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LPN to RN Programs in the Florida

LPN to RN programs are abundant in Florida.  Unique to Florida is that many of their community colleges and small colleges also offer BSN programs, which are actually limited to RNs seeking their BSN degree.  This is useful to the RN who is looking to further his or her education but does not necessarily want to attend a large university to do so.

 

Florida RN Licensing Requirements

Before gaining licensure, prospective RNs are required to enroll in a nursing program that is approved and/or accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing. Similar to other states, Florida has an approval process for nursing programs within the state. Candidates can obtain licensure through exam, endorsement, and in some cases, through an education abroad.

RN License by Exam

Once nursing candidates have completed the educational requirements through an approved and/or accredited program by the Florida Board of Nursing, they are required to take a licensing exam. However, before a nursing candidate can have authorization to take the exam, he/she must apply to the Board. In addition, candidates must submit the following:
  • Fingerprinting completed through Livescan sent to the correct Originating Agency Identification
  • A combine and application and licensing fee of $175
When the state has reviewed the application, the candidate will be given instructions to register for the NCLEX through Pearson VUE, which costs $200. If the candidate fails to pass the exam after three attempts, he/she will need to take an approved remedial program.

RN License by Endorsement

Applicants who are already licensed in one of the other fifty states may apply for licensure through endorsement. With the application they must submit the following:
  • License verification from their current state
  • $175 check or money or paid to the order of The State of Florida
Fees for fingerprinting vary depending on the fee set by the home state. Military spouses may also apply for licensure under the same requirements but for a smaller fee. They must submit military orders and proof of marriage.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who were trained in a country other than the United States are not in the jurisdiction of the NSCBN and are required to complete the NCLEX exam. This does not include all Canadian RNs who took the CNATS before August 8, 1995. They may apply for licensure by endorsement. Candidates are responsible for having their education evaluated and English competency will be evaluated if the coursework was not completed in English.

Florida Board of Nursing

Department of Health Board of Nursing 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02 Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

Total Schools: 76

Ranked Schools: 65

Ranked: 1 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.8855197.71%

State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota

5840 26th St W, Bradenton, FL - 34207 (941) 752-5000

State College of Florida – Manatee – Sarasota has campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Venice, Florida.  It is the region's first and largest public college.  They offer multiple nursing programs, from an ADN program, to a BSN program to an ADN to RN and an RN to BSN program.

Campus: Bradenton, FL
Net Price: $10,461.00
Enrollment: 10,533
Transfer Out Rate: 13.30%
Loan Default Rate: $21.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-1.30%
Graduation Rate: 34.80%
Median Borrowing: 7,000.00%
Median Payment: 73.09%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 2 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.786195.72%

Northwest Florida State College

100 College Blvd, Niceville, FL - 32578-1295 (850) 678-5111

Northwest Florida State College is located in Niceville, Florida.  Their nursing program appeals to nursing students of various education levels, from LPN to RN, RN to BSN and an ADN program.  Having all of these programs under one umbrella allows the nursing student to easily achieve their education goals.

Campus: Niceville, FL
Net Price: $8,864.00
Enrollment: 6,708
Transfer Out Rate: 10.60%
Loan Default Rate: $14.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-18.62%
Graduation Rate: 40.50%
Median Borrowing: 3,500.00%
Median Payment: 36.54%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7565195.13%

Seminole State College of Florida

100 Weldon Blvd, Sanford, FL - 32773-6199 (407) 708-4722

Seminole State College of Florida is located in Sanford, Florida.  They offer a generic RN program.  They also offer a concurrent ASN-BSN program with University of Central Florida, which allows the student to complete both ASN and BSN requirements simultaneously.

Campus: Sanford, FL
Net Price: $8,443.00
Enrollment: 18,427
Transfer Out Rate: 13.10%
Loan Default Rate: $18.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $17.99%
Graduation Rate: 35.30%
Median Borrowing: 7,875.00%
Median Payment: 82.22%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.752195.04%

Florida Keys Community College

5901 College Rd, Key West, FL - 33040 (305) 296-9081

Florida Keys Community College is located in Key West, Florida.  Florida Keys Community College is the southernmost institution in the Florida College System.  They offer an ASN program and accept LPNs and EMTs on a case-by-case basis into their program.

Campus: Key West, FL
Net Price: $12,038.00
Enrollment: 1,139
Transfer Out Rate: 10.90%
Loan Default Rate: $19.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-47.51%
Graduation Rate: 33.60%
Median Borrowing: 10,500.00%
Median Payment: 109.63%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7095194.19%

College of Central Florida

3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL - 34474 (352) 873-5800

College of Central Florida is located in Ocala, Florida.  They offer an RN program, a bridge program (an LPN to RN program) and an RN to BSN program.  The bridge program is designed for the nurse who holds an LPN license and the RN to BSN program is designed for the nurse who already holds an RN license.

