For our 2021 rankings, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on over 3,000 nursing schools and campuses throughout the United States. We evaluated each school on three dimensions:

  • The institution’s academic prestige and perceived value
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered
  • Student success, particularly on the NCLEX licensure examination

We then combined these assessments into an overall score and ranked the schools accordingly. For a detailed description of our assessment methodology and dimension weights, please see here.

  1. #1: University of Miami

    The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) is home to the Simulation Hospital for Advancing Research and Education (SHARE), one of the nation’s first education-based simulation hospitals. The school frequently ranks among the top 25 nursing schools nationwide in National Institutes of Health research funding. A member of the respected UHealth family, SONHS offers BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degrees. Post-master’s certificates are also available in several nurse practitioner specializations. The school graduates approximately 200 students annually from its flagship prelicensure BSN program. During the past decade, more than 95% of these students passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on their first try.

  2. #2: University of Florida

    The UF College of Nursing is home to Florida’s oldest doctoral nursing program. The university also launched the state’s first nurse practitioner program and its first BSN-to-PhD track. Currently, the University of Florida offers BSN, ABSN, and RN-to-BSN programs to approximately 700 undergraduate students. Graduates of the BSN program have passed the NCLEX-RN exam at a remarkable 93% first-time rate over the past decade. The College of Nursing also educates approximately 300 graduate nursing students, providing BSN and MSN entry points to both its DNP and PhD programs. Specialty tracks are offered in five nurse practitioner fields.

  3. #3: University of Central Florida

    The UCF College of Nursing is a recognized leader in online education. The school’s online MSN program recently ranked among the top three in Florida and the top 50 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. UCF offers six distinct MSN tracks: three nurse practitioner specialties, nursing leadership, healthcare simulation, and nurse education. Several of these tracks are also offered to DNP students. For undergraduates, UCF provides five BSN pathways including a Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP) for active-duty military students. BSN graduates routinely perform well on the licensure exam, with a phenomenal 96% NCLEX pass rate over the past decade.

  4. #4: Nova Southeastern University

    Nova Southeastern University’s College of Nursing enrolls more than 1,300 students from coast to coast. Nursing programs are offered at the university’s primary campus in Fort Lauderdale, through satellite campuses in Miami and Fort Myers, and online. The prelicensure BSN program graduates more than 300 new nurses annually, who have passed the NCLEX exam at rates as high as 92% in recent years. NSU also offers RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MSN bridge programs through its undergraduate nursing department. Graduate nursing students can pursue three nonclinical MSN tracks, two clinical MSN tracks for aspiring nurse practitioners, an online DNP, or a PhD focused on nursing education.

  5. #5: University of South Florida

    The USF Health College of Nursing performs more than 200,000 clinical hours in the community each year with more than 900 clinical partners. The school offers so many different nursing degrees, you’ll lose count. Undergraduate options include the Suncoast nursing ABSN pathway, an accelerated second degree BSN, the veterans-to-BSN (VCARE) pathway, an online RN-to-BSN program, and the concurrent RN-to-BSN program between USF and Hillsborough Community College. Across all of its prelicensure BSN programs, USF produces 150-200 new nurses each year, who have achieved an outstanding 93% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam over the past decade. Graduate nursing pathways include the traditional MSN, RN-to-MSN, accelerated ASN-to-MSN, DNP, and PhD for nurse scientists.

  6. #6: Florida State University

    The FSU College of Nursing launched Florida’s first nationally accredited baccalaureate nursing degree program. Today, the college offers the latest BSN options, including an accelerated second-degree program and a Veterans BSN that started in January 2016. The College of Nursing produces over 100 prelicensure BSN graduates each year, and these students have passed the NCLEX-RN exam at a strong 93% rate over the past decade. FSU graduate students can pursue an MSN, DNP, or graduate certificate in popular specializations like nurse educator, nurse leader, and psychiatric-mental health. The vast majority of graduate instruction is delivered online.

  7. #7: University of North Florida

    In July 2005, UNF selected the College of Health’s School of Nursing as its first flagship program. The school’s RN-to-BSN offering has earned recognition on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best online bachelor’s programs. UNF also offers on-campus RN-to-BSN, traditional BSN, and accelerated BSN pathways for its undergraduate students. The school graduates 100-150 prelicensure BSN students each year, who have posted a strong 93% first-time NCLEX pass rate over the past decade. Graduate nursing students can pursue three APRN roles through the DNP program: nurse anesthetist, family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.

