RN to BSN in Florida

As the third most populous state in the country, Florida employs more than 164,000 registered nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projections estimate the need for nurses will continue to grow throughout the coming decade. Florida’s RNs earn an average annual wage of $62,720 which falls below the national mean of $65,470. The statewide average income reflects the state’s diverse economic regions. Wages and cost of living are substantially lower in the state’s panhandle and north central region in comparison to the southern portion of the state.

As a long time mecca for retirees, elder care is one of the fastest growing nursing specialties in Florida; though registered nurse practitioners recently suffered a legislative defeat that would have given them the ability to prescribe and dispense medication. Still, the state’s growing elderly population places a high demand on healthcare workers, particularly registered nurses holding a BSN.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Florida

Here we have compiled a comprehensive listing of Florida’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search.

Barry University

$ 3,000 per semester

Application Deadlines

May 1st and December 1st

  • The program may be completed in as few as 15 months.
  • Prerequisite courses may be completed by taking CLEP exams.
  • Established tuition reimbursement programs are available.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Hybrid 11300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33161-6695

Broward College

$ 114 resident

Application Deadlines

August 1st, December 1st and May 1st

  • Program may be completed in 3 semesters (12 to 16 months).
  • On campus classes are one day per week.
  • Credits and degrees from other schools are transferable.
  • Courses run 6 to 8 weeks.
Campus and Online 111 East Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Chipola College

$ 115 resident
$ 309 nonresident

Application Deadlines

August 1st

  • Accredited by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
  • Financial aid is available
Online 3094 Indian Circle
Marianna, FL 32446-2053

Daytona State College

$ 121 resident
$ 634 nonresident

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted all year

  • Applicants must be licensed RNs.
  • Applicants must already possess an associate degree or be a diploma school graduate.
  • Accreditation provided by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Campus 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Florida A&M University

$ 20,360 program total

Application Deadlines

May 15th and October 15th

  • The program is open to currently licensed RNs.
  • The program may be completed in one year .
  • Access is limited to 50 students in the fall and spring semesters.
  • A GPA of 2.7 is required for admission to the program.
Campus and Online 1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Florida Atlantic University

$ 201 resident
$ 720 nonresident

Application Deadlines

July 1st, November 15th and April 15th

  • Applicants must have an associate degree and be a licensed RN.
  • New students may start in the fall, spring or summer session.
  • Classes are online, in person and via video conference.
  • The program is accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).
Hybrid 777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

Florida International University

$ 216 resident
$ 333 nonresident

Application Deadlines

May 1st

  • Registered nurses may complete the program with as few as 30 credits.
  • The program may be completed in 3 semesters.
  • The program offers flexible scheduling.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for the MSN program.
Online 11200 S. W. 8 Street
Miami, FL 33199

Florida National University

$ 525 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

April 4th, July 31st and December 4th

  • Credit for courses with a grade of C or higher are transferable.
  • Nursing core courses begin every 16 weeks.
  • Applicants must be actively licensed registered nurses.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Campus 4425 West. Jose Regueiro (20th) Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012

Florida Southern College

$ 515 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 1st

  • There is a student to faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Up to 64 community college credits are transferable.
  • Licensed RN's may receive up to 30 credits for experience.
  • The program may be completed in one year.
Campus 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698

Florida SouthWestern State College

$ 124 resident
$ 795 nonresident

Application Deadlines

August 1st, December 1st and April 1st

  • The program is designed for currently licensed registered nurses.
  • Students may attend full-time or part-time.
  • Up to 60 credits from an accredited bachelor's degree program are transferable.
  • RNs may receive up to 30 additional credits.
Hybrid and Online 8099 College Pky SW
Fort Myers, FL 33919

Florida State College at Jacksonville

$ 115 resident
$ 399 nonresident

Application Deadlines

June 1st, October 1st and February 1st

  • The part-time program may be completed in 4 semesters.
  • Applicants must have an associate degree.
  • Applicants must be a licensed registered nurse.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Hybrid 501 W State St
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Fortis College-Largo

$ 14,508 program total

Application Deadlines

Not listed

  • Applicant must have a current RN license.
  • The program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.
Online 6565 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771

Gulf Coast State College

$ 118 resident
$ 624 nonresident

Application Deadlines

Last working day in May

  • Credits earned at other accredited schools may be transferable.
  • Credits earned through CLEP exams may be transferable.
  • Applicants must be registered nurses with an associate degree.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Campus 5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401

Herzing University in Orlando

$ 8,555 per semester

Application Deadlines

Rolling

  • Students may transfer up to 60 credits.
  • The flexible online class scheduling is designed for working nurses.
  • Accreditation with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has been applied for.
Online 1865 SR 436
Winter Park, FL 32792

Indian River State College

$ 117 resident
$ 536 nonresident

Application Deadlines

July 15th

  • Applicants must be licensed RNs.
  • Applicants must possess an associate degree.
Online 3209 Virginia Ave
Fort Pierce, FL 34981

Jacksonville University

$ 475 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling

Additional Bridge Programs

RN-MSN program also available for those who meet eligibility criteria

  • This is a fully online RN-BSN program since 2001 taught by experienced full time faculty members.
  • 32 credit hours of flexible asynchronous courses relevant to daily practice.
  • The school is accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).
  • Applicants must be licensed RNs.
  • Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Online 2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394

Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

$ 642 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling

  • This is a degree completion program for registered nurses.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Students may transfer up to 60 credits.
Hybrid 1500 NW 49th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Miami Dade College

$ 118 resident
$ 403 nonresident

Application Deadlines

May 26th, October 2nd and February 15th

  • Applicants are required to be currently licensed registered nurses.
  • Incoming students must already have an associate degree in nursing
  • Program is accredited by CCNE
Campus 300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132-2204

Northwest Florida State College

$ 121 resident
$ 449 nonresident

Application Deadlines

April 1st, September 1st and January 1st

  • Programs is designed for licensed RNs.
  • Applicants may be awarded up to 60 transfer credits.
  • RNs may receive up to 30 credits for the license.
  • Students may attend full-time or part-time.
Online 100 College Blvd
Niceville, FL 32578

Nova Southeastern University

$ 395 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 20th, April 8th and July 24th

  • The program may be completed in as few as 4 semesters.
  • Applicants must be actively licensed registered nurses.
  • Students must complete 36 credits in nursing education.
  • Accreditation is provided by CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).
Campus and Hybrid 3301 College Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796

Pensacola State College

$ 121 resident
$ 486 nonresident

Application Deadlines

July 1st

  • The program requires students to attend two, one credit courses on campus.
  • Applicants must already hold a RN license.
  • The program is accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).
Online 1000 College Blvd
Pensacola, FL 32504-8998

Santa Fe College

$ 126 resident
$ 780 nonresident

Application Deadlines

December 1st, April 1st and August 1st

  • Courses are asynchronous for easy scheduling.
  • Applicants must already have an associate degree.
  • Students must complete 30 credits of upper level nursing credits.
Online 3000 Northwest 83rd Street
Santa Fe, NM 32606

Southeastern University

$ 10,920 per semester

Application Deadlines

May 1st

  • Minimal on campus activity is required.
  • Applicants must be currently licensed RNs.
  • Students must have professional liability insurance.
  • Students must have graduated from an NLN accredited nursing program
Hybrid 1000 Longfellow Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33801-6034

St Petersburg College

$ 121 resident
$ 424 nonresident

Application Deadlines

August 4th, December 29th and May 4th

  • The program offers flexible course scheduling.
  • The program may be completed in as few as four semesters.
  • Courses run for 8 weeks.
  • Accreditation provided by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education).
Online 6021 142nd Ave N
Clearwater, FL 33760-2822

State College of Florida

$ 112 resident
$ 442 nonresident

Application Deadlines

May 31st and October 30th

  • Applicants must have an unrestricted RN license.
  • Students must complete 45 clinical practicum hours.
  • The program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to grant degrees.
Hybrid and Online 5840 26th St W
Bradenton, FL 34207

University of Central Florida

$ 212 resident
$ 749 nonresident

Application Deadlines

June 15th and October 1st

  • The program may be completed in 3 semesters.
  • Students must complete 30 credits of upper level nursing coursework.
  • Applicants must possess an associate degree.
  • Financial Aid is available.
Online 4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816

University of North Florida

$ 175 resident
$ 408 nonresident

Application Deadlines

May 1st and January 15th

  • The program is open to licensed RNs only.
  • The online track is open to RNs licensed in any state.
  • On campus track is open only to Florida licensed RNs.
  • The online program consists of 7-week terms.
Campus and Online 1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32224

University of South Florida

$ 211 resident
$ 575 nonresident

Application Deadlines

January 2nd, March 1st and April 15th

  • The program may be completed in 5 semesters.
  • Applicants must be licensed RNs.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Online 4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620

University of Tampa

$ 536 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 15th and January 15th

  • Applicants must provide proof of licensure.
  • Applicants may transfer up to 64 credits from an accredited school.
  • Students must complete 33 credits of upper level nursing courses.
Campus 401 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606-1490

University of West Florida

$ 219 resident
$ 239 nonresident

Application Deadlines

Rolling

  • New cohorts are admitted twice each semester.
  • Applicants must have an associate degree in nursing.
  • Applicants must have a current unencumbered RN license.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Online 11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Florida that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Florida that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Florida has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Florida is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data
Education

What is being done to increase the number of Florida RN’s with a BSN?

Coalition aims to increase the percentage of working RNs in Florida with a BSN to 80% by 2020 through an Education Action Team Toolkit and mechanism.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to BSN Degrees Awarded by Community Colleges; RN to MSN Programs; State or Regional Shared Curriculum; and other methods.

Leadership

What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The Action Coalition Leadership Team will conduct a survey of Florida nurses to gather data on leadership development, characteristics and pathways to leadership.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC has been involved in summits and discussions. A bill has been introduced in the Florida House of Representatives with the goal of independent practice for APNs.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

No specific plans announced.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The AC is developing best practice models for interprofessional education at Florida schools and colleges.

Diversity

How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

A diversity council has been established to guide the work of the AC.

Data

What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

No specific plans announced.

Contact Info

Mary Lou Brunell

Executive Director
Florida Center for Nursing

Susan Towler

Vice President
Florida Blue Foundation

Velma Monteiro-Tribble

Director Foundation Grants/Programs
Florida Blue Foundation

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Florida Action Coalition page.

Florida Licensing

Florida is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A Florida nursing license is only valid within Florida. For licensing information, visit the Florida Department of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information


Other State RNtoBSN Information