Campus: Ocala, FL
Net Price: $9,895.00
Enrollment: 8,162
Transfer Out Rate: 13.30%
Loan Default Rate: $25.40
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $13.20%
Graduation Rate: 44.40%
Median Borrowing: 8,747.00%
Median Payment: 91.33%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.7085194.17%

Valencia College

190 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL - 32801 (407) 299-2187

Valencia College is located in Orlando, Florida.  Valencia College offers a couple different bridge programs – an RN to BSN program and an “Advanced Standing Track”.  Their Advanced Standing Track is a unique program; it allows LPNs, paramedics, registered invasive cardiovascular specialists, and registered respiratory therapists to enter the program and become an RN.

Campus: Orlando, FL
Net Price: $6,063.00
Enrollment: 42,180
Transfer Out Rate: 13.10%
Loan Default Rate: $20.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-30.09%
Graduation Rate: 40.30%
Median Borrowing: 7,750.00%
Median Payment: 80.92%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.682193.64%

Polk State College

999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, FL - 33881-4299 (863) 297-1000

Polk State College is located in Winter Haven, Florida.  Their RN program has a generic option (the ASN degree), a transition option (LPNs, paramedics and registered respiratory therapists seeking an RN degree) and an RN to BSN option.  The multitude of options allows the nurse to pursue their education, no matter what their education goals.

Campus: Winter Haven, FL
Net Price: $9,304.00
Enrollment: 11,085
Transfer Out Rate: 15.00%
Loan Default Rate: $8.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $55.92%
Graduation Rate: 30.40%
Median Borrowing: 5,500.00%
Median Payment: 57.43%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6495192.99%

Broward College

111 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL - 33301 (954) 201-7400

Broward College is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Broward College offers a variety of nursing programs; they offer an RN program, an LPN-RN transition program and an RN-BSN program.  The variety of programs allows the nurse to achieve his or her education goals, whatever they may be.

Campus: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Net Price: $8,174.00
Enrollment: 43,883
Transfer Out Rate: 16.10%
Loan Default Rate: $12.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $11.12%
Graduation Rate: 31.80%
Median Borrowing: 4,999.00%
Median Payment: 52.20%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.647192.94%

Tallahassee Community College

444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL - 32304-2895 (850) 201-6200

Tallahassee Community College is located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Tallahassee offers a variety of nursing programs; they offer a traditional ASN program and a BSN program.  They also offer an RN to BSN program and a Health Profession to RN program.  The Health Profession to RN program is designed for LPNs and paramedics to achieve their RN license.

Campus: Tallahassee, FL
Net Price: $4,899.00
Enrollment: 13,509
Transfer Out Rate: 23.70%
Loan Default Rate: $23.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $18.76%
Graduation Rate: 33.10%
Median Borrowing: 7,367.00%
Median Payment: 76.92%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.594191.88%

Santa Fe College

3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL - 32606-6210 (352) 395-5000

Santa Fe College is located in Gainesville, Florida.  They offer an RN program, a nursing bridge program and a BSN program.  Their bridge program is designed for LPNs and paramedics to achieve their ASN degree, while their BSN program is “limited access” and is designed specifically for nurses who already have their ASN degree.

Campus: Gainesville, FL
Net Price: $7,966.00
Enrollment: 15,113
Transfer Out Rate: 18.50%
Loan Default Rate: $22.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $5.45%
Graduation Rate: 47.10%
Median Borrowing: 9,000.00%
Median Payment: 93.97%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5925191.85%

Indian River State College

3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, FL - 34981-5596 (772) 462-4772

Indian River State College is located in Fort Pierce, Florida.  Their nursing program is unique in that it uses a “guided pathway” program.  Students may opt to begin as a nursing assistant, eventually becoming an LPN, then progressing towards their RN.  Finally, the BSN is available for students that have completed their RN at IRSC.

Campus: Fort Pierce, FL
Net Price: $1,846.00
Enrollment: 17,248
Transfer Out Rate: 8.20%
Loan Default Rate: $18.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $28.19%
Graduation Rate: 40.40%
Median Borrowing: 5,251.00%
Median Payment: 54.83%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5835191.67%

Florida Gateway College

Highway 90 East, Lake City, FL - 32025-2007 (386) 752-1822

Florida Gateway College is located in Lake City, Florida.  They have a variety of nursing program options, beginning with a practical nursing option.  They also have an ADN program and an LPN to ADN program.  They also have a BSN program, which is available specifically to the ADN graduate.

