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When you are researching different schools, it is important to take the size of the student body into consideration. Many students prefer to have tight-knit communities and smaller class sizes, which allow them to receive more individual attention and enable them to develop relationships with their professors. Other students are more self-guided, prefer the anonymity afforded by large lecture halls, and enjoy the greater resources and diversity of program offerings at larger schools.

If you prefer a smaller program, you might be more comfortable at a private university, where class sizes are generally smaller. If a larger program sounds better, a public school could be the right choice for you. Regardless of whether you choose a large public university or a small private college, several other factors should influence your decision. Most importantly, you can choose from several different types of nursing career paths, including certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), and registered nurse (RN). Each designation has its own educational program, level of responsibility in the workplace, and salary.

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To help you start your research, below you can find a comprehensive list of the best nursing schools in Florida, organized from largest to smallest.

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Edison State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 241 students during the 2012 period
Florida Gulf Coast University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 63 students during the 2012 period
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Myers
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Fort Myers Institute of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Cape Coral Institute of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Premiere International Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Myers
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 220 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86 students during the 2012 period
Bethune-Cookman University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 52 students during the 2012 period

Fort Lauderdale

Broward College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 360 students during the 2012 period
Dade Medical College - Hollywood
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 267 students during the 2012 period
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 216 students during the 2012 period
William T McFatter Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 122 students during the 2012 period
City College - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 107 students during the 2012 period
Sheridan Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Atlantic Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 88 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Hope Health Career Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Carleen Home Health School - Lauderhill
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
Blanche Ely High School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Med-Life Institute - Pompano Beach
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period
Sigma College - Coconut Creek
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period

Gainesville

University of Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 186 students during the 2012 period
Santa Fe College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 131 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period

Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 373 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 104 students during the 2012 period
University of North Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 115 students during the 2012 period
Jacksonville University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 74 students during the 2012 period
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Jacksonville
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 56 students during the 2012 period
Jersey College - Jacksonville
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
First Coast Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Southeastern College - Jacksonville
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Sanford-Brown Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Virginia College - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
ITT Technical Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Polk State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 147 students during the 2012 period
Traviss Career Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Lakeland
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Ridge Career Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Florida Southern College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Rose Training Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period

Miami-Dade County

Miami Dade College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 539 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 84 students during the 2012 period
Florida International University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 223 students during the 2012 period
Barry University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 177 students during the 2012 period
Dade Medical College - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 128 students during the 2012 period
University of Miami
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 120 students during the 2012 period
Miami Lakes Educational Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 116 students during the 2012 period
Robert Morgan Educational Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 109 students during the 2012 period
Dade Medical College - Miami Lakes
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77 students during the 2012 period
Mercy Hospital
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 62 students during the 2012 period
Florida National University - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 61 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2012 period
Azure College - Miami Gardens
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Florida National University - Hialeah
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012 period
SABER College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Dade Medical College - Homestead
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
Fortis Institute - Miami
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Mattia College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
International Academy Training Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Vintex Training Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Florida National University - Training Center
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Green Cross School of Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Homestead High School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
American Medical Academy
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 6 students during the 2012 period
Faith Medical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 6 students during the 2012 period
Sunshine Training Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
Health Education Training School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2012 period

Naples / Marco Island area

Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Immokalee Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Med-Life Institute - Naples
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 137 students during the 2012 period
Manatee Technical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 63 students during the 2012 period
Sarasota County Technical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Sarasota
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Southwest Florida Technical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2012 period

Ocala

Rasmussen College - Ocala
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93 students during the 2012 period
College of Central Florida - Ocala
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Taylor College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 57 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period

Orlando

Valencia College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 266 students during the 2012 period
University of Central Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 218 students during the 2012 period
Adventist University of Health Sciences
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 162 students during the 2012 period
Seminole State College of Florida
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 150 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Lincoln Technical Institute - Fern Park
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 123 students during the 2012 period
Lake-Sumter Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86 students during the 2012 period
Remington College of Nursing - Orlando
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Lake Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 72 students during the 2012 period
Orlando Tech
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 60 students during the 2012 period
Herzing University - Winter Park
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Centura Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Orlando
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Technical Education Center - Osceola
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology - Altamonte Springs
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2012 period
Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 5 students during the 2012 period
ITT Technical Institute - Lake Mary
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 4 students during the 2012 period
Medtech Institute - Orlando
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2012 period

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 59 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Melbourne
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53 students during the 2012 period
Casel Healthcare Training Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2012 period

Palm Beach

Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 154 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 114 students during the 2012 period
Florida Atlantic University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
South University - West Palm Beach
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 58 students during the 2012 period
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 52 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - West Palm Beach
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Palm Beach Vocational Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Fortis Institute - Palm Springs
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Southeastern College - Greenacres
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Techni-Pro Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012 period
Palm Beach State College - Glades Education Center
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period
Victoria Medical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
Inlet Grove Community School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2012 period
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology - Delray Beach
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2012 period
SouthTech Academy
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
Palm Beach County Schools
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period

Pensacola

Pensacola State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 302 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Pensacola Christian College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 86 students during the 2012 period
The University of West Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 38 students during the 2012 period
Virginia College - Pensacola
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Fortis Institute - Pensacola
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
Radford M Locklin Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2012 period

Port St. Lucie

Indian River State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 72 students during the 2012 period
Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 75 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Port Saint Lucie
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period

Tallahassee

Florida State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 110 students during the 2012 period
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 84 students during the 2012 period
Tallahassee Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 73 students during the 2012 period
Lively Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Tallahassee
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 11 students during the 2012 period

Tampa Bay

St Petersburg College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 344 students during the 2012 period
Hillsborough Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 321 students during the 2012 period
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 218 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 147 students during the 2012 period
University of South Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 184 students during the 2012 period
D G Erwin Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 155 students during the 2012 period
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 151 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 81 students during the 2012 period
Jersey College - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 140 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 110 students during the 2012 period
Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 98 students during the 2012 period
South University - Tampa
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 85 students during the 2012 period
Pinellas Technical Education Center - St Petersburg
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 72 students during the 2012 period
ITT Technical Institute - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Rasmussen College - New Port Richey
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 31 students during the 2012 period
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Southeastern College - New Port Richey
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Keiser University - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
The University of Tampa
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Southeastern College - St Petersburg
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Everest University - Brandon
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 29 students during the 2012 period
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Brewster Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period
Christian International College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2012 period
Fortis College - Largo
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 2 students during the 2012 period
Dr Earl Lennard High School
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period
Rasmussen College - Tampa
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 1 students during the 2012 period

Other Florida cities

Gulf Coast State College - Panama City
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 101 students during the 2012 period
Florida Gateway College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Chipola College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 67 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2012 period
Saint Johns River State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Florida Keys Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 61 students during the 2012 period
Washington-Holmes Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 49 students during the 2012 period
Northwest Florida State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Tom P Haney Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Walton Career Development Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 42 students during the 2012 period
CHOICE High School and Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2012 period
Charlotte Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
South Florida State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Gulf Coast State College - Gulf / Franklin Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Withlacoochee Technical Institute
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
North Florida Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 21 students during the 2012 period
College of Central Florida - Citrus County
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Bradford-Union Area Career Technical Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2012 period
DeSoto County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012 period
Fort Myers Institute of Technology - LaBelle
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2012 period
School District of Indian River County
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2012 period
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