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For our 2018 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 national licensure exam

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.

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#1: University of Miami | Coral Gables, FL
The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) will soon host one of the nation’s first education-based simulation hospitals. The school historically ranks in the top 25 nationwide in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among nursing schools. A member of the respected UHealth family, SONHS offers BSN, ABSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, DNP, and PhD degrees in many specializations. Post-master’s certificates are also on the menu. SONHS graduates 160-200 students annually from its flagship prelicensure BSN program. During the 2010-16 time period, more than 94% of these students passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on their first try.


#2: University of Florida | Gainesville, FL
UF College of Nursing is the oldest baccalaureate and graduate nursing school in Florida. The university launched the state’s first NP program and its first BSN-to-PhD track. Currently, UF 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 rate of 93% from 2010-2016. The College of Nursing also educates 370 graduate nursing students, offering BSN and MSN entry points to both its DNP and PhD programs. Specialization certificates can be earned in nurse education and five nurse practitioner fields.


#3: Nova Southeastern University | Fort Lauderdale, FL
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 150-250 new nurses each year, who have passed the NCLEX exam at rates as high as 91% 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.


#4: University of Central Florida | Orlando, FL
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 NP 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 from 2010-2016.


#5: Florida State University | Tallahassee, FL
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 80 BSN graduates each year, and these students passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam at a strong 92% rate from 2010 to 2016. 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.


#6: AdventHealth University | Orlando, FL
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 GBSN (generic bachelor of science) 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 (DNAP). Since the inception of the GBSN program, graduates have scored a 90% pass rate on the NCLEX national licensure examination.


#7: Florida Gulf Coast University | Fort Myers, FL
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 50-80 BSN students annually, and they have posted an exceptional NCLEX-RN pass rate of 94% since 2010. The MSN degree program offers specializations in nurse anesthesia, nurse educator, and primary healthcare nurse practitioner. FGCU also offers post-BSN and post-MSN pathways to a DNP degree. The MSN-to-DNP program can be completed in just five semesters of full-time study or eight semesters of part-time study.


#8: Florida Atlantic University | Boca Raton, FL
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. Its graduating prelicensure class of 75-85 BSN students has earned an average 90% pass rate on the NCLEX exam from 2010-2016. 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.


#9: University of North Florida | Jacksonville, FL
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 ABSN pathways for its undergraduate students. The school graduates over 100 prelicensure BSN students each year, who have posted a strong NCLEX exam pass rate of over 94% several times in the past few years. Graduate nursing students can pursue three APRN roles through the DNP program: nurse anesthetist, family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.


#10: West Coast University | Miami, FL
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.


#11: University of Tampa | Tampa, FL
The College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) at the University of Tampa offers two nursing programs: a traditional four-year BSN for students without prior nursing education, and an MSN with two nurse practitioner concentrations (family and adult-gerontology). The BSN program has achieved a near-perfect 99% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam since 2010, graduating 40-50 students each year. The MSN program emphasizes the importance of holistic assessment, cultural congruency, and consumer inclusion in healthcare. The CNHS department of nursing maintains formal affiliations with more than 120 Tampa Bay-area healthcare facilities, providing students with a breadth of options for clinical exposure.


#12: Barry University | Miami Shores, FL
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Barry University features nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in a variety of healthcare specialties. Undergraduate options for aspiring nurses include a two-year pre-nursing program, a traditional BSN, an ABSN, and an online RN-to-BSN. Since 2010, Barry University has graduated 100-150 prelicensure BSN students annually, with a solid NCLEX-RN exam pass rate of 81%. Graduate options include MSN degrees with specializations in nurse executive leadership, nurse educator, and nurse practitioner; a post-baccalaureate DNP, where students earn both the MSN and DNP within four years; and a new DNP in anesthesiology. Post-master’s certificates in several of the MSN specializations are also available.


#13: University of South Florida | Tampa, FL
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 has so many 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 approximately 200 new nurses each year, who have achieved an outstanding 92% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam since 2010. Graduate nursing pathways include a traditional MSN, RN-to-MSN, accelerated ASN-to-MSN, DNP, and PhD for nurse scientists.


#14: Pensacola Christian College | Pensacola, FL
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. Over the past eight years, the BSN program has graduated 75-100 students annually, achieving a strong 92% NCLEX exam pass rate. The MSN program prepares RNs to use scriptural and traditional methods of nursing education in both clinical and classroom settings.


#15: Florida International University | Miami, FL
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 150-225 prelicensure BSN graduates annually, and these students have achieved an impressive 90% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. At the graduate level, FIU offers a BSN-to-DNP program with tracks in AGNP, PMHNP, CRNA, child NP, FNP, and nurse administration. Students seeking an MSN degree may focus on nurse anesthesia or add a certificate in any NP track.


