RN Schools in Florida with Certification Information

Dec 23, 2018

Florida has roughly 60 public or private, not-for-profit colleges and universities that offer registered nurse (RN) programs. Get some information about these degrees, and see some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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Florida Schools Offering RN Programs

To pursue a career as an RN in Florida, individuals must earn either a diploma, 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 from which to choose.

Two 4-year schools offering RN studies are highlighted here, including info on the degree options, common courses and clinical experiences. Facts about each institution are provided in the table.

  • Florida Atlantic University, located in Boca Raton, offers both traditional and accelerated bachelor's degree programs for current and aspiring RNs.
  • College of Central Florida offers associate's degree programs to prospective RNs and current practical nurses. The college is based in Ocala.

Comparison of Schools

When pursuing a program related 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 (2017)* 30,208 7,151
Campus Setting Small city Small city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $4,831 (in state)
$17,276 (out-of-state)
$2,570 (in state)
$10,126 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 82% 80%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 60% 100% (open admissions policy)
Retention Rate (2016-2017)* 79% (full-time students) NA
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who started in Fall 2011)* 51% 37%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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 several options for registered nurses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Direct Admit

Students can begin this program directly as freshman. The program requires 120 credit-hours to be completed. The curriculum covers a variety of nursing situations, including family and childcare, elderly patient needs, chronic illnesses, mental health care and over 840 hours of clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to take the NCLEX-RN. There is also an RN-to-BSN option that requires 32 additional credits to be completed beyond the transfer credits.

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 4-semester, 60-credit program, with classes beginning each year in the spring semester and ending with the completion of the following spring semester. Graduates qualify to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

College of Central Florida

College of Central Florida is a 4-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 six 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 Basic Life Support (BLS). 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.

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