  8. #8: Florida Gulf Coast University

    Florida Gulf Coast University’s School of Nursing sits within the Elaine Nicpon Marieb College of Health & Human Services. FGCU’s nursing students can earn degrees ranging from a BSN to a DNP. The School of Nursing graduates 70-80 BSN students annually, and they have posted an exceptional 96% NCLEX pass rate over the past decade. The BSN classes of 2018 and 2019 each scored a perfect 100% NCLEX pass rate. The MSN program offers specializations in nurse anesthesia and nurse educator, while the post-baccalaureate DNP program has tracks in nurse anesthesiology, family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Graduates from the FNP track have scored a 100% first-time pass rate on the national certification exam since the program’s inception in 2001. FGCU also offers a post-master’s DNP pathway that students may complete in just five semesters of fulltime study or eight semesters of parttime study.

  9. #9: AdventHealth University

    AdventHealth University (AHU) works closely with AdventHealth Orlando, one of Central Florida’s largest hospitals, to give students the clinical experience and world-class facilities that only a major medical center can provide. In fact, AdventHealth Orlando is the largest of more than 590 healthcare facilities operated worldwide by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. AHU’s nursing programs include a generic BSN with a blended learning format, an online RN-to-BSN, MSN degrees in nursing education and administration / leadership, and a doctor of nurse anesthesia practice. Since the inception of the generic BSN program, graduates have scored an 87% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX national licensure examination.

  10. #10: Florida Atlantic University

    FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing educates 1,600 students across its three campuses in Boca Raton, Davie, and Harbor Branch. The college offers four undergraduate pathways: traditional BSN, freshmen direct admission, accelerated BSN, and RN-to-BSN. The prelicensure tracks graduate approximately 100 BSN students annually, with a 92% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX exam over the past decade. At the graduate level, FAU offers both DNP and PhD programs, plus a rich breadth of MSN specializations including administration, holistic nursing, education, clinical nurse leader, and two nurse practitioner roles. Indeed, FAU has the largest graduate nursing enrollment of any university in Florida.

  11. #11: Barry University

    The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Barry University is the first and only institution in Florida to be named a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing. At the undergraduate level, the college offers both a traditional BSN and an accelerated 15-month program for students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Barry University typically graduates 100-130 prelicensure BSN students annually, with a solid 82% NCLEX-RN exam pass rate over the past decade. MSN students can pursue a nurse practitioner specialization in either family practice or adult-gerontology acute care, with post-master’s certificates also available in both specializations. Doctoral candidates have four options: a four-year post-baccalaureate DNP, a two-year post-master’s DNP, a newly launched DNP in anesthesiology, and an interdisciplinary PhD program that features classes from both the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the School of Education.

  12. #12: Florida International University

    The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University offers a variety of degree pathways. The undergraduate curriculum has five tracks: a generic BSN, an accelerated BSN, an online RN-to-BSN, a medic-to-nurse BSN for veterans, and an accelerated combined BSN/MSN for foreign-educated physicians. Over the past decade, FIU has graduated approximately 200 prelicensure BSN students annually, and they have achieved an 89% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. At the graduate level, FIU offers a BSN-to-DNP program with tracks in several nurse practitioner fields (adult-gerontology, psychiatric-mental health, child, family), nurse anesthesia, and nurse administration. Students seeking an MSN degree may focus on nurse anesthesia or add a certificate in any nurse practitioner track.

  13. #13: University of Tampa

    The University of Tampa’s College of Natural and Health Sciences offers three nursing programs: a traditional four-year BSN, an MSN with two nurse practitioner concentrations (family and adult-gerontology), and a DNP program designed for APRNs who are Florida residents. The BSN program has achieved a near-perfect 99% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam over the past decade, graduating approximately fifty students each year. The MSN program emphasizes the importance of holistic assessment, cultural congruency, and consumer inclusion in healthcare. The DNP program is conducted online with only three required visits to campus, allowing working students to continue their careers in clinical practice. The university maintains formal affiliations with more than 120 Tampa Bay-area healthcare facilities, providing students with a breadth of options for clinical exposure.

