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Florida Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

Identifying the best nursing program for your needs can be a daunting process, especially with all of the options available in Florida. The following guide to nursing schools contains important information on the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs offered in the state. Florida’s colleges and universities allow students to earn a nursing degree in the classroom or online in such concentrations as nursing administration and financial leadership, family nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse leader. Online universities offer bachelor’s and master’s nursing programs, which allow students a flexible and convenient alternative to earning a degree. Students can earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) entirely online from the University of Central Florida.

Florida School Facts:

  • 77 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 43 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 23 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: Professional Training Center 87%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Barry University 47%.1
  • Highest net price: Florida Career College, Miami $38,995.1
  • Lowest net price: Fortis College, Largo $449.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Florida with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $10,780 – $41,2202
  • 10 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2016: Florida Atlantic University (#46 MSN, #44 DNP), Florida Gulf Coast University (#186 MSN), Florida International University (#58 MSN, #49 DNP), Florida State University (#133 MSN, #110 DNP), University of Central Florida (#109 MSN, #100 DNP), University of Florida (#32 DNP), University of Miami (#40 MSN, #38 DNP), University of North Florida (#92 DNP), University of South Florida (#40 MSN, #54 DNP), University of Tampa (#157 MSN)

Continue reading below to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs available in Florida.

Schools in Florida with Nursing Degrees

Associate’s in Nursing Programs

Seminole State College
At Seminole State College (SSC) students can expect to gain an education focused on developing technical as well as critical thinking skills. Graduates of Registered Nurse (RN) program at SSC are well-equipped to meet healthcare requirements in their surrounding communities. The curriculum is designed to help each student to gain a strong foundation in the four main components of nursing’s conceptual framework: person, environment, health, and nursing. While building on this foundation, nursing students at SSC have the opportunity to pursue further professional development through involvement with the Florida Nursing Student Association (FNSA). FNSA’s leadership activities provide many opportunities, including access to scholarship funding. The RN program at SSC is fully accredited by both the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the Florida State Board of Nursing.

St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College (SPC) offers several degree programs for students pursuing a career in nursing. SPC provides options for obtaining an associates degree in nursing (ADN) for those with prior nursing education as well as for those without. Students with previous nursing experience who hope to obtain an ADN may appreciate the LPN to RN or the paramedic to RN transitional degree programs. Each program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and prepares students for the national exam required to become a Registered Nurse. As part of the learning experience, students can expect a combination of hands-on and classroom based education with the added flexibility of daytime and evening classes. Students who would like to build on their RN credentials may transfer into SPC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs

Florida State University
Florida State University confers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four year program. The first two years of the program focus on general college requirements with the second two years dedicated to fulfilling nursing core and elective coursework. Nursing majors may opt to expand their resume and their experience by studying or interning abroad. The Nursing Department offers scholarship opportunities for eligible students. Graduates of the BSN program are prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) with the university boasting a 95 percent pass rate for graduates taking the exam for the first time.

University of Florida
The University of Florida’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is divided into two parts. Students spend their freshmen and sophomore years completing core college requirements in math, English, and science before then focusing their studies on the nursing curriculum in the junior and senior years. The Generic BSN program requires nursing majors to gain hands-on experience through clinical practicums. Prospective applicants to the program must fulfill foreign language requirements and maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA. The Nursing Department also features an Accelerated BSN program for students who already possess a bachelor’s degree in another field. The accelerated program spans four semesters.

Utica College – Florida
Utica College, with its main campus in New York, operates a satellite campus in St. Petersburg, Florida that offers a 16 month, online Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program. Designed to allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 16 months, this program includes 62 credit hours of nursing coursework and approximately 600 clinical experience hours in Tampa Bay healthcare facilities. With a focus on professional nursing knowledge and skills, the curriculum includes courses in Care of the Obstetric Population, Care of the Aging Population, Medical/Surgical Nursing Care, and Trends in Professional Nursing. The ABSN program holds approval from the Florida Commission for Independent Education and accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Master’s in Nursing Programs

Florida Atlantic University
Graduate students at Florida Atlantic University can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of seven tracks, including family nurse practitioner, nursing administration and financial leadership, clinical nurse leader, nurse educator, advanced holistic nursing, and adult/gerontological nurse practitioner. An individualized track, which requires 30 credits, allows students to tailor their studies to their career goals. All graduate students, regardless of their concentration, must successfully pass four core nursing courses in advanced nursing practice grounded in caring, philosophical and theoretical foundations of nursing, nursing research and evidence based practice, and advanced nursing practice: roles, policy, and finance.

