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The state of Florida has an extensive number of associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) programs, over 150 at last count. The vast majority of these programs prepare students for initial licensure as a registered nurse (RN), including successfully passing the NCLEX-RN national examination. A handful of Florida’s associate’s degree programs have a different focus: providing broader exposure than a traditional certificate program to either the licensed practical nurse or nursing assistant role.

ADN programs are relatively short, generally requiring two years of fulltime study. They often offer flexible class schedules or evening learning to accommodate students’ life and work schedules. Florida’s public state colleges provide an extensive network of ADN programs across the state’s major cities, including flagship campuses like Florida State College at Jacksonville and Miami Dade College. In addition, a growing number of private schools are launching ADN programs. Two high-performing examples are Galen College of Nursing in Tampa Bay and Herzing University in Winter Park.

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Graduates of an ADN program will join the ranks of Florida’s 160,000 registered nurses, who earn an attractive median annual salary of $60,420. The state’s major healthcare providers are constantly in the market for new nurses. Large networks like BayCare Health System, HCA East Florida Division, and Tenet Health have literally hundreds of open RN job postings at any given time.

If you’re interesting in pursuing an ADN program in Florida, you may find the list below helpful. We’ve organized a comprehensive list of associate’s degree programs in each of the state’s major metropolitan areas.

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Edison State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Myers
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 72.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 68.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Southwest Florida College - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Premiere International Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)

Fort Lauderdale

Broward College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 69.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
City College - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 55.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Sigma College - Oakland Park
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 39.5% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Hollywood
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 38.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Carleen Home Health School - Lauderhill
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 35.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Pompano Beach
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 16.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Sigma College - Coconut Creek
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Career College - Pembroke Pines
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Allied Health Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Hosanna College of Health
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Miramar
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Emergency and Investigative Educational Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Academy of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Gainesville

Santa Fe College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Express Training Services
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Virginia College - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 62.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Sanford-Brown Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 57.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Kaplan College - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 38.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Career College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Dade Medical College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Fortis College - Orange Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Polk State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Lakeland
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)

Miami-Dade County

Management Resources Institute
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Mercy Hospital
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Miami Dade College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Associate's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Brown Mackie College - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Homestead
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
SABER College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 64.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
City College - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Miami Lakes
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida National University - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 50.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Mattia College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 47.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida National University - Hialeah
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 46.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 43.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida National University - Training Center
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 41.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Azure College - Miami Gardens
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 34.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
American Medical Academy
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
University of Southernmost Florida - Coral Gables
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Hebron Technical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Larkin School of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Green Cross School of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Hispaniola International University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
South Florida Medical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Censa Miami Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Alexis Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Kendall
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Naples / Marco Island area

Med-Life Institute - Naples
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Sarasota
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Bradenton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southwest Florida Technical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Ocala

College of Central Florida - Ocala
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Ocala
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Taylor College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)

Orlando

Seminole State College of Florida
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Valencia College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Herzing University - Winter Park
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Orlando
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Lake-Sumter Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Adventist University of Health Sciences
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Lake Mary
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 51.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Orlando
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
City College - Altamonte Springs
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Fern Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Medtech Institute - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Orlando Medical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Azure College - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Melbourne
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Carleen Home Health School - Palm Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Palm Beach

Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Palm Beach State College - Glades Education Center
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - West Palm Beach
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 72.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Burnett International College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 26.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Techni-Pro Institute
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Lincoln College of Technology
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Health Career Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Azure College - Boca Raton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Victoria Medical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Bethesda College of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Palm Beach Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals - Boca Raton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Institute of Healthcare Professions
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Pensacola

Pensacola State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis Institute - Pensacola
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Virginia College - Pensacola
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing

Port St. Lucie

Keiser University - Port Saint Lucie
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Indian River State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals - Fort Pierce
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Tallahassee

Tallahassee Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Tallahassee
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Tallahassee
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Tampa Bay

Everest University - Brandon
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
St Petersburg College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Hillsborough Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - New Port Richey
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis College - Largo
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 67.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Ultimate Medical Academy - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 64.3% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Associate's in Nursing Assistant
ITT Technical Institute - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 54.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Southwest Florida College - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Schiller International University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - New Port Richey
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater
Programs offered: Associate's in Nursing Assistant
ITT Technical Institute - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Christian International College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Other Florida cities

Northwest Florida State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
College of Central Florida - Citrus County
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Florida Keys Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
South Florida State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Gateway College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Saint Johns River State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
North Florida Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Gulf Coast State College - Panama City
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Chipola College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Azure College - Sebring
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
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