  14. #14: Palm Beach Atlantic University

    The School of Nursing at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) offers a traditional four-year BSN, an online RN-to-BSN, an MSN in health systems leadership, and a multifaceted DNP. PBA’s traditional BSN program graduates 40-60 students annually, with an outstanding 92% NCLEX exam pass rate since 2010. The DNP program has entry points for both BSN and MSN degree-holders. Candidates in the BSN-to-DNP pathway can select a concentration in either executive leadership (71 graduate credits) or family nurse practitioner (74 graduate credits). The post-master’s option requires 38 to 44 graduate credits. Programs are offered in a hybrid combination of online delivery and monthly in-person classes at PBA’s West Palm Beach campus.

  15. #15: Jacksonville University

    The Keigwin School of Nursing at Jacksonville University has so many nursing pathways, you’ll lose count. BSN options include traditional, second degree, veteran’s, and RN-to-BSN programs. The school graduates approximately 100 prelicensure BSN students annually, and these individuals have achieved an outstanding 93% pass rate on the NCLEX exam since 2010. The MSN program offers specializations in clinical nurse educator, healthcare systems leadership, informatics, and several nurse practitioner fields. Jacksonville University’s DNP program offers both BSN and MSN entry points. The school also provides post-graduate certificate programs in many of the MSN specializations that can be completed as standalone certificates or embedded within the DNP program.

  16. #16: West Coast University

    West Coast University Miami is the newest addition to the WCU family. Occupying more than 46,000 square feet, the university provides students with access to computer labs, internet stations, nursing skills labs, and science labs. The Miami campus also features a 5,000-square-foot simulation center with high-fidelity simulators. Programs for aspiring nurses include a traditional prelicensure BSN and an LPN-to-BSN bridge program. The traditional BSN can be completed in 39 months with a daytime schedule or 44 months with an evening and weekend schedule. The LPN-to-BSN bridge program allows students to shave five months off these timelines. Since the program’s launch, BSN graduates from Miami have posted an incredible 96% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

  17. #17: Pensacola Christian College

    The Nursing Department at Pensacola Christian College offers two degree programs: a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and a master of science in nursing (MSN). Students in the BSN program receive their clinical experience at a number of healthcare facilities, including several large hospitals in the Pensacola area. Sample topics of study include pharmacology, pediatric nursing, and nursing informatics. The BSN program graduates approximately 100 students annually, with a strong 92% NCLEX pass rate over the past decade. The MSN program prepares RNs to use scriptural and traditional methods of nursing education in both clinical and classroom settings.

  18. #18: Jersey College

    Jersey College is nationally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. In addition to an LPN certificate, the school offers an ADN program with three tracks: generic, nurse residency, and LPN-to-RN bridge. The generic track starts from the beginning with no prerequisites and works toward the associate’s degree. The residency track is an onsite hospital-based program, while the LPN-to-RN track provides LPNs advanced placement and a seamless path to RN licensure. Since 2010, ADN graduates across the school’s Florida campuses have enjoyed an 86% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Over the same time period, LPN graduates have enjoyed a 93% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.

  19. #19: Miami Regional University

    Miami Regional University offers five distinct nursing pathways: an ADN program, a prelicensure BSN, an RN-to-BSN degree completion option, a direct-entry MSN, and an MSN degree for aspiring family nurse practitioners. The ADN program graduates 150-300 students annually. Since the program’s inception, students have passed the NCLEX licensure exam at a 72% first-try rate. The school’s BSN students have performed similarly, averaging a 74% first-time NCLEX pass rate since the program’s recent launch. Graduates of both prelicensure pathways develop the skills to analyze clients, communities, public health, and health technology.

  20. #20: University of West Florida

    The University of West Florida School of Nursing is home to the Dr. D.W. McMillan BSN. This is a limited-access program that prepares clinical generalists who are leaders, managers, and life-long learners, integrating research findings into their nursing practice. Graduates of this prelicensure BSN program have achieved a solid 93% NCLEX-RN exam pass rate over the past decade. UWF also offers online RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MSN pathways for students who have completed a community college or diploma nursing program and hold an unencumbered RN license. Finally, the school’s Earl and Nancy Hutto MSN program has three specializations: family nurse practitioner, nursing education, and nurse executive.

  21. #21: Florida State University Panama City

    Florida State University Panama City offers an MSN in nurse anesthesia. Housed within the College of Applied Studies, the program focuses on patient care before, during, and after surgical procedures. Courses cover anesthesia techniques and emphasize analysis, evaluation, and decision-making. Students will begin a one-on-one clinical practicum within the first semester to ensure immediate application of skills. Throughout the seven-semester program, students participate in mandatory didactic reviews in preparation for the certification exam conducted by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. The school’s recent graduating class reported a 100% NBCRNA exam pass rate and a 100% employment rate upon graduation.

