Becoming an LPN in Florida
If you’ve ever considered entering the healthcare field in Florida, there’s never been a better time to go to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports favorable employment trends for the field through the year 2026, predicting a 12% increase. In addition to this, Florida LPNs earn an average hourly wage of $20.65, or $42,960 per year. With salaries like these, and an abundance of schools throughout the state that offer an LPN program, it’s no wonder that nursing has become a hot career prospect in Florida.
Florida offers licensed practical nurse (LPN) programs in a number of large cities, including Tampa, Miami, and Orlando. There are a tad more than 80 schools throughout the state that offer the required programs for licensure. While these schools vary from private career schools to community colleges, their curriculum has been approved by the State Nursing Board. We've reviewed pass-rates for all of these schools and created a list of the top 30 in the state. For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page.
To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Florida click here.
Details on Florida LPN Schools & Classes
Students interested in becoming LPNs must first enter an accredited LPN program, which can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years to complete. In order to receive licensure, students must pass the NCLEX-PN exam upon graduating. Florida boasts a plethora of schools that offer LPN programs, making it easy to get started.
Florida LPN students will likely take classes such as the following:
- Practical Nursing Foundations
- Medical Surgical Nursing
- Comprehensive Nursing and Transitional Skills
Ensuring that your school and program of choice hold proper accreditations is of paramount importance. LPN programs that hold national accreditations from places like the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing are known for their quality. Prospective students can also check with the Florida Board of Nursing for a list of approved LPN programs in the state.
To be eligible to enroll in an LPN program at most Florida schools, students will need to have the following:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Must have documentation of a high school diploma, GED or higher degree
- May need a passing ATI TEAS score
- Have a current CPR card for healthcare providers
- Must pass a background check and drug test
Tuition and Costs
While the idea of paying for an LPN program can seem stressful, there are really just a few things that students must keep in mind. LPN programs require that students pay for tuition, mandatory/program fees, and course material expenses. These costs will fluctuate depending on school, but financial aid and scholarships are readily available for those who qualify. As an example, the LPN program at Palm Beach State College runs roughly $6,000 for Florida residents, including all expenses. Out-of-state students will pay a higher tuition rate.
Florida LPN Licensing Requirements
Attending a nursing program approved by the Florida Board of Nursing is the first step to becoming an LPN in the state. Beyond that, the NCLEX-PN exam will need to be passed. Only graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX exam.
Keep in mind that the ability to lift patients, pulling and pushing machinery, or extended periods of standing may be part of everyday job functions as an LPN. Other physical indications of strength may be a requirement.
NCLEX Exam Information
The NCLEX-PN is the exam that students must pass in order to gain licensure as an LPN. While graduates can take the exam, others eligible for the exam include:
- Graduates of an MSN or higher program or educational equivalent.
- Certificates of completion for practical nurse training in a registered nursing program.
- Graduate from a military nursing education program.
- Registered nurses from Canada who've pass the Canadian Nurses Association Testing Services Examination after August 8, 1995.
Applicants must submit their applications with the appropriate fees to the Board of Nursing before test registration. Electronic fingerprinting is required of all applicants.
The NCLEX can be taken 3 times before being required to successfully complete a Florida Board of Nursing approved remedial training program.
LPN Reciprocity and eNLC
Florida has opted in to the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows multi-state nurse licensing. As of January 2018, the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) will go into effect, which increases access to care and maintains public protections. Nurses with an original NLC multistate license will be grandfathered in to the eNLC.
LPNs moving into the state Florida can apply for a license by endorsement. The applicants must have a current license in another state and must have worked as an LPN for 2 of the last 3 years.
The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Florida. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater||7,450||$21.15||$44,000|
|Orlando, Kissimmee, Sanford||4,570||$19.35||$40,250|
|Miami, Miami Beach, Kendall||4,510||$21.09||$43,870|
|West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Delray Beach||3,200||$21.40||$44,520|
|Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach||2,940||$21.07||$43,830|
|North Port, Sarasota, Bradenton||1,690||$20.76||$43,190|
|Lakeland, Winter Haven||1,520||$19.76||$41,090|
|Deltona, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach||1,480||$19.56||$40,690|
|Cape Coral, Fort Myers||1,430||$20.37||$42,380|
|Port St. Lucie||1,110||$20.53||$42,700|
|Palm Bay, Melbourne, Titusville||1,070||$20.28||$42,190|
|Pensacola, Ferry Pass, Brent||1,030||$18.31||$38,080|
|Naples, Immokalee, Marco Island||770||$21.27||$44,230|
|Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Destin||530||$18.37||$38,200|
|Sebastian, Vero Beach||270||$20.01||$41,610|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Florida LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
Jersey College, Fort Lauderdale serves students in the greater Ft Lauderdale, Miami & Dade County regions. Jersey College is home to a top rank Practical Nursing Program. LPN students are prepared for successful careers in the healthcare industry. Through a combination of coursework and clinical experiences, the program works to instill problem solving, critical thinking, and technical skills in all nursing students.
