Fresno, CA (population: 490,930) has one practical nursing school within a 100-mile radius of its city center. San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia has a total student population of 1,252. It is the 3352nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 319th highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Practical Nursing students from Fresno schools who go on to become practical nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, natural health practitioners, 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.
After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia ends up costing a student $16,856/yr.
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