Welcome to the Florida School of Nursing!

The nursing field is growing much faster than average, especially in the sunshine state, which has led to a nursing shortage. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 210,400 openings for registered nurses each year, on average, over the decade—growing to a total of approximately 3.4 million jobs. As the baby boomer generation ages, this brings both a shortage of nurses retiring from the field as well as more patients in need of care. Florida is among one of three states that make up for nearly 40% of the nursing shortfall nationwide.

Earning your degree from an accredited nursing school in Florida can set you up for success in the field.7 We’re proud to be the #1 educator of Practical Nursing grads in Florida and the #1 educator of Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) grads in the country. At Rasmussen University, all our nursing programs in Florida campuses across the state help you develop both your technical proficiency as well as transferable skills, or soft skills, to bring out the best nurse in you and fill the gap in the nursing shortage. 

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male and female nurses

Prepare for a Variety of In-Demand Nursing Roles in Florida

  • Registered nurse (RN)
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • Medical-surgical nurse
  • Intensive care unit RN
  • Nurse case manager
  • Home health RN
  • Emergency room RN
  • Operating room RN
  • Clinical nurse
  • Travel RN

+14,310

Projected annual job openings in Florida for RNs (2016 - 2026)1

$67,610

Annual mean wage of RNs in Florida (2019)5

$45,580

Annual mean wage of LPNs in Florida (2019)6

rasmussen central pasco campus

Central Pasco Campus

16418 State Rd. 54
Odessa, FL 33556

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Rasmussen Fort Myers campus building

Fort Myers Campus

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway
Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33905

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Rasmussen Ocala campus building

Ocala Campus

4755 SW 46th Court
Ocala, FL 34474

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Rasmussen Ocala FL campus

Ocala School of Nursing Campus

1227 SW 17th Ave
Ocala, FL 34471

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Rasmussen Orlando FL campus

Orlando Campus

385 Douglas Avenue
Suite 1000
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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Rasmussen Tampa FL campus

Tampa/Brandon Campus

4042 Park Oaks Blvd
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33610

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Nursing Programs in Florida

Whether you're just starting out in the field or looking to advance your role, we have a variety of nursing options available at our six Florida campuses.

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  • Practical Nursing - Diploma
    • On-Campus and Online Classes
    • Field Experience
    • Flex Choice (Optional)

    Looking to take the first step into becoming a nurse? Small class sizes provide a supportive environment and you'll start preparing for the NCLEX-PN exam from day one. Clinicals let you develop your skills through various work environments and hands-on experiences before earning your Diploma and seeking licensure.

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  • Professional Nursing - Associate's Degree (ADN/RN)
    • On-Campus and Online Classes
    • Field Experience
    • Flex Choice (Optional)

    Whether you're just entering the field or working to move from an LPN to RN, this program prepares you through immersive, hands-on training in a variety of clinical settings and simulations so you'll have the tools necessary to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.

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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Bachelor's Degree
    • On-Campus and Online Classes
    • Field Experience
    • Flex Choice (Available for Standard Degree)

    Our standard entry option is for students without a Bachelor's degree and our accelerated second degree entry option is for students with a Bachelor's degree who want to make a career change into nursing. Our BSN offers robust support, tutoring assistance and small interactive classes to help you earn the licensure you need to become an RN.

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  • RN to BSN - Bachelor's Degree
    • Online Classes
    • Practicum Experience in Local Community
    • Campus Support and Resources (Optional)

    Already a licensed RN? You can further your education and earn a BSN degree that focuses on strategic leadership and practices to enhance your knowledge and skills. This program is built with your busy schedule in mind and prepares you for leadership roles.

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  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Master's Degree
    • Online Classes
    • Practicum Experiences in Local Community
    • Campus Support and Resources (Optional)

    You've made an impact on patients, now it's time to impact fellow nurses and shape the future of healthcare by earning your MSN. The program features three specializations: Nursing Leadership and Administration, Nursing Education, and Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics, so you can gain specialized skills through innovative online learning and in-person practicum experiences.

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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Doctoral Degree
    • Online Classes
    • Practice Experiences in Local Community
    • Campus Support and Resources (Optional)

    For nurses called to lead at the highest levels in healthcare and public health and policy. Choose from two specializations: Executive Leadership or Public Health and Policy.

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"Nursing is like being part of the most awesome family. There is always love, support, mentorship, and an open door. Nursing allows you to inspire others and to be inspired by the most amazing people and communities."

Kelly McCullough, DNP, ARNP
Rasmussen University Regional Dean of Nursing

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  1. Labor Market Employment Outlook Statistics reported through CareerOneStop, [employment information accessed April 15, 2020] https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode= 291141&location=fl. Projected Annual Job Openings in Florida for the occupation listed refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
  2. Moody’s Investors Service, Not-for-profit and public healthcare: US: Nursing shortage will pressure hospital margins over the next three to four years, [information accessed August 24, 2018] https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-Nursing-shortage-will-persist-until-2025-weakening-US-NFP--PR_380467
  3. According to 2016, 2017 and 2018 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training conferrals as reported in IPEDS.
  4. According to 2016, 2017 and 2018 Associate Degree Registered Nurse conferrals as reported in IPEDS.
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm. BLS salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions may vary.
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm. BLS salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions may vary.
  7. Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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