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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.

Featured Schools

Miami-Dade County nursing schools by NCLEX score

Hebron Technical Institute
18441 NW Second Avenue, Suite 300 | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Dade Technical College
28300 SW 152nd Avenue | Leisure City, Florida 33033
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
West Coast University - Miami
9250 NW 36th Street | Doral, Florida 33178
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of Miami
5030 Brunson Drive | Coral Gables, Florida 33124
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • 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: 93.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2015)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Homestead Senior High School
2351 SE 12th Avenue | Homestead, Florida 33034
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida International University
11200 SW Eighth Street | Miami, Florida 33199
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • 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: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • 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: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Mercy Hospital
3663 South Miami Avenue | Miami, Florida 33133
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
18180 SW 122nd Avenue | Miami, Florida 33177
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Antigua College International
7500 NW 25th Street, Suite 237 | Miami, Florida 33122
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Barry University
11300 NE Second Avenue | Miami Shores, Florida 33161
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • 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
Miami Dade College
950 NW 20th Street | Miami, Florida 33127
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
750 NW 20th Street | Miami, Florida 33127
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 79.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
19600 South Dixie Highway, Suite B | Cutler Bay, Florida 33157
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College
2349 NW 175th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33055
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 74.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Miami Regional University
700 South Royal Poinciana Boulevard, Suite 100 | Miami Springs, Florida 33166
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Florida National University - Hialeah
4425 West Jose Regueiro Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Faith Medical Institute
2040 NE 163rd Street, Suite 101 | North Miami Beach, Florida 33162
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 54.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 31.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Florida National University - Miami
11865 SW 26th Street, Suite H-3 | Miami, Florida 33175
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
South Florida Medical College
1111 Park Centre Boulevard, Suite 102 | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 26.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2015)
Health Education Training School
812 NE 125th Street | Miami, Florida 33161
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
CENSA International College - Miami
4481 NW 167th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33055
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
20295 NW Second Avenue, Suite 210 | Miami Gardens, Florida 33169
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 10.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Active Health Institute
6520 West Flagler Street | Miami, Florida 33144
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Advance Science College
3750 West 12th Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Alexis Institute
4715 NW 157th Street | Miami Gardens, Florida 33014
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
American Medical Academy
12215 SW 112th Street | Miami, Florida 33186
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Florida Career College - Hialeah
3750 West 18th Avenue | Hialeah, Florida 33012
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Florida Vocational Institute
6840 SW 40th Street | Miami, Florida 33155
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Future-Tech Institute
3446 SW Eighth Street, Suite 218 | Miami, Florida 33135
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Highfield Career Institute
5555 West Flagler Street | Coral Gables, Florida 33134
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hispaniola International University
8700 NW Fifth Avenue | Miami, Florida 33150
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
International Training Careers
7360 SW 24th Street, Suite 31 | Miami, Florida 33155
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Larkin School of Nursing
6140 SW 70th Street | South Miami, Florida 33143
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Miami Edison High School
6161 NW Fifth Court | Miami, Florida 33127
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
PiBerry Institute
30356 Old Dixie Highway | Homestead, Florida 33033
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sinai School of Nursing
540 NW 165th Street, Suite 302 | North Miami, Florida 33169
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Florida College of Nursing
7925 NW 12th Street, Suite 312 | Doral, Florida 33126
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Avenue | Miami Gardens, Florida 33054
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Universal Career School
10760 West Flagler Street, Suite 5 | Sweetwater, Florida 33174
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School
10151 NW 19th Avenue | Miami, Florida 33147
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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