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If you are considering joining Jacksonville’s nursing profession, you may find yourself initially bewildered by the array of nursing roles available. Below we review in detail each major nursing role and its educational prerequisites.

The most iconic nursing role is the registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses dispense medication, carry out medical procedures, and lead teams of junior nurses in providing bedside care to patients. Florida’s RNs must pass the NCLEX-RN national licensure exam after completing a state-approved associate’s or bachelor’s degree program.

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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are more junior than RNs. They collect samples for testing, measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, and often prepare and give injections. Florida’s LPNs must pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam after completing an accredited certificate program of 12-18 months.

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) meet patients’ essential daily needs by helping with vital tasks like bathing, eating, and changing. Training as a nursing assistant takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Florida’s CNAs must pass a state-administered exam.

Over 20,000 residents of the Jacksonville metropolitan area work in the nursing field. The city is home to a number of high-quality healthcare providers including the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville Surgery Center, and Brooks Rehabilitation. Jacksonville RNs earn over $60,000 annually, while the city’s LPNs make $42,500 per year and its CNAs earn $23,400.

To help Jacksonville’s aspiring nurses launch their careers, we’ve listed below all of the accredited nursing schools and programs in the metro area.

Jacksonville nursing schools by NCLEX score

Jacksonville University
2800 University Boulevard North | Jacksonville, Florida 32211
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Master's in Nursing Education
University of North Florida
One UNF Drive | Jacksonville, Florida 32224
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Doctor's in Nursing Practice; Master's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - Jacksonville
6700 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 400 | Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
7960 Arlington Expressway | Jacksonville, Florida 32211
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida State College at Jacksonville
501 West State Street | Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 71.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Jersey College - Jacksonville
8131 Baymeadows Circle West | Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
First Coast Technical College
2980 Collins Avenue | Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 84.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Keiser University - Jacksonville
6430 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 100 | Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Jacksonville
5200 Belfort Road | Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Virginia College - Jacksonville
5940 Beach Boulevard | Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 62.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Sanford-Brown Institute - Jacksonville
10255 Fortune Parkway, Suite 501 | Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 57.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Kaplan College - Jacksonville
7450 Beach Boulevard | Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Jacksonville
7011 A C Skinner Parkway, Suite 140 | Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 38.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Jacksonville
9550 Regency Square Boulevard | Jacksonville, Florida 32225
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Jacksonville
6600 Youngerman Circle | Jacksonville, Florida 32244
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis College - Orange Park
560 Wells Road | Orange Park, Florida 32073
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
University of Phoenix - North Florida
4500 Salisbury Road | Jacksonville, Florida 32216
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
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