Campus: Lake City, FL
Net Price: $4,688.00
Enrollment: 3,057
Transfer Out Rate: 13.20%
Loan Default Rate: $15.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-16.63%
Graduation Rate: 33.90%
Median Borrowing: 4,083.00%
Median Payment: 42.63%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.579191.58%

North Florida Community College

325 NW Turner Davis Dr, Madison, FL - 32340 (850) 973-2288

North Florida Community College is located in Madison, Florida.  They offer an RN program and two LPN to RN programs.  One is an LPN to RN “articulation” program and one is an LPN to RN “bridge” program.  The articulation program is five semesters whereas the bridge program is four semesters, making it an accelerated program.

Campus: Madison, FL
Net Price: $3,941.00
Enrollment: 1,179
Transfer Out Rate: 8.20%
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-7.42%
Graduation Rate: 43.30%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5225190.45%

Florida SouthWestern State College

8099 College Pky SW, Fort Myers, FL - 33919-0000 (239) 489-9300

Florida SouthWestern State College has multiple campuses – Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Naples, and LaBelle, Florida.  They do not have a separate ASN and LPN to ASN program; however, LPNs enrolled in their ASN program are exempt from a selection of courses.  In addition, they offer a BSN program that is specifically designed for students already holding an RN license.

Campus: Fort Myers, FL
Net Price: $9,836.00
Enrollment: 15,423
Transfer Out Rate: 15.00%
Loan Default Rate: $16.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $30.82%
Graduation Rate: 30.00%
Median Borrowing: 6,750.00%
Median Payment: 70.48%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5155190.31%

Saint Johns River State College

5001 Saint Johns Ave, Palatka, FL - 32177 (386) 312-4200

Saint Johns River State College is located in St. Augustine, Florida.  Their nursing department offers an ASN program and an LPN Bridge to ASN.  Their programs are labeled as “limited access” programs, meaning they are exclusive and only offer a limited amount of spots into their programs.

Campus: Palatka, FL
Net Price: $7,167.00
Enrollment: 6,127
Transfer Out Rate: 19.00%
Loan Default Rate: $12.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $33.91%
Graduation Rate: 40.80%
Median Borrowing: 9,022.00%
Median Payment: 94.20%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.51190.20%

Daytona State College

1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL - 32114 (386) 506-3000

Daytona State College is located in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Their college offers $15,000 in scholarships to its nursing and allied health students.  Nursing programs available are a practical nursing program, a transition into professional nursing (an LPN to RN program), an ADN program and a BSN program, which is actually an RN to BSN program and limited specifically to those already holding an RN license.

Campus: Daytona Beach, FL
Net Price: $6,811.00
Enrollment: 14,865
Transfer Out Rate: 7.20%
Loan Default Rate: $24.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $0.68%
Graduation Rate: 38.10%
Median Borrowing: 6,750.00%
Median Payment: 70.48%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.433188.66%

Lake-Sumter State College

9501 US Hwy 441, Leesburg, FL - 34788-8751 (352) 787-3747
Campus: Leesburg, FL
Net Price: $4,680.00
Enrollment: 4,288
Transfer Out Rate: 18.00%
Loan Default Rate: $11.00
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $42.25%
Graduation Rate: 34.80%
Median Borrowing: 4,000.00%
Median Payment: 41.76%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 18 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.3655187.31%

Herzing University-Winter Park

1595 S. Semoran Blvd, Ste 1501, Winter Park, FL - 32792-5509 (407) 478-0500
Campus: Winter Park, FL
Net Price: $25,059.00
Enrollment: 378
Loan Default Rate: $16.90
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $22.55%
Graduation Rate: 63.00%
Median Borrowing: 14,471.00%
Median Payment: 151.09%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 19 ADN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.325186.50%

Pasco-Hernando Community College

10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL - 34654-5199 (727) 847-2727
Campus: New Port Richey, FL
Net Price: $6,035.00
Enrollment: 10,206
Transfer Out Rate: 10.40%
Loan Default Rate: $20.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $29.51%
Graduation Rate: 35.70%
Median Borrowing: 6,497.00%
Median Payment: 67.84%
Award Levels: Associate
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 20 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.318186.36%