  22. #22: Lincoln Memorial University - Tampa

    To help fill the local need for qualified nurses, Caylor School of Nursing at Lincoln Memorial University has partnered with AdventHealth to open an LMU extended learning site in Tampa. Through this innovative partnership, LMU offers several degree pathways for aspiring nurses in the Tampa Bay area. Options include an associate of science in nursing (ASN) program, an LPN-to-ASN bridge pathway, and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. The ASN and BSN programs both prepare candidates to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The initial graduating cohorts of both programs recently scored a perfect 100% first-time NCLEX pass rate.

  23. #23: Florida Southern College

    The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida Southern College offers a BSN program that boasts a 100% placement rate whether graduates choose to enter the workforce or enroll in graduate school. The four-year BSN provides hands-on experience in state-of-the-art treatment laboratories where high-tech mannequins speak, hear, respond, and even physiologically reproduce true-to-life scenarios. This advanced simulation technology allows students to master bedside care in a controlled environment. Students also have the opportunity to work in some of Florida’s busiest and most technologically advanced acute care hospitals through internships and clinical experiences.

  24. #24: Chamberlain University

    Chamberlain University offers a BSN program at its Jacksonville and Miramar campuses. The program has no prerequisites and is designed to be completed in just three years of year-round study, instead of the traditional four years. Students obtain hands-on experience both in the Chamberlain SIMCARE Center and through on-site clinical settings. The Jacksonville location also offers a military-to-BSN option, which is designed for those who wish to transition from a healthcare role in the military to a civilian role as a registered nurse. Since the program’s launch, Miramar students have passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam at a 79% first-time pass rate, while Jacksonville students have scored an 85% first-time pass rate.

  25. #25: Utica College - Florida

    Utica College offers an accelerated BSN program that requires a minimum of 65 college credits, so students can earn a nursing degree in just 16 months. The fulltime program is conducted at two Florida campuses – Miramar and St. Petersburg – combining a rigorous blend of online and experiential learning. Students can expect hands-on skills practice during nursing simulation labs and clinical rotations, as well as top-notch faculty who provide guidance and support throughout the curriculum. Since the program’s inception, BSN graduates have achieved an impressive 91% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

  26. #26: Western Governors University

    Western Governors University has a nursing curriculum that allows students to complete coursework on their own schedule. Offered through the College of Health Professions, WGU’s flexible nursing programs include a prelicensure BSN, RN-to-BSN, traditional MSN, and RN-to-MSN. The online MSN program has specializations in leadership and management, education, and nursing informatics. Since the launch of the innovative traditional BSN program in Daytona Beach, graduates have scored a solid 86% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

  27. #27: Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations

    The Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations began in 1978 as a nurse assistant training school. The college launched its LPN program in 1997 and added a two-year ADN curriculum in 2011; both programs award an associate of science degree upon completion. ANHO boasts nearly 18,000 square feet of modern classroom space and a wide variety of clinical partnerships throughout Palm Beach County. The administration also places a heavy focus on student outcomes. For example, last year’s ADN graduates passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam at an 84% rate, while LPN graduates passed the NCLEX-PN licensure exam at a 96% rate. ANHO students also enjoy strong on-time graduation and job placement rates, with typically an 85-95% success rate on each metric.

  28. #28: Mercy Hospital

    Mercy Hospital is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital and a two-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet award for nursing excellence. The institution houses both the School of Practical Nursing and the College of Nursing. The School of Practical Nursing offers two pathways for aspiring LPNs: a 12-month daytime program and a 14-month evening program. Either curriculum is designed to be completed in three trimesters. The College of Nursing builds on this foundation with a one-year LPN-to-RN bridge. This associate’s degree program is designed for working students with convenient evening and weekend hours. Mercy Hospital graduates have consistently performed well on their licensure exams over the past decade, including an 86% NCLEX-PN pass rate for LPN graduates and an 87% NCLEX-RN pass rate for ADN graduates.

  29. #29: ECPI University

    ECPI University offers a BSN degree that is designed for students who already hold a BA or BS in any area from an accredited college or university. Students in the program can expect to complete the degree in as little as one year. This accelerated program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Since 2010, approximately 100 annual BSN graduates have scored an excellent 90% licensure exam pass rate. The MSN program has three high-demand concentrations: health systems leadership, nurse educator, and family nurse practitioner. The MSN program is available 100% online, and it can be completed in as little as 22 months.

