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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.

Featured Schools

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Florida SouthWestern State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 222 students during the 2016 period
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2016 period
Florida Gulf Coast University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 69 students during the 2016 period
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Myers
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 43 students during the 2016 period
Southern Technical College - Fort Myers
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 38 students during the 2016 period
Cape Coral Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2016 period
Fort Myers Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2016 period
West Lawrence School of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2016 period
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Fort Myers
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2016 period
Allied Medical Training Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period
Premiere International College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 221 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 39 students during the 2016 period
Bethune-Cookman University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 18 students during the 2016 period
Western Governors University - Daytona Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 8 students during the 2016 period

Fort Lauderdale

Broward College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 312 students during the 2016 period
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Miramar
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 176 students during the 2016 period
Nova Southeastern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 158 students during the 2016 period
Hosanna College of Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 157 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2016 period
Sigma Institute of Health Careers
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 111 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2016 period
Sheridan Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84 students during the 2016 period
McFatter Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60 students during the 2016 period
Atlantic Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Afternoon): 5 students during the 2016 period
Universidad Del Turabo - South Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 49 students during the 2016 period
Emergency Education Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46 students during the 2016 period
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2016 period
North Broward Technical Center
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 30 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period
Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2016 period
Med-Life Institute - Lauderdale Lakes
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2016 period
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 22 students during the 2016 period
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 22 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2015 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Florida Career College - Pembroke Pines
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15 students during the 2016 period
Azure College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2016 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 6 students during the 2016 period
Blanche Ely High School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2016 period
Chancellor Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2016 period
Siena College of Health
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2016 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Florida Academy of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period
Brown Mackie College - Miami
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - Lauderhill
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Trinity School of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2015 period

Gainesville

University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 194 students during the 2016 period
Santa Fe College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 173 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2016 period
Express Training Services
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period

Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 330 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2016 period
University of North Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 151 students during the 2016 period
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Jacksonville
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 121 students during the 2016 period
Jacksonville University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92 students during the 2016 period
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2016 period
Jersey College - Jacksonville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 61 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2016 period
First Coast Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 53 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Jacksonville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 34 students during the 2016 period
Florida Career College - Jacksonville
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2016 period
Fortis College - Orange Park
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 22 students during the 2016 period
Fernandina Beach College of Allied Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 1 student during the 2015 period

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Polk State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 141 students during the 2016 period
Traviss Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 57 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Lakeland
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 43 students during the 2016 period
Ridge Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2016 period
Florida Southern College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 25 students during the 2016 period

Miami-Dade County

Miami Dade College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 487 students during the 2016 period
Florida International University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 223 students during the 2016 period
University of Miami
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 166 students during the 2016 period
Miami Regional University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 146 students during the 2016 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Ideal Professional Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 143 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2016 period
Nova Southeastern University - Miami
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 132 students during the 2016 period
Barry University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 129 students during the 2016 period
Mercy Hospital
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 73 students during the 2016 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57 students during the 2016 period
Florida National University - Hialeah
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 63 students during the 2016 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2016 period
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 54 students during the 2016 period
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes Area
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2015 period
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 44 students during the 2016 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 42 students during the 2016 period
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Miami
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28 students during the 2016 period
CENSA International College - Miami
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2016 period
Health Education Training School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2016 period
Antigua College International
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 14 students during the 2016 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 6 students during the 2016 period
Faith Medical Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 14 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
West Coast University - Miami
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 4 students during the 2016 period
South Dade Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2016 period
South Florida Medical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2015 period
Florida National University - Miami
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Hebron Technical Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Homestead Senior High School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period

Naples / Marco Island area

Med-Life Institute - Naples
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 113 students during the 2016 period
Lorenzo Walker Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2016 period
Immokalee Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2016 period

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 108 students during the 2016 period
Suncoast College of Health
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 49 students during the 2016 period
Suncoast Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 52 students during the 2016 period
Manatee Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Sarasota
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 44 students during the 2016 period

Ocala

Rasmussen College - Ocala
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 199 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 58 students during the 2016 period
College of Central Florida - Ocala
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 61 students during the 2016 period
Marion Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2016 period
Taylor College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 30 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2016 period

