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Are you interested in helping people and curious about the nursing profession? Miami has a rapidly growing healthcare sector which creates many opportunities for newly minted nurses. Below we profile the three main nursing roles and the education required for each.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Nursing assistants tend to patients’ most basic needs by feeding, clothing, and washing them. They also assist other nursing staff with vital tasks like wound dressing. To qualify as a CNA, one must complete a short certificate course, typically several weeks to a few months in length, and pass the Florida state certification exams.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
LPNs carry out medical procedures like sample collection, monitor and record patients’ vital signs, and provide direct bedside care and attention. To gain licensure as an LPN, students must complete a certificate program in practical nursing and pass the NCLEX-PN national exam.

Registered nurse (RN)
RNs perform a broad range of independent healthcare tasks. In a given day, an RN may conduct diagnostic tests and analyze the results, administer treatments and medications, operate medical equipment, maintain intravenous (IV) lines, or establish patient care plans. To gain licensure as an RN, one must complete an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program in registered nursing and pass the NCLEX-RN national exam.

More than 40,000 nursing staff are employed in Miami-Dade County. Local CNAs earn a median annual salary of $22,300, while the area’s LPNs earn about $42,400 per year. The county’s RNs receive almost $60,000 in annual pay. Nursing graduates can seek employment with major Miami healthcare providers like Miami Children’s Hospital, Consulate HealthCare, and Baptist Health South Florida.

To provide a roadmap for Miami’s aspiring nurses, we’ve listed below all of the city’s accredited nursing schools and programs.

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Miami nursing schools by NCLEX score

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
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
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
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
Active Health Institute
6520 West Flagler Street | Miami, Florida 33144
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
American Medical Academy
12215 SW 112th Street | Miami, Florida 33186
  • 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
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
Miami Edison High School
6161 NW Fifth Court | Miami, Florida 33127
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School
10151 NW 19th Avenue | Miami, Florida 33147
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Florida International University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.3% 2010 to 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 Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.4% 2010 to 2016
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Nova Southeastern University - Miami Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.1% 2015 to 2016
Mercy Hospital Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.0% 2010 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.7% 2010 to 2016
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 85.8% 2010 to 2016
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Antigua College International Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.2% 2015 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 63.2% 2015 to 2016
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Miami Dade College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.4% 2010 to 2016
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 79.7% 2010 to 2016
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida National University - Miami Associate's Degree in Nursing 46.1% 2012 to 2016
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Health Education Training School Certificate in Practical Nursing 25.4% 2011 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Active Health Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing
American Medical Academy Associate's Degree in Nursing
Florida Vocational Institute Nursing Assistant Certificate
Future-Tech Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing
Hispaniola International University Associate's Degree in Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing
International Training Careers Nursing Assistant Certificate
Miami Edison High School Certificate in Practical Nursing
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nursing Assistant Certificate