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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.

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Florida Gulf Coast University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Edison State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Myers
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 78.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Myers
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 72.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Fort Myers
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 68.7% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Southwest Florida College - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Premiere International Institute
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Bethune-Cookman University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 74.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Western Governors University - Daytona Beach
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Fort Lauderdale

Broward College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 69.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
City College - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 55.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Sigma College - Oakland Park
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 39.5% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Hollywood
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 38.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Carleen Home Health School - Lauderhill
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 35.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Pompano Beach
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 16.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Sigma College - Coconut Creek
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Allied Health Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Hosanna College of Health
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Miramar
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Emergency and Investigative Educational Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Academy of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Pembroke Pines
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Miramar
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing

Gainesville

University of Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Santa Fe College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Express Training Services
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Jacksonville

Jacksonville University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
University of North Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Jacksonville
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Virginia College - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 62.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Sanford-Brown Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 57.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Kaplan College - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 50.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Jacksonville
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 38.5% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Career College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Fortis College - Orange Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Dade Medical College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Polk State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Lakeland
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Southern College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)

Miami-Dade County

Management Resources Institute
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
University of Miami
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida International University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Mercy Hospital
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Miami Dade College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Barry University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Brown Mackie College - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Homestead
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 71.1% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
SABER College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 64.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
City College - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Miami Lakes
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53.3% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida National University - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 50.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Mattia College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 47.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Florida National University - Hialeah
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 46.4% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Dade Medical College - Miami
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 43.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Florida National University - Training Center
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 41.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Azure College - Miami Gardens
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 34.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
West Coast University - Miami
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Hebron Technical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Larkin School of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Green Cross School of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Hispaniola International University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
South Florida Medical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Career College - Kendall
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Censa Miami Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Alexis Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
American Medical Academy
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Fortis College - Cutler Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
University of Southernmost Florida - Coral Gables
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Naples / Marco Island area

Med-Life Institute - Naples
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Sarasota
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Bradenton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southwest Florida Technical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Ocala

College of Central Florida - Ocala
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Ocala
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Taylor College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 53.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)

Orlando

University of Central Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Seminole State College of Florida
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Remington College of Nursing - Orlando
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Valencia College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Herzing University - Winter Park
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Keiser University - Orlando
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Lake-Sumter Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Adventist University of Health Sciences
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 71.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Lake Mary
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 51.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Orlando
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Medtech Institute - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Orlando Medical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Azure College - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Miller's College of Nursing
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
City College - Altamonte Springs
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Lincoln Technical Institute - Fern Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Melbourne
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Carleen Home Health School - Palm Bay
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing

Palm Beach

Palm Beach Atlantic University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Atlantic University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
South University - West Palm Beach
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Palm Beach State College - Glades Education Center
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 85.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - West Palm Beach
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 72.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Burnett International College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 26.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Techni-Pro Institute
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Lincoln College of Technology
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Health Career Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Azure College - Boca Raton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Carleen Home Health School - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Victoria Medical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Bethesda College of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Palm Beach Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals - Boca Raton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Institute of Healthcare Professions
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Dade Medical College - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Pensacola

The University of West Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pensacola Christian College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pensacola State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 78.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis Institute - Pensacola
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)

Port St. Lucie

Keiser University - Port Saint Lucie
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 96.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Indian River State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
International Institute for Healthcare Professionals - Fort Pierce
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Tallahassee

Tallahassee Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Tallahassee
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Tallahassee
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Tampa Bay

The University of Tampa
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
University of South Florida
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Everest University - Brandon
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Keiser University - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 88.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
St Petersburg College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
South University - Tampa
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 84.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Hillsborough Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - New Port Richey
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.6% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Rasmussen College - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 73.3% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Fortis College - Largo
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 67.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Ultimate Medical Academy - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 64.3% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
ITT Technical Institute - Tampa
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 54.2% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Southwest Florida College - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - New Port Richey
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Schiller International University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Christian International College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Other Florida cities

Northwest Florida State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
College of Central Florida - Citrus County
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Florida Keys Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
South Florida State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Florida Gateway College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Saint Johns River State College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
North Florida Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Gulf Coast State College - Panama City
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 89.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Chipola College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Azure College - Sebring
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
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