Nursing is a profession that requires a wide knowledge base. It covers a wide selection of variables that affect health and wellness. The nurses in Florida are knowledgeable of the multicultural influences and social issues have on health. Nurses must be prepared to provide expert nursing services, define greater responsibilities, and prove that you are ready for bigger responsibilities. This will ensure that you are providing the best nursing care to Florida residents that is possible. RN to BSN programs build on knowledge gained while working in the field and enables nurses to meet the challenges of the field head on.

In our Florida RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Florida RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

In the State of Florida, nurses are helping to change the face of healthcare. To ensure that they have the best education and preparation for future health care challenges, registered nurses need to graduate from a state-approved associate's degree in nursing program or a BSN degree program.

Nurses who graduate from an RN program can obtain certification in over 100 nursing specialties, go on to earn an RN to BSN or RN to MSN degree.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Florida RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN ProgramsADNBSN
Number of Nursing Programs5150
Average NCLEX Passing Rate76.95%86.76%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range26.28% to 97.76%64.17% to 98.69%
Average Net Price$10,556.05$13,502.04
Average Net Price Range$1,846.00 to $29,292.00$1,846.00 to $31,164.00
Average Student Loan$9,061.03$12,483.23
Average Student Loan Range$3,125.00 to $22,253.00$3,125.00 to $24,000.00
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Best Ranked RN Programs in Florida

Best Ranked RN Programs in FloridaTo help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Florida and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 49 ADN degree programs and 28 BSN degree programs in Florida. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Florida to provide our state rankings. View our methodology


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98.17 ADNState College of Florida-Manatee−Sarasota133 Bradenton

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.

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98.07 ADNSeminole State College of Florida235 Sanford

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.

PublicCampusACENSee School Details
96.78 ADNTallahassee Community College378 Tallahassee

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.

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96.67 ADNLake Sumter State College481 LeesburgPublicCampusSee School Details
96.14 ADNBroward Community College (Broward College)5101 Fort Lauderdale

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.

PublicCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
95.51 ADNValencia College (Valencia Community College)6130 Orlando

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.

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95.35 ADNPolk State College7137 Winter Haven

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.

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95.24 ADNNorthwest Florida State College8140 Niceville

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.

PublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
94.79 ADNSouth Florida State College9163 Avon ParkPublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
93.55 ADNPasco Hernando State College (Pasco Hernando Community College)10218 New Port RicheyPublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
92.89 ADNGalen College of Nursing11247 Saint PetersburgPrivate For-ProfitCampusACENSee School Details
92.54 ADNSt Petersburg College12266 ClearwaterPublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
91.43 ADNSanta Fe College13307 Gainesville

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.

PublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
90.96 ADNCollege of Central Florida Ocala14325 Ocala

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.

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90.65 ADNDaytona State College15335 Daytona Beach

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.

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90.57 ADNIndian River State College16338 Fort Pierce

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.

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90.22 ADNFortis Institute Pensacola17353 PensacolaPrivate For-ProfitCampusACENSee School Details
88.97 ADNKeiser University-Ft Lauderdale18401 Fort LauderdalePrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
88.63 ADNSt Johns River State College (St Johns River Community College)19407 Palatka

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.

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87.61 ADNNorth Florida College (North Florida Community College)20454 Madison

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.

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87.40 ADNPalm Beach State College Lake Worth21463 Lake WorthPublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
87.20 ADNHillsborough Community College22469 TampaPublicCampusACENSee School Details
86.55 ADNGulf Coast State College23490 Panama CityPublicCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
86.31 ADNFlorida State College at Jacksonville24499 JacksonvillePublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
84.25 ADNHerzing University25546 Winter ParkPrivate For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
82.92 ADNMiami Dade Community College26579 MiamiPublicCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
82.89 ADNRasmussen College - Ocala School of Nursing27580 OcalaPrivate For-ProfitCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
81.89 ADNAcademy For Nursing and Health Occupations28599 West Palm BeachPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusACENSee School Details
80.45 ADNPensacola State College29622 PensacolaPublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
79.48 ADNFlorida SouthWestern State College30632 Fort Myers

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.

