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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Nurses can pursue pre-licensure programs at either public or private schools, each of which offers unique advantages. Although private schools tend to be more expensive, they are generally regarded as more selective and academically rigorous. Private schools tend to have smaller class sizes, making it easier for students to get to know their professors and seek individual help. They also tend to have smaller campuses with fewer students in general, making for more intimate, tightly-knit communities.

Private schools offer both associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees in nursing. It is important to define your desired career path when you decide which type of program is right for you. In Florida, the two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program is offered at several private schools, such as Concorde Career Institute in Jacksonville and Florida Career College in Miami. ADN programs are inexpensive compared to other options and allow you to join the workforce much faster. Conversely, four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs will give you an advantage on the job market and provide more opportunities for career advancement. Some well known private universities with BSN programs are Bethune-Cookman University, South University in West Palm Beach, and Florida Southern College.

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In either case, the prestige of earning a degree from a selective, private university is sure to make an impression with some of Florida’s major nursing employers, such as Florida Hospital Orlando, UF Health Shands Hospital, and Baptist Hospital of Miami.

To help you make an informed choice, we have compiled a comprehensive list of private schools in Florida with nursing programs.

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Horizon Healthcare Institute - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Keiser University - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration
Premiere International Institute
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southwest Florida College - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
West Lawrence School of Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Bethune-Cookman University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Daytona College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Keiser University - Daytona Beach
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Western Governors University - Daytona Beach
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Fort Lauderdale

Allied Health Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Carleen Home Health School - Lauderhill
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Miramar
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
City College - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Dade Medical College - Hollywood
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Emergency and Investigative Educational Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Everest University - Pompano Beach
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Academy of Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Margate
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Pembroke Pines
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Genesis School of Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hope Health Career Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hosanna College of Health
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
James International Academy of Health
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Keiser University - Pembroke Pines
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Miramar
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Pompano Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
North Broward Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration
O'Reggio Technical Career Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sigma College - Coconut Creek
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sigma College - Oakland Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Superior Career Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Phoenix - South Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Education

Gainesville

Express Training Services
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Jacksonville

Chamberlain College of Nursing - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Dade Medical College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Fortis College - Orange Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Jacksonville University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education
Jersey College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Kaplan College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Keiser University - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Sanford-Brown Institute - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
University of Phoenix - North Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Virginia College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Florida Southern College
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Education; Master's in Nursing Practice; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Clinical Nurse Specialist
Keiser University - Lakeland
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Rose Training Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Miami-Dade County

Advance Science Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Alexis Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
American Medical Academy
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Azure College - Miami Gardens
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Barry University
Programs offered: Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Critical Care Nursing; Bachelor's in Nursing Education; Master's in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Master's in Clinical Nurse Leader; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Doctor's in Nursing Administration
Brown Mackie College - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
CBT College - Cutler Bay
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Censa Miami Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
City College - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Compu-Med Vocational Careers Corp
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Dade Medical College - Homestead
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Dade Medical College - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Dade Medical College - Miami Lakes
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Everest Institute - Hialeah
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest Institute - Kendall
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest Institute - North Miami
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Faith Medical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Florida Career College - Hialeah
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Kendall
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Miami
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Education Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida National University - Hialeah
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida National University - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida National University - Training Center
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Fortis Institute - Miami
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Future-Tech Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Genesis Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Green Cross School of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Health Education Training School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hebron Technical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hispaniola International University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
International Academy Training Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
International Training Careers
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
ITT Technical Institute - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Keiser University - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Larkin School of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Management Resources Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Mattia College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Mercy Hospital
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
PRC Career Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
SABER College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
South Florida Medical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
St Thomas University
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing
Sunshine Training Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
University of Miami
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; 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; Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
University of Southernmost Florida - Coral Gables
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Vintex Training Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
West Coast University - Miami
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Naples / Marco Island area

Med-Life Institute - Naples
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Wolford College
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist; Doctor's in Nurse Anesthetist

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

Keiser University - Sarasota
Programs offered: Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Bradenton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southwest Florida Technical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Ocala

Rasmussen College - Ocala
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Taylor College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing

Orlando

Adventist University of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
Anthem College - Orlando
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Azure College - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Brilliant Academy Health Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology - Altamonte Springs
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Center for Professional Training and Development
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Centura Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
City College - Altamonte Springs
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Orlando
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Herzing University - Winter Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Lake Mary
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Keiser University - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Fern Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Medtech Institute - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Miller's College of Nursing
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Orlando Medical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Remington College of Nursing - Orlando
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Southern Technical Institute - Tavares
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
University of Phoenix - Central Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Carleen Home Health School - Palm Bay
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Casel Healthcare Training Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Melbourne
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Keiser University - Melbourne
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing

Palm Beach

Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Azure College - Boca Raton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Bethesda College of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Burnett International College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology - Delray Beach
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Carleen Home Health School - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Dade Medical College - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Boynton Beach
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis Institute - Palm Springs
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Health Career Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Institute of Healthcare Professions
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals - Boca Raton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Keiser University - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Lincoln College of Technology
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
NRI Institute of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Palm Beach Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
South University - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - Greenacres
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sunshine Academy
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Techni-Pro Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Victoria Medical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Pensacola

Fortis Institute - Pensacola
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Pensacola Christian College
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Virginia College - Pensacola
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Port St. Lucie

Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals - Fort Pierce
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Keiser University - Port Saint Lucie
Programs offered: Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing

Tallahassee

ITT Technical Institute - Tallahassee
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Keiser University - Tallahassee
Programs offered: Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing

Tampa Bay

American Health Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Christian International College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest University - Brandon
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Brandon
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Clearwater
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis College - Largo
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Jersey College - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Keiser University - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Rasmussen College - Land O' Lakes
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Rasmussen College - New Port Richey
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Rasmussen College - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Schiller International University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
South University - Tampa
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - New Port Richey
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - Tampa
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southern Technical Institute - Pinellas Park
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southwest Florida College - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
The University of Tampa
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Adult Health Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education
Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater
Programs offered: Associate's in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Ultimate Medical Academy - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Phoenix - West Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration

Other Florida cities

Azure College - Sebring
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia
Programs offered: Master's in Nurse Anesthetist
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Port Charlotte
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
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