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California LPN Stats:
Comfort Score Rank: #29 of 51
Benefit of RN Rank: #14 of 51
Avg. LPN Salary: $49,940
LPNs employed: 62,300

Top Cities in California for LPNs: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton, Ventura, Sacramento, Fresno, Riverside, Bakersfield

California has a growing number of opportunities in the nursing field.  Within the state, Licensed Practical Nurses make up 21% of the total nurses and the LPN comfort score is 74.  This takes into account the average LPN salary, average state salary and cost of living. The California RN comfort score is considerably higher at 143. The large difference between the two illustrates that it is advisable to continue your education and obtain an RN degree. California nursing schools and universities can provide more information that can help you pursue either degree. In California there are many cities that will have a high number of potential educational institutions and job opportunities for an LPN. These areas include, Modesto, Bakersfield, Stockton, Fresno, Sacramento, Oxnard, San Francisco, Riverside, San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Checklist to become a California LPN:

  1. Earn your LPN Degree, 1 year of courses and hands-on practice.
  2. Apply for licensure with the California Board of Nursing ($85 fee) – Have your school send your transcript to them as well
  3. Obtain a CPR card and pass the NCLEX-PN exam

 

LPN Salaries in California
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in California earn an average of $24.01/hr and a yearly income of $49,940. Nurses working in metropolitan areas tend to earn higher salaries than in non-metropolitan parts of the state, although there is likely to be a relatively higher cost of living associated in those areas. The Bay Area pays entry-level salaries that far exceed the average in California. California is also known for having generous compensation packages, including matching retirement, liability and life insurance, extra paid holidays, and daycare or preschool benefits.

An LPN can work in a variety of areas within the nursing field including nursing care facilities, hospitals or a physicians’ office. In California, LPNs working in general medical and surgical hospitals earn more than those working in the offices of physicians. When choosing a career path within the industry, salary is only one piece to consider. Many LPNs find a more rewarding career in a family office rather than a hospital, despite a lower salary. It is advisable for LPNs to look towards home health care agencies and long-term care facilities are the fastest growing potential employers. The LPN with several years of experience and those with certifications in geriatric health are going to be in higher demand. It is crucial to begin trying to figure out which area is the best fit for you as early as possible. Take advantage of all the offered nursing classes and programs as well as continue to educate yourself and research all the available options before deciding.

LPN Degree and Education in California
In the state of California, the practical nursing program is the quickest route to becoming a nurse. To earn a degree requires one year of courses as well as hands-on practice. You are required to obtain a CPR card, and pass the NCLEX-PN exam upon completion of the course. The comfort score of an RN is much higher than an LPN and it is important to consider that some universities are now offering alternative programs such as a fast paced two-year Bachelor in the Science of Nursing (BSN) program for individuals who already have a bachelors degree and are looking for a career change. With any questions about nursing programs and specific requirements, contact the admissions office of your chosen college or school.

License renewal for nurses in California starts the second year after receiving an initial license, on the month of your birth. From that point forward, nursing licenses must be renewed every two years. Each period requires nurses to engage in 30 continuing education credits.

California LPN Job Outlook
The nursing shortage in The United States is steadily increasing. There is a rising demand for new and more effective health procedures and life expectancy averages are continuing to climb. These issues will be reflected in the California health industry and help to create an extremely strong job outlook for LPNs.

There are many job openings in California in all fields of nursing. California hospitals, home health companies and doctor offices are now offering flexible schedules, educational benefits, higher pay and other incentives to retain their staff and to recruit new nurses. Some hospitals are even offering sign on bonuses or student loan reimbursement up to certain maximums.

California is a great place for nurses. The pay is among the highest in the nation but is offset due to the high cost of living. In overall comfort, the scores indicate that an RN degree would be worth the continuing education. A career as an LPN in this state can provide opportunities and security.

The California State Board of Nursing Website is www.rn.ca.gov/


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At Baker College, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between an on campus education or an online education, depending on what works best for you and for your schedule. Our ground campuses are located across Michigan and one campus in Reading, Pennsylvania. 

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Blake Austin College, located in Vacaville, CA, can help you get the skills you need to reach your career potential. Choose from a variety of business and medical programs.

Programs:

  • Vocational Nursing
Locations: Vacaville

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Home to more than 58,000 students from all 50 states and 125 different countries, Rutgers’ mission is to prepare students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. That’s made possible by a faculty and staff of over 13,000 members, which includes an Abel Prize winner, Guggenheim Fellows, MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellows, Pulitzer Prize winners, and many more.

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Choosing a school and a new career path can be a very overwhelming process. Here at NCC we understand the importance of education, and that the healthcare industry is in constant need of trained professionals. Our short term allied health programs will give you the skills and the knowledge to become a part of the exciting healthcare field. In addition to providing career training, we offer our graduates employment assistance. At NCC you are not just a student; you are part of a community that includes faculty with industry specific experience and administrators committed to education, and your success in your career objectives.

Programs:

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You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College. Our accelerated Associates Degree, and Certificate programs are designed to help you complete your education as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We provide students not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.

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For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals.  Our student-centered approach remains at the foundation of the Keiser University mission and continues to attract students who prefer a more personal learning experience.

Programs:

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At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it. From the moment you enter ourschool, to graduation and beyond, we are right there with you.

Programs:

  • Medical Assistant (8-Month Diploma Program)
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Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges. We offer a number of certificate programs in a variety of fields, including medical, allied health, massage therapy, nursing, and electrical training.

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