  30. #30: Taylor College

    Taylor College has been training healthcare professionals since 1999. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, licensed by the Commission on Independent Education, and approved by the Florida Board of Nursing to offer both a 16-month LPN certificate and a 24-month ADN program. The ADN has two entry options: bridge entry for licensed practical nurses and bilevel entry for Taylor College LPN students. Over the past decade, ADN graduates have averaged a 70% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, while LPN graduates have averaged an 83% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. Last year’s pass rates were even stronger: 85% for ADN students and a perfect 100% for LPN students.

  31. #31: Southeastern University

    Southeastern University has two BSN degree pathways. The school’s prelicensure BSN program is designed for students with no prior professional nursing degree or license. Students in this program have achieved an impressive 90% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. The school’s RN-to-BSN program is designed for registered nurses who are currently practicing in healthcare. These working professionals can complete coursework online at their own pace. Participants in either program will experience a blend of hands-on clinical training – either in the school’s new simulation laboratory or in local hospitals and community settings – with one-on-one faculty interaction.

  32. #32: Rasmussen University

    Rasmussen University has five locations in the state of Florida that offer nursing degrees and certificates. Pathways include an LPN program that can be completed in 12 months, an ADN with a mobility bridge entrance option, a BSN with standard and second degree entrance options, an RN-to-BSN bridge program, and an MSN with education and leadership specializations. Rasmussen’s Fort Myers, Ocala, and Tampa campuses offer the full gamut of prelicensure programs (LPN, ADN, BSN), while the New Port Richey and Land O’ Lakes campuses are more specialized (ADN and LPN, respectively). Licensure pass rates are consistently strong across the board. Over the past decade, Rasmussen’s Florida campuses have collectively scored an 86% first-time NCLEX-PN pass rate and an 83% first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate.

  33. #33: North Florida College

    North Florida College has partnerships with area healthcare facilities and businesses that allow nursing students to gain valuable hands-on training. The Nursing and Allied Health Department offers an LPN certificate, a traditional ADN program, an accelerated LPN-to-RN bridge, and a BSN for students who already hold an RN license and an ADN degree. The school graduates about twenty LPN students each year, and they have achieved an excellent 89% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam over the past decade. Likewise, approximately 40-60 ADN graduates per year have achieved an 89% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam over the same time period.

  34. #34: Galen College of Nursing

    Galen College of Nursing offers multiple pathways in its LPN, ADN, and BSN programs. The LPN program can be completed in 12 months through a fulltime day program or 21 months through a parttime evening program. Galen College graduates 30-50 LPN students annually from its Tampa Bay campus, and these students have posted an 89% NCLEX-PN pass rate since 2010. The traditional ADN pathway is a 24-month program, while the LPN-to-ADN pathway takes just 15-18 months to complete. Galen College graduates 300-500 ADN students each year from its Tampa Bay campus, and these students have achieved an 87% NCLEX-RN pass rate since 2010. Finally, Galen offers both a three-year prelicensure BSN program and a 12-month fully online RN-to-BSN pathway.

  35. #35: Keiser University

    Keiser University offers degree pathways for current and aspiring nurses at nearly twenty campuses across the state of Florida. Options include an associate of science degree, four BSN pathways (traditional, accelerated, FastTrack, and RN-to-BSN), an MSN degree with an option for family nurse practitioner focus, and a DNP program. The school offers working nurses the opportunity to concurrently integrate educational principles into their direct practice. Practicum activities include community agency visits, approved conferences, volunteer activities, interagency site visits, technological field trips, simulation labs, leadership activities, and interdepartmental study in current employment systems.

  36. #36: Ave Maria University

    Ave Maria University offers a BSN program that takes four years to complete. During the first two years, students in the pre-nursing track complete the core curriculum and pre-nursing science requirements; they then apply to the nursing major. Upon successful admission to nursing, students spend years three and four taking almost exclusively nursing courses. Sample course titles include Pharmacology, Nursing Care of Women, and Health Assessment. The BSN is a limited access program: classes are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria, and maximum capacity is based on available resources. Since the BSN program’s launch, graduates have averaged a solid 90% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure examination.

