Ontario, CA (population: 174,731) has ten practical nursing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. University of Southern California, the highest ranked school in this group with a practical nursing program, has a total student population of 34,824. It is the 10th highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of California (#1 is University of California-Los Angeles).
Practical Nursing students from Ontario 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 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area alone, there are 6,000 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $44,320. Registered nurses in this area earn $75,810/yr and there are 21,460 employed.
Ontario lies in San Bernardino county, which is one of the 57 counties in California. Overall, the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario area has 1,197,590 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $20/hr average worker wage, and a $41,840 average annual salary. Thus, about 18 out of every 1000 jobs in Ontario are held by registered nurses, and 5/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 10 practical nursing schools with a 100-mile radius of Ontario, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Kaplan College-San Diego comes out as the most expensive ($68,300/yr) for practical nursing students, with American University of Health Sciences as the lowest, reported at only $20,700/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ontario|
|Rancho Cucamonga||CA||176,424||3||21.593||139||5.4 miles|
|La Verne||CA||-||1||61.7321||71||9.7 miles|
|Chino Hills||CA||74,322||0||-||0||9.7 miles|
|Diamond Bar||CA||57,662||0||-||0||12.0 miles|
|Yorba Linda||CA||67,194||0||-||0||14.4 miles|
|West Covina||CA||106,032||5||23.6693||37||17.2 miles|
|San Bernardino||CA||199,314||10||20.0516||225||19.4 miles|
|Hacienda Heights||CA||52,748||0||-||0||20.9 miles|
|Garden Grove||CA||167,800||4||26.4852||22||27.4 miles|
|Mission Viejo||CA||95,388||1||19.6994||137||30.5 miles|
|Fountain Valley||CA||56,133||3||26.6774||70||30.6 miles|
|Lake Elsinore||CA||56,703||0||-||0||31.1 miles|
|Costa Mesa||CA||113,091||7||22.8122||265||31.4 miles|
|East Los Angeles||CA||135,682||0||-||0||32.1 miles|