Find a nursing school near you

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

Vocational, career, and community colleges are good options for individuals seeking to fast-track their nursing careers. Vocational and career colleges offer short, career-focused courses on practical topics, and they are typically open to anyone with a high school diploma. Community colleges have slightly more stringent prerequisites for admission, such as English and math. If you do not fulfill these prerequisites, you might have to add another semester to your study.

Collectively, these institutions offer the quickest route to nursing employment. Licensed practical nurse (LPN) programs typically last 12-18 months, while registered nurse (RN) programs are around two to three years in length. When choosing between these two career paths, you should consider not only the costs of education but also the wages attainable: the state’s LPNs earn $41,000 annually, while its RNs bring home $60,000 per year.

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A plethora of Florida schools offer LPN programs, including Atlantic Technical Center, Concord Career Institute - Jacksonville, and Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa. Those interested in pursuing an RN program might want to consider local community colleges like Florida Keys Community College or Hillsborough Community College. Newly minted nurses can seek employment with the state’s major nursing employers, such as VITAS Hospice or Memorial Healthcare System.

To streamline your search for the best nursing program, we’ve listed below the top vocational, career, and community colleges in each of Florida’s major metropolitan areas.

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Cape Coral Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fort Myers Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Fort Myers
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
West Lawrence School of Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona College
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Flagler Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Fort Lauderdale

Allied Health Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Atlantic Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Blanche Ely High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Dade Medical College - Hollywood
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Emergency and Investigative Educational Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Florida Academy of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Genesis School of Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hope Health Career Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
James International Academy of Health
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Miramar
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Pompano Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
North Broward Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
O'Reggio Technical Career Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sheridan Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Superior Career Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
William T McFatter Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Gainesville

Express Training Services
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Jacksonville

Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Dade Medical College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
First Coast Technical College
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis College - Orange Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Jersey College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Kaplan College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sanford-Brown Institute - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Southeastern College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Virginia College - Jacksonville
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Ridge Career Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Rose Training Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Traviss Career Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Miami-Dade County

Advance Science Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Alexis Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
American Medical Academy
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
CBT College - Cutler Bay
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Censa Miami Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Compu-Med Vocational Careers Corp
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
D A Dorsey Educational Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Dade Medical College - Homestead
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Dade Medical College - Miami
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Bachelor's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Dade Medical College - Miami Lakes
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Everest Institute - Hialeah
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest Institute - Kendall
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Everest Institute - North Miami
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Faith Medical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Florida Education Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Florida Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fortis Institute - Miami
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Future-Tech Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Genesis Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Green Cross School of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Health Education Training School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hispaniola International University
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Homestead High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
International Academy Training Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
International Training Careers
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Larkin School of Nursing
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
M-DCPS The English Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Management Resources Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Mercy Hospital
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Miami Edison High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Miami Lakes Educational Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
PRC Career Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Robert Morgan Educational Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
SABER College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
South Florida Medical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sunshine Training Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Vintex Training Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Naples / Marco Island area

Immokalee Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Med-Life Institute - Naples
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

Manatee Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Med-Life Institute - Bradenton
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sarasota County Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Ocala

Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Taylor College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Orlando

Brilliant Academy Health Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology - Altamonte Springs
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Patient Care Aide
Center for Professional Training and Development
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Centura Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Lake Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Lincoln Technical Institute - Fern Park
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Medtech Institute - Orlando
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Orlando Medical Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Orlando Tech
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southern Technical Institute - Tavares
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Technical Education Center - Osceola
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Winter Park Tech
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Casel Healthcare Training Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Eastern Florida State College - Cocoa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Eastern Florida State College - Palm Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Melbourne
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Palm Beach

Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Bethesda College of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Burnett International College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology - Delray Beach
Programs offered: Certificate in Patient Care Aide; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Fortis Institute - Palm Springs
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Health Career Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Inlet Grove Community School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Institute of Healthcare Professions
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Lincoln College of Technology
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Med-Life Institute - West Palm Beach
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
NRI Institute of Health Sciences
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Palm Beach County Schools
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Palm Beach Vocational Institute
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - Greenacres
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
SouthTech Academy
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Sunshine Academy
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Victoria Medical College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Pensacola

Fortis Institute - Pensacola
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
George Stone Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Radford M Locklin Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Virginia College - Pensacola
Programs offered: Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Port St. Lucie

Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing

Tallahassee

Gadsden Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Lively Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Tallahassee Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Tampa Bay

American Health Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Brewster Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
D G Erwin Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Dr Earl Lennard High School
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Hillsborough Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing
Jersey College - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Marchman Technical Education Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pasco-Hernando Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Pinellas Technical Education Center - Clearwater
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Pinellas Technical Education Center - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Southeastern College - New Port Richey
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - St Petersburg
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - Tampa
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Southern Technical Institute - Pinellas Park
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater
Programs offered: Associate's in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Ultimate Medical Academy - Tampa
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Associate's in Nursing Assistant; Certificate in Nursing Assistant

Other Florida cities

Bradford-Union Area Career Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Charlotte Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
CHOICE High School and Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
DeSoto County School of Practical Nursing
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Florida Keys Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Fort Myers Institute of Technology - LaBelle
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Port Charlotte
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
North Florida Community College
Programs offered: Associate's in Registered Nursing; Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
School District of Indian River County
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Taylor Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Tom P Haney Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Walton Career Development Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing
Washington-Holmes Technical Center
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
Withlacoochee Technical Institute
Programs offered: Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing; Certificate in Nursing Assistant
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