  37. #37: Broward College

    Broward College offers an ASN degree with three options: the generic option, for applicants with no previous nursing education; an LPN-to-RN transition, for students who already hold a current Florida LPN license; and a hybrid online option for students who prefer a blend of online and on-campus learning. The program consists of 72 credits. There are 56 hours of clinical practicum and 16 hours of theory for each credit. Clinical hours are conducted in both acute care and extended care facilities as well as nursing campus lab settings. For the past decade, approximately 300 ADN graduates annually have achieved an outstanding NCLEX-RN exam pass rate of 94%.

  38. #38: St. Thomas University

    St. Thomas University’s School of Science, Technology, and Engineering Management offers three avenues for admission to its BSN program. High-achieving high school seniors may apply for direct admission, while high school graduates who do not meet the direct admission requirements may follow the traditional BSN pathway. Finally, registered nurses with an active and unencumbered license can enroll in STU’s RN-to-BSN completion program. The university also offers an MSN degree with a family nurse practitioner specialization, featuring 100% online coursework.

  39. #39: Chipola College

    The School of Health Sciences at Chipola College has several program options for nurses seeking entry- to advanced-level positions. The CNA program is designed to prepare students for employment as nursing assistants in hospital or nursing home settings. The ADN is a limited-enrollment, 72-credit-hour program that may be completed in just four semesters, and it prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Since 2010, ADN graduates have achieved an overall NCLEX exam pass rate of 76%, including several cohorts with an 85-90% pass rate. The RN-to-BSN pathway focuses on the development of professional nursing practice to prepare highly qualified nurses to work in diverse healthcare settings.

  40. #40: Herzing University

    Herzing University’s Orlando campus offers nearly a dozen nursing programs. Undergraduate options include an LPN diploma, an ASN degree with an LPN-to-RN transition track, and several BSN pathways including traditional, healthcare professionals bridge, and RN-to-BSN. Since 2010, graduates across all programs have maintained solid performance on the NCLEX licensure exam, including an 89% pass rate for LPN students, an 85% pass rate for ADN candidates, and an 85% pass rate for BSN students. Graduate options include an MSN degree in nursing leadership and administration, family nurse practitioner, or nurse educator. Certificates are also available in the final two specializations. The RN-to-BSN, MSN, and certificate programs are available online.

  41. #41: Lake-Sumter State College

    Lake-Sumter State College graduated its first class of just 39 students in 1964. Now ranked among the nation’s top 120 community colleges, LSSC serves more than 6,000 students annually at three locations. The Leesburg campus offers two nursing degrees: an ADN program with two tracks (generic and LPN bridge) and an RN-to-BSN program that requires an ADN or diploma for entry. Both programs feature clinical experiences at area hospitals, extended care facilities, and community health organizations. Since 2010, approximately 60-80 ADN graduates annually have achieved an 89% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam.

  42. #42: Miami Dade College

    With more than 92,000 students enrolled, Miami Dade College has the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college or university in the country. The school also confers more associate’s degrees than any other community college in the nation. MDC’s Leon School of Nursing offers an ADN program that focuses on hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs. Approximately 500 students graduate from the program annually. These students have averaged an 81% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination since 2010. The college is fully accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees as well, including a BSN for Florida-licensed nurses who have already completed an ADN program.

  43. #43: Polk State College

    The Department of Nursing at Polk State College has an ADN program with two options: a generic track for individuals without a current Florida healthcare license, and an accelerated one-year transition track for individuals holding licensure or certification as an LPN, paramedic, respiratory therapist, or qualified medic. For the past decade, the ADN program has consistently graduated about 150 students per year while maintaining an exceptional NCLEX-RN exam pass rate of 94%. Polk State College also offers an RN-to-BSN program for licensed RNs that hold either an ADN from a regionally accredited institution or a nursing diploma from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

  44. #44: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

    The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University School of Nursing is the oldest continuing baccalaureate nursing program in the United States at a historically black institution. Established in 1904 as a hospital-based program, it became the first baccalaureate program in Florida in 1936. Today, the school offers three nursing degree pathways: a traditional prelicensure BSN, an RN-to-BSN fast track, and an MSN program for aspiring adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners. The MSN degree may be completed onsite or online in five semesters of fulltime study. The traditional BSN program graduates 75-100 students each year, and they have averaged a 76% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam over the past decade.

  45. #45: South University

    South University’s College of Nursing and Public Health has more than a dozen programs for aspiring nurses. Many programs are offered online. At the undergraduate level, the college offers a prelicensure BSN program and an RN-to-BSN pathway. South University graduates 50-80 prelicensure BSN students annually from each of its Tampa and West Palm Beach campuses. Over the past decade, Tampa students have scored an 80% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX exam, while their colleagues in West Palm Beach have scored an 86% pass rate. At the graduate level, South University offers an MSN program with five specializations: adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, nurse educator, and nursing informatics. An online DNP is also available with administration, information technology, leadership, and public health specializations.

