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 175,900 openings for registered nurses each year, on average, over the decade—growing to a total of approximately 3.3 million jobs.1As the baby boomer generation ages, this brings both a shortage of nurses retiring from the field and more patients in need of care. Rasmussen University is here to help meet the need for nurses with five campuses across the state.

Interested in earning your Practical Nursing Diploma at a thriving nursing school? At our Tampa/Brandon and Central Pasco campuses, you can take weekend courses Friday through Sunday, providing a better work-life balance during the week.

Earning your degree from an accredited University in Florida can help set you up for success in the field.2 We’re proud to be a national leader in nursing education. At Rasmussen University, all our Nursing programs in Florida campuses help you develop both your technical proficiency and transferable skills, or soft skills, to help fill the nursing shortage and bring out the best nurse in you.

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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

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Projected annual job openings in Florida for RNs (2018–2028) 1


Mean annual wage of RNs in Florida (2020) 3


Mean annual wage of LPNs in Florida (2020) 3

Rasmussen University Central Pasco Florida campus

Central Pasco Campus

16418 State Road 54
Odessa, FL 33556
Rasmussen Fort Myers campus building

Fort Myers Campus

9160 Forum Corporate Parkway
Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Rasmussen Orlando FL campus

North Orlando Campus

385 Douglas Avenue
Suite 1000
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
Rasmussen Ocala campus building

Ocala Campus

4755 SW 46th Court
Ocala, FL 34474
Rasmussen Ocala FL campus

Ocala School of Nursing Campus

1227 SW 17th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34471
Rasmussen University Tampa Brandon Florida campus

Tampa/Brandon Campus

330 Brandon Town Center Drive
Brandon, FL 33511

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.

Learn more about specific programmatic accreditation.

  • Practical Nursing - Diploma
    • Up to $2,000 LPN grant4
    • Graduate in as few as 12 months5
    • On-campus and online classes
    • Practice your skills in real healthcare settings
    • Self-directed assessments (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® 6 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. At our Tampa/Brandon and Central Pasco campuses, you can take weekend courses Friday through Sunday, allowing you to balance work and life during the week.

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  • Professional Nursing - Associate's Degree (ADN/RN)
    • On-campus and online classes
    • Field experience
    • Self-directed assessments (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® 7 exam.

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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Bachelor's Degree
    • On-campus and online classes
    • Field experience
    • Self-directed assessments (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
    • Online Empowered Learning: learn by doing real-world projects and manage your pace
    • Practicum experience in your 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
    • Online Empowered Learning: learn by doing real-world projects and manage your pace
    • Practicum experiences in your 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
    • Online Empowered Learning: learn by doing real-world projects and manage your pace
    • Practice experiences in your 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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