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If you are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, but unsure about which type of nurse to become, here are some brief descriptions of the main career paths in the field.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
CNAs provide a very basic level of patient care and assist with housekeeping duties. This is an entry-level position, which can be a great stepping stone to a more advanced career in nursing. In the Port Saint Lucie area, schools such as Fortis Institute offer accredited nursing assistant programs. The top 25% of CNAs in the Port Saint Lucie area earn approximately $28,400 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
LPNs have a greater level of responsibility and provide a higher level of patient care. To become a licensed practical nurse, you must complete a 12- to 18-month program, which includes both classroom learning and hands-on experience. There is a one-year vocational program offered by Gulf Coast State College; however, the application process is competitive, and only 36 students are admitted to the program per year. Upon graduation from this or another program, LPNs in the Port Saint Lucie area can work for employers such as Life Care Centers of America and Unity Recovery Group.

Registered nurse (RN)
RNs are responsible for devising and implementing individualized plans for patient care, and for evaluating patient progress. RNs must go through rigorous training and are qualified to provide a high level of medical care. In the Port Saint Lucie area, Kesier University offers an excellent RN program. There is also a wide variety of employers for RNs in the area, including Fresenius Medical Care and a number of large hospitals.

To help you make an informed decision about which program is right for you, take a look at the below list of the best nursing schools in the area around Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Port Saint Lucie nursing schools by NCLEX score

Keiser University - Port Saint Lucie
9400 Discovery Way | Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34987
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2019)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue | Fort Pierce, Florida 34981
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fortis Institute - Port St. Lucie
9022 South US Highway 1 | Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34952
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 76.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2019)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2019)
Emiraza College
510 South US Highway 1 | Fort Pierce, Florida 34950
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 35.1% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2019)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Keiser University - Port Saint Lucie Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.1% 2012 to 2019
Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Indian River State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2010 to 2019
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.2% 2010 to 2019
Nursing Assistant Certificate
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fortis Institute - Port St. Lucie Certificate in Practical Nursing 76.4% 2010 to 2019
Associate's Degree in Nursing 63.1% 2014 to 2019
Emiraza College Associate's Degree in Nursing 73.6% 2013 to 2019
Certificate in Practical Nursing 35.1% 2013 to 2019