University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features four areas of concentration: nurse educator (online), nursing leadership and management (online), family or adult gerontology nurse practitioner (traditional), and adult gerontology clinical nurse practitioner (traditional). Students in both the online and the traditional programs may fulfill degree requirements on a full-time or a part-time basis. Graduate students pursuing the family or adult gerontology nurse practitioner or clinical nurse practitioner tracks must complete core program coursework in theory, pathophysiology, health assessment, and health assessment lab. Applicants to the nurse practitioner and clinical nurse tracks must submit GRE scores with their application materials. Qualified students generally receive acceptance into the nursing program.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Florida

The following table allows you to easily compare Florida nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Florida Board of Nursing (http://floridasnursing.gov/).

School ADN or LVN Program BSN Program Graduate Nursing Program ACEN/CCNE Accredited* NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate** Number Taking NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate*** Number Taking Net Price****
Adventist University No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 94% 51 $16,557
Ave Maria University No Yes No No N/A N/A N/A N/A $20,693
Barry University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 82% 158 $24,610
Bethune-Cookman University No Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 67% 36 $16,193
Broward College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 96% 279 $9,417
Cape Coral Technical College Yes No No No 97% 29 N/A N/A $6,525
Chipola College Yes Yes No ACEN 100% 5 67% 67 $4,418
College of Central Florida Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 84% 70 $9,463
Daytona State College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 83% 248 $5,064
Eastern Florida State College-Cocoa Yes No No No N/A N/A 90% 75 $5,800
Eastern Florida State College-Palm Bay Yes No No No N/A N/A 100% 47 $5,800
First Coast Technical College Yes No No No 78% 60 N/A N/A $10,543
Florida A&M University No Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 78% 73 $12,075
Florida Atlantic University No Yes Yes ACEN/CCNE N/A N/A 81% 77 $13,360
Florida Gateway College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 80% 99 $4,677
Florida Gulf Coast University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 96% 84 $12,948
Florida International University No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 88% 138 $11,552
Florida National University Yes Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 44% 16 $19,774
Florida Panhandle Technical College Yes No No No 94% 32 N/A N/A $20,059
Florida Southern College No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 81% 32 $23,395
Florida SouthWestern State College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 87% 232 $8,420
Florida State College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 80% 308 $7,173
Florida State University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 95% 107 $16,737
Fort Myers Technical College Yes No No No 94% 32 N/A N/A $6,140
Gulf Coast State College Yes Yes No ACEN 86% 28 90% 118 $4,577
Herzing University-Orlando Yes Yes No ACEN/CCNE N/A N/A 82% 49 $22,688
Hillsborough Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 80% 246 $4,940
Immokalee Technical College Yes No No No 77% 26 N/A N/A $4,656
Indian River State College Yes No No ACEN 67% 37 83% 88 $1,807
Jacksonville University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 84% 103 $20,538
Lake-Sumter State College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 82% 88 $4,653
Lorenzo Walker Technical College Yes No No No 76% 42 N/A N/A $7,419
Miami Dade College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 80% 478 $8,606
North Florida Community College Yes No No No 83% 18 83% 29 $4,389
Northwest Florida State College Yes Yes No ACEN/CCNE N/A N/A 94% 53 $8,746
Nova Southeastern University-Fort Lauderdale No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 85% 159 $24,833
Nova Southeastern University-Miami No Yes No CCNE N/A N/A 76% 34 $24,833
Palm Beach Atlantic University-Bell Glade Yes No No CCNE N/A N/A 71% 17 $20,056
Palm Beach Atlantic University-Lake Worth Yes No No CCNE N/A N/A N/A N/A $20,056
Palm Beach Atlantic University-West Palm Beach No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 90% 41 $20,056
Palm Beach State College Yes No No ACEN 95% 19 88% 214 $2,467
Pasco-Hernando Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 89% 183 $5,868
Pensacola Christian College No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 97% 91 $10,656
Pensacola State College Yes No No ACEN 89% 18 73% 250 $7,568
Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater Yes No No No 84% 38 N/A N/A $13,776
Pinellas Technical College-St. Petersburg Yes No No No 89% 59 N/A N/A $13,776
Polk State College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 86% 139 $9,187
Remington College Yes Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 89% 83 $21,990
Ridge Career Center Yes No No No 100% 28 N/A N/A $19,259
Santa Fe College Yes No No ACEN/CCNE 94% 16 96% 134 $8,354
Seminole State College of Florida Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 96% 206 $8,307
South Florida State College Yes Yes No ACEN 95% 20 95% 44 $5,436
Southeastern University No Yes No No N/A N/A N/A N/A $19,679
St. John’s River State College Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 83% 84 $6,823
St. Petersburg College Yes Yes No ACEN/CCNE N/A N/A 91% 331 $7,499
St. Thomas University No Yes Yes No N/A N/A N/A N/A $23,212
State College of Florida Yes Yes No ACEN N/A N/A 96% 111 $10,102
Tallahassee Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 88% 65 $4,512
University of Central Florida No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 97% 243 $14,745
University of Florida No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 93% 185 $14,786
University of Miami No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 96% 164 $33,284
University of North Florida No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 94% 112 $13,244
University of South Florida No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 90% 193 $11,355
University of Tampa No Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 100% 46 $26,269
University of West Florida No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 94% 49 $14,372
Utica College No Yes No No N/A N/A N/A N/A $33,648
Valencia Community College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 96% 196 $5,872
Withlacoochee Technical College Yes No No No 100% 19 N/A N/A $5,499

