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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 of Science in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-BSN Entry)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-MSN Entry)
  • MSN/MBA Joint Degree Program
  • MSN: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Educator
  • MSN: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Informatics Specialization
  • MSN: Leadership in the Healthcare System
  • MSN: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Informatics
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
  • Veteran BSN
University of North Florida
One UNF Drive, Building 39A, Suite 3090 | Jacksonville, Florida 32224
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • BSN-to-DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthetist
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Nurse Anesthetist
  • Post-MSN DNP: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-MSN Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Jersey College - Jacksonville
8131 Baymeadows Circle West | Jacksonville, Florida 32256
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
First Coast Technical College
2980 Collins Avenue, Building D | Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
7259 Salisbury Road | Jacksonville, Florida 32256
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 56.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Keiser University - Jacksonville
6430 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 100 | Jacksonville, Florida 32216
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Jacksonville
5200 Belfort Road, Suite 100 | Jacksonville, Florida 32256
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Florida State College at Jacksonville
4501 Capper Road | Jacksonville, Florida 32218
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fortis College - Orange Park
700 Blanding Boulevard | Orange Park, Florida 32073
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59.1% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Florida Career College - Jacksonville
6600 Youngerman Circle | Jacksonville, Florida 32244
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 34.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Fernandina Beach College of Allied Health
910 South Eighth Street, Suite 114 | Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2015)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
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