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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Nurses play an essential part in our healthcare system, providing a high level of patient care and taking on many of the responsibilities traditionally entrusted to doctors. With an expanding healthcare system, the nursing profession is projected to have steady job growth in the years ahead. In Fort Lauderdale, there is a demand for nurses at all levels. Below, you can read brief descriptions of the main types of nursing jobs in the area.

Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Certified nursing assistants provide basic patient care and help licensed practical nurses and registered nurses with medical tasks, like taking vital signs and monitoring symptoms. Because CNAs spend so much time with their patients, they are often perceived as being the primary caregivers. CNA programs can be completed in a matter of weeks, making this the fastest and least expensive way to start your career in the nursing field. The Fort Lauderdale area is home to 6,000 CNAs with average earnings of $23,000 per year.

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Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
Licensed practical nurses provide a more advanced level of care and have more responsibilities in the workplace. LPN programs are offered at community colleges and vocational schools, typically requiring 12-18 months to complete. In Fort Lauderdale, there are 3,000 licensed practical nurses with an average salary of $43,000 per year.

Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurses help doctors to manage their crowded schedules and oversee a team of other nurses and medical support staff. This is a role for natural leaders and critical thinkers. A two-year associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) is the fastest path to an RN career. That said, a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) provides an edge on the job market and usually correlates with higher wages. Fort Lauderdale has approximately 14,000 registered nurses with average earnings around $68,000 per year.

Whatever program you choose, there are plenty of job opportunities at Fort Lauderdale’s large healthcare employers like Broward Health Medical Center and Holy Cross Hospital. To help aspiring nurses choose the best program, we have compiled below a comprehensive list of nursing schools in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Fort Lauderdale nursing schools by NCLEX score

Blanche Ely High School
1201 NW Sixth Avenue | Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Broward College
225 East Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing
Atlantic Technical Center
4700 Coconut Creek Parkway | Coconut Creek, Florida 33063
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale
3301 College Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Master's in Nursing Administration
William T McFatter Technical Center
6500 Nova Drive | Davie, Florida 33317
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale
1500 NW 49th Street | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86.9% 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
Sheridan Technical Center
5400 Sheridan Street | Hollywood, Florida 33021
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Hope College of Arts & Sciences
1200 SW Third Street | Pompano Beach, Florida 33069
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
10933 Marks Way | Miramar, Florida 33025
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 69.1% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
City College - Fort Lauderdale
2000 West Commercial Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 55.6% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through Q1-2 2013)
North Broward Technical Center
1871 West Hillsborough Boulevard | Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 40.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Sigma College - Oakland Park
1260 East Oakland Park Boulevard | Oakland Park, Florida 33334
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 39.5% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Dade Medical College - Hollywood
6837 Taft Street | Hollywood, Florida 33024
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 38.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Carleen Home Health School - Lauderhill
4200 NW 16th Street | Lauderhill, Florida 33313
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 35.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Hope Health Career Institute
150 East Sample Road, Suite 220 | Pompano Beach, Florida 33064
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 35.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-2 2013)
Med-Life Institute - Pompano Beach
3501 NE Third Avenue | Pompano Beach, Florida 33064
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 16.7% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 14.9% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through Q1-2 2013)
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
2307 West Broward Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Miramar
3600 South State Road 7 | Miramar, Florida 33023
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Sigma College - Coconut Creek
4690 North State Road 7 | Coconut Creek, Florida 33068
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (Q1-2 2013 through Q1-2 2013)
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 0.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Allied Health Institute
51 North State Road 7 | Plantation, Florida 33317
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Miramar
2300 SW 145th Avenue | Miramar, Florida 33027
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing
Emergency and Investigative Educational Institute
3111 North University Drive | Coral Springs, Florida 33065
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Everest University - Pompano Beach
225 North Federal Highway | Pompano Beach, Florida 33062
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Academy of Nursing
12002 Miramar Parkway | Miramar, Florida 33025
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Florida Career College - Lauderdale Lakes
3383 North Florida Highway 7 | Lauderdale Lakes, Florida 33319
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Margate
3271 North Florida Highway 7 | Margate, Florida 33063
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Career College - Pembroke Pines
7891 Pines Boulevard | Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Genesis School of Nursing
6151 Miramar Parkway | Miramar, Florida 33023
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hosanna College of Health
6151 Miramar Parkway | Miramar, Florida 33023
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Registered Nursing
ITT Technical Institute - Fort Lauderdale
3401 South University Drive | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
James International Academy of Health
195 NE First Avenue | Pompano Beach, Florida 33060
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Keiser University - Pembroke Pines
1640 SW 145th Avenue | Pembroke Pines, Florida 33027
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Family Practice Nursing
O'Reggio Technical Career Institute
7360 West Atlantic Boulevard | Margate, Florida 33063
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations
4343 West Sunrise Boulevard | Plantation, Florida 33313
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Superior Career Institute
5950 West Oakland Park | Lauderhill, Florida 33313
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
University of Phoenix - South Florida
600 North Pine Island Road | Plantation, Florida 33324
Programs offered: Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Nursing Education
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