Florida offers a wide variety of on-campus programs for prospective nursing students. Some of the largest institutions that provide nursing degrees include the University of Miami’s nursing and health studies programs in Coral Gables, the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences in Orlando, and the University of Florida’s nursing programs in Gainesville and Jacksonville. Numerous other programs are available through community colleges and universities throughout the state, and students can gain degrees that range from certificates to PhD in programs as varied as the degrees offered.
Statewide, the average salaries for LPN, RN and specialty nurses range between $13,000 and $75,000 annually, depending upon degree earned, years in the field, expertise and size of the health facility. Graduates can find employment along the Atlantic or Gulf shores or inland, including the prestigious Florida Hospital, which prides itself on being recognized as one of the Orlando Sentinels Top 25 companies for working families in central Florida. This facility is Central Florida’s largest healthcare employer and its second largest employer. Beyond central Florida, graduates can seek employment at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH), which was ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” issue. Another large employer includes the Baptist Health systems, with facilities in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa County, Jacksonville, Fernando Beach and Homestead, among other locations.