English as a second language, and more. Bakersfield Adult School is committed to providing quality education and career skills to adult throughout Kern County.

    Ranked: 43
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.19%

    1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA (760) 757-2121 Visit Homepage

    MiraCosta College is a two-year community college located in Oceanside, California, with an additional campus in Oceanside and one in Cardiff, as well as several off-campus locations in the area. MiraCosta College seeks to provide quality assurance and dedication of resources and processes to foster student success, as well as pursue institutional excellence.

    Get More Information About: MiraCosta Community College

    Ranked: 44
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 87.11%

    3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA (408) 988-2200 Visit Homepage

    Mission College it a public community college located in Santa Clara, California, offering transfer options to a four-year university as well as career options, associate degree options, and workforce development options. Mission College encourages student success my offering an affordable high-quality experience.

    Get More Information About: Mission Community College

    Ranked: 45
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 86.10%

    4550 La Sierra Ave, Riverside, CA (951) 351-7750 Visit Homepage

    North-West College (NWC) is located in Riverside, California, with additional campuses in Santa Ana, West Covina, Glendale, Long Beach, Pomona, and Pasadena. NWC's professional faculty prepare students as Pharmacy Technicians, Vocational Nurses, Medical Assistants, and in Surgical Technology, in a friendly environment.

    Get More Information About: North – West College – Riverside

    Ranked: 46
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 85.92%

    43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, CA (760) 346-8041 Visit Homepage

    College of the Desert (COD) is a two-year community college located in Palm Desert, California, offering transfer options as well as a number of popular vocational and technical programs. COD strives to provide excellent educational programs and services that not only contribute to student success, but also prove to be a community asset.

    Get More Information About: College of the Desert

    Ranked: 47
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 85.89%

    1901 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA (888) 775-1514 Visit Homepage

    Unitek College at San Jose is a relatively new facility with modern classrooms and well equipped labs. Unitek College, San Jose offers an 11 month vocational nursing program as well as a medical assisting program. Start your career today at Unitek College in San Jose!

    Ranked: 48
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 85.89%

    2500 Stanislaus St, Fresno, CA (559) 457-6000 Visit Homepage

    Fresno Adult School's Career & Technical Education (CTE) Department offers daytime and evening classes to accommodate student needs. They offer a 53-week LVN course which costs approximately $3000, excluding prerequisites.

    Ranked: 49
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 85.86%

    7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, CA (707) 476-4100 Visit Homepage

    College of the Redwoods puts student success first by providing outstanding developmental, career technical, and transfer education. The College partners with the community to contribute to the economic vitality and lifelong learning needs of its service area. We continually assess student learning and institutional performance and practices to improve upon the programs and services we offer.

