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Nurses are in high demand in the Cape Coral / Fort Myers area and all across the state of Florida. There are several distinct routes you can take to launch a career in nursing. Below, you can learn about the main types of nurses and their different responsibilities.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
CNAs provide for the most basic level of care, helping patients with daily needs like bathing, getting dressed, and eating. CNA programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, and can be completed in a matter of weeks, making this the fastest, most affordable, and most accessible career path in the nursing field. In the Cape Coral / Fort Myers area, there are currently approximately 2,500 certified nursing assistants with average earnings around $26,000 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses are responsible for their patients’ overall comfort and well-being, monitoring symptoms, administering medications, and reporting any changes in a patient’s health or wellness to the doctors and registered nurses. LPN programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, and generally take 12 to 18 months to complete. In the Cape Coral / Fort Myers area, there are approximately 1,250 licensed practical nurses with average earnings around $41,000 per year.

Registered nurse (RN)
RNs help to manage a team of other nurses and medical support staff in planning, implementing, and assessing individualized patient care. There are two educational options for RNs: a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. The ADN is a quicker way to begin nursing, yet the BSN provides a more intensive training, which gives students an edge on the job market and usually correlates with higher salaries. In the Cape Coral / Fort Myers area, there are approximately 4,500 registered nurses with average earnings around $58,000 per year.

Nurse practitioner (NP)
NPs are advanced practice nurses who have pursued master of science in nursing (MSN) programs or doctorates. They oversee other nurses and provide for a very high level of care, taking on many of the responsibilities formerly entrusted only to doctors. In the Cape Coral / Fort Myers area, there are approximately 270 nurse practitioners with earnings up to $130,000 per year.

Regardless of which role you pursue, there are plenty of employment opportunities in the Cape Coral / Fort Myers area, with large employers such as Lee Memorial Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center, and Cape Coral Hospital.

If you’re interested in starting your nursing career in Florida, take a look at the below list of nursing programs in the Cape Coral / Fort Myers area.

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Cape Coral / Fort Myers area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Cape Coral Technical College
360 Santa Barbara Boulevard North | Cape Coral, Florida 33993
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South | Fort Myers, Florida 33965
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • 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
Fort Myers Technical College
3800 Michigan Avenue | Fort Myers, Florida 33916
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
9160 Forum Corporate Parkway, Suite 100 | Fort Myers, Florida 33905
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Florida SouthWestern State College
8099 College Parkway | Fort Myers, Florida 33919
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Myers
3650 Colonial Court | Fort Myers, Florida 33913
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Southern Technical College - Fort Myers
1685 Medical Lane | Fort Myers, Florida 33907
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Premiere International College
2055 Central Avenue | Fort Myers, Florida 33901
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 56.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Allied Medical Training Center
5475 Lee Street, Suite 302 | Lehigh Acres, Florida 33971
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Fort Myers
4048 Evans Avenue, Suite 301 | Fort Myers, Florida 33901
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
West Lawrence School of Nursing
3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Suite J | Fort Myers, Florida 33916
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Keiser University - Fort Myers
9100 Forum Corporate Parkway | Fort Myers, Florida 33905
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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