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Most individuals are familiar with the prototypical registered nurse (RN) position. The nursing profession is much broader, however, encompassing roles like “CNA” and “LPN” as well as other important acronyms like “NCLEX.” This article will demystify this terminology by profiling the nursing industry of Miami-Dade County in clear and simple terms.

Registered nurse
RNs play a vital role in providing care to patients. They dispense medications, carry out medical procedures, and often coordinate teams of junior nursing staff. Florida’s RNs must complete an accredited prelicensure program that results in either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. All candidates must then pass a national licensure exam, the NCLEX-RN. Miami-Dade County employs 26,000 RNs at a median annual salary of $59,000.

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Licensed practical nurse
Like RNs, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) qualify by passing a national licensure exam; theirs is called the NCLEX-PN. To prepare, Florida’s LPNs must complete an accredited certificate program, typically 12 to 18 months in length. LPNs are charged with monitoring patients’ vital signs, dressing wounds, and providing direct patient care. Just under 5,000 LPNs work in Miami-Dade County, earning $42,000 in annual pay.

Certified nursing assistant
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) perform vital tasks that tend to the basic quality-of-life needs of sick and injured patients. Florida’s CNAs must complete a brief certificate program and pass the Florida certification exams. Miami-Dade County is home to 10,000 nursing assistants who typically make $20,000-26,000 per year.

Miami-Dade County’s 40,000-plus nursing staff work at institutions like University of Miami, Miami Jewish Health System, and Catholic Health Services. If you want to join their number, see our list below of the county’s best nursing schools and programs.

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Miami-Dade County nursing schools by NCLEX score