    Get More Information About: College of the Redwoods – Eureka

    Ranked: 50
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 85.62%

    031 South Hill Street,1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA (213) 741-5394 Visit Homepage

    Continued List of All Licensed Vocational Nursing Programs in California

    RankedProgramPass RatesWebsite
    #51Chaffey College
    5885 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
    (909) 652-6000
    85.34%Request Information
    #52Stanbridge College
    2041 Business Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
    (949) 794-9090
    85.31%Request Information
    #53American Career College – Ontario
    3130 Sedona Ct, Ontario, CA 91764
    (909) 218-3253
    85.30%Request Information
    #54Cuesta College
    Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
    (805) 546-3100
    84.95%Request Information
    #55Merced Community College
    3600 M St, Merced, CA 95348
    (209) 384-6000
    84.90%Request Information
    #56East Los Angeles Occupational Center (ELAOC)
    2100 Marengo St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
    (323) 223-1283
    84.90%Visit Website
    #57Dinuba Adult School
    1327 E El Monte Way, Dinuba, CA 93618
    (559) 595-7242
    84.35%Visit Website
    #58Concorde Career College – North Hollywood
    12412 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606
    (818) 766-8151
    84.31%Request Information
    #59Lassen Community College
    478-200 Hwy 139, Susanville, CA 96130
    (530) 257-6181
    84.10%Request Information
    #60Concorde Career College – Garden Grove
    12951 S Euclid St #101, Garden Grove, CA 92840
    (714) 703-1900
    83.65%Request Information
    #61North – West College – West Covina
    2101 West Garvey Ave N, West Covina, CA 91790
    (626) 960-5046
    83.39%Request Information
    #62Carrington College of California – Pleasant Hill
    380 Civic Drive, Suite 300, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
    (925) 298-6299
    83.01%Request Information
    #63Colton Redlands Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program (ROP)
    1214 Indiana Ct, Redlands, CA 92374
    (909) 793-3115
    82.72%Visit Website
    #64Unitek College – Sacramento
    1111 Howe Ave #300, Sacramento, CA 95825
    (888) 735-4355
    82.50%Visit Website
    #65West Coast Ultrasound Institute – Ontario
    3700 Inland Empire Blvd, Ontario, CA 91764
    (909) 483-3808
    82.40%Visit Website
    #66Downey Adult School
    12340 Woodruff Ave, Downey, CA 90241
    (562) 940-6200
    82.30%Request Information
    #67Santa Barbara Business College – Palm Desert
    506 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    (866) 749-7222
    82.20%Visit Website
    #68Institute of Technology – Redding
    1755 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA 96002
    (888) 319-7180
    82.19%Visit Website
    #69Professional Medical Careers Institute
    920 Hampshire Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361
    (866) 500-6274
    82.00%Visit Website
    #70Kaplan College – North County
    2022 University Dr, Vista, CA 92083
    (760) 630-1555
    81.98%Request Information
    #71El Monte – Rosemead Adult School
    10807 Ramona Blvd, El Monte, CA 91731
    (626) 258-5800
    81.48%Visit Website
    #72Sacramento City College
    3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822
    (916) 558-2111
    81.07%Request Information
    #73San Joaquin Valley College
    295 E Sierra Ave, Fresno, CA 93710
    (559) 448-8282
    81.01%Request Information
    #74Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts – Modesto
    4712 Stoddard Road, Suite 200, Modesto, CA 95356
    (209) 521-1821
    80.69%Visit Website
    #75Kaplan College – Sacramento
    4330 Watt Avenue, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95821
    (916) 649-8168
    80.54%Request Information
    #76Glendale Career College
    240 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
    (818) 243-1131
    80.21%Request Information
    #77Visalia Adult School
    3110 E Houston Ave, Visalia, CA 93292
    (559) 730-7655
    79.95%Visit Website
    #78American Career College at St. Francis
    3680 E Imperial Hwy #500, Lynwood, CA 90262
    (310) 900-8050
    79.81%Request Information
    #79Feather River College – Quincy
    570 Golden Eagle Ave, Quincy, CA 95971
    (530) 283-0202
    79.35%Request Information
    #80Clovis Adult Education School
    1452 David E Cook Way, Clovis, CA 93611
    (559) 327-2800
    78.98%Request Information
    #81NCP College of Nursing – South San Francisco
    257 Longford Dr #5, S San Francisco, CA 94080
    (650) 871-0701
    78.71%Visit Website
    #82Charter College – Canyon Country
    27125 Sierra Hwy #329, Canyon Country, CA 91351
    (661) 252-1864
    78.65%Request Information
    #83Annenberg School of Nursing
    19300 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335
    (818) 757-4431
    78.45%Visit Website
    #84Summit Career College – Colton
    851 S. Cooley Drive, Colton, CA 92324
    (888) 497-3382
    77.88%Request Information
    #85Xavier College
    1130 N El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 941-0968
    77.69%Visit Website
    #86Angeles Institute
    11688 South Street, Suite 205, Artesia, CA 90701
    (562) 531-4100
    77.20%Request Information
    #87Hacienda La Puente Adult Education – Willow
    14101 E Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA 91746
    (626) 934-2801
    76.49%Request Information
    #88Four – D College – Victorville
    16534 Victor St, Victorville, CA 92395
    (760) 962-1325
    76.32%Visit Website
    #89State Center Community College District – Madera Center
    30277 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638
    (559) 675-4800
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    Los Angeles, Long Beach, Glendale19,360$23.91$49,740
    Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario6,720$21.99$45,730
    Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine5,730$23.45$48,780
    San Diego, Carlsbad, San Marcos5,410$23.19$48,240
    Oakland, Fremont, Hayward5,380$28.09$58,430
    Sacramento, , Arden, Arcade, , Roseville3,530$26.08$54,250
    San Francisco, San Mateo, Redwood City3,100$29.44$61,230
    San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara1,770$27.41$57,010
    Stockton1,360$25.40$52,840
    Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ventura1,190$26.90$55,950
    Fresno1,180$22.11$45,980
    Bakersfield, Delano1,040$22.59$46,980
    Redding730$23.14$48,120
    Chico730$24.05$50,030
    Salinas680$28.48$59,240
    Modesto650$25.55$53,140
    Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Goleta620$26.84$55,820
    Visalia, Porterville610$22.44$46,670
    Vallejo, Fairfield590$26.90$55,960
    Santa Rosa, Petaluma490$27.66$57,530
    Hanford, Corcoran430$22.48$46,760
    San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles380$24.73$51,430
    Santa Cruz, Watsonville350$24.93$51,860
    Yuba City280$21.46$44,650
    Napa250$26.68$55,480
    Merced180$21.65$45,030
    El Centro150$23.63$49,150