Gulf Coast State College

5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, FL - 32401 (850) 769-1551
Campus: Panama City, FL
Net Price: $5,070.00
Enrollment: 6,271
Transfer Out Rate: 10.00%
Loan Default Rate: $20.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-4.00%
Graduation Rate: 32.00%
Median Borrowing: 5,620.00%
Median Payment: 58.68%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 21 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.316186.32%

St Petersburg College

6021 142nd Ave N, Clearwater, FL - 33760-2822 (727) 341-4772
Campus: Clearwater, FL
Net Price: $7,695.00
Enrollment: 31,820
Transfer Out Rate: 15.10%
Loan Default Rate: $21.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $8.96%
Graduation Rate: 29.00%
Median Borrowing: 12,000.00%
Median Payment: 125.29%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Florida

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
22 ITT Technical Institute-West Palm Beach 4.2855185.71% West Palm Beach, FL
23 South Florida State College 4.264185.28% Avon Park, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT
24 Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale 4.194183.88% Fort Lauderdale, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND
25 Florida State College at Jacksonville 4.165183.30% Jacksonville, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE
26 ITT Technical Institute-Fort Lauderdale 4.1305182.61% Fort Lauderdale, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE
27 Adventist University of Health Sciences 4.1005182.01% Orlando, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
28 Chipola College 4.053181.06% Marianna, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
29 Hillsborough Community College 4.0525181.05% Tampa, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
30 Miami Dade College 4.0395180.79% Miami, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
31 Fortis Institute-Pensacola 3.9995179.99% Pensacola, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
32 ITT Technical Institute-St Petersburg 3.9285178.57% St. Petersburg, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
33 Schiller International University 3.864177.28% Largo, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
34 Pensacola State College 3.7335174.67% Pensacola, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
35 Concorde Career Institute-Tampa 3.713174.26% Tampa, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
36 ITT Technical Institute-Lake Mary 3.645172.90% Lake Mary, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
37 City College-Miami 3.6105172.21% Miami, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
38 Concorde Career Institute-Orlando 3.45169.00% Orlando, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
39 Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations 3.434168.68% West Palm Beach, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
40 Dade Medical College-Homestead 3.432168.64% Homestead, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
41 Fortis College-Tampa 3.4105168.21% Tampa, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
42 Concorde Career Institute-Jacksonville 3.35167.00% Jacksonville, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
43 ITT Technical Institute-Deerfield Beach 3.3335166.67% Fort Lauderdale, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
44 Management Resources Institute 3.282165.64% Miami, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
45 ITT Technical Institute-Fort Myers 3.2345164.69% Fort Myers, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
46 Dade Medical College-West Palm Beach 3.1945163.89% West Palm Beach, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
47 Fortis College-Cutler Bay 3.182163.64% Cutler Bay, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
48 Fortis College-Largo 3.17163.40% Largo, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
49 Concorde Career Institute-Miramar 3.146162.92% Miramar, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
50 Ultimate Medical Academy-Tampa 3.1125162.25% Tampa, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
51 City College-Fort Lauderdale 3.0255160.51% Fort Lauderdale, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
52 SABER College 2.793155.86% Miami, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
53 Virginia College-Jacksonville 2.611152.22% Jacksonville, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
54 ITT Technical Institute-Tampa 2.484149.68% Tampa, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
55 Dade Medical College-Miami Lakes 2.425148.50% Miami Lakes, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
56 ITT Technical Institute-Tallahassee 2.3755147.51% Tallahassee, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
57 Dade Medical College-Miami 2.284145.68% Miami, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
58 Allied Health Institute 2.143142.86% Plantation, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
59 ITT Technical Institute-Miami 2.125142.50% Miami, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
60 Brown Mackie College-Miami 2.088141.76% Miramar, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
61 ITT Technical Institute-Jacksonville 2.016140.32% Jacksonville, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
62 Professional Training Centers 1.984139.68% Miami, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
63 Florida National University-Main Campus 1.9775139.55% Hialeah, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
64 Dade Medical College-Jacksonville 1.6665133.33% Jacksonville, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
65 Dade Medical College-Hollywood 1.5455130.91% Hollywood, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A ITT Technical Institute-Orlando N/A Orlando, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Kaplan College-Jacksonville N/A Jacksonville, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Taylor College N/A Belleview, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Fortis Institute-Port Saint Lucie N/A Port Saint Lucie, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Southeastern College – West Palm Beach N/A Greenacres, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay N/A Saint Petersburg, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Sanford-Brown Institute-Jacksonville N/A Jacksonville, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Rasmussen College-Florida N/A Ocala, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Florida Career College-Miami N/A Miami, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Eastern Florida State College N/A Cocoa, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA
N/A Palm Beach State College N/A Lake Worth, FL ACEN, ADA, JRCERT, APTA, ABHES, AOTA, CCNE, ACEND, ABFSE, COA, MACTE

