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Florida Nursing Colleges, Schools and Programs

Florida is well known as a sun lovers paradise. Whether you're in the mood to bask at the beach or just find a nice pool to lay out by, Florida won't disappoint. Nearly 80% of Florida's borders are magnificent sandy coastlines and picturesque, awe inspiring beaches. In fact, Florida is home to two of the top rated beaches in the world. Not surprisingly, one of Florida's major industries it tourism. Not only is Florida a nice place to live if you enjoy warmth and sunshine, it's a great place to work if you're an aspiring nurse. Health care is one of Florida's most vibrant industries that continues to expand, notwithstanding economic downturns and recessions. The demand for nurses is high, and it only looks to be getting higher in the upcoming years. The demand for nurses in Florida is spawned by an ever increasing population of retirees and seniors that are flocking to Florida by the droves (to enjoy the warm weather of course). This ever growing population of elderly individuals puts a greater demand on the patient care services that nurses provide.

The largest demand for nurses are found in Florida's major population centers, including Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, Orlando and St. Petersburg. The largest areas of job growth is predicted to occur in adult critical care centers, nursing facilities and home health care. Florida is also home to some of the largest health care companies in the nation, such as the Memorial Healthcare System, Jackson Health System and Sacred Heart Health System to name just a few. These companies, and many more, are constantly on the lookout for qualified licensed practical nurses and registered nurses to support their patient's health care needs.

To practice nursing in Florida you'll need a degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program and you'll need to get licensed through the state. The Florida Board of Nursing requires that all nurses have an associate or bachelor's degree in nursing before they sit for the state licensing exam. While either degree will do, taking the extra time to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) will open more doors for you, and allow you to pursue a graduate degree in nursing down the road. Below you'll find a comprehensive directory of schools and colleges providing accredited nursing degree programs in Florida.

Browse Florida nursing schools and colleges by major metropolitan area:
Browse Florida nursing schools:
  • Florida Keys Community College
    Location: Key West, FL
    Student Enrollment: 965
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN

  • Sarasota County Vocational Technical Center
    Location: Sarasota, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    www.sarasotatech.org

  • Atlantic Technical Center
    Location: Coconut Creek, FL
    Student Enrollment: 5,000
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    www.atlantictechcenter.com

  • Rasmussen College - Ocala Campus
    Location: Ocala, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, Practical Nursing Diploma and RN to BSN

  • Rasmussen College - New Port Richey
    Location: Pasco County, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Diploma
    www.rasmussen.edu

  • City College
    Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Student Enrollment: 400
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.citycollege.edu

  • Palm Beach State College
    Location: Lake Worth, FL
    Student Enrollment: 28,020
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN

  • Keiser College - Melbourne/Sarasota Campus
    Location: Sarasota/Melbourne, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate

  • Sheridan Technical Center
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    Student Enrollment: 3,200
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    www.ohwy.com

  • William T. McFatter Vocational Technical Center
    Location: Davie, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: LPN
    www.mcfattertech.com

  • Santa Fe College
    Location: Gainesville, FL
    Student Enrollment: 14,800
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN

  • South Florida Community College
    Location: Avon Park, FL
    Student Enrollment: 2,100
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate

  • St. Petersburg College
    Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    Student Enrollment: 19,900
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN

  • Tallahassee Community College
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
    Student Enrollment: 10,800
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate

  • University of Central Florida
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Student Enrollment: 53,400
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

  • Florida Southern College
    Location: Lakeland, FL
    Student Enrollment: 2,320
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner

  • South University - West Palm Beach Campus
    Location: West Palm Beach, FL
    Student Enrollment: 930
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, MSN, Nurse Educator

  • Nova Southeastern University
    Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Student Enrollment: 29,155
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral)

  • Lake-Sumter Community College
    Location: Leesburg, FL
    Student Enrollment: 4,750
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN

  • Edison State College
    Location: Fort Myers, FL
    Student Enrollment: 10,475
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN
    www.edison.edu

  • Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia, Bay Medical Center
    Location: Panama City, FL
    Student Enrollment: 50
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Nurse Anesthetist
    www.baymedical.org

  • Keiser College - Lakeland Campus
    Location: Lakeland, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.keiseruniversity.edu

  • Keiser College - Tallahassee Campus
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.keiseruniversity.edu

  • Seminole State College of Florida
    Location: Sanford, FL
    Student Enrollment: 16,420
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN

  • Keiser College - West Palm Beach Campus
    Location: West Palm Beach, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate
    www.keiseruniversity.edu

  • State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota
    Location: Bradenton, FL
    Student Enrollment: 11,750
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN

  • University of West Florida
    Location: Pensacola, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN

  • Valencia Community College
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Student Enrollment: 27,600
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate

  • Gulf Coast Community College
    Location: Panama City, FL
    Student Enrollment: 6,150
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
    Student Enrollment: 12,275
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral)

  • Florida Gulf Coast University
    Location: Fort Myers, FL
    Student Enrollment: 10,200
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, LPN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Practitioner

  • Lake City Community College
    Location: Lake City, FL
    Student Enrollment: 2,200
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate

  • University of Tampa
    Location: Tampa, FL
    Student Enrollment: 5,300
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: RN-to-BSN, BS/BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

  • Daytona State College
    Location: Daytona Beach, FL
    Student Enrollment: 11,400
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN
    www.dbcc.cc.fl.us

  • Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus
    Location: Tampa, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Diploma

  • Hillsborough Community College, Plant City Campus
    Location: Plant City, FL
    Student Enrollment:
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Diploma

  • Bethune-Cookman University
    Location: Daytona Beach, FL
    Student Enrollment: 3,000
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, RN-to-BSN

  • Brevard Community College
    Location: Cocoa, FL
    Student Enrollment: 13,300
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN

  • Broward Community College
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Student Enrollment: 30,000
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate

  • Central Florida Community College
    Location: Ocala, FL
    Student Enrollment: 5,300
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN

  • Chipola College
    Location: Marianna, FL
    Student Enrollment: 1,100
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: No
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN

  • Barry University
    Location: Miami Shores, FL
    Student Enrollment: 7,500
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

  • Galen School of Nursing Tampa Bay
    Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    Student Enrollment: 435
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN, LPN

  • University of Florida
    Location: Gainesville, FL
    Student Enrollment: 50,690
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

  • Pasco-Hernando Community College
    Location: New Port Richey, FL
    Student Enrollment: 5,200
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate

  • Pensacola Junior College
    Location: Pensacola, FL
    Student Enrollment: 4,500
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate

  • Polk State College
    Location: Winter Haven, FL
    Student Enrollment: 8,500
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: Associate, LPN-to-RN
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  • Adventist University of Health Sciences
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Student Enrollment: 2,660
    Type of School: Private
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: Yes
    Degree Programs: Associate, BS/BSN, LPN-to-RN, RN-to-BSN, Nurse Anesthetist

  • Florida Atlantic University
    Location: Boca Raton, FL
    Student Enrollment: 26,840
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, Accelerated MSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral), DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

  • Florida State University
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
    Student Enrollment: 38,680
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Educator, Nurse Practitioner, DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

  • University of South Florida
    Location: Tampa, FL
    Student Enrollment: 27,400
    Type of School: Public
    College Accredited: Yes
    Offers Online Programs: No
    Degree Programs: BS/BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-MSN, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, PhD (Doctoral)

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