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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.

Featured Schools

Cape Coral / Fort Myers area

Allied Medical Training Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cape Coral Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Fort Myers Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Fort Myers
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Technical College - Fort Myers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
West Lawrence School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Deltona / Daytona Beach area

Daytona College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Flagler Technical Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Fort Lauderdale

Agape College of Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
American College of Health & Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Atlantic Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Afternoon)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Blanche Ely High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Brightmed Health Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Chancellor Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Miramar
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Emergency Education Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Florida Academy of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
James International Academy of Health
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Jersey College - Fort Lauderdale
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
McFatter Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Med-Life Institute - Lauderdale Lakes
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Broward Technical Center
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ruby's Academy for Health Occupations
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sacred Heart International Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Sheridan Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sheridan Technical High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Siena College of Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sigma Institute of Health Careers
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Trinity School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Gainesville

Express Training Services
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Jacksonville

Concorde Career Institute - Jacksonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Fernandina Beach College of Allied Health
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
First Coast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Fortis College - Orange Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jersey College - Jacksonville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Lakeland / Winter Haven area

Ridge Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Traviss Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Miami-Dade County

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
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
American Medical Academy
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Faith Medical Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Florida Vocational Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Future-Tech Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Health Education Training School
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Highfield Career Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hispaniola International University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Homestead Senior High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Ideal Professional Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
International Training Careers
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Larkin School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lindsey Hopkins Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Mercy Hospital
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Miami Edison High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Miami Lakes Educational Center & Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
PiBerry Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sinai School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Dade Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Florida College of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
South Florida Medical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southeastern College - Miami Lakes Area
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Universal Career School
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
William H. Turner Technical Arts High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Naples / Marco Island area

Immokalee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lorenzo Walker Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Med-Life Institute - Naples
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing

North Port / Bradenton / Sarasota area

Angel Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Manatee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Suncoast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Ocala

Institute for Accelerated RN Success
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Marion Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Taylor College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Orlando

Annshellay Health Spa and Fitness Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brilliant Academy Health Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Altamonte Springs
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concorde Career Institute - Orlando
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Florida College of Health Science - Orlando
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Gwinnett Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
J & J Healthcare Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Lake Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Med-Life Institute - Kissimmee
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Orange Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Orlando Medical Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southern Technical Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
STEP Medical Teaching & Learning
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Technical Education Center Osceola
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Palm Bay / Melbourne / Titusville area

Harris Casel Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Melbourne
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Palm Beach

Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • Occupational Associate's Degree in Practical Nursing
Bethesda College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Burnett International College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology - Delray Beach
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Capscare Academy for Healthcare Education
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Care Hope College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Health Career Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Inlet Grove Adult Education & Community School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Inlet Grove Community High School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
International College of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
International Institute for Health Care Professionals
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Kings Career Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
NRI Institute of Health Sciences
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Southeastern College - West Palm Beach
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SouthTech Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Sunshine Academy
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Pensacola

Fortis Institute - Pensacola
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
George Stone Technical Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Locklin Tech
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Virginia College - Pensacola
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma

Port St. Lucie

Fortis Institute - Port Saint Lucie
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing

Tallahassee

Gadsden Center for Health Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Lively Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Tallahassee Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Tampa Bay

American Health Institute - Port Richey
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
American Health Institute - Tampa
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
ATA Career Education
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brewster Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Concorde Career Institute - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Patient Care Technician Diploma
Erwin Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida College of Health Science - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Galen College of Nursing - Tampa Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Hillsborough Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Jersey College - Largo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Jersey College - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Marchman Technical College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Medical Prep Institute of Tampa Bay
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Pinellas Technical College - St. Petersburg
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southern Technical College - Tampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Ultimate Medical Academy - Tampa
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Florida cities

Bradford-Union Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Charlotte Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
DeSoto County School of Practical Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Emerald Coast Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Florida Keys Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Florida Panhandle Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Horizon Healthcare Institute - Port Charlotte
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
North Florida Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Okaloosa Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
RiverOak Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Taylor Technical Institute
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Technical Center for Career & Adult Education
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tom P. Haney Technical Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Withlacoochee Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
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