LPN to BSN Programs in the Florida

A typical RN to BSN program focuses on theory-based concepts and high-level nursing services for individuals, families, and communities. Specialized coursework in research, evidence-based practice and leadership models helps in expanding critical thinking skills. Courses may require students to complete courses both online and in a school setting. Courses included may be:
  • Professional nursing role transitions and management strategies
  • Advanced health care assessment and evaluation skills
  • Healthcare for diverse populations
  • Care of clients with chronic health conditions
  • Nursing diagnostics and reasoning
  • Psychology, sociology, and microbiology

 

Florida RN Licensing Requirements

Before gaining licensure, prospective RNs are required to enroll in a nursing program that is approved and/or accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing. Similar to other states, Florida has an approval process for nursing programs within the state. Candidates can obtain licensure through exam, endorsement, and in some cases, through an education abroad.

RN License by Exam

Once nursing candidates have completed the educational requirements through an approved and/or accredited program by the Florida Board of Nursing, they are required to take a licensing exam. However, before a nursing candidate can have authorization to take the exam, he/she must apply to the Board. In addition, candidates must submit the following:
  • Fingerprinting completed through Livescan sent to the correct Originating Agency Identification
  • A combine and application and licensing fee of $175
When the state has reviewed the application, the candidate will be given instructions to register for the NCLEX through Pearson VUE, which costs $200. If the candidate fails to pass the exam after three attempts, he/she will need to take an approved remedial program.

RN License by Endorsement

Applicants who are already licensed in one of the other fifty states may apply for licensure through endorsement. With the application they must submit the following:
  • License verification from their current state
  • $175 check or money or paid to the order of The State of Florida
Fees for fingerprinting vary depending on the fee set by the home state. Military spouses may also apply for licensure under the same requirements but for a smaller fee. They must submit military orders and proof of marriage.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who were trained in a country other than the United States are not in the jurisdiction of the NSCBN and are required to complete the NCLEX exam. This does not include all Canadian RNs who took the CNATS before August 8, 1995. They may apply for licensure by endorsement. Candidates are responsible for having their education evaluated and English competency will be evaluated if the coursework was not completed in English.

Florida Board of Nursing

Department of Health Board of Nursing 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02 Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

Total Schools: 48

Ranked Schools: 23

Ranked: 1 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 51100.00%

Fortis College-Largo

6565 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL - 33771 72753213
Campus: Largo, FL
Net Price: $10,323.00
Enrollment: 279
Loan Default Rate: $17.20
Programs: Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursin, Registered Nursing, Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $991.23%
Graduation Rate: 46.90%
Median Borrowing: 12,873.00%
Median Payment: 134.41%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 1 ADN / BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 51100.00%

Florida National University-Main Campus

4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue, Hialeah, FL - 33012 (305) 821-3333

Florida National University is located in Hialeah, Florida.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  They also offer a program designed for physicians who have graduated from a medical college in another country who are now seeking a nursing license in the US.

Campus: Hialeah, FL
Net Price: $19,822.00
Enrollment: 2,420
Loan Default Rate: $16.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private For-Profit
Net Price Change: $-1.02%
Graduation Rate: 54.10%
Median Borrowing: 21,031.00%
Median Payment: 219.59%
Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 3 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.9225198.45%

The University of Tampa

401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL - 33606-1490 (813) 253-3333

The University of Tampa is located in Tampa, Florida.  University of Tampa offers a BSN program and a MSN program.  Their BSN program is highly competitive and students are accepted for fall, spring and summer semesters.  Their program is designed for students without nursing credits.

Campus: Tampa, FL
Net Price: $26,735.00
Enrollment: 6,499
Loan Default Rate: $6.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $10.18%
Graduation Rate: 61.40%
Median Borrowing: 24,000.00%
Median Payment: 250.59%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 4 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.825196.50%

University of Central Florida

4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL - 32816 (407) 823-2000

University of Central Florida is located in Orlando, Florida.  UCF has a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a Concurrent ASN to BSN Program.  The Concurrent ASN to BSN program allows ASN students from selects colleges simultaneously attend school for both their ASN and BSN degrees; this allows the student to first complete their ASN degree, but get their BSN degree shortly after.

