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The path to a successful nursing career begins with a degree from one of the best nursing schools in your area. If live in Sarasota, Florida, some of the best nursing schools are University of South Florida - Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida – Manatee-Sarasota, Keiser University – Sarasota, and Suncoast Technical College. Collectively, these schools offer nursing programs of all kinds. For example, University of South Florida - Sarasota-Manatee (USF) has a unique program that leads to not one, but two degrees in the country’s most in-demand science and healthcare fields.  

The Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway (SNAP) at USF allows aspiring registered nurses (RNs) to earn a bachelor of science (BS) in biology and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in just five years. The program is available to students majoring in biology at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. And then there’s Keiser University – Sarasota, which has more nursing degree programs than just about any other school in the region. Options include three BSN programs—BSN (accelerated or fast track), and RN to BSN, three advanced nursing programs—master of science in nursing (MSN), MSN – family nurse practitioner (FNP), and doctor of nursing practice (DNP), and an associate of science in nursing (ASN), that the school says is considered a terminal degree. 

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Graduates of these and other Sarasota nursing programs will have the education and skills needed to compete for positions at top area hospitals such as Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake, and Manatee Memorial Hospital. Salaries are competitive, with Sarasota-based RNs averaging $65,090 annually, and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and certified nursing assistants earning $44,480 and $27,820, respectively. Note that high performing RNs earn between $74,960 and $82,600 or more and high-performing LPNs could earn between $49,870 and $57,470. The salary range for top earning CNAs is $30,840 to $36,230.

If you want to start earning more sooner, enroll in a program at one of the best nursing schools in Sarasota, Florida. We’ve compiled below a list of the best nursing schools in Sarasota, Florida to help you get started.

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Sarasota nursing schools by NCLEX score

Suncoast Technical College
4748 Beneva Road | Sarasota, Florida 34233
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Keiser University - Sarasota
6151 Lake Osprey Drive | Sarasota, Florida 34240
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion