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 Programs4948
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 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 ADNSeminole State College of Florida111 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 ADNState College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota227 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 ADNTallahassee Community College338 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 ADNValencia College451 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 ADNNorthwest Florida State College578 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 ADNPolk State College692 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 ADNSouth Florida State College7108 Avon ParkPublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
94.64 ADNBroward College8113 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 ADNCollege of Central Florida9158 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 ADNSt Petersburg College10190 ClearwaterPublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
89.81 ADNGalen College of Nursing-Tampa Bay11301 Saint PetersburgPrivate For-ProfitCampusACENSee School Details
88.74 ADNKeiser University-Ft Lauderdale12336 Fort LauderdalePrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
88.67 ADNNorth Florida Community College13339 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 ADNFortis Institute-Pensacola14340 PensacolaPrivate For-ProfitCampusACENSee School Details
88.59 ADNIndian River State College15343 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 ADNSaint Johns River State College16349 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 ADNFlorida Keys Community College17358 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 ADNDaytona State College18381 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 ADNAcademy for Nursing and Health Occupations19408 West Palm BeachPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusACENSee School Details
86.41 ADNHillsborough Community College20431 TampaPublicCampusACENSee School Details
86.27 ADNPasco-Hernando Community College21438 New Port RicheyPublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
84.42 ADNRasmussen College-Florida23504 OcalaPrivate For-ProfitCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
83.83 ADNSanta Fe College24515 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 ADNPalm Beach State College25521 Lake WorthPublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
83.11 ADNGulf Coast State College26537 Panama CityPublicCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
82.97 ADNFlorida SouthWestern State College27542 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 ADNPensacola State College28544 PensacolaPublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
82.28 ADNHerzing University-Winter Park29554 Winter ParkPrivate For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
79.52 ADNFlorida Gateway College31599 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 ADNFlorida State College at Jacksonville32616 JacksonvillePublicCampus, OnlineACENSee School Details
78.52 ADNMiami Dade College33618 MiamiPublicCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
75.52 ADNTaylor College34653 BelleviewPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
75.07 ADNChipola College35660 MariannaPublicCampusACENSee School Details
72.79 ADNFortis Institute-Port Saint Lucie36678 Port Saint LuciePrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
62.67 ADNCity College-Miami37713 MiamiPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
60.79 ADNConcorde Career Institute-Miramar38720 MiramarPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
45.01 ADNConcorde Career Institute-Tampa39732 TampaPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
42.87 ADNConcorde Career College-Orlando40734 OrlandoPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
40.91 ADNSchiller International University41736 LargoPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
28.81 ADNUltimate Medical Academy-Tampa42742 TampaPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
24.57 ADNSABER College43743 MiamiPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
98.67 BSNThe University of Tampa110 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 BSNFlorida Atlantic University220 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 BSNUniversity of Miami344 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 BSNFlorida Gulf Coast University464 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 BSNFlorida Southern College572 LakelandPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusACEN, CCNESee School Details
95.37 BSNJacksonville University681 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 BSNFlorida State University7102 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 BSNThe University of West Florida8107 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 BSNUniversity of North Florida9109 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 BSNPalm Beach Atlantic University10115 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 BSNUniversity of Central Florida11117 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 BSNUniversity of South Florida-Main Campus12144 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 BSNUniversity of Florida13278 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 BSNNova Southeastern University14300 Fort LauderdalePrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
87.43 BSNFlorida International University15336 MiamiPublicCampus, Hybrid, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
86.83 BSNSouth University-Tampa16354 TampaPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
86.72 BSNSouth University-West Palm Beach17359 Royal Palm BeachPrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
86.22 BSNChamberlain College of Nursing-Florida18371 JacksonvillePrivate For-ProfitCampusSee School Details
84.90 BSNBarry University19398 MiamiPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
84.71 BSNAdventist University of Health Sciences20400 OrlandoPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampus, OnlineCCNESee School Details
81.67 BSNHerzing University-Winter Park21453 Winter ParkPrivate For-ProfitCampusCCNESee School Details
73.95 BSNFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical University22508 TallahasseePublicCampus, OnlineACEN, CCNESee School Details
70.99 BSNFlorida National University-Main Campus23520 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 BSNBethune-Cookman University24528 Daytona BeachPrivate Not-For-ProfitCampusSee School Details