#16: University of West Florida | Pensacola, FL
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 91% NCLEX-RN exam pass rate since 2010. UWF also offers an online RN-to-BSN designed for students who have already completed a community college or diploma nursing program and hold an unencumbered RN license. Finally, the school’s MSN program has three specializations: family nurse practitioner, nurse education, and nurse executive.


#17: Palm Beach Atlantic University | West Palm Beach, FL
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.


#18: Florida State University Panama City | Panama City, FL
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.


#19: Utica College Florida | Saint Petersburg, FL
Utica College Florida 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 full-time program is conducted at two campuses – Saint Petersburg and Hollywood – 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 92% NCLEX-RN exam pass rate.


#20: Jacksonville University | Jacksonville, FL
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 70-100 prelicensure BSN students annually, and these individuals have achieved an outstanding 92% 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.


#21: Lincoln Memorial University - Florida Hospital | Tampa, FL
To help fill the local need for qualified nurses, Caylor School of Nursing at Lincoln Memorial University recently partnered with Florida Hospital to open an LMU extended learning site in Tampa. Through this innovative partnership, LMU offers several degree pathways for aspiring and current nurses in the Tampa Bay area. Options include an accelerated ASN program, an LPN-to-ASN bridge pathway, an accelerated BSN program, and an MSN degree with FNP concentration. The ASN and BSN programs prepare candidates for initial RN licensure, while the 17-month FNP concentration prepares nurses for an advanced practice role with competencies in family and population health.


#22: Western Governors University | Daytona Beach, FL
WGU Daytona Beach 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 / management, nursing education, and nursing informatics. Since the recent launch of the innovative traditional BSN program in Daytona Beach, graduates have scored a solid 88% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.


#23: Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations | West Palm Beach, FL
The Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations (ANHO) 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, ADN graduates passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam at an 86% rate in 2016, while LPN graduates passed the NCLEX-PN licensure exam at a near-perfect 98% rate in 2015. ANHO students also enjoy strong on-time graduation and job placement rates, with typically an 85-95% success rate on each metric.


#24: ECPI University | Orlando, FL
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, ECPI’s 70-100 annual BSN graduates have scored an excellent 91% 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.


#25: St. Thomas University | Miami Gardens, FL
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.


#26: Chamberlain College of Nursing | Jacksonville & Miramar, FL
Chamberlain College of Nursing 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 75% first-time pass rate, while Jacksonville students have scored an 83% first-time pass rate.


#27: Mercy Hospital | Miami, FL
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 day 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: from 2010-2016, LPN graduates passed the NCLEX-PN at an 86% rate, while ADN graduates passed the NCLEX-RN at an 85% rate.


#28: Chipola College | Marianna, FL
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 74%, including several cohorts with an 88-90% 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.


#29: Polk State College | Winter Haven, FL
The College of Nursing at Polk State College has an ADN program with two options: the generic track for individuals without a current Florida healthcare license, and the accelerated one-year transition track for individuals holding licensure or certification as an LPN, paramedic, respiratory therapist, or qualified medic. For the past eight years, the ADN program has consistently graduated about 150 students per year while maintaining an exceptional NCLEX-RN exam pass rate of 93%. 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.


#30: Southeastern University | Lakeland, FL
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 92% 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.


#31: Florida Southern College | Lakeland, FL
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.


#32: Fortis Colleges and Institutes | Four Florida campuses
Fortis offers nursing education at four locations in Florida: Cutler Bay, Orange Park, Pensacola, and Port St. Lucie. All four campuses offer an ADN program with both a traditional entry path and one for existing LPNs. Pensacola ADN students have performed particularly well on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam in recent years, posting an 85% pass rate since 2012. Fortis’s Port St. Lucie campus also offers a practical nursing certificate. This program is offered in a blended format, which allows students to take some classes online and others on campus. Since 2010, LPN graduates have achieved a solid 75% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.


#33: Herzing University | Orlando, FL
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 a 93% pass rate for LPN students, an 86% pass rate for ADN candidates, and an 83% 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.


#34: Broward College | Coconut Creek, FL
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 300-400 ADN graduates annually have achieved an outstanding NCLEX-RN exam pass rate of 94%.


#35: Rasmussen College | Five Florida campuses
Rasmussen College has five locations in the state of Florida that offer nursing degrees and/or 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, including an 80%+ NCLEX-RN pass rate and an 85%+ NCLEX-PN pass rate at three distinct campuses.


#36: Ave Maria University | Ave Maria, FL
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.


#37: Keiser University | Fort Lauderdale, FL
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 FNP 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.


