Florida’s sun and surf continues to attract thousands of people each year, a large number of which are retirees. The rapidly growing but aging population increases the demand for health care services, particularly nurses. As in most states of the country, there is a shortage for nursing professionals in the State of Florida. Nursing positions in the state are expected to stay unfilled due to the continually increasing population. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job growth for Registered Nurses in the state will increase by 22% by the year 2020, creating 6,000 new nursing positions every year. The BLS 2013 report estimated a $62,000 annual income for Registered Nurses in Florida.
Prospective nursing students in the state have a wide range of choices when it comes to schools that offer programs leading to nursing degrees. Florida has approximately 140 nursing schools that offer programs ranging from nursing diplomas and associate degrees to graduate and post-graduate degrees.
Prospective nursing students in Florida have the option of enrolling in any of the best nursing schools in the state:
1. University of Florida
The University of Florida in Jacksonville is the 44th ranked university in the country and is the flagship nursing school in the state. The Colleges of Nursing, Medicine and Pharmacy, based in Gainesville, use the University of Florida Health Science Center in Jacksonville as their clinical teaching site. Students rotate through the clinical settings of University of Florida Health Jacksonville campus, the University of Florida Primary Care Centers, and the University of Florida Specialty Care Centers.
The College of Nursing has access to all the resources of the University of Florida that includes the Health Science Center, the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute, the University of Florida Genetics Institute, The University of Florida Shands Cancer Center, and the University of Florida Institute on Aging.
The University Of Florida College Of Nursing was established in 1956 on the university’s campus in Gainesville. The College of Nursing, one of the colleges and schools that form the J. Hills Miller Health Science Center, is fully accredited. It belongs to the top ten undergraduate and graduate degrees nursing schools in the United States.
University of Florida College of Nursing
1225 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610
University of Florida College of Nursing
P.O. Box 100197
Gainessville, FL 32610-0197
Phone: 352-273-6400 or 352-273-6457
2. University of South Florida
The University of South Florida belongs to the top 50 universities in the United States. It was classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of the top tier research universities in the country, a distinction obtained by only four universities in the State of Florida. The University of South Florida System has over 48,000 students with an annual budget of more than $1.5 billion.
The University Of South Florida College Of Nursing in Tampa is the 64thranked university and is among the fastest growing research universities in the country. It is ranked 2nd among the schools in the state that offers nursing degree programs. The College of Nursing has a 97% passing rate and also a 97% rate of employment with an average annual rate of $63,000.
The University Of South Florida College Of Nursing offers nursing degree programs in all levels as follows:
- Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Associate of Science in Nursing to Bachelor of Science inNursing
- Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Associate of Science in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing (Accelerated Program)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing
- Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
- Non-degree programs
- Post-masters certificates
The different nursing programs offered by the University Of South Florida College Of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has approval from the Florida Board of Nursing.
For information about the different nursing programs, please contact:
University of South Florida College of Nursing
12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
MDC Box 22
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 974-2191
3. University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida is part of the State University System of Florida. It is the largest university in the country in terms of undergraduate enrollment (52,000) and the second largest in the country in total enrollment (60,000). The university as the Florida Technological University in 1968, tasked with providing personnel to the space program at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center. It was renamed in 1978 as the University of Central Florida when its academic scope extended beyond the original technology and engineering focus. The University of Central Florida has twelve colleges and twelve campuses offering more than 200 degree programs.The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The University Of Central Florida College Of Nursing has one of the country’s best programs for nurse education since 1979. The College of Nursing offers different degree levels for students who aspire to become registered nurses, from bachelor’s degree to graduate and post graduate degrees. The College of Nursing collaborates with the College of Medicine for its medical education and in-depth research.
University of Central Florida College of Nursing is ranked 79th among the best nursing programs in the United States. It has been committed to community service and clinical excellence. The College of Nursing’s online graduate tracks are ranked 24th among the best nursing programs as determined by the U.S. News & World Report. The different programs offered by the University Of Central Florida College Of Nursing are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. The College of Nursing is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Information about admission and other matters pertaining to the College of Nursing can be addressed to:
University of Central Florida College of Nursing
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32826
4. University of Miami
The University of Miami is private, nonsectarian university in Coral Gables, Florida. It is made up of 12 colleges that include a medical school in the Civic Center neighborhood of Miami. The University of Miami offers more than 280 programs in the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral studies.
The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has been known for the past 60 years for its world-class programs in health care education. The School of Nursing is ranked 79th in the country. The nursing students train with the School of Nursing partners such as the University of Miami Hospital, Jackson Health System, the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and other medical institutions that provide them with first class education and experience.
The School of Nursing offers programs leading to Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Ph.D. in Nursing. The program offerings of the school are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education programs, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
For more information about the nursing programs, the school may be reached at:
School of Nursing and Health Studies
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248153
Coral Gables, Florida 33124
5030 Brunson Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Graduate programs: email@example.com
Undergraduate programs: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Florida State University
The Florida State University is a public research university that is part of a network of consortia for outer space and sea research. The university’s main campus is at Tallahassee, Florida. It is ranked 43rd among the best universities in the United States. It is composed of 16 colleges and more than 100 facilities, centers, institutes, and laboratories that offer more than 300 programs of study. The Florida State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Florida State University College of Nursing, established in 1950, offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in Florida that was nationally accredited. The College of Nursing is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing since its founding. The college was also accredited by the National League for Nursing in 1952 when it graduated its first nursing class.
Graduates of the Florida State University College of Nursing has more than 97% passing rate on the Nursing certification examination of the State of Florida. The college offers the following nursing programs:
- Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator
- Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Leader
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Certificate Programs
- Online Graduate Nursing Programs
Information about nursing education at the Florida State University may be obtained from:
Florida State University College of Nursing
Vivian M. Duxbury Hall
98 Varsity Way, MC 4310
Tallahassee, FL 32306