Florida Schools Offering RN Programs
To pursue a career as an RN in Florida, individuals must earn either an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing. Once they graduate, they must pass the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) to obtain their nursing license. Prospective RNs in Florida have many schools and training options to choose from.
Two 4-year schools offering RN studies are highlighted here, including info on their degree options, common courses and clinical experience options. Facts about each institution are provided in the table.
- Florida Atlantic University, located within downtown Boca Raton, offers both traditional and accelerated 4-year degree programs for aspiring RNs.
- College of Central Florida offers programs to prospective RNs and current practical nurses. The college is based about four miles from downtown Ocala.
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Comparison of Schools
When pursuing a program leading to RN licensure, it is beneficial to consider all facts about a school offering these studies. Below are statistics and figures regarding each school's tuition, acceptance rates, student population, graduate rates and more.
|Florida Atlantic University||College of Central Florida|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||30,297*||7,931*|
|Campus Setting||Small city||Small city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$4,831 (in state)*
| $2,570 (in state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||85%*||86%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||66%*||100% (open admissions policy)*|
|Retention Rate (Full-time students starting Fall 2013 returning Fall 2014)||75%*||41%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started in Fall 2008)||46%*||40%*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator.
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University is a 4-year public university that offers over 170 degree programs to more than 30,000 students annually. Its Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing offers two options for those who want to become registered nurses.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Traditional Program
This 2-year program is for students holding an associate's degree and at least 60 lower-level college credits. Candidates must have at least a 3.0 GPA in all required courses and score at least 80% on an entrance exam to enroll. The curriculum covers a variety of nursing situations, including family and childcare, elderly patient needs, chronic illnesses and mental health care. Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Program
This program is designed for students who have bachelor's degrees in fields other than nursing. It is a 3-semester, 12-month program, with classes beginning each year in the summer semester and ending with the following spring semester. Like in the traditional degree program, students must complete a list of required prerequisite courses. They must also have a GPA of at least 3.0 in their prior baccalaureate courses. Graduates qualify to sit for the NCLEX-RN.
College of Central Florida
College of Central Florida is a 2-year public college with a variety of undergraduate and workforce development programs. One associate's degree program in nursing leads to general RN licensure, while another targets licensed practical nurses seeking to become RNs.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
This 2-year program prepares students to take the NCLEX to become licensed registered nurses. With the full-time option, students complete the program in four semesters; part-time students complete the program in seven semesters. Program coursework includes lectures, labs and clinical experience. Graduates are qualified to go on to pursue a nursing bachelor's degree at a regional university; some credits may transfer.
LPN-to-ADN Bridge Option
The Florida Board of Nursing approves this program, which offers a route for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to obtain associate's degrees in nursing and become licensed RNs. Applicants must be practicing LPNs in Florida and must be certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Students take both general education and nursing classes. The curriculum includes classroom studies, laboratory experiences and clinical units. Graduates can sit for the NCLEX-RN.