#38: Santa Fe College | Gainesville, FL
Santa Fe College has five options for aspiring nurses: a CNA certificate, an LPN certificate, two ASN pathways (traditional and LPN bridge), and an RN-to-BSN completion program. The CNA certificate is brief, requiring just seven weeks of coursework. The LPN certificate takes one year to complete. Santa Fe’s LPN program is select, graduating just twenty students annually with a stellar 97% NCLEX-PN pass rate since 2010. The ASN typically requires two years of fulltime study. Santa Fe graduates 125-175 ASN students each year, posting a 90% NCLEX-RN pass rate since 2010. The BSN is a 120-credit-hour program designed for RNs who are graduates of an accredited ASN program. BSN coursework can be completed mainly online in asynchronous instruction.


#39: Withlacoochee Technical College | Inverness, FL
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. WTC graduates 15-20 newly minted LPNs each year, and these students have a phenomenal track record on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. Since 2010, they have passed the exam at a 98% rate overall, including a string of recent classes with a perfect 100% pass rate.


#40: Cape Coral Technical College | Cape Coral, FL
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.


#41: Treasure Coast Technical College | Vero Beach, FL
Treasure Coast Technical College has a practical nursing certificate program that takes just one year to complete. Students in the program primarily attend classes and clinicals during daytime hours, 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 in local health agencies. The select program of 10-15 students frequently achieves a 90% completion rate. Even more impressively, graduates have scored a 97% first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam since 2010, with numerous cohorts achieving a perfect 100% pass rate.


#42: Atlantic Technical College | Coconut Creek, FL
Atlantic Technical College (ATC) has a fast-track LPN program that takes just 12 months to finish fulltime. Students in the program will complete five terms, or approximately 1,350 hours. Classes take place Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the school’s Ft. Lauderdale campus, not at the main campus in Coconut Creek. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. Since 2010, graduates of ATC’s fast-track LPN program have achieved an excellent NCLEX-PN exam pass rate of 91%.


#43: Galen College of Nursing | Tampa Bay, FL
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 full-time day program or 21 months through a part-time evening program. Galen College graduates 60-80 LPN students annually from its Tampa Bay campus, and these students have posted an 88% NCLEX-PN pass rate since 2010. The traditional ADN program is a 24-month program, while the LPN-to-ADN pathway takes just 15-18 months to complete. Galen College graduates 300 ADN students each year from its Tampa Bay campus, and these students have achieved an 83% 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.


#44: Osceola Technical College | Kissimmee, FL
Osceola Technical College has a full-time LPN program that prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. The program covers obstetric, medical, surgical, geriatric, and pediatric nursing in acute care, long-term care, and community health settings. The 1,350-hour program also incorporates nutrition, body structure and function, human growth and development, pharmacology, the administration of medications, interpersonal relationship skills, mental health concepts, and current issues in nursing. Since 2010, Osceola Technical College has produced 30-60 new LPNs annually, with an average first-time NCLEX pass rate of 94%.


#45: Gadsden Center for Health Education | Quincy, FL
Launched in 1997, the School of Practical Nursing at Gadsden Center for Health Education (GCHE) 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. For example, GCHE’s LPN students have posted an excellent 95% NCLEX pass rate since 2013. Newly licensed LPNs find positions in various healthcare facilities throughout the Tallahassee metropolitan area.


#46: North Florida Technical College | Starke, FL
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. Since 2010, NFTC’s LPN program has graduated 15-30 students each year, with an outstanding cumulative pass rate of 95% on the NCLEX-PN exam.


#47: Northwest Florida State College | Niceville, FL
The Nursing Division at Northwest Florida State College offers ADN and RN-to-BSN programs. The ADN is a campus-based program that features both clinical experiences and access to a state-of-the-art Simulation Center, which combines education and technology to help students build confidence and skills. Since 2010, approximately 50-70 annual graduates of the ADN program have sustained an excellent 95% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. The RN-to-BSN is a flexible but competitive program offered online and designed for licensed RNs. It prepares working nurses to advance into leadership positions such as case manager, hospital-based educator, and nurse manager.


#48: Emerald Coast Technical College | DeFuniak Springs, FL
Emerald Coast Technical College (ECTC) has a practical nursing program designed to prepare students for employment as LPNs in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and nursing homes. The 1,350-hour program offers a day option, which takes just 12 months to complete, and an evening option, which takes 18 months to complete. Sample courses for the program include Practical Nursing Foundations, Medical Surgical Nursing, and Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills. ECTC graduates 30-50 LPN students annually who are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. Since 2010, these students have achieved a strong 94% NCLEX-PN exam pass rate.


#49: Hodges University | Naples, FL
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 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 full-time program with a cohort, so nursing core courses must be taken as directed and cannot be conducted out of sequence.


#50: Okaloosa Technical College | Fort Walton Beach, FL
Okaloosa Technical College’s LPN program prepares graduates for positions such as clinic/office nurse, long-term care nurse, home health nurse, and school nurse. The program includes theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing; acute and long-term care situations; and the application of personal, family, and community health concepts. The program also covers nutrition, human growth and development, interpersonal skills, mental health concepts, pharmacology, medications, and the legal aspects of the profession. Over the past eight years, LPN graduates have achieved an impressive 94% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.


