1. CNI College
1610 E St. Andrew Place, Suite 200, Santa Ana; 714-437-9697, 888-220-3701; cnicollege.edu
Celebrating 28 years in Orange County, CNI College offers accredited post-secondary professional education in the fields of nursing and health sciences, including programs in vocational nursing, a bachelor of science in nursing, and the nursing program. RN-to-BSN completion.
After several years in the city of Orange, CNI moved to its unique location in Santa Ana in 2019. Designed to resemble a hospital, the 52,000 square foot campus includes high-tech classrooms and labs, a operating room lab and a high-fidelity simulation labs, including high-fidelity mannequins that can simulate childbirth. Additionally, the site provides traditional campus spaces, such as a student union, library, and other student support services.
“Simulation labs provide a safe learning environment where students receive hands-on training to practice and apply fundamental and advanced skills before entering clinical settings,” says Shannon O’Hara, Director of Digital Marketing and community relations.
Additional resources are available to CNI’s approximately 950 students through their Library Information Resources Network (LIRN) online database and the Burlew Medical Library at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The school’s ‘educational excellence’ extends to serving the local community through a number of annual voluntary efforts.
“Our school believes in giving back to the community with their time, talents, and energy,” O’Hara says, as CNI students consistently support local organizations such as CHOC Children’s Hospital, Orangewood Children’s Home, and the Ronald McDonald House.
2. Stanbridge University
2041 Business Center Drive, Irvine; 888-789-6208; stanbridge.edu
Stanbridge University’s Orange County campus in Irvine is home to more than 1,000 students, more than half of whom are enrolled in one of their five nursing programs. Learning paths include an Associate of Occupational Science in Professional Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing including completion of an RN-SN degree, and a Master of Science in Nursing Education or Leadership.
The school boasts average pass rates of 98% NCLEX-RN and 96% NCLEX-PN over the past five years.
“The pre-licensure nursing programs at Stanbridge Orange County University campus offer students a unique emphasis on thorough admissions review, academic rigor, and innovative hands-on learning to support preparation for modern careers in nursing,” says Victoria Sauer, director of marketing at Stanbridge University.
Students have access to state-of-the-art tools, such as the first SynDaver synthetic cadaver lab on the West Coast, an anatomy table anatomy visualization system that provides large-scale virtual human dissection, and a trainer Advanced Laerdal Haptic IV for convenient repeat intravenous techniques.
3. American Career College
1200 N. Magnolia Ave., Anaheim; 714-763-9066; americancareercollege.edu
With locations in Los Angeles, Ontario, and Anaheim, American Career College has more than 40 years of experience providing hands-on health care education to more than 50,000 graduates.
ACC’s Anaheim campus offers educational pathways for 12 health care programs, including Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN), Physician Assistant, Surgical Technology, and Professional Nursing.
The school emphasizes not only training the next generation of healthcare professionals, but also the “soft skills” that come with the nursing profession. ACC co-president and chief operating officer Timothy Lee says the art and science of nursing is integrated into the school’s curriculum and culture, allowing for a “centered” approach. student” for all operations.
“We have a service-oriented program and mentality,” says Lee. “We encourage empathy and generosity.”
As a result, Lee says ACC programs produce great practitioners, as well as great people.
“Every student at ACC leaves a little better than they came.”