PiBerry Institute
30356 Old Dixie Highway | Homestead, Florida 33033
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
West Coast University - Miami
9250 NW 36th Street | Doral, Florida 33178
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.7% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2019)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Miami
5030 Brunson Drive | Coral Gables, Florida 33124
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes Area
17395 NW 59th Avenue | Miami Lakes, Florida 33015
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2019)
Florida International University
11200 SW Eighth Street | Miami, Florida 33199
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • 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
Keiser University - Miami
2101 NW 117th Avenue | Miami, Florida 33172
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nova Southeastern University - Miami
8585 SW 124th Avenue | Miami, Florida 33183
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2019)
Homestead Senior High School
2351 SE 12th Avenue | Homestead, Florida 33034
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Antigua College International
7500 NW 25th Street, Suite 237 | Miami, Florida 33122
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 77.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2019)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2019)
Mercy Hospital
3663 South Miami Avenue | Miami, Florida 33133
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
18180 SW 122nd Avenue | Miami, Florida 33177
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Barry University
11300 NE Second Avenue | Miami Shores, Florida 33161
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP with Specialization in Anesthesiology
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Nursing Executive Leadership
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • 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: Nursing Executive Leadership
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
750 NW 20th Street | Miami, Florida 33127
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Miami Dade College
950 NW 20th Street | Miami, Florida 33127
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Active Health Institute
6520 West Flagler Street | Miami, Florida 33144
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
19600 South Dixie Highway, Suite B | Cutler Bay, Florida 33157
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College
2349 NW 175th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33055
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Miami Regional University
700 South Royal Poinciana Boulevard, Suite 100 | Miami Springs, Florida 33166
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.9% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Dade Technical College
28300 SW 152nd Avenue | Leisure City, Florida 33033
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 72.7% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2019)
Florida National University - Hialeah
4425 West Jose Regueiro Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 47.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2019)
Larkin School of Nursing
6140 SW 70th Street | South Miami, Florida 33143
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70.5% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida National University - Miami
11865 SW 26th Street, Suite H3 | Miami, Florida 33175
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 52.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2019)
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School
10151 NW 19th Avenue | Miami, Florida 33147
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 64.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Avenue | Miami Gardens, Florida 33054
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 54.2% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American Medical Academy
12215 SW 112th Street | Miami, Florida 33186
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 52.8% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
Hebron Technical Institute
18441 NW Second Avenue, Suite 300 | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2019)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
South Florida College of Nursing
7955 NW 12th Street, Suite 308 | Doral, Florida 33126
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
Ana G. Mendez University - South Florida
15201 NW 79th Court | Miami Lakes, Florida 33016
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 44.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2019)
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Future-Tech Institute
3446 SW Eighth Street, Suite 218 | Miami, Florida 33135
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 42.9% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
SABER College
3990 West Flagler Street, Suite 103 | Miami, Florida 33134
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2019)
Advance Science College
3750 West 12th Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 28.0% NCLEX pass rate (2018 through 2019)
Azure College - Miami Gardens
1525 NW 167th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 27.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2019)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 20.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2018)
Universal Career School
10760 West Flagler Street, Suite 5 | Sweetwater, Florida 33174
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25.0% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2019)
Evolution Health Academy
18350 NW Second Avenue, Suite 402 | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 22.2% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
Ideal Professional Institute
20295 NW Second Avenue, Suite 210 | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15.8% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 12.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
CENSA International College
4481 NW 167th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33055
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 14.3% NCLEX pass rate (2019 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 13.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
Florida Vocational Institute
6840 SW 40th Street | Miami, Florida 33155
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
International Training Careers
7360 SW 24th Street, Suite 31 | Miami, Florida 33155
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
PiBerry Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2019 to 2019
West Coast University - Miami Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.7% 2016 to 2019
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Miami Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.5% 2010 to 2019
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes Area Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.2% 2010 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.2% 2011 to 2019
Florida International University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.3% 2010 to 2019
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
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
Keiser University - Miami Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.9% 2010 to 2019
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nova Southeastern University - Miami Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.1% 2015 to 2019
Homestead Senior High School Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.5% 2010 to 2017
Antigua College International Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.0% 2017 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 77.6% 2015 to 2019
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 74.1% 2015 to 2019
Mercy Hospital Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.0% 2010 to 2019
Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.8% 2010 to 2019
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.5% 2010 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Barry University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.3% 2010 to 2019
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
DNP with Specialization in Anesthesiology
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse Educator
MSN: Nursing Executive Leadership
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
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: Nursing Executive Leadership
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.9% 2010 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Miami Dade College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.5% 2010 to 2019
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Active Health Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.7% 2017 to 2019
Fortis College - Cutler Bay Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.8% 2014 to 2019
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.8% 2010 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Miami Regional University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.9% 2016 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.9% 2013 to 2019
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South Dade Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 72.7% 2016 to 2019
Florida National University - Hialeah Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70.5% 2014 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 47.5% 2011 to 2019
Larkin School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 70.5% 2017 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida National University - Miami Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68.0% 2018 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 52.1% 2012 to 2019
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School Certificate in Practical Nursing 64.0% 2018 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
St. Thomas University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 54.2% 2019 to 2019
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American Medical Academy Associate's Degree in Nursing 52.8% 2017 to 2019
Hebron Technical Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing 50.0% 2016 to 2019
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 0.0% 2017 to 2017
South Florida College of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 50.0% 2019 to 2019
Ana G. Mendez University - South Florida Bachelor of Science in Nursing 44.6% 2015 to 2019
Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
Future-Tech Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing 42.9% 2019 to 2019
SABER College Associate's Degree in Nursing 28.2% 2012 to 2019
Advance Science College Associate's Degree in Nursing 28.0% 2018 to 2019
Azure College - Miami Gardens Associate's Degree in Nursing 27.2% 2012 to 2019
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 20.0% 2014 to 2018
Universal Career School Associate's Degree in Nursing 25.0% 2017 to 2019
Evolution Health Academy Certificate in Practical Nursing 22.2% 2019 to 2019
Ideal Professional Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 15.8% 2013 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 12.3% 2014 to 2019
CENSA International College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 14.3% 2019 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 13.8% 2014 to 2019
Florida Vocational Institute Nursing Assistant Certificate
International Training Careers Nursing Assistant Certificate