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The registered nurse (RN) plays a critical role in the healthcare system. In a hospital setting, RNs tend to patients’ bedside care, dispense medication, and coordinate teams of nursing staff. Outside of hospitals, RNs work in a range of healthcare settings such as schools, clinics, and social service agencies. The RN’s role has expanded recently as the Affordable Care Act places increased demands upon the country’s hospitals and healthcare providers.

To practice in Florida, an aspiring registered nurse must complete either a two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Florida’s colleges and universities offer numerous options in both tracks, with over 150 ADN programs across the state and more than 40 prelicensure BSN programs. At the conclusion of either course of study, students must pass the NCLEX-RN examination to gain licensure as a registered nurse.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Florida’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $60,420. Nurses with BSN degrees frequently land in the top pay quartile, earning $71,210 or more per year. Nurses have a wide range of employment options across the state, including Wuesthoff Health System, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In a healthcare system growing to meet the nation’s needs, RNs fill a critical gap by enabling providers to serve more patients in a cost-effective manner. If you are interested in meeting this challenge, check out the following list of prelicensure RN programs throughout the state of Florida.

Featured Schools

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida SouthWestern State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Myers
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Southern Technical College - Fort Myers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Premiere International College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Western Governors University - Daytona Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Daytona State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Bethune-Cookman University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Daytona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Fort Lauderdale

Broward College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Florida Career College - Pembroke Pines
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Miramar
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 75.2% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 61.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Azure College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Universidad Del Turabo - South Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 47.4% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 33.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Emergency Education Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 26.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
North Broward Technical Center
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 25.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Med-Life Institute - Lauderdale Lakes
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 16.7% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Sigma Institute of Health Careers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 16.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Hosanna College of Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 14.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - Lauderhill
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 14.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Siena College of Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Agape College of Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
American College of Health & Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Brightmed Health Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Utica College - Hollywood
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Gainesville

University of Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Santa Fe College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Express Training Services
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Jacksonville

Jacksonville University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
University of North Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - Jacksonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Jacksonville
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Jersey College - Jacksonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Fortis College - Orange Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 59.1% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 56.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Career College - Jacksonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 34.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Fernandina Beach College of Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2015)

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Polk State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - Lakeland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Southern College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Southeastern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Miami-Dade County

Hebron Technical Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
West Coast University - Miami
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
University of Miami
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida International University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - Miami
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Nova Southeastern University - Miami
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Mercy Hospital
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Antigua College International
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63.2% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Barry University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Miami Dade College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.5% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes Area
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Miami Regional University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
  • Direct Entry MSN
Florida National University - Hialeah
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 66.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Florida National University - Miami
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 46.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Faith Medical Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 31.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
South Florida Medical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 26.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
CENSA International College - Miami
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 15.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 10.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Active Health Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Advance Science College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Alexis Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
American Medical Academy
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Florida Career College - Hialeah
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Future-Tech Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Health Education Training School
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Hispaniola International University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Larkin School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Sinai School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
South Florida College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Thomas University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Universal Career School
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Naples / Marco Island area

Med-Life Institute - Naples
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Ave Maria University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - Sarasota
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Suncoast College of Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)

Ocala

College of Central Florida - Ocala
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Rasmussen College - Ocala
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Taylor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Institute for Accelerated RN Success
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Orlando

University of Central Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Seminole State College of Florida
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Valencia College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
ECPI University - Orlando
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Adventist University of Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Keiser University - Orlando
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Lake-Sumter State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Herzing University - Orlando
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Orlando Medical Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
City College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.8% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 61.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Miller's College of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 40.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 35.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Gwinnett Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 30.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Universidad Del Turabo - Metro Orlando
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 23.5% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Florida College of Health Science - Orlando
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 21.8% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Annshellay Health Spa and Fitness Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Altamonte Springs
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
CENSA International College - Orlando
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hebron International College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - Melbourne
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - Palm Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 11.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Palm Beach

NRI Institute of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Atlantic University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
South University - West Palm Beach
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - West Palm Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Bethesda College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Palm Beach State College - Glades Education Center
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
International College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 70.2% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
International Institute for Health Care Professionals
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.7% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Health Career Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57.6% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 56.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Care Hope College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Florida Career College - Boynton Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 39.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 33.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2015)
Burnett International College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 19.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Carleen Health Institute of South Florida - West Palm Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 14.3% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Delray Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
College of Health and Allied Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Florida Career College - West Palm Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Keiser University - Flagship Residential Campus
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kings Career Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

Pensacola

Pensacola Christian College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
University of West Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Fortis Institute - Pensacola
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.8% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Pensacola State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 73.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)

Port St. Lucie

Keiser University - Port Saint Lucie
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Indian River State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 54.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2016)
Emiraza College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)

Tallahassee

Tallahassee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - Tallahassee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)

Tampa Bay

University of Tampa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 99.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Utica College - Saint Petersburg
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
University of South Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
St. Petersburg College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Keiser University - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
Pasco-Hernando State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Rasmussen College - New Port Richey / West Pasco
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2016)
Hillsborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Jersey College - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
South University - Tampa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Rasmussen College - Tampa / Brandon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2016)
Southern Technical College - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41.7% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2016)
Universidad Del Turabo - Tampa Bay
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2016)
ATA Career Education
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Florida Career College - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Florida College of Health Science - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jersey College - Largo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Keiser University - Clearwater
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Keiser University - New Port Richey
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Lincoln Memorial University - Florida Hospital Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Other Florida cities

Northwest Florida State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Keys Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
College of Central Florida - Citrus County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
St. Johns River State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
North Florida Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
South Florida State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Florida Gateway College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Gulf Coast State College - Panama City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
Chipola College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2016)
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