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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 Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Fort Myers Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Premiere International College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 56.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Allied Medical Training Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Fort Myers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
West Lawrence School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona State College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Daytona College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Fort Lauderdale

Atlantic Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Afternoon): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Brown Mackie College - Miami
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Trinity School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2015)
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Blanche Ely High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
McFatter Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Sheridan Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Academy of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
North Broward Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 45.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Chancellor Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2015)
Siena College of Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Azure College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Hosanna College of Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Sigma Institute of Health Careers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Med-Life Institute - Lauderdale Lakes
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Agape College of Sciences
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brightmed Health Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - Lauderhill
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
James International Academy of Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sacred Heart International Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sheridan Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Gainesville

Santa Fe College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Express Training Services
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 72.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)

Jacksonville

Jersey College - Jacksonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
First Coast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Fernandina Beach College of Allied Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Ridge Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Traviss Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)

Miami-Dade County

South Dade Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes Area
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2015)
Homestead Senior High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Mercy Hospital
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Faith Medical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 54.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Health Education Training School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Ideal Professional Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
South Florida Medical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2015)
Alexis Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Antigua College International
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hebron Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Highfield Career Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hispaniola International University
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Miami Edison High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Miami Regional University
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
PiBerry Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sinai School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Naples / Marco Island area

Immokalee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Lorenzo Walker Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Hodges University
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

Suncoast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Manatee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Suncoast College of Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Angel Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Ocala

Marion Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Rasmussen College - Ocala
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Taylor College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 80.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)

Orlando

J & J Healthcare Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Technical Education Center Osceola
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Herzing University - Orlando
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Lake Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Orange Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Altamonte Springs
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 63.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Gwinnett Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Brilliant Academy Health Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2015)
Florida College of Health Science - Orlando
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2015)
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Annshellay Health Spa and Fitness Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hebron International College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
STEP Medical Teaching & Learning
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 78.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Harris Casel Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Melbourne
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - Palm Bay
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Palm Beach

Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
  • Occupational Associate's Degree in Practical Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
SouthTech Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Southeastern College - West Palm Beach
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Inlet Grove Adult Education & Community School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 66.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
International Institute for Health Care Professionals
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Delray Beach
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 56.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Inlet Grove Community High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2015)
Kings Career Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Sunshine Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Burnett International College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Care Hope College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - West Palm Beach
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Pensacola

Pensacola State College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Locklin Tech
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)

Port St. Lucie

Indian River State College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Emiraza College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)

Tallahassee

Gadsden Center for Health Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Lively Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)

Tampa Bay

Jersey College - Tampa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Pasco-Hernando State College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Pinellas Technical College - St. Petersburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Rasmussen College - Land O' Lakes / East Pasco
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Erwin Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Brewster Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Rasmussen College - Tampa / Brandon
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 69.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 63.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
American Health Institute - Port Richey
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 45.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
American Health Institute - Tampa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ATA Career Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Florida cities

South Florida State College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Withlacoochee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Technical Center for Career & Adult Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Chipola College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Bradford-Union Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Emerald Coast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Okaloosa Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Tom P. Haney Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Gateway College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
North Florida Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Gulf Coast State College - Gulf / Franklin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Panhandle Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Charlotte Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
RiverOak Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
DeSoto County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Taylor Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 68.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Port Charlotte
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
St. Johns River State College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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