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Choosing the right school for your nursing program can positively impact your career. Below are some top nursing program options in the North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area of Florida.

State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
This college offers accredited nursing programs approved by the Florida Board of Nursing. The registered nursing program offers two pathways: a basic approach for students completely new to nursing, and a transition approach for current licensed practical nurses (LPNs). Upon successful completion of the program, students can seek licensure as registered nurses (RNs). In this geographical area, RNs are paid a competitive median wage of $62,070.

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Manatee Technical College
Manatee Technical College’s nursing program prepares students for careers as LPNs. Students study in a clinical setting for half of the program, preparing them well for work under major employers like Florida Cancer Specialists and BayCare Health. The program has posted an impressive 98% job placement rate and 100% on-time completion rate in some recent years.

Suncoast College of Health
This post-secondary institution offers certified nursing assistant (CNA) and licensed practical nurse programs. There are three versions of the nursing assistant education program, catered to the student’s academic needs. The median wage for CNAs and LPNs in this area of Florida is $26,780 and $42,730, respectively.

To further guide you in your decision-making process, we have compiled below a complete list of nursing schools in the North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area of Florida.

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North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area nursing schools by NCLEX score

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
5840 26th Street West | Bradenton, Florida 34207
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Suncoast Technical College
4748 Beneva Road | Sarasota, Florida 34233
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Keiser University - Sarasota
6151 Lake Osprey Drive | Sarasota, Florida 34240
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Manatee Technical College
5520 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard | Bradenton, Florida 34211
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Suncoast College of Health
6513 14th Street West, Suite 103 | Bradenton, Florida 34207
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Angel Technical Institute
239 301 Boulevard East, Suite A | Bradenton, Florida 34208
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.9% 2010 to 2016
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Suncoast Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.3% 2010 to 2016
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Keiser University - Sarasota Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2010 to 2016
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Manatee Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.2% 2010 to 2016
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Suncoast College of Health Certificate in Practical Nursing 43.7% 2012 to 2016
Associate's Degree in Nursing 41.3% 2013 to 2016
Angel Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing