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Coral Springs, Florida, is home to more than 130,000 residents. Around 52 percent of these residents are age 35 and over. Of this population, nearly 30 percent are age 50-65 and older. Because it has such a large aging population, Coral Springs houses some of the nation’s top healthcare providers. Broward Health Coral Springs, University Hospital & Medical Center, and Northwest Medical Center are just a few.

The path to a successful career in nursing begins with a degree from an accredited nursing school. Fortunately, Coral Gables, Florida, is part of the eighth-largest metro area in the U.S., which is home to some of the best nursing schools in the region. Among them is the top-ranked School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) at University of Miami (UM). Ranked number 38 for its master’s program and 46 for the doctorate by U.S. News, SONHS offers an impressive 12 degree programs and seven certificate and minor programs.

Home to more than 59,000 inhabitants, Coconut Creek, Florida, has a sizable nursing population, with registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) leading the pack. Some 14,800 RNs live in the metro area, along with 2,860 LPNs, and 5,310 CNAs. They work in a variety of environments from major hospitals and healthcare centers to clinics and nursing homes. Some of the top facilities in the area include North Broward Hospital, Northwest Regional Hospital, University Hospital and Medical Center.

With a population of nearly 180,000, Cape Coral is the 11th largest city in Florida. It is also the largest city between Tampa and Miami, and a principal city in the Cape Coral – Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Thanks to the city’s size and status, aspiring nurses can expect a thriving healthcare industry rife with opportunity.

The city is home to more than 10,000 nurses working in all roles. The most common roles are registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and certified nursing assistant (CNA).

Bradenton, Florida,is part of the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metropolitan area, which is home to approximately 5,930 registered nurses (RNs), 1,880 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 4,960 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). RNs in the area typically hold an associate degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) or a master of science in nursing (MSN). A license is required in all states. BSN and MSN programs are offered at local nursing schools such as State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and Keiser University.

A rewarding career in nursing in Altamonte Springs, Florida, begins with a degree from an accredited nursing school. Fortunately, the city of around 43,500 inhabitants is home to a number of accredited schools that offer nursing programs at all levels. For example, Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology has more than a dozen nursing programs at the certificate, diploma, associate’s and bachelor’s levels. A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), practical nursing (LPN) diploma, and associate of science in nursing (ASN) are just a few offerings.

Nursing Schools Almanac is excited to announce that Jillian Roberts is the third annual recipient of the $1,000 Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Jillian recently graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at the University of Virginia, where she is a member of the Class of 2021.