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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) play a vital role in medical care. Although their job scope differs from registered nurses (RNs), they work under an RN’s supervision and carry out many necessary medical procedures, such as administering medication, changing dressings, taking vital signs, and monitoring patients. LPNs work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, short-term rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care facilities.

So what’s required to enter practical nursing in Florida? Aspiring LPNs must first complete an accredited training program. The vast majority of LPN programs require 12 to 18 months of study and award a certificate upon completion. A few Florida schools also offer a two-year associate’s degree in practical nursing. Prelicensure LPN programs are offered at over 150 institutions (both public and private) across the state, including Seminole State College of Florida, Mercy Hospital, and the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations.

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Upon graduation from an approved program, Florida’s aspiring LPNs must successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. After clearing this hurdle, newly minted LPNs can seek employment at major healthcare providers across the state, including Orlando Health, Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center, and Catholic Hospice. Nearly 44,000 LPNs are employed in Florida, with a median annual salary of roughly $41,000. The top quartile of Florida’s LPNs earn $46,300 or more per year.

If you think that becoming an LPN is the path for you, please consult the below list of schools. We’ve identified all of the prelicensure LPN programs in Florida and organized them by major metropolitan area.

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Cape Coral Institute of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 97.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Fort Myers Institute of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Premiere International Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
West Lawrence School of Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Fort Myers
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 25.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona State College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)

Fort Lauderdale

Blanche Ely High School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Atlantic Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
William T McFatter Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Sheridan Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
North Broward Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 40.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Hope Health Career Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 35.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Pompano Beach
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 14.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Miramar
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Sigma College - Coconut Creek
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Florida Academy of Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
O'Reggio Technical Career Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
James International Academy of Health
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Genesis School of Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hosanna College of Health
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Gainesville

Santa Fe College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Express Training Services
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)

Jacksonville

Southeastern College - Jacksonville
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Jacksonville
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
First Coast Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 71.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Kaplan College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Ridge Career Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Traviss Career Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Rose Training Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 33.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)

Miami-Dade County

Southeastern College - Miami Lakes
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Robert Morgan Educational Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Homestead High School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis Institute - Miami
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Mercy Hospital
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
American Medical Academy
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Miami Lakes Educational Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida National University - Miami
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Miami Dade College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 70.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Faith Medical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 60.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida National University - Hialeah
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 58.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Vintex Training Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 39.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Green Cross School of Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 37.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Health Education Training School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
International Academy Training Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 22.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Azure College - Miami Gardens
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 14.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Sunshine Training Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 14.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
South Florida Medical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Censa Miami Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Genesis Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
PRC Career Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Miami Edison High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Alexis Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Brown Mackie College - Miami
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hebron Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hispaniola International University
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Naples / Marco Island area

Immokalee Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Naples
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 13.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

Sarasota County Technical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Manatee Technical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Southwest Florida Technical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 46.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Bradenton
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)

Ocala

Taylor College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Ocala
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Orlando

Technical Education Center - Osceola
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Seminole State College of Florida
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Lake Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Orlando Tech
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology - Altamonte Springs
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 62.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Lincoln Technical Institute - Fern Park
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 61.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Centura Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 57.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 57.1% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Medtech Institute - Orlando
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 44.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Southern Technical Institute - Tavares
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Herzing University - Winter Park
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Brilliant Academy Health Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Center for Professional Training and Development
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Casel Healthcare Training Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 62.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Melbourne
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Palm Beach

Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Inlet Grove Community School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 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)
Southeastern College - Greenacres
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 75.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis Institute - Palm Springs
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 61.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
SouthTech Academy
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 45.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 37.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Techni-Pro Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 35.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology - Delray Beach
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Victoria Medical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 27.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Palm Beach Vocational Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 26.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Palm Beach County Schools
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 4.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Azure College - Boca Raton
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Burnett International College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Med-Life Institute - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals - Boca Raton
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sunshine Academy
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
NRI Institute of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Pensacola

Pensacola State College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Radford M Locklin Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Virginia College - Pensacola
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)

Port St. Lucie

Indian River State College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 75.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals - Fort Pierce
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)

Tallahassee

Lively Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Gadsden Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Tampa Bay

Christian International College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Tampa
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Southeastern College - New Port Richey
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Southeastern College - St Petersburg
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pinellas Technical Education Center - St Petersburg
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Land O' Lakes
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
D G Erwin Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - New Port Richey
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Brewster Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
American Health Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 56.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Dr Earl Lennard High School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Rasmussen College - Tampa
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Fortis College - Largo
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southern Technical Institute - Pinellas Park
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - Tampa
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Other Florida cities

Fort Myers Institute of Technology - LaBelle
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
South Florida State College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Walton Career Development Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Withlacoochee Technical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
School District of Indian River County
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
CHOICE High School and Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Chipola College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Bradford-Union Area Career Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Tom P Haney Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Gateway College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Gulf Coast State College - Gulf / Franklin Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
North Florida Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Washington-Holmes Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Charlotte Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
DeSoto County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 75.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Port Charlotte
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Azure College - Sebring
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
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