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

Aspiring nurses can choose to complete pre-licensure programs at either public or private schools. While both options have their merits, public colleges and universities are subsidized by the government, making them affordable options that are ideal for students with financial concerns. Public schools often have more flexible course offerings as well, accommodating students who have jobs and extracurricular commitments, and making it easier to earn a degree on a part-time basis. Public colleges and universities are also embedded in cities and towns all across Florida, making it convenient to attend school while living close to home.

Public colleges and universities offer both associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees in nursing. It is important to consider the trajectory of your desired career when deciding which type of program is right for you. The two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program is offered at community colleges all across Florida. ADN programs are more affordable and allow you to join the workforce much faster. However, the four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program will give you an advantage on the job market and provide more opportunities for career advancement.

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If the quick and affordable ADN sounds like a compelling option, you can attend schools like Miami-Dade Community College in Miami or Florida Community College in Jacksonville. If you have decided to pursue a BSN program, then you should look into public universities such as Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and Florida State University in Tallahassee.

To help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a complete list of public schools in Florida with nursing programs.

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Cape Coral Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-BSN Entry)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN Entry)
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthesia
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fort Myers Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Flagler Technical Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Central Florida - Daytona Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fort Lauderdale

Atlantic Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Afternoon)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Blanche Ely High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Broward College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
McFatter Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sheridan Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sheridan Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Gainesville

Santa Fe College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Florida
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • BSN-to-DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN-to-DNP: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN-to-DNP: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN-to-DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • BSN-to-PhD in Nursing Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN-to-PhD in Nursing Sciences
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Jacksonville

First Coast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of North Florida
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • BSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthetist
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthetist
  • Post-MSN DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Polk State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ridge Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Traviss Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Miami-Dade County

Florida International University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Combined MSN/DNP Program
  • DNP: Anesthesiology Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Foreign-Educated Physicians BSN/MSN
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Child Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthetist
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Medic-to-Nurse Veterans BSN
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Child Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Homestead Senior High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Miami Dade College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Miami Edison High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Dade Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Naples / Marco Island area

Immokalee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lorenzo Walker Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

Manatee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Suncoast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Ocala

College of Central Florida - Ocala
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marion Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Orlando

Lake Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lake-Sumter State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Orange Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Seminole State College of Florida
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Technical Education Center Osceola
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Central Florida
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Advanced Practice Nurse
  • DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Nurse Executive
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Dual-Enrollment ASN/BSN
  • Graduate Certificate: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Leadership and Management
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing and Healthcare Simulation
  • Military MECP BSN
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Healthcare Simulation
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Valencia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Eastern Florida State College - Melbourne
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Eastern Florida State College - Titusville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Central Florida - Cocoa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Palm Beach

Florida Atlantic University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Inlet Grove Adult Education & Community School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Inlet Grove Community High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Palm Beach State College - Glades Education Center
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SouthTech Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Pensacola

George Stone Technical Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Locklin Tech
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pensacola State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of West Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Education
  • MSN: Nurse Executive
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Port St. Lucie

Indian River State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tallahassee

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Florida State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Nurse Leader
  • Nurse Leader Certificate
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate
  • Veterans BSN
Gadsden Center for Health Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lively Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tallahassee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tampa Bay

Brewster Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Erwin Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hillsborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Marchman Technical College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Pasco-Hernando State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pinellas Technical College - St. Petersburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Petersburg College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of South Florida
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
  • HCC Concurrent Sequence
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Occupational Health
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Family Health Nursing
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Pediatric Health Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
  • Suncoast Nursing Accelerated Pathway
  • VCARE Sequence

Other Florida cities

Bradford-Union Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Charlotte Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chipola College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Central Florida - Citrus County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
DeSoto County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Emerald Coast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida Gateway College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Florida Keys Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Florida Panhandle Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida State University Panama City
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Gulf Coast State College - Gulf / Franklin
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Gulf Coast State College - Panama City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
North Florida Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Northwest Florida State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Okaloosa Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
RiverOak Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Florida State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Johns River State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Taylor Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Technical Center for Career & Adult Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tom P. Haney Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Withlacoochee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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