Online Nursing Schools in Florida

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If you're thinking about taking classes at one of the many online nursing schools in Florida, you've chosen a profession with a great career outlook. There is an increasing demand for well-trained nurses, and according to data released in 2014 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than half a million positions for registered nurses are projected to open up between 2012 and 2022. During this time period, the BLS reports, the number of registered nurses throughout the U.S. is expected to grow from 2.7 million to 3.2 million. In addition, 525,000 nurses will be needed to replace those who leave the field. Licensed practical and vocational nurses are also included on the list of growing occupations between the years 2012 and 2022, and jobs for advanced practice registered nurses are projected to grow at an even faster rate.

Furthermore, according to a 2015 U.S News and World Report ranking of the "Best Nursing Schools," five of the top nursing schools in the U.S. on the report's top 100 list are located in Florida. These Florida nursing schools include:

  • The University of South Florida in Tampa
  • Florida International University in Miami
  • The University of Miami in Coral Gables
  • Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton
  • The University of Central Florida in Orlando

Online Nursing Programs in Florida

There are many paths to becoming a nurse. You may study to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), a licensed practical nurse (LPN), a registered nurse (RN) or decide to pursue a different type of nursing degree. All of these fields of nursing require different degrees of education and experience in clinical settings where you'll work closely with patients and alongside other healthcare professionals before receiving your nursing certificate or degree.

To become a CNA in Florida, you'll need to:

  • Complete a program that is comprised of classroom lecture, lab work, and a minimum of 40 hours of supervised clinical experience in an approved clinical setting.
  • Pass both part of the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program exam (NNAAP).
  • Undergo a thorough background check that includes fingerprinting.

To become a LPN in Florida, you'll need to:

  • Enroll in one year of classes, which includes hands-on practice.
  • Undergo a thorough background check that includes fingerprinting.
  • Take and pass the NCLEX-PN exam.

To become an RN in Florida, you'll need to:

  • Enroll in a professional nursing program that is approved and/or accredited by the Florida Board of Nursing.
  • Undergo a thorough background check that includes fingerprinting.
  • Take the NCLEX-RN exam.

To obtain additional information about the specific requirements for your particular degree and any fees that may be required, you can visit these websites:

  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Nurses Association

The advantage of taking nursing classes online is that you can raise a family or work outside of the home while you are studying to become a nurse. But keep in mind that even though you may be able to take many of your classes online, you will still be required to spend some time in a clinical setting working alongside other health care professionals before you receive your nursing certificate or degree.

Nursing Career Outlook in Florida

Pursuing a nursing career in Florida is an excellent idea as many healthcare organizations need well-trained nursing professionals. The chart below shows that the outlook for nursing positions in Florida is positive.

Occupation Total Employment in Florida (2014) Average Salary in Florida (2014) % Growth in Florida (2012-2022)
Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurse 43,890 $41,540 24.8%
Nurse Anesthetist 2,970 $143,870 24.9%
Nurse Practitioner 6,990 $92,530 33.7%
Registered Nurse 163,950 $62,720 19.4%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014, and Projections Central

All levels of nursing degrees can be earned online, and the completion of a nursing degree will enable you to work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' offices and home healthcare organizations.

Listed below are online schools' website addresses and the different degree combinations that you can seek when pursuing your nursing career.


Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm

Projections Central, Florida, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm

2016 Best Nursing Schools, U.S. News and World Report, http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-nursing-schools

Free CNA Training in Florida, Nursing Career Tips, http://nursingcareertips.com/free-cna-training/florida/

Nursing License Requirements in Florida: Becoming a Nurse in Florida, NursinceLicensure.org, http://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-florida.html

Online Nursing Schools in Florida