Campus: Orlando, FL
Net Price: $15,033.00
Enrollment: 51,333
Transfer Out Rate: 6.50%
Loan Default Rate: $5.40
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $21.65%
Graduation Rate: 67.20%
Median Borrowing: 15,100.00%
Median Payment: 157.66%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 5 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.704194.08%

University of Miami

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL - 33146 (305) 284-2211

University of Miami is located in Coral Gables, Florida.  Their post-graduate programs for nursing are highly awarded by US News & World Report – their doctorate of nursing program is rated #38, while their master's of nursing is rated #40 in their respective divisions.  For a bachelor's level of education, they offer a traditional BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, and an RN to BSN program.

Campus: Coral Gables, FL
Net Price: $31,164.00
Enrollment: 11,380
Loan Default Rate: $2.80
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $12.77%
Graduation Rate: 81.70%
Median Borrowing: 24,000.00%
Median Payment: 250.59%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 6 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6795193.59%

Jacksonville University

2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL - 32211-3394 (904) 256-8000

Jacksonville University is located in Jacksonville, Florida.  Their BSN program is unique and offers some unique options that not a lot of other university BSN programs offer.  They offer a freshman acceptance program, where the nursing student is accepted in their senior year of high school.  They also offer a traditional BSN program, an online RN to BSN program, an on-campus RN to BSN program, and a BSN program that is designed specifically for veterans of the armed forces.

Campus: Jacksonville, FL
Net Price: $20,618.00
Enrollment: 3,425
Loan Default Rate: $7.70
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $7.32%
Graduation Rate: 38.20%
Median Borrowing: 16,666.00%
Median Payment: 174.01%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 7 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.678193.56%

University of Florida

, Gainesville, FL - 32611 (352) 392-3261

University of Florida is located in Gainesville, Florida.  UF graduates the largest amount of nursing students in Florida each year.  They also had the first master's and doctorate of nursing programs in the state of Florida.  Their College of Nursing offers a traditional BSN program, an RN to BSN program, and an accelerated program, designed for students holding a non-nursing bachelor's degree.

Campus: Gainesville, FL
Net Price: $15,157.00
Enrollment: 33,168
Transfer Out Rate: 3.20%
Loan Default Rate: $3.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $25.17%
Graduation Rate: 86.50%
Median Borrowing: 15,000.00%
Median Payment: 156.62%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 8 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6415192.83%

Palm Beach Atlantic University

901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL - 33401 (561) 803-2000

Palm Beach Atlantic University is located in West Palm Beach, Florida.  They offer a BSN progam and an online RN to BSN program.  They also recently launched a program where high school seniors can be pre-accepted into the nursing program.

Campus: West Palm Beach, FL
Net Price: $22,793.00
Enrollment: 2,887
Loan Default Rate: $6.00
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $14.70%
Graduation Rate: 47.80%
Median Borrowing: 18,701.00%
Median Payment: 195.26%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 9 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.634192.68%

Remington College of Nursing Orlando

600 Century Point Ste 1050, Lake Mary, FL - 32746 (407) 562-9100
Campus: Lake Mary, FL
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) :

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 10 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.612192.24%

University of South Florida-Main Campus

4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL - 33620-9951 (813) 974-2011

University of South Florida (Main Campus) is located in Tampa, Florida.  Their nursing program offers a variety of options for its students.  They offer a traditional BSN program, an online RN to BSN program, an on-campus RN to BSN program, a second degree sequence, which is designed for students already holding a bachelor's degree, and a veteran to BSN, which is designed for military medics or corpsmen to become BSNs.

Campus: Tampa, FL
Net Price: $11,335.00
Enrollment: 31,100
Transfer Out Rate: 5.50%
Loan Default Rate: $7.40
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $-9.34%
Graduation Rate: 63.20%
Median Borrowing: 16,938.00%
Median Payment: 176.85%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 11 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.6085192.17%

Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 Fgcu Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL - 33965-6565 (239) 590-1000

Florida Gulf Coast University is located in Fort Myers, Florida.  FGCU offers a BSN program.  At this time, they do not offer an RN to BSN program.  RNs may enroll in their program but they must attend the full program along with all other BSN students.  They do offer BSN to DNP , MSN to DNP, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse Educator, and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner programs.

Campus: Fort Myers, FL
Net Price: $13,297.00
Enrollment: 12,907
Transfer Out Rate: 12.30%
Loan Default Rate: $6.30
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $20.56%
Graduation Rate: 44.20%
Median Borrowing: 11,779.00%
Median Payment: 122.99%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 12 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5715191.43%

The University of West Florida

11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL - 32514-5750 (850) 474-2000

The University of West Florida is located in Pensacola, Florida.  They offer a BSN program and an RN to BSN program.  Their RN to BSN program is open to students who hold an RN license and have either an ASN degree or a diploma RN.

