Find a nursing school near you

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 Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Edison State College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Florida Gulf Coast University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing
Fort Myers Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona State College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Flagler Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Fort Lauderdale

Atlantic Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Blanche Ely High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Broward College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing
Sheridan Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
William T McFatter Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Gainesville

Santa Fe College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Practice

Jacksonville

First Coast Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of North Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Polk State College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Ridge Career Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Traviss Career Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Miami-Dade County

D A Dorsey Educational Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida International University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Homestead High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
M-DCPS The English Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Miami Dade College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Maternal Health, Child Health, and Neonatal Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Miami Edison High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Miami Lakes Educational Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Robert Morgan Educational Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Naples / Marco Island area

Immokalee Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

Manatee Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Sarasota County Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Ocala

College of Central Florida - Ocala
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Orlando

Lake Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Lake-Sumter Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Orlando Tech
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Seminole State College of Florida
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Technical Education Center - Osceola
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Central Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Valencia College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Winter Park Tech
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Palm Beach

Florida Atlantic University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Inlet Grove Community School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Palm Beach County Schools
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Palm Beach State College - Glades Education Center
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
SouthTech Academy
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Pensacola

George Stone Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pensacola State College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Radford M Locklin Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
The University of West Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Port St. Lucie

Indian River State College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Tallahassee

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing
Florida State University
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Practice
Gadsden Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Lively Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Tallahassee Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Tampa Bay

Brewster Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
D G Erwin Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Dr Earl Lennard High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hillsborough Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Marchman Technical Education Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Pinellas Technical Education Center - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
St Petersburg College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing
University of South Florida
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Doctor's in Nursing Practice

Other Florida cities

Bradford-Union Area Career Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Charlotte Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Chipola College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
CHOICE High School and Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
College of Central Florida - Citrus County
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
DeSoto County School of Practical Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Florida Gateway College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Keys Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fort Myers Institute of Technology - LaBelle
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Gulf Coast State College - Gulf / Franklin Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Gulf Coast State College - Panama City
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
North Florida Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Northwest Florida State College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Saint Johns River State College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
School District of Indian River County
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
South Florida State College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Taylor Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Tom P Haney Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Walton Career Development Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Washington-Holmes Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Withlacoochee Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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