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Most individuals are familiar with the prototypical registered nurse (RN) position. The nursing profession is much broader, however, encompassing roles like “CNA” and “LPN” as well as other important acronyms like “NCLEX.” This article will demystify this terminology by profiling the nursing industry of Miami-Dade County in clear and simple terms.

Registered nurse
RNs play a vital role in providing care to patients. They dispense medications, carry out medical procedures, and often coordinate teams of junior nursing staff. Florida’s RNs must complete an accredited prelicensure program that results in either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. All candidates must then pass a national licensure exam, the NCLEX-RN. Miami-Dade County employs 26,000 RNs at a median annual salary of $59,000.

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Licensed practical nurse
Like RNs, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) qualify by passing a national licensure exam; theirs is called the NCLEX-PN. To prepare, Florida’s LPNs must complete an accredited certificate program, typically 12 to 18 months in length. LPNs are charged with monitoring patients’ vital signs, dressing wounds, and providing direct patient care. Just under 5,000 LPNs work in Miami-Dade County, earning $42,000 in annual pay.

Certified nursing assistant
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) perform vital tasks that tend to the basic quality-of-life needs of sick and injured patients. Florida’s CNAs must complete a brief certificate program and pass the Florida certification exams. Miami-Dade County is home to 10,000 nursing assistants who typically make $20,000-26,000 per year.

Miami-Dade County’s 40,000-plus nursing staff work at institutions like University of Miami, Miami Jewish Health System, and Catholic Health Services. If you want to join their number, see our list below of the county’s best nursing schools and programs.

Miami-Dade County nursing schools by NCLEX score

Management Resources Institute
Ten NW Le Jeune Road | Miami, Florida 33126
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Miami
1320 South Dixie Highway | Coral Gables, Florida 33124
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Midwifery; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Critical Care Nursing
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes
17395 NW 59th Avenue | Miami Lakes, Florida 33015
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 93.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida International University
11200 SW Eighth Street | Miami, Florida 33199
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Keiser University - Miami
2101 NW 117th Avenue | Miami, Florida 33172
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Mercy Hospital
3663 South Miami Avenue | Miami, Florida 33133
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Robert Morgan Educational Center
18180 SW 122nd Avenue | Miami, Florida 33177
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
750 NW 20th Street | Miami, Florida 33127
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Homestead High School
2351 SE 12th Avenue | Homestead, Florida 33034
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis Institute - Miami
9035 Sunset Drive, Suite 200 | Miami, Florida 33173
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Avenue | Miami, Florida 33132
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 70.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing
American Medical Academy
12215 SW 112th Street | Miami, Florida 33186
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Barry University
11300 NE Second Avenue | Miami, Florida 33161
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Nursing Education; Master's in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Master's in Clinical Nurse Leader; Master's in Nursing Administration; Doctor's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Critical Care Nursing
Miami Lakes Educational Center
5780 NW 158th Street | Miami Lakes, Florida 33014
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Brown Mackie College - Miami
1501 Biscayne Boulevard | Miami, Florida 33132
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Florida National University - Miami
11865 SW 26th Street, Suite H-3 | Miami, Florida 33175
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 50.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Dade Medical College - Homestead
381 North Krome Avenue | Homestead, Florida 33030
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide
SABER College
3990 West Flagler Street, Suite 103 | Miami, Florida 33134
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 64.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Faith Medical Institute
2040 NE 163rd Street | North Miami Beach, Florida 33162
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 60.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida National University - Hialeah
4425 West Jose Regueiro Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 58.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 46.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
City College - Miami
9300 South Dadeland Boulevard, Second Floor | Miami, Florida 33156
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Miami Lakes
5875 NW 163rd Street, Suite 101 | Miami Lakes, Florida 33014
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Mattia College
13926 SW 47th Street | Miami, Florida 33175
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 47.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Dade Medical College - Miami
3721-1 NW Seventh Street | Miami, Florida 33126
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 43.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Florida National University - Training Center
4206 West 12th Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 41.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Vintex Training Institute
18812 South Dixie Highway | Cutler Bay, Florida 33189
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 39.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Green Cross School of Nursing
15383 NW Seventh Avenue | Miami, Florida 33169
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 37.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Azure College - Miami Gardens
1525 NW 167th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 34.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 14.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Health Education Training School
812 NE 125th Street | North Miami, Florida 33161
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
International Academy Training Center
1175 NE 125th Street | North Miami, Florida 33161
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 22.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Sunshine Training Center
177 NE 166th Street | North Miami Beach, Florida 33162
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 14.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Advance Science Institute
3750 West 12th Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Alexis Institute
4715 NW 157th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33014
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
CBT College - Cutler Bay
19151 South Dixie Highway, Suite 205 | Cutler Bay, Florida 33157
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Censa Miami Institute
3420 West 84th Street | Hialeah Gardens, Florida 33018
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Compu-Med Vocational Careers Corp
2900 West 12th Avenue, Suite 28 | Hialeah, Florida 33012
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
D A Dorsey Educational Center
7100 NW 17th Avenue | Miami, Florida 33147
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest Institute - Hialeah
530 West 49th Street | Hialeah, Florida 33012
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest Institute - Kendall
9020 SW 137th Avenue | Miami, Florida 33186
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest Institute - North Miami
111 NW 183rd Street, Suite 200 | Miami, Florida 33169
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Hialeah
3750 West 18th Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Kendall
11731 Mills Drive, Building Two | Miami, Florida 33183
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Miami
1321 SW 107th Avenue, Suite 201B | Miami, Florida 33174
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Education Institute
5818 SW Eighth Street | Miami, Florida 33144
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Vocational Institute
6840 SW 40th Street | Miami, Florida 33155
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
19600 South Dixie Highway, Suite B | Cutler Bay, Florida 33157
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Future-Tech Institute
3446 SW Eighth Street, Suite 218 | Miami, Florida 33135
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Genesis Vocational Institute
12861 SW 42nd Street | Miami, Florida 33175
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hebron Technical Institute
160 NW 176th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hispaniola International University
8700 NW Fifth Avenue | Miami, Florida 33150
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
20295 NW Second Avenue | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
International Training Careers
7360 SW 24th Street, Suite 31 | Miami, Florida 33155
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
ITT Technical Institute - Miami
7955 NW 12th Street, Suite 119 | Miami, Florida 33126
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Larkin School of Nursing
6140 SW 70th Street | Miami, Florida 33143
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
M-DCPS The English Center
3501 SW 28th Street | Miami, Florida 33133
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Miami Edison High School
6161 NW Fifth Court | Miami, Florida 33127
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
PRC Career Center
12875 NE 14th Avenue | North Miami, Florida 33161
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
South Florida Medical College
1111 Park Centre Boulevard | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
St Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Avenue | Miami Gardens, Florida 33054
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing
University of Southernmost Florida - Coral Gables
178 Giralda Avenue | Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
West Coast University - Miami
9250 NW 36th Street | Miami, Florida 33178
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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