#51: Tom P. Haney Technical Center | Panama City, FL
The LPN program at Tom P. Haney Technical Center prepares students to perform a range of duties in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, and private homes. Graduates of the program are prepared to administer care to newborns, the elderly, and homebound or mentally ill patients. As newly licensed LPNs, they will check patients’ vital signs, prepare patients for examinations, and collect specimen for routine laboratory tests. Students can expect to complete the 1,350-hour program in just 45 weeks. Haney Technical Center graduates 30-40 LPN students each year. These students have performed very well on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam, scoring a collective first-time pass rate of 93% since 2010.


#52: Fort Myers Technical College | Fort Myers, FL
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 30-50 graduates annually are prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. Since 2010, these students have achieved an outstanding 93% exam pass rate.


#53: College of Central Florida | Ocala, FL
College of Central Florida has several programs for nurses at varying stages in their careers. Options include ADN and LPN-to-ADN bridge programs, an ADN-to-BSN program, and an RN-to-BSN program. The ADN program takes approximately two years to complete. College of Central Florida graduates 60-100 ADN students annually at its Ocala campus and another 20 ADN students at its Citrus County campus. Since 2010, these students have achieved a 92% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. The BSN program, which has a 100% job placement rate, has both full- and part-time options available.


#54: Pinellas Technical College | Saint Petersburg, FL
Pinellas Technical College has a practical nursing program that can be completed at either the Saint Petersburg campus or the Clearwater campus. Students may choose to complete the program entirely on-campus or through a hybrid program that features online coursework and clinical hours scheduled at convenient times. For example, the Clearwater campus offers clinicals on weekends and evenings, while the Saint Petersburg campus offers Tuesday and Wednesday daytime clinicals. Since 2010, both campuses have maintained strong performance on the NCLEX-PN licensure examination, with a 92% pass rate in Saint Petersburg and an 88% pass rate in Clearwater.


#55: Ridge Technical College | Winter Haven, FL
Ridge Technical College has more than 20 pathways available for some of the country’s fastest-growing careers. Many of these programs are in the healthcare industry. Aspiring practical nurses can pursue a 1,350-hour LPN program with both day and evening schedule options. The curriculum covers nursing theory and practice, with clinical experiences at area hospitals and medical facilities. Sample coursework includes comprehensive nursing and transitional skills, medical surgical nursing, and practical nursing foundations. Since 2010, approximately 30-60 annual graduates of the LPN program have achieved an excellent 92% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam.


#56: Suncoast Technical College | Sarasota, FL
The LPN program at Suncoast Technical College prepares students to plan and administer nursing care to patients in hospitals, physicians’ offices, extended care facilities, and private homes. The program offers both theoretical instruction and clinical experience in medical, surgical, maternal-child, mental health, and geriatric nursing. In particular, clinical experiences make up more than 50% of the total program hours. These take place at local hospitals, nursing homes, community mental health facilities, and other selected healthcare agencies. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam. Over the past eight years, roughly 50-75 LPN graduates annually have achieved an impressive 91% licensure exam pass rate.


#57: Traviss Technical College | Lakeland, FL
Traviss Technical College offers an LPN certificate program for aspiring practical nurses. The program reviews medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and geriatric nursing principles. It also covers a breadth of healthcare topics including nutrition, human growth and development, pharmacology, medicine administration, and the legal aspects of practice. Throughout the program, students acquire extensive clinical experience at local hospitals and medical facilities. Traviss Technical College graduates approximately 60 newly minted LPNs each year. Over the past eight years, these students have scored a strong 91% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.


#58: Pasco-Hernando State College | New Port Richey, FL
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. Graduates will sit for the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN exam, as applicable. PHSC has a track record of strong performance on both tests: since 2010, 75-100 LPN graduates per year have achieved a strong 94% NCLEX-PN pass rate, while 150-250 ADN graduates per year have posted a solid 86% NCLEX-RN pass rate.


#59: Pensacola State College | Pensacola, FL
Pensacola State College offers several nursing programs through the school’s Nursing & Emergency Medical Services Department. Options include an LPN certificate, an ADN with three distinct pathways (daytime, weekend/evening, paramedic-to-RN), and an RN-to-BSN degree completion program. Originating in the 1950s, the LPN and daytime ADN are two of the oldest health programs offered by the college. The weekend/evening ADN and paramedic-to-RN career mobility option are two of the school’s most recent offerings. Over the past eight years, LPN graduates have maintained an 86% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam, while ADN graduates have scored approximately a 75% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam.


#60: Marion Technical College | Ocala, FL
Marion Technical College (MTC) 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 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 90% rate.