Orlando

University of Central Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 242 students during the 2016 period
Valencia College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 227 students during the 2016 period
Seminole State College of Florida
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 172 students during the 2016 period
ECPI University - Orlando
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 105 students during the 2016 period
Gwinnett Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 104 students during the 2016 period
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79 students during the 2016 period
Adventist University of Health Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100 students during the 2016 period
Lake-Sumter State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79 students during the 2016 period
Herzing University - Orlando
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2016 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 17 students during the 2016 period
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Altamonte Springs
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 61 students during the 2016 period
Technical Education Center Osceola
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 58 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Orlando
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2016 period
Lake Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35 students during the 2016 period
Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 31 students during the 2016 period
Universidad Del Turabo - Metro Orlando
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 26 students during the 2016 period
Florida College of Health Science - Orlando
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2015 period
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 24 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2016 period
Orange Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2016 period
City College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 16 students during the 2016 period
Orlando Medical Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15 students during the 2016 period
Miller's College of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 12 students during the 2016 period
Brilliant Academy Health Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2015 period
J & J Healthcare Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Keiser University - Melbourne
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67 students during the 2016 period
Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 61 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2016 period
Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2016 period
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - Palm Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 39 students during the 2016 period
Harris Casel Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2016 period
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Melbourne
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 5 students during the 2016 period

Palm Beach

Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 242 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2016 period
International Institute for Health Care Professionals
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 134 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2016 period
Florida Atlantic University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81 students during the 2016 period
South University - West Palm Beach
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68 students during the 2016 period
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 58 students during the 2016 period
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57 students during the 2016 period
Occupational Associate's Degree in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2016 period
Health Career Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 55 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - West Palm Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 47 students during the 2016 period
International College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 36 students during the 2016 period
Care Hope College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2016 period
Inlet Grove Adult Education & Community School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2016 period
Southeastern College - West Palm Beach
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2016 period
Burnett International College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 19 students during the 2016 period
Bethesda College of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 17 students during the 2016 period
Florida Career College - Boynton Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 16 students during the 2016 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 5 students during the 2015 period
Palm Beach State College - Glades Education Center
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15 students during the 2016 period
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 14 students during the 2016 period
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - West Palm Beach
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 13 students during the 2016 period
Sunshine Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2016 period
Kings Career Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2016 period
SouthTech Academy
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2016 period
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Delray Beach
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2016 period
Inlet Grove Community High School
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2015 period
NRI Institute of Health Sciences
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period

Pensacola

Pensacola State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 152 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2016 period
Pensacola Christian College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98 students during the 2016 period
Fortis Institute - Pensacola
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 64 students during the 2016 period
University of West Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 58 students during the 2016 period
Locklin Tech
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2016 period

Port St. Lucie

Indian River State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 151 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 62 students during the 2016 period
Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 45 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Port Saint Lucie
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41 students during the 2016 period
Emiraza College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 21 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2016 period

Tallahassee

Florida State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85 students during the 2016 period
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82 students during the 2016 period
Tallahassee Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 56 students during the 2016 period
Lively Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 42 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Tallahassee
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 17 students during the 2016 period
Gadsden Center for Health Education
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period

Tampa Bay

Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 296 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 65 students during the 2016 period
St. Petersburg College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 253 students during the 2016 period
Pasco-Hernando State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 246 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 104 students during the 2016 period
Hillsborough Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 212 students during the 2016 period
University of South Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 211 students during the 2016 period
Rasmussen College - New Port Richey / West Pasco
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 113 students during the 2016 period
Erwin Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84 students during the 2016 period
Jersey College - Tampa
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 72 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 41 students during the 2016 period
Rasmussen College - Tampa / Brandon
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2016 period
South University - Tampa
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 59 students during the 2016 period
University of Tampa
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 48 students during the 2016 period
Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 46 students during the 2016 period
Keiser University - Tampa
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 44 students during the 2016 period
Pinellas Technical College - St. Petersburg
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2016 period
Rasmussen College - Land O' Lakes / East Pasco
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2016 period
Utica College - Saint Petersburg
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 32 students during the 2016 period
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 26 students during the 2016 period
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 23 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period
Brewster Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 21 students during the 2016 period
American Health Institute - Port Richey
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2016 period
Southern Technical College - Tampa
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 12 students during the 2016 period
Universidad Del Turabo - Tampa Bay
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 1 student during the 2016 period

Other Florida cities

Gulf Coast State College - Panama City
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 113 students during the 2016 period
St. Johns River State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 102 students during the 2016 period
Florida Gateway College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2016 period
Chipola College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2016 period
Charlotte Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 64 students during the 2016 period
Northwest Florida State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 54 students during the 2016 period
Tom P. Haney Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 38 students during the 2016 period
North Florida Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 36 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2016 period
Okaloosa Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2016 period
Emerald Coast Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2016 period
South Florida State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 32 students during the 2016 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2016 period
Florida Keys Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2016 period
Florida Panhandle Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26 students during the 2016 period
Gulf Coast State College - Gulf / Franklin
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2016 period
RiverOak Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23 students during the 2016 period
College of Central Florida - Citrus County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 18 students during the 2016 period
Taylor Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2016 period
Bradford-Union Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2016 period
Withlacoochee Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2016 period
Technical Center for Career & Adult Education
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2016 period
DeSoto County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Port Charlotte
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 2 students during the 2016 period
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