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 Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 49 48
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 76.95% 86.76%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 26.28% 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 47 ADN degree programs and 25 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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98.82 ADN Seminole State College of Florida 1 11 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.

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98.01 ADN State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota 2 27 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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97.38 ADN Tallahassee Community College 3 38 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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96.82 ADN Valencia College 4 51 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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95.69 ADN Northwest Florida State College 5 78 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.

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95.30 ADN Polk State College 6 92 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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94.84 ADN South Florida State College 7 108 Avon Park Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
94.64 ADN Broward College 8 113 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.

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93.49 ADN College of Central Florida 9 158 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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92.72 ADN St Petersburg College 10 190 Clearwater Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
89.81 ADN Galen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay 11 301 Saint Petersburg Private For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
88.74 ADN Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale 12 336 Fort Lauderdale Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
88.67 ADN North Florida Community College 13 339 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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88.64 ADN Fortis Institute-Pensacola 14 340 Pensacola Private For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
88.59 ADN Indian River State College 15 343 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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88.45 ADN Saint Johns River State College 16 349 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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88.12 ADN Florida Keys Community College 17 358 Key West

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.

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87.64 ADN Daytona State College 18 381 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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87.01 ADN Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations 19 408 West Palm Beach Private Not-For-Profit Campus ACEN See School Details
86.41 ADN Hillsborough Community College 20 431 Tampa Public Campus ACEN See School Details
86.27 ADN Pasco-Hernando Community College 21 438 New Port Richey Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
84.42 ADN Rasmussen College-Florida 23 504 Ocala Private For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
83.83 ADN Santa Fe College 24 515 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.

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83.57 ADN Palm Beach State College 25 521 Lake Worth Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
83.11 ADN Gulf Coast State College 26 537 Panama City Public Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
82.97 ADN Florida SouthWestern State College 27 542 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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82.92 ADN Pensacola State College 28 544 Pensacola Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
82.28 ADN Herzing University-Winter Park 29 554 Winter Park Private For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
79.52 ADN Florida Gateway College 31 599 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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78.76 ADN Florida State College at Jacksonville 32 616 Jacksonville Public Campus, Online ACEN See School Details
78.52 ADN Miami Dade College 33 618 Miami Public Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
75.52 ADN Taylor College 34 653 Belleview Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
75.07 ADN Chipola College 35 660 Marianna Public Campus ACEN See School Details
72.79 ADN Fortis Institute-Port Saint Lucie 36 678 Port Saint Lucie Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
62.67 ADN City College-Miami 37 713 Miami Private Not-For-Profit Campus See School Details
60.79 ADN Concorde Career Institute-Miramar 38 720 Miramar Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
45.01 ADN Concorde Career Institute-Tampa 39 732 Tampa Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
42.87 ADN Concorde Career College-Orlando 40 734 Orlando Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
40.91 ADN Schiller International University 41 736 Largo Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
28.81 ADN Ultimate Medical Academy-Tampa 42 742 Tampa Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
24.57 ADN SABER College 43 743 Miami Private Not-For-Profit Campus See School Details
98.67 BSN The University of Tampa 1 10 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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97.80 BSN Florida Atlantic University 2 20 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.

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96.94 BSN University of Miami 3 44 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.

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96.15 BSN Florida Gulf Coast University 4 64 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.

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95.78 BSN Florida Southern College 5 72 Lakeland Private Not-For-Profit Campus ACEN, CCNE See School Details
95.37 BSN Jacksonville University 6 81 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.

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94.75 BSN Florida State University 7 102 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.

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94.65 BSN The University of West Florida 8 107 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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94.62 BSN University of North Florida 9 109 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.

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94.48 BSN Palm Beach Atlantic University 10 115 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.

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94.44 BSN University of Central Florida 11 117 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.

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93.78 BSN University of South Florida-Main Campus 12 144 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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89.76 BSN University of Florida 13 278 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.

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88.76 BSN Nova Southeastern University 14 300 Fort Lauderdale Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
87.43 BSN Florida International University 15 336 Miami Public Campus, Hybrid, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
86.83 BSN South University-Tampa 16 354 Tampa Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
86.72 BSN South University-West Palm Beach 17 359 Royal Palm Beach Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
86.22 BSN Chamberlain College of Nursing-Florida 18 371 Jacksonville Private For-Profit Campus See School Details
84.90 BSN Barry University 19 398 Miami Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
84.71 BSN Adventist University of Health Sciences 20 400 Orlando Private Not-For-Profit Campus, Online CCNE See School Details
81.67 BSN Herzing University-Winter Park 21 453 Winter Park Private For-Profit Campus CCNE See School Details
73.95 BSN Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 22 508 Tallahassee Public Campus, Online ACEN, CCNE See School Details
70.99 BSN Florida National University-Main Campus 23 520 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.

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67.84 BSN Bethune-Cookman University 24 528 Daytona Beach Private Not-For-Profit Campus See School Details