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77.55 ADNChipola College31655 MariannaPublicCampusACENSee School Details
73.44 ADNFortis Institute - Port St Lucie33684 Port Saint LuciePrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
71.45 ADNFlorida Gateway College34691 Lake City

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.

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71.44 ADNMiami Regional University35692 MiamiPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
64.59 ADNFlorida National University-Hialeah36704 Hialeah

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.

Private For-ProfitCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
51.36 ADNConcorde Career Institute-Orlando37715 OrlandoPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
43.53 ADNConcorde Career Institute-Miramar38719 MiramarPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
41.99 ADNConcorde Career Institute-Jacksonville (US70412000)39720 JacksonvillePrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
99.07 BSNFlorida Gulf Coast University111 Fort Myers

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.

PublicCampus, HybridACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
98.52 BSNThe University of Tampa222 Tampa

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.

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96.93 BSNUniversity of Miami371 Coral Gables

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.

Private Not-For-ProfitCampus, HybridACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
96.27 BSNUniversity of Central Florida498 Orlando

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.

PublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
96.25 BSNFlorida Southern College5100 LakelandPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
96.05 BSNUniversity of North Florida6105 Jacksonville

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.

PublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
95.44 BSNThe University of West Florida7125 Pensacola

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.

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95.18 BSNFlorida Atlantic University8134 Boca Raton

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.

PublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
94.92 BSNUniversity of Florida - Gainesville9147 Gainesville

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.

PublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
94.82 BSNUniversity of South Florida College of Nursing10154 Tampa

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.

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93.37 BSNFlorida State University11222 Tallahassee

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.

PublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
93.24 BSNJacksonville University12227 Jacksonville

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.

Private Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
91.65 BSNSouth University-Tampa13280 TampaPrivate For-ProfitCampusACME, COASee School Details
89.38 BSNHerzing University14345 Winter ParkPrivate For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
88.47 BSNCollege of Nursing and Health Sciences at Barry University15363 MiamiPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
86.97 BSNChamberlain College of Nursing - Jacksonville16408 JacksonvillePrivate For-ProfitCampusACME, COASee School Details
86.66 BSNNova Southeastern University - Ft. Lauderdale17416 Fort LauderdalePrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
86.64 BSNPalm Beach Atlantic University18417 West Palm Beach

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.

Private Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
84.69 BSNBethune-Cookman University19449 Daytona BeachPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusACME, COASee School Details
82.62 BSNSouth University - West Palm Beach20469 Royal Palm BeachPrivate For-ProfitCampusACME, COASee School Details
79.59 BSNFlorida National University-Miami21493 MiamiPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
79.49 BSNKeiser University-Ft Lauderdale22494 Fort LauderdalePrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, ACME, CCNE, COASee School Details
77.80 BSNMiami Regional University23503 MiamiPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
70.92 BSNFlorida National University-Hialeah24523 Hialeah

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.

Private For-ProfitCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
70.63 BSNFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical University25524 TallahasseePublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details

Become an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Florida

RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

Become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Florida

Learn how to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Florida and research schools in Florida offering the following high paying nurse practitioner specialties: Learn about Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree.

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

RN Salaries in Florida

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 nameEmploymentHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL4,800$29.17$60,670
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL1,150$27.65$57,510
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL4,060$26.99$56,150
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropol14,420$33.12$68,880
Gainesville, FL5,610$28.83$59,980
Jacksonville, FL13,890$29.48$61,320
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL4,380$27.57$57,340
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL51,860$30.41$63,250
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division26,340$28.89$60,100
Naples-Marco Island, FL2,600$30.41$63,260
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL5,380$29.80$61,970
Ocala, FL2,090$28.01$58,260
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL19,050$29.68$61,730
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL4,090$29.41$61,180
Palm Coast, FL(8)-$31.36$65,230
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach, FL1,420$25.69$53,430
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL4,040$25.79$53,640
Port St. Lucie, FL2,290$28.77$59,840
Punta Gorda, FL1,350$26.90$55,950
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL1,190$27.37$56,930
Tallahassee, FL3,010$27.51$57,220
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL25,180$29.58$61,520
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan11,100$31.88$66,300
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area840$25.29$52,610
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area2,920$26.98$56,130
South Florida nonmetropolitan area1,690$28.39$59,060
Source: http://www.dol.gov/, 2014 Data