  46. #46: Hodges University

    The School of Health Sciences at Hodges University offers a BSN program that is designed to be completed in two parts. The first portion is the pre-nursing curriculum, completed as part of an associate of science degree in biomedical sciences. The second portion is the nursing core, which contains a planned sequence of theoretical, laboratory, simulation, and clinical experiences. Courses are offered at the Naples campus in the evening, and clinical experiences take place on weekends. Students move through this fulltime program with a cohort, so nursing core courses must be taken as directed and cannot be conducted out of sequence.

  47. #47: Pasco-Hernando State College

    Pasco-Hernando State College offers an LPN certificate, an ADN program with three entry points (traditional, LPN-to-ADN, paramedic-to-ADN), and an RN-to-BSN degree completion program. These competitive programs prepare graduates to work in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, schools, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and correctional facilities. Students develop the skills to check vital signs, implement treatment plans, and monitor patient progress. Prelicensure graduates will sit for the respective NCLEX exam, where PHSC has a track record of strong performance. Over the past decade, LPN graduates have achieved a strong 94% NCLEX-PN pass rate, while ADN graduates have posted a solid 87% NCLEX-RN pass rate.

  48. #48: Treasure Coast Technical College

    Treasure Coast Technical College has a practical nursing certificate program that takes just one year to complete. Students in the program attend daytime classes and clinicals for approximately 35 hours per week. Clinical experiences at cooperating healthcare facilities may also include some evening hours. Aspiring LPNs at TCTC receive an outstanding foundation in nursing, including intensive classroom instruction and supervised work experiences at local health agencies. The select program of 15-20 students frequently achieves a 90% completion rate. Even more impressively, graduates have scored a 98% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam over the past decade, with numerous cohorts achieving a perfect 100% pass rate.

  49. #49: Cape Coral Technical College

    Cape Coral Technical College has a 1,350-hour LPN program that prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. Since 2010, these LPN graduates have scored an exceptional 98% pass rate on the licensure examination. The program offers small class sizes, hands-on training, and the opportunity to work directly with patients, physicians, and nurses in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Students will also gain experience through a variety of interactive simulation case scenarios. Job placement assistance is available, and students can expect to complete the program in just 12 months of fulltime study.

  50. #50: Withlacoochee Technical College

    Withlacoochee Technical College offers an LPN certificate program for aspiring practical nurses. The program prepares its students to address family and community health issues, teach patients about nutrition, treat patients from newborns to the elderly, administer medications, and assist RNs and doctors in medical-surgical settings. The college graduates a small cohort of 10-20 LPN students each year, and they have a phenomenal track record of success on the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Withlacoochee Technical College has posted a 98% NCLEX pass rate over the past decade, including a string of recent classes with a perfect 100% pass rate.

  51. #51: Valencia College

    Valencia College was named the best community college in the nation as the inaugural winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The college offers more than 140 degree programs across eight campuses that span the Orlando metropolitan area. The School of Nursing is headquartered at the college’s state-of-the-art West Campus. Nursing students can pursue either a prelicensure associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree or a postlicensure RN-to-BSN completion pathway. Valencia College graduates more than 200 students annually from the ASN program, with a strong 95% first-time NCLEX pass rate over the past decade. The most recent graduating cohort posted a stellar 98.6% NCLEX pass rate.

  52. #52: Palm Beach State College

    Palm Beach State College was founded in 1933 as Florida’s first community college. Today, the school serves nearly 50,000 students across five campuses in Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Loxahatchee Groves, and Palm Beach Gardens. The college’s Health Sciences Division offers the full breadth of undergraduate nursing pathways, including a practical nursing career certificate, an associate of science in nursing, and an RN-to-BSN completion program. The LPN program graduates 20-30 students annually, with a stellar 94% NCLEX-PN pass rate over the past decade. The ASN program graduates more than 200 students annually across the Lake Worth and Belle Glade campuses, with a strong 86% NCLEX-RN pass rate over the past decade.