Campus: Pensacola, FL
Net Price: $11,873.00
Enrollment: 10,158
Transfer Out Rate: 11.20%
Loan Default Rate: $9.70
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $23.01%
Graduation Rate: 42.30%
Median Borrowing: 12,500.00%
Median Payment: 130.51%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 13 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.527190.54%

Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Rd, Boca Raton, FL - 33431-0991 (561) 297-3000

Florida Atlantic University is located in Boca Raton, Florida.  Their nursing department offers a BSN program, an RN to BSN program and a freshmen direct admit program, which allows high school seniors to apply for the nursing program and gain entrance into the nursing program their freshmen year of college.

Campus: Boca Raton, FL
Net Price: $13,614.00
Enrollment: 25,790
Transfer Out Rate: 10.30%
Loan Default Rate: $7.60
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $14.22%
Graduation Rate: 41.00%
Median Borrowing: 13,125.00%
Median Payment: 137.04%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 14 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5235190.47%

Florida State University

222 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL - 32306-1037 (850) 644-2525

Florida State University is located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Their nursing department offers a BSN program, an accelerated BSN program for students already holding a bachelor's degree, and a veterans BSN program, which targets corspmen and medics who seek to earn their BSN degree.

Campus: Tallahassee, FL
Net Price: $15,511.00
Enrollment: 32,528
Transfer Out Rate: 7.00%
Loan Default Rate: $5.80
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $24.45%
Graduation Rate: 76.90%
Median Borrowing: 18,750.00%
Median Payment: 195.77%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 15 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.5115190.23%

University of North Florida

1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL - 32224-7699 (904) 620-1000

University of North Florida is located in Jacksonville, Florida.  Their nursing department offers multiple options; they have a prelicensure BSN, for students without a nursing degree, an accelerated prelicensure BSN, for students without a nursing degree but with a prior bachelor's degree, and an RN to BSN degree, for students holding an RN with an ASN degree.

Campus: Jacksonville, FL
Net Price: $13,207.00
Enrollment: 14,263
Transfer Out Rate: 10.80%
Loan Default Rate: $7.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $26.80%
Graduation Rate: 50.00%
Median Borrowing: 13,486.00%
Median Payment: 140.81%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : ACEN, CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 16 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4995189.99%

Florida International University

11200 S. W. 8 Street, Miami, FL - 33199 (305) 348-2000
Campus: Miami, FL
Net Price: $12,122.00
Enrollment: 39,142
Transfer Out Rate: 5.80%
Loan Default Rate: $8.90
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus
Type: Public
Net Price Change: $16.39%
Graduation Rate: 51.60%
Median Borrowing: 12,750.00%
Median Payment: 133.12%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Ranked: 17 BSN NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 4.4205188.41%

Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL - 33314-7796 (954) 262-7300
Campus: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Net Price: $27,615.00
Enrollment: 5,156
Transfer Out Rate: 40.80%
Loan Default Rate: $3.50
Institution Accreditation: SACS COC
Programs: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Offered as: Campus, Online
Type: Private Not-For-Profit
Net Price Change: $24.79%
Graduation Rate: 40.60%
Median Borrowing: 20,000.00%
Median Payment: 208.82%
Award Levels: Bachelor
Program Accreditation(s) : CCNE

School Resources: School Site | Net-Price Calculator

Data sources come from US Department of Education, various schools, State Boards of Nursing, and the IPEDS system

Continued List of RN Programs in Florida

Rank (Modified)
University
NCLEX Pass Rate
Based In
Program Accreditation
18 South University-West Palm Beach 4.2985185.97% Royal Palm Beach, FL
19 Barry University 3.9885179.77% Miami, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE
20 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 3.985179.70% Tallahassee, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE
21 South University-Tampa 3.865177.30% Tampa, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE
22 Florida Southern College 3.5805171.61% Lakeland, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE
23 Bethune-Cookman University 3.4475168.95% Daytona Beach, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE
N/A Chamberlain College of Nursing-Florida N/A Jacksonville, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE
N/A Allied Health Institute N/A Plantation, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE
N/A Dade Medical College-Miami N/A Miami, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT
N/A University of Phoenix-West Florida Campus N/A Temple Terrace, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT
N/A Professional Training Centers N/A Miami, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT
N/A University of Phoenix-South Florida Campus N/A Miramar, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT
N/A University of Phoenix-Central Florida Campus N/A Orlando, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT
N/A Rasmussen College-Florida N/A Ocala, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT
N/A Broward College N/A Fort Lauderdale, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA
N/A Chipola College N/A Marianna, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA
N/A Florida SouthWestern State College N/A Fort Myers, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA
N/A Florida State College at Jacksonville N/A Jacksonville, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE
N/A Adventist University of Health Sciences N/A Orlando, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE
N/A Gulf Coast State College N/A Panama City, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE
N/A Indian River State College N/A Fort Pierce, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE
N/A Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale N/A Fort Lauderdale, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A Florida Gateway College N/A Lake City, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota N/A Bradenton, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A Miami Dade College N/A Miami, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A Northwest Florida State College N/A Niceville, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A Palm Beach State College N/A Lake Worth, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A Pensacola State College N/A Pensacola, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A Polk State College N/A Winter Haven, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A St Petersburg College N/A Clearwater, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES
N/A Santa Fe College N/A Gainesville, FL CAATS, ABA, AOTA, APMA, CCNE, COA, MACTE, ACEN, ACPE - Pharm, APTA, CEPH, NCATE, JRCERT, ADA, ACEND, ABFSE, ABHES