Herzing University - Winter's Park's Practical Nursing program prepares students to earn their Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certification. The program allows students to learn from nursing instructors with real-healthcare experience and provides opportunities for students to practice in simulation labs and hands-on clinical experiences. After culmination, graduates are prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses exam (NCLEX-PN).
Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) is located in Inverness, Florida. WTC strives to provide the highest quality academic and technical education for emerging careers, providing innovative instruction, including, job skill training, new career courses, and special interests and hobbies. All programs offer the highest level of academic preparedness for anyone interested in starting a new career.
On May 26, 2015, the school name was officially changed to Fort Myers Technical College (FMTC) by the Lee County School Board. The name “Technical College” more clearly describes the adult technical education programs offered by the district as postsecondary, college-level curriculums. At the time our analysts studied the data for these rankings, the schools were reported as two separate entities.
Cape Coral Tech is located in Cape Coral, Florida, offering a professional, caring, and safe environment for students to pursue their educational goals. Cape Coral Tech strives to prepare students for employment by providing innovative educations via a professional, caring staff.
Emerald Coast Technical College (ECTC) formerly known as Walton Career Development Center (WCDC), located at DeFuniak Springs, Florida, providing career education programs, ensuring a rewarding educational experience for our students and the community. ECTC provides quality instruction and training using the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring student success.
South Florida State College is an open-access higher education institution located in Avon Park, Florida, with additional locations in Arcadia, Bowling Green, and Lake Placid. South Florida State College is dedicated to providing a learning-centered environment with quality programs, training, and services.
Santa Fe College is a public college located in Gainesville, Florida, with 5 additional campuses located throughout Alachua and Bradford counties. Santa Fe College offers a variety of educational options, including a two-year associate's degree program, four-year bachelor's degree program, career and technical certificate and degree program, continued education programs for workforce development, and community education enrichment programs.
Pasco Hernando State College (PHSC) is located in New Port Richey, Florida, with additional campuses in Brooksville, Wesley Chapel, Spring Hill, and Dade City. PHSC combines high-tech educational facilities and state-of-the-art programs with a high-quality teaching, providing the advantages of a private education at an affordable price.
Florida Gateway College (FGC) is located in Lake City, Florida, with additional sites located in Olustee. FGC strives to offer new opportunities and new directions to students through innovative programs utilizing new technology, productive classwork, and activities to encourage personal development and success.
Fort Myers Institute of Technology (FMIT) is a public postsecondary career and technical education center located in Fort Myers, Florida. FMIT offers over 30 career training programs in a wide range of occupational careers with extremely affordable tuition, small classes, and short courses that can be completed in a year or less.
Haney Technical Center is located in Panama City, Florida. Haney strives to provide on-going professional development for not only students but faculty and staff so they are able to provide effective, relevant training to students to help them meet the standards of today's changing global workplace.
Traviss Technical College Practical Nursing Program has been around since 1964. There have been hundreds of graduates working in the community of Polk County and beyond. Most of their students go on to become Registered Nurses through area colleges. The Practical Nursing Program is just the first step of your nursing career.
Palm Beach State College is Florida's first public community college located in Lake Worth, with additional campuses in Belle Glade, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens. Palm Beach State College recognizes students' diverse needs and strives to offer programs that include ethics, leadership, and community service opportunities.
CHOICE High School and Technical Center (CHSTC), located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, offers both quality high school as well as adult education, featuring state-of-the-art training by industry-experienced instructors. CHSTC strived to prepare students for tomorrow's challenges by offering a variety of programs to ensure student success.
Southeastern College is home to one of the top Practical Nursing programs in the state. The LPN program at Southeastern prepares students for the NCLEX-PN and for an entry-level position as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The program familiarizes students with skills and knowledge needed for a variety of healthcare settings.
Ridge Technical College is a vocational-technical center located in Winter Haven, Florida, successfully preparing and placing individuals in rewarding careers. Ridge Technical College believes that hands-on training will better prepare students for the jobs market, utilizing technical knowledge and instructor assistance, students are provided with effective learning experiences.
Pinellas Technical College has a mission to educate and empower highly qualified nursing students. They strive to produce graduates who have the ability to enhance holistic quality health care to people of all cultures in various health care settings. The LPN program prepares students for employment as licensed practical nurses.
