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. 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. Rasmussen University is here to help meet the need for nurses with six campuses across the state.

Earning your degree from an accredited nursing school in Florida can set you up for success in the field.6 We’re proud to be the #1 educator of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) in Florida in 2021, and the #1 educator of Associate degree in Nursing (ADN) graduates in the country.7 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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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

+14,000

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

$69,510

Mean annual wage of RNs in Florida (2020)5

$46,710

Mean annual wage of LPNs in Florida (2020)5

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 grant10
    • Graduate in as few as 12 months11
    • 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®8 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®9 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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  1. Labor Market Employment Outlook Statistics reported through CareerOneStop, [employment information accessed July 27, 2021] 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. 128 successful NCLEX-PN® attempts in FL in 2021 were from Rasmussen University graduates.
  4. 937 successful NCLEX-RN® attempts in FL in 2021 were from Rasmussen University graduates.
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 27, 2021] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.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. Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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  7. According to Associate Degree Registered Nurse conferrals from 2016–2020 as reported in IPEDS.
  8. NCLEX-PN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
  9. NCLEX-RN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
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