Chaffey College offers the No. 3 best nursing program in Southern California and the 11th best in the state, according to a nursing advocacy organization which released rankings this month.
RNCareers.org, a group of nurses and education specialists, provides various resources such as school data, scholarship opportunities and career requirements to help aspiring nurses navigate their career path. The group ranked 86 California schools that offer associate degrees in nursing.
“Healthcare stands as one of the fastest-growing fields in the Inland Empire, with thousands of new skilled medical professionals needed every year,” said Chaffey College Superintendent/President Henry Shannon. “Chaffey College remains committed to providing the highest-quality training possible for its nursing students, so that we can help meet our community’s workforce needs.”
Cuesta College, located in San Luis Obispo, took the top spot with an overall score of 100 percent. The school offers licensed vocational and registered nursing programs.
Chaffey earned the second highest ranking among schools in San Bernardino County, receiving an overall score of 96 percent from the organization.
RNCareers.org based its rankings on pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in the last three years, surveys from more than 9,000 nurses, program offerings and other factors. Chaffey’s exam pass rate was 97 percent in 2016, 92 percent in 2017 and 98 percent in 2018.
“One of the best measures of a nursing program’s ability to prepare its students to become a registered nurse is to look at an institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN pass rates. We went directly to California’s state board of nursing to find, report and rank the best associate degree in nursing programs in California,” the organization wrote on its website.
Chaffey has offered the associate’s degree in nursing program since 1957, graduating more than 2,100 students since then. Students can pursue degrees and certificates to become home health aides, nursing assistants, and vocational nurses and can also apply their coursework toward bachelor’s degrees in nursing.