Jersey College is located in Tampa, Florida, with additional campuses located in Jacksonville, Fr. Lauderdale, and multiple locations in New Jersey. Jersey College seeks to properly educate mobile, adult nurses, utilizing an open curriculum system to accommodate educational needs and career goals.
Visit the South Tech Academy nursing website to learn more.
Learn more by visiting the North Florida Community College nursing website.
Check out the official Rasmussen College - Land O'Lakes nursing program.
Daytona State College is a comprehensive public college located in Daytona Beach, Florida, with additional campuses located in DeLand, Deltona, New Smyrna Beach, and Flagler/Palm Coast, providing access to a range of flexible programs. Daytona State College strives to offer academic excellence, professionalism, and quality programs and services based on assessment and accountability, engaging the entire community.
Southeastern College is located in Miami Lakes, Florida, with additional campuses located in West Palm Beach. Southeastern College not only offers associate degrees, diplomas, but they also provide quality career education and skill development for workforce advancement.
Learn more by visiting the Pinellas Technical College - Clearwater nursing website.
Atlantic Technical Center (ATC) is located in Coconut Creek, Florida, with an additional campus located in Ft. Lauderdale. ATC prepares students to succeed in a global economy, promoting excellence in academic, career, and technical studies to remain competitive in a global workforce.
Get all the program details by visiting the Jersey College - Jacksonville website.
Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI) is located in Sarasota, Florida, with additional campuses located in Venice and North Port. SCTI strives to provide quality education to meet workforce development as well as the needs of the community, offering learning experiences to guide students toward gainful entry-level employment and achieving personal satisfaction.
Learn more by visiting the Gulf Coast State College nursing website.
Follow the link to learn more about the NRI Institute of Health Sciences nursing program.
Continued List of All Programs in Florida
2010 E Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33610
1014 SW 7th Rd, Ocala, FL 34471
11101 Roosevelt Blvd N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33716
5154 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33417
1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32504
2001 Kurt St, Eustis, FL 32726
9160 Forum Corporate Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33905
757 Hoyt St, Chipley, FL 32428
3663 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33133
18180 SW 122 Avenue, Miami, FL 33177
2222 N. Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
6500 Nova Dr, Davie, FL 33317
5530 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34211
2980 Collins Ave Building D, St Augustine, FL 32084
2940 US Hwy 27 S, Sebring, FL 33870
500 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32304
5400 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021
7259 Salisbury Rd.,, Jacksonville, FL 32256
2100 SW 22nd Place, Ocala, FL 34471
5780 NW 158th Street, Miami Lakes, FL 33014
5330 Berryhill Rd, Milton, FL 32570
508 N 9th St, Immokalee, FL 34142
3911 W Newberry Rd B, Gainesville, FL 32607
3209 Virginia Ave, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
310 West Whidden Street, Arcadia, FL 34266
5190 SE 125th St, Belleview, FL 34420
18150 Murdock Cir, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
2304 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
1032 S Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33953
460 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
101 W State St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
5000 Stack Blvd A-4, Melbourne, FL 32901
1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL 32922
12215 SW 112th St, Miami, FL 33186
5150 Linton Boulevard Suite 340, Delray Beach, FL 33484
10138 US-19, Port Richey, FL 34668
2900 N Military Trl #227, Boca Raton, FL 33431
6870 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33487
2055 Central Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901
2000 North Alafaya Trail, Suite 300, Orlando, FL 32826
4042 Park Oaks Blvd Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33610
3677 Central Ave i, Fort Myers, FL 33901
3632 Evans Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901
871 NW 167th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33169
3716 N Wickham Rd #2, Melbourne, FL 32935
1871 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
20295 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Gardens, FL 33169
600 W 28th St, West Palm Beach, FL 33404
3465 West Vine Street , Kissimmee, FL 34741
1030 Royal Palm Beach Blvd, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
2800 W Oakland Park Blvd #204, Oakland Park, FL 33311
4000 N. St. Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Programs Not Included In Rankings
933 Lee Road Ste 300, Orlando, FL 32810
510 South US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
9022 South US Highway 1, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL 34119
1233 S Military Trail D, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
750 NW 20th St, Miami, FL 33127
4343 West Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, FL 33313
1111 Park Center Blvd Ste 102, Miami Gardens, FL 33169
3233 South Byron Butler Pkwy, Perry, FL 32348
Additional FL Nursing Resources
- Florida Board of Nursing
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252
Phone: (850) 245-4125
- Florida Nurses Association
1235 E. Concord St.
Orlando, FL 32803
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