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Nurses play an essential part in our healthcare system, providing a high level of patient care and taking on many of the responsibilities traditionally entrusted to doctors. With an expanding healthcare system, the nursing profession is projected to have steady job growth in the years ahead. In Fort Lauderdale, there is a demand for nurses at all levels. Below, you can read brief descriptions of the main types of nursing jobs in the area.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Certified nursing assistants provide basic patient care and help licensed practical nurses and registered nurses with medical tasks, like taking vital signs and monitoring symptoms. Because CNAs spend so much time with their patients, they are often perceived as being the primary caregivers. CNA programs can be completed in a matter of weeks, making this the fastest and least expensive way to start your career in the nursing field. The Fort Lauderdale area is home to 6,000 CNAs with average earnings of $23,000 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses provide a more advanced level of care and have more responsibilities in the workplace. LPN programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, typically requiring 12-18 months to complete. In Fort Lauderdale, there are 3,000 licensed practical nurses with an average salary of $43,000 per year.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses help doctors to manage their crowded schedules and oversee a team of other nurses and medical support staff. This is a role for natural leaders and critical thinkers. A two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the fastest path to an RN career. That said, a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) provides an edge on the job market and usually correlates with higher wages. Fort Lauderdale has approximately 14,000 registered nurses with average earnings around $68,000 per year.

Whatever program you choose, there are plenty of job opportunities at Fort Lauderdale’s large healthcare employers like Broward Health Medical Center and Holy Cross Hospital. To help aspiring nurses choose the best program, we have compiled below a comprehensive list of nursing schools in the Fort Lauderdale area.

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Fort Lauderdale nursing schools by NCLEX score

Agape University
1600 South Federal Highway, Suite 370 | Pompano Beach, Florida 33062
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
Atlantic Technical College
4700 Coconut Creek Parkway | Coconut Creek, Florida 33063
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Afternoon): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2018)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brightmed Health Institute
5909 South University Drive | Davie, Florida 33328
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
Broward College
1000 Coconut Creek Boulevard | Coconut Creek, Florida 33066
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sheridan Technical High School
3775 SW 16th Street | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
2307 West Broward Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Clinical MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical MSN: Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Health System Leadership
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • MSN: Nursing Informatics
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
1500 NW 49th Street | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 75.6% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
McFatter Technical College
6500 Nova Drive | Davie, Florida 33317
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida Academy of Nursing
12002 Miramar Parkway | Miramar, Florida 33025
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
Blanche Ely High School
1201 NW Sixth Avenue | Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
Sheridan Technical College
5400 Sheridan Street | Hollywood, Florida 33021
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
HCI College - Fort Lauderdale
1201 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 101 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
Chamberlain University - Miramar
2300 SW 145th Avenue | Miramar, Florida 33027
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
James International Academy of Health
2300 West Sample Road, Suite 202 | Pompano Beach, Florida 33073
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 57.1% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
Azure College - Fort Lauderdale
3201 West Commercial Boulevard, Suite 127 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 52.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
North Broward Technical Center
1871 West Hillsborough Boulevard | Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 51.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
Chancellor Institute
5648 West Atlantic Boulevard | Margate, Florida 33063
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2019)
Trinity School of Nursing
767 South State Road 7 | Plantation, Florida 33317
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2018)
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations
4343 West Sunrise Boulevard | Plantation, Florida 33313
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47.4% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2019)
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
1200 SW Third Street | Pompano Beach, Florida 33069
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2019)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Siena College of Health
7272 West Oakland Park Boulevard | Lauderhill, Florida 33313
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25.3% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - Plantation
8320 West Sunrise Boulevard, Suite 204 | Plantation, Florida 33322
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28.6% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 12.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hosanna College of Health
6151 Miramar Parkway, Suite 300 | Miramar, Florida 33023
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 26.7% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2019)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
Sacred Heart International Institute
833 West Sample Road | Pompano Beach, Florida 33064
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25.5% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
Sigma Institute of Health Careers
1260 East Oakland Park Boulevard | Oakland Park, Florida 33334
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 23.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 17.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
American College of Health & Sciences
2800 North State Road 7 | Margate, Florida 33063
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 20.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
Med-Life Institute - Lauderdale Lakes
4000 North State Road 7, Suite 301 | Lauderdale Lakes, Florida 33319
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
Keiser University - Graduate School
1900 West Commercial Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Keiser University - Pembroke Pines
1640 SW 145th Avenue | Pembroke Pines, Florida 33027
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Fort Lauderdale
550 West Cypress Creek Road | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Miramar
2400 SW 145th Avenue | Miramar, Florida 33027
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Utica College - Hollywood
4000 Hollywood Boulevard, Suite 555-S | Hollywood, Florida 33021
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Agape University Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2019 to 2019
Atlantic Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing (Afternoon) 100.0% 2016 to 2018
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.3% 2010 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brightmed Health Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing 100.0% 2019 to 2019
Broward College Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.0% 2010 to 2019
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sheridan Technical High School Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.9% 2018 to 2019
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2013 to 2019
Nova Southeastern University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.9% 2010 to 2019
Clinical MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Clinical MSN: Gerontology-Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Health System Leadership
MSN: Nursing Education
MSN: Nursing Informatics
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2010 to 2019
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 75.6% 2018 to 2019
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
McFatter Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.1% 2010 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida Academy of Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.7% 2015 to 2018
Blanche Ely High School Certificate in Practical Nursing 84.2% 2010 to 2019
Sheridan Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.6% 2010 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
HCI College - Fort Lauderdale Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% 2019 to 2019
Chamberlain University - Miramar Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.8% 2013 to 2019
James International Academy of Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 57.1% 2017 to 2019
Azure College - Fort Lauderdale Associate's Degree in Nursing 52.3% 2014 to 2019
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 33.3% 2017 to 2017
North Broward Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 51.2% 2013 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 25.0% 2014 to 2019
Chancellor Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 50.0% 2016 to 2019
Trinity School of Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 50.0% 2015 to 2018
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations Certificate in Practical Nursing 47.4% 2015 to 2019
Hope College of Arts & Sciences Associate's Degree in Nursing 41.2% 2012 to 2019
Certificate in Practical Nursing 40.0% 2014 to 2018
Siena College of Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 35.3% 2014 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 25.3% 2015 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - Plantation Certificate in Practical Nursing 28.6% 2017 to 2019
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 12.5% 2014 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Hosanna College of Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 26.7% 2016 to 2019
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 0.0% 2018 to 2019
Sacred Heart International Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 25.5% 2017 to 2019
Sigma Institute of Health Careers Certificate in Practical Nursing 23.7% 2010 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 17.3% 2013 to 2019
American College of Health & Sciences Associate's Degree in Nursing 20.0% 2018 to 2019
Med-Life Institute - Lauderdale Lakes Certificate in Practical Nursing 19.7% 2013 to 2019
Keiser University - Graduate School Doctor of Nursing Practice
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Master of Science in Nursing
Keiser University - Pembroke Pines Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Fort Lauderdale Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix - Miramar Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Utica College - Hollywood Bachelor of Science in Nursing