Florida RN Licensing Requirements

Before gaining licensure, prospective RNs are required to enroll in a nursing program that is approved and/or accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing. Similar to other states, Florida has an approval process for nursing programs within the state. Candidates can obtain licensure through exam, endorsement, and in some cases, through an education abroad.

RN License by Exam

Once nursing candidates have completed the educational requirements through an approved and/or accredited program by the Florida Board of Nursing, they are required to take a licensing exam. However, before a nursing candidate can have authorization to take the exam, he/she must apply to the Board. In addition, candidates must submit the following:
  • Fingerprinting completed through Livescan sent to the correct Originating Agency Identification
  • A combine and application and licensing fee of $175
When the state has reviewed the application, the candidate will be given instructions to register for the NCLEX through Pearson VUE, which costs $200. If the candidate fails to pass the exam after three attempts, he/she will need to take an approved remedial program.

RN License by Endorsement

Applicants who are already licensed in one of the other fifty states may apply for licensure through endorsement. With the application they must submit the following:
  • License verification from their current state
  • $175 check or money or paid to the order of The State of Florida
Fees for fingerprinting vary depending on the fee set by the home state. Military spouses may also apply for licensure under the same requirements but for a smaller fee. They must submit military orders and proof of marriage.

RN License for Nurses Educated Abroad

Candidates who were trained in a country other than the United States are not in the jurisdiction of the NSCBN and are required to complete the NCLEX exam. This does not include all Canadian RNs who took the CNATS before August 8, 1995. They may apply for licensure by endorsement. Candidates are responsible for having their education evaluated and English competency will be evaluated if the coursework was not completed in English.

Florida Board of Nursing

Department of Health Board of Nursing 4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-02 Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252

Florida RN Job Outlook

Registered nurses in Florida are going through a transformation and recently proposed regulation requires RNs to complete a BSN within 10 years of graduation. There are approximately 6,800 registered nurse positions remain vacant within the state of Florida. The shortage is expected to continually decrease. It is predicted that Florida will have 50,000 full-time openings by the year 2025. A few reasons for such tremendous shortages include retiring nurses, an aging population, and the expansion of services to millions of citizens across the nation due to the healthcare reform.

Florida Registered Nursing Salaries 

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area has the highest annual median wage.
Area name Employment Hourly median wage Annual median wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 4,800 $29.17 $60,670
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 1,150 $27.65 $57,510
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 4,060 $26.99 $56,150
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropol 14,420 $33.12 $68,880
Gainesville, FL 5,610 $28.83 $59,980
Jacksonville, FL 13,890 $29.48 $61,320
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 4,380 $27.57 $57,340
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 51,860 $30.41 $63,250
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 26,340 $28.89 $60,100
Naples-Marco Island, FL 2,600 $30.41 $63,260
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 5,380 $29.80 $61,970
Ocala, FL 2,090 $28.01 $58,260
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 19,050 $29.68 $61,730
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 4,090 $29.41 $61,180
Palm Coast, FL (8)- $31.36 $65,230
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL 1,420 $25.69 $53,430
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 4,040 $25.79 $53,640
Port St. Lucie, FL 2,290 $28.77 $59,840
Punta Gorda, FL 1,350 $26.90 $55,950
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 1,190 $27.37 $56,930
Tallahassee, FL 3,010 $27.51 $57,220
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 25,180 $29.58 $61,520
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan 11,100 $31.88 $66,300
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 840 $25.29 $52,610
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 2,920 $26.98 $56,130
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 1,690 $28.39 $59,060
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data