  53. #53: St. Johns River State College

    SJR State serves the educational and workforce training needs of Northeast Florida, with campuses in Orange Park, Palatka, and St. Augustine. The Nursing Department offers five distinct programs, including two certificates (nursing assistant and practical nurse), two associate’s degree pathways (generic and LPN bridge), and an RN-to-BSN completion program conducted 100% online. The LPN certificate is a new addition that just recently graduated its first cohort. The ASN degree has a long track record of student success. The program graduates approximately 100 students annually, with an 89% first-time NCLEX pass rate over the past decade. The class of 2019 scored an impressive 95% NCLEX pass rate.

  54. #54: Gadsden Center for Health Education

    Launched in 1997, the School of Practical Nursing at Gadsden Center for Health Education has an approved class limit of just 24 students annually. The practical nursing curriculum consists of 1,350 hours of classroom theory and clinical training. Graduates’ scores on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam have continually exceeded both the Florida and national averages, including an excellent 95% first-time pass rate over the past decade. Newly licensed graduates find positions in healthcare facilities throughout the Tallahassee metropolitan area.

  55. #55: Antigua College International

    Antigua College International focuses exclusively on nursing education. The school offers multiple pathways to enter the nursing profession, including a 16-month practical nursing diploma, a 28-month associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree, and a 42-month bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. ACI also offers an RN-to-BSN pathway for existing nurses as well as NCLEX preparation and remediation classes. Graduates consistently perform strongly on their licensure examinations. Since the college’s inception, BSN students have scored a 74% NCLEX-RN pass rate, ASN students have averaged a 78% NCLEX-RN pass rate, and LPN students have achieved an 87% NCLEX-PN pass rate.

  56. #56: North Florida Technical College

    North Florida Technical College offers both day and evening LPN programs. Students complete courses in medical and surgical care for convalescent, physically challenged, and physically or mentally rehabilitative patients. Instruction is also given for geriatric, obstetric, and pediatric clients. Students will graduate with a thorough understanding of body structure and function, community health, CPR, diseases and disorders, first aid, lifespan, medication, and nutrition. NFTC’s LPN program typically graduates 20-40 students annually, with an outstanding 94% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam over the past decade.

  57. #57: Fort Myers Technical College

    Fort Myers Technical College has an LPN program that takes just one year to complete. The curriculum includes classroom lectures, laboratory work, and clinical experiences in local hospitals and nursing homes. Coursework covers a range of topics including the health careers core, nursing fundamentals, body structure and function, nutrition, medication administration, medical-surgical nursing, maternity and pediatric nursing, bio-psycho-social nursing, transitional nursing, and employability skills. The LPN program’s 25-50 annual graduates are prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. Since 2010, these students have achieved an outstanding 94% first-time NCLEX pass rate.

  58. #58: Seminole State College of Florida

    Seminole State educates nearly 30,000 students across six campuses that span Seminole County. The college is among the top twenty institutions nationwide in terms of associate’s degrees awarded annually. The Nursing Department is headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Seminole State’s newest campus that opened in January 2008. Students who are new to nursing can pursue an associate of science degree on either a fulltime or parttime basis. Either pathway provides a seamless transition into the college’s online RN-to-BSN completion program. Seminole State’s ADN students have posted an impressive 97% first-time NCLEX pass rate over the past decade, including a phenomenal 98.6% pass rate during 2019.

  59. #59: Marion Technical College

    Marion Technical College offers 23 career-focused programs that run the gamut from cosmetology to culinary arts to welding. Across all of its vocational programs, the school boasts an 80% graduation rate and an 88% retention rate. MTC launched its licensed practical nursing program in 2013. This 43-week course of study combines lectures, hands-on skills practice in a nursing lab, and clinical externships at hospitals, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and ambulatory clinics. LPN graduates earn a certificate of completion in practical nursing, and they are qualified to sit for the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Since the program’s inception, MTC students have passed this exam at a strong 93% first-try rate, including a perfect 100% (35 out of 35) pass rate in 2018.

  60. #60: International College of Health Sciences

    International College of Health Sciences offers three distinct nursing programs that collectively provide a range of pathways through the healthcare field. Students just entering the nursing profession can pursue an associate of science in nursing (ASN) degree that will prepare them for initial licensure. The college graduates approximately 100 ASN students annually, with a solid 77% first-time NCLEX pass rate since the program’s inception. Existing registered nurses can enroll in the school’s RN-to-BSN program, which uses synchronous online learning to cover the baccalaureate curriculum at an accelerated pace. Both the ASN and BSN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. At the graduate level, ICHS offers an MSN degree designed for aspiring family nurse practitioners.