Nursing education options include diploma and certificate programs in nurse assisting and practical nursing; associate's and bachelor's degree programs that prepare students for registered nurse licensure; and master's and doctoral programs for aspiring advanced practice nurses, nurse administrators, nurse educators and nurse researchers. Some nursing programs require applicants to have prerequisite coursework or an existing nursing degree, and accelerated programs are available for those with a degree in another field. Programs that prepare students for hands-on nursing positions usually include clinical experience and training.
University of Miami
Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the University of Miami offers students the opportunity to complete a variety of nursing degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. These programs provide students with the skills necessary to enter the work force or to pursue further study in the field.
The university's nursing bachelor's degree program includes courses in the principles of nutrition and pharmacology that prepare students to fulfill a number of nursing roles. Those interested in advanced nursing jobs can enroll in the nursing master's degree program, which includes clinical experience.
Doctoral students can earn a PhD in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The PhD program features concentrations in health disparities and minority health, HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases, and patient safety. The 1-year Doctor of Nursing Practice program provides students with the skills required to implement quality health care systems, and coursework covers technology in health care, international health and health care management.
Florida Atlantic University
Located in Boca Raton on Florida's southeastern coast, Florida Atlantic University offers a variety of nursing programs through its Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. The school offers traditional and accelerated bachelor's degree programs for those interested in registered nursing and a doctorate program for aspiring nurse leaders.
The traditional bachelor's degree program is for those with 60 credits of coursework or an associate's degree in nursing, while the accelerated program is for those already possessing an undergraduate degree. The curriculum covers such topics as general pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics and technological caring in nursing situations. The school's Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares students to serve in a wide range of nursing leadership roles.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|University of Miami||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| BS in Nursing,
MS in Nursing,
PhD in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
|Florida Atlantic University||4-year, public; small city|| BS in Nursing,
Accelerated BS in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
|$4,831 (in-state), $17,276 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.