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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 2015 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 435,000 positions for registered nurses are projected to open up between 2014 and 2024. During this time period, the BLS reports, the number of registered nurses throughout the U.S. is expected to grow from 2.8 million to 3.2 million. Licensed practical and vocational nurses are also included on the list of growing occupations between the years 2014 and 2024, and jobs for advanced practice registered nurses are projected to grow at an even faster rate.

Furthermore, according to a 2017 U.S News & World Report ranking of the "Best Nursing Schools," four 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

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 health care 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 usually 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:

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 health care 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 (2015) Average Salary in Florida (2015) % Growth in Florida (2014-2024)
Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurse 43,540 $42,320 22.3%
Nurse Anesthetist 3,160 $145,740 34.7%
Nurse Practitioner 8,320 $95,780 46.8%
Registered Nurse 168,870 $63,960 25.3%

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 health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, doctors' offices and home health care organizations.

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

Sources:

  • Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oessrcst.htm
  • Projections Central, Florida, http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm
  • 2017 Best Nursing Schools, U.S. News & 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