What are some well respected nursing programs in Florida?
- 0What are some of the best colleges to attend in Florida for students pursuing a degree in Nursing?
- 1Oct 26, '12 by CP2013Quote from f_nurse2b16Are you looking for ADN programs or BSN programs?Location isnt an issue. I am willing to go anywhere in Florida that has a good Nursing program.
Depending on where you want to work in Florida is also a consideration.
For instance, in Orlando the hospitals love to see the UCF BSN students. But it's because they have a BSN. They also hire from Seminole State College, Valencia State College, Kaiser, Remington, Herzing, etc.
In North Florida, they love to see their local grass, UF, UNF with their BSN and then the smaller colleges with their ADN.
Basically hospitals like to see that you are already a local of the area. With how tough jobs can be sometimes, that could be a simple deciding factor for one new grad over another.
Obviously your 4 year colleges with a BSN program have a solid reputation within the state. But as long as the school is accredited by NLN that's a plus. Check the NLN website for accreditations, schools may lie.
If money isn't an issue, go for your BSN at one of the universities.
- 0Oct 27, '12 by CP2013Quote from f_nurse2b16There are a few accrediting boards. I just remember NLN off the top of my head.Oh yeah, I've only heard of a few Universities that is in the NLN Accrediting body. UCF, FSU, USF, UF, and more are all accredited by CCNE.
I attend UCF so I am not sure about any other specific programs. I have heard good things about UCF, USF and UF. Mainly. Those were my top choices but I honestly only applied to UCF because I knew I was competitive enough. I said a a prayer I asked God for the blessing, and here I am about a year away from graduating!
I think it's just best to know where you want to work and live. Then pick a school based on that. If you live in Tampa, don't go to UCF and expect Tampa hospitals to pick you over their local USF grads. No education is magically better in that regard. They really do check your address to see if you live in the area and look to see that you went to school in the area.
I have had 4 tech interviews and have always been chosen because I was a local. They were excited to see my dedication to the community. They asked if I was planning to live there for a long time and I was able to say I grew up there, gained a love for the community that gave me my sense of responsibility and kindness, and I would love nothing more than to give back.
While this is true, if as a nurse somewhere else is giving me a better opportunity for growth, I can't say I wouldn't have a tough decision ahead.
- 0Oct 27, '12 by CP2013Quote from PalmHarborMomI agree. And private schools seem to only offer an associates degree.I attend USF but have heard other good things about all the other big universities (UF,FSU,UNF, UM). The private universities were just too expensive for me to consider.
Also, based on the community you live in, you know what the good schools are. For instance Full Sail University versus UCF for film or communication. People in the community know that only out of towers who don't know any better pick Full Sail. They are taking over parts of Orlando, and still aren't even respected at times.
Bigger is not always better!
- 0Oct 27, '12 by f_nurse2b16Well I am originally from Naples Fl, but doing my pre-reqs here in Tallahassee. As I've said location isn't an issue, but the 2 cities I was planning on living in after college are 1. Tampa or 2. Orlando. Leaning more towards Tampa though. I am familiar with alot of the universities in Fl, except for UCF. I've heard of it but don't know much about it. I have friends there who say they love it though. UF is TOTALLY off my list! lol