Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has two BSN schools within its city limits. California State University-Fresno, the highest ranked school in the city with a BSN program, has a total student population of 21,500. It is the 1796th highest ranked school in the USA and the 159th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
BSN students from Fresno schools who go on to become nurses, forensic nurses, licensed vocational nurses, nurse administrators, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Fresno area alone, there are 1,200 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $48,530. Registered nurses in this area earn $81,340/yr and there are 5,260 employed.
Fresno lies in Fresno county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Fresno area has 323,470 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $19/hr average worker wage, and a $40,460 average annual salary. Thus, about 16 out of every 1000 jobs in Fresno are held by registered nurses, and 4/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 2 BSN schools in Fresno, both of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Fresno City College comes out as the most expensive ($6,031/yr) for BSN students, with California State University-Fresno as the lowest, reported at only $5,579/yr.
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