*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.5,6
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between August 1 2014-May 30 2014.7 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between July 1 2014-June 30 2015.8 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).

Reviews of Florida Nursing Programs

Broward College
3501 Davie Rd
Davie, FL 33314
(954) 201-7350
http://www.broward.edu/Pages/home.aspx

The nursing program at Broward College is a very good program. They offer various campuses where you can take your classes I am at the south campus. They have revamped their building and have the latest in technology. The professors are very hands on and motivating. Class sizes are not too big and the professors encourage you to work with each other in order to achieve a better learning experience. All in all I have really enjoyed my first year experience in the nursing program and I’m looking forward to begin clinical at Broward college and would recommend it to anyone looking to enter a nursing program in south Florida.” – Student at Broward College
stars-4

Florida A&M University
1601 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 599-3000
http://www.famu.edu/

Attending FAMU was the best experience of my life. While the nursing program was extremely difficult and challenging I feel that it accurately prepared me for the real world of nursing. The best thing about the nursing program was the sense of being a family. Majority of the students I started with I ended with and we still communicate to this day. There weren’t many things that I disliked but I do feel like the staff wasn’t on the same page all of the time as it relates to what is expected out of the program. Early clinical call times at the hospital also caused high stress levels and anxiety. Overall I wouldn’t trade my experience in FAMU’s nursing school for anything in the world. Thank you.” – Student at Florida A&M University
stars-5

University of South Florida
4202 E Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-2011
http://www.usf.edu/

So I went to the University of South Florida for my nursing degree. Indeed it was hard and I had to stay up many a night studying and working my butt off to get excellent grades but it totally paid off. Just about everything I learned in this program helped me in my career. They even helped me land my first job in nursing! Also they gave help in passing the NCLEX which was a very challenging exam. Almost all of the professors not only had extensive knowledge in the field, but great personalities as well. I highly recommend this program for anyone considering the field of nursing.” – Student at University of South Florida
stars-5

State College of Florida
5840 26th St W
Bradenton, FL 34207
(941) 752-5000
http://www.scf.edu/

The nursing program at State College of Florida was not my first program choice, but it turned out to be a great decision. I went through most of my pre-requisites online, and then applied and got accepted into the nursing program. There are information sessions very often that explain what is expected of you and what you need to be successful in the program – I attended one before I applied to the program and it was helpful. The class times aren’t very flexible, but there was lots of help available and an academic resource center that you could visit for extra help. Through this nursing program students got experience relevant to the field and I found that I learned lots of valuable skills to be successful in my nursing career.” – Student at State College of Florida
stars-4

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: https://colleges.niche.com/search/t-traditional/sm1-nursing/d-bachelor/st-fl/
3. US News & World Report National Universities Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/search
4. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
5. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
6. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
7. Florida Department of Health: https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/NursingPrograms