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Nursing school can be an expensive endeavor, regardless of the school or program you choose. In addition to the costs of tuition and registration, there are additional expenses such as textbooks and school supplies, room and board, and general living expenses. In order to make an informed decision about which school to attend, it is important to factor all of these expenses into your budget.

Nursing school expenses can vary drastically and depend on a number of factors. The type of school is one important consideration. Public universities tend to be more affordable than private universities. The type of program is another major determinant of cost. For example, the quickest and least expensive option is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certificate program. CNA programs are offered at community colleges and only take several weeks to complete. However, nursing assistants earn significantly less than nurses who pursued lengthier and more rigorous educational programs. In the state of Florida, CNAs can expect to earn around $23,000 per year. By contrast, after an educational program that lasts 12 to 18 months, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) earn approximately $41,000 per year. The state's registered nurses (RNs), who must pursue a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree, can expect to earn around $60,000 per year. Although the four-year bachelor’s degree is the most expensive and time-consuming, it also has the highest return on investment.

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To help students make wise financial decisions about nursing school, we have compiled below a list of Florida colleges and universities with nursing programs, ranked from most to least expensive.

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Cape Coral Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $4,659, books and supplies $914, room and board $6,240
Nursing Assistant Certificate (3-month program): tuition and fees $968, books and supplies $159
Fort Myers Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $4,509, books and supplies $914, room and board $6,648

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Flagler Technical Institute
Nursing Assistant Certificate (4-month program): tuition and fees $708, books and supplies $384

Fort Lauderdale

Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
Associate's Degree in Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $36,190, books and supplies $4,349
McFatter Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $4,152, books and supplies $600, room and board $7,200
Sheridan Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $3,900, books and supplies $600, room and board $8,280
Atlantic Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $3,712, books and supplies $800, room and board $12,960

Jacksonville

Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's Degree in Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $36,190, books and supplies $4,549
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $24,400, books and supplies $2,850, room and board $15,225
First Coast Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $5,343, books and supplies $1,534, room and board $7,596

Miami-Dade County

Miami Regional University
Associate's Degree in Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $34,894, books and supplies $2,841, room and board $17,973
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing (24-month program): tuition and fees $32,650, books and supplies $6,500, room and board $9,528
International Training Careers
Nursing Assistant Certificate (8-month program): tuition and fees $13,205, books and supplies $200, room and board $7,733
Florida Vocational Institute
Nursing Assistant Certificate (7-month program): tuition and fees $8,870, books and supplies $235
Mercy Hospital
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $6,365, books and supplies $1,125, room and board $21,600
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $3,456, books and supplies $815, room and board $14,896
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $3,255, books and supplies $2,805, room and board $14,364
Nursing Assistant Certificate (4-month program): tuition and fees $1,018, books and supplies $275
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $2,454, books and supplies $425, room and board $22,050
Nursing Assistant Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $1,215, books and supplies $425

Naples / Marco Island area

Immokalee Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $5,250, books and supplies $904, room and board $10,080
Lorenzo Walker Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $4,567, books and supplies $1,081, room and board $15,348

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

Suncoast Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $5,712, books and supplies $875, room and board $12,350
Nursing Assistant Certificate (1-month program): tuition and fees $734, books and supplies $254
Manatee Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (18-month program): tuition and fees $5,152, books and supplies $897
Nursing Assistant Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $2,186, books and supplies $294

Orlando

Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
Associate's Degree in Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $36,190, books and supplies $4,365
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Altamonte Springs
Nursing Assistant Certificate (13-month program): tuition and fees $21,149, books and supplies $1,500
Technical Education Center Osceola
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $4,590, books and supplies $748
Lake Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $4,396, books and supplies $471, room and board $9,000
Orange Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $3,956, books and supplies $940, room and board $19,316

Palm Beach

Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Associate's Degree in Nursing (19-month program): tuition and fees $25,200, books and supplies $1,833, room and board $19,256
Occupational Associate's Degree in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $22,519, books and supplies $1,306
Nursing Assistant Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $6,310, books and supplies $138

Port St. Lucie

Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
Associate's Degree in Nursing (24-month program): tuition and fees $38,195, books and supplies $1,800
Certificate in Practical Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $22,625, books and supplies $2,900

Tallahassee

Lively Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $6,115, books and supplies $731, room and board $14,308

Tampa Bay

Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
Associate's Degree in Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $36,190, books and supplies $4,302
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
Associate's Degree in Nursing (24-month program): tuition and fees $31,420, books and supplies $3,000
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $18,205, books and supplies $1,500, room and board $12,324
Ultimate Medical Academy - Tampa
Nursing Assistant Certificate (12-month program): tuition and fees $13,300, books and supplies $1,000, room and board $14,484
Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater
Nursing Assistant Certificate (12-month program): tuition and fees $13,300, books and supplies $1,000, room and board $14,484
Brewster Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $4,434, books and supplies $699
Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $3,942, books and supplies $3,337, room and board $14,635
Pinellas Technical College - St. Petersburg
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $3,942, books and supplies $3,337, room and board $14,378

Other Florida cities

Emerald Coast Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (11-month program): tuition and fees $4,604, books and supplies $1,275, room and board $8,786
Tom P. Haney Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (14-month program): tuition and fees $4,503, books and supplies $632
Florida Panhandle Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $3,980, books and supplies $922
Nursing Assistant Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $1,900, books and supplies $769
RiverOak Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $3,774, books and supplies $960
Bradford-Union Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $3,753, books and supplies $2,000
Okaloosa Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing (16-month program): tuition and fees $3,591, books and supplies $1,428
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