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Florida’s nurses provide a high level of patient care, taking on many of the responsibilities traditionally entrusted to doctors. This makes nurses essential in today’s healthcare system. In Gainesville, there is consistently high demand for nurses at all levels. Below, you can learn more about different nursing roles in the area.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Certified nursing assistants help patients with everyday needs like bathing, getting dressed, and eating. CNA programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools; they can be completed in a matter of weeks, making this the quickest and least expensive way to start your nursing career. Gainesville has roughly 2,000 CNAs with an average annual salary of $22,000.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses have more responsibilities in the workplace and generally provide for a higher level of patient care. LPN programs are also offered at community colleges and vocational schools, but they typically require 12-18 months to complete. In Gainesville, there are approximately 630 LPNs with average earnings around $42,000 per year.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses assume a high level of responsibility by planning, implementing, and assessing all levels of 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. There are roughly 5,500 RNs in Gainesville, earning $59,000 per year on average.

Gainesville is home to large hospitals and healthcare providers such as UF Health Shands Hospital, North Florida Regional Medical Center, and the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center. Whatever program you choose, there are sure to be plenty of job opportunities in the area.

If you’re interested in launching your Gainesville nursing career, take a look at the below list of local nursing programs.

Gainesville nursing schools by NCLEX score

Santa Fe College
3000 NW 83rd Street | Gainesville, Florida 32606
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Florida
1225 Center Drive | Gainesville, Florida 32610
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • 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
  • MSN-to-PhD in Nursing Sciences
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • 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
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Santa Fe College Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2010 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2010 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Florida Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.6% 2010 to 2019
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
MSN-to-PhD in Nursing Sciences
Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
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