Broward College | 93% NCLEX Pass Rates

Broward College offers ACEN accredited Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) programs, including the LPN to RN transition program, and CCNE accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.

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  • 93%
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  • On Campus
  • Public
  • Accreditation ccne Accredited acen Accredited
  • Programs BSN, ASN/ADN, Other
  • Location Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Telephone 1-954-201-4880
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In 1959, Broward College, a public institution, was established. In 2012, Broward College was named one of the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation by the Washington D.C.-based Aspen Institute.

Broward College is based internationally as well. The four locations include: Ecuador, Peru, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam International Centers. Due to the amazing international connections, the college offers study abroad opportunities for students in Spain, Germany, Italy, England, India, and Vietnam.

Associate Degree in Nursing

The Associate of Science in Nursing degree is a full-time program that has two tracks: Generic Option and the LPN-RN Transition Option.

After successful completion of the required courses for the Associate of Science in Nursing degree, the student is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The Florida Board of Nursing is the state agency authorized to determine if the applicant qualifies to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse.

The nursing program consists of generalize courses as well as nursing courses. The course subject matter includes:

  • Medical/Surgical nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Health care of women
  • Nursing for psychiatric settings
  • Nursing trends, practices and roles

Beyond the classroom learning, students will have the opportunity to learn in the clinical setting. The program hours are about 20 to 36 hours per week combined in the classroom and clinical setting. The full-time program consists of 72 credits.

The credits for the clinical practicum are 56 hours and 16 hours of theory for each credit. The generic path is for students who have never taken courses and the traditional program is for those who are LPNs and ready to transfer into the RN program. The generic students have 1,008 hours of clinical hours to complete whereas LPN-RN transition students attend 728 hours of clinical. Clinical hours are held in the acute care and extended care facilities as well as in nursing campus lab settings.

For the students who have completed all general education courses, only the nursing program courses and clinical rotations remain. That student will enroll in four didactic (lecture) courses and two clinical courses for a total of 13 credits in the first semester.

For the student who has completed the general education courses, the remaining four semesters (with the exception of one summer term when students enroll for five credits) include registration in two didactic courses and two clinical courses for a total of 10 credits per semester.

Students have time prior to clinical rotations to practice hands-on training. Theory content complements the clinical application of skills.

The nursing courses are offered at three locations:  North, Central and South Campus.

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Program Specifics 

  • Lecture classes once a week, during the day and evening hours, on weekdays
  • 8 Week BSN course taught in short framework
  • Subjects and topics include Nursing Theory, Research for Nurses, Nursing Leadership Development, Advanced Health Assessment Lab and Pathophysiology / Pharmacology

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Current, unencumbered registered nurse license in the State of Florida
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA 
  • An Associate of Science or higher from an accredited institution recognized by Broward College
  • Statistics is no longer required for admission

The program is completed usually in 12 to 18 months.


The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the Associate Degree in Nursing program.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges SACS-COC.

The Florida Board of Nursing approved the Associate Degree in Nursing program.


US News & World Report ranked the college #264-#346 in Best Online Bachelor's Programs (2018-2019).

Broward College was named a Finalist with Distinction by the Aspen Institute, and one of the TOP 3 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (2017).

Broward College was ranked #2 in the Nation by CollegeChoice.Net "50 Best Community Colleges" ​(2016-2017)​.

Broward College has been listed as the MOST AFFORDABLE​ online college in the state according to

Broward College ranked 9th in the nation in Nursing: Registered, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing by by Community College Week (2015).

Broward College has been ranked one of the best community colleges in Florida by

Community College Week's Top 100 Associate Degree Producers has ranked Broward College fifth nationally for conferring associate degrees.

CollegeChoice.Net 50 Best Community Colleges for 2016-2017​ named Broward College #2.

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Visit TheNurseInformer profile page
    Feb 14, 10:02 pm by
    Overall: 2.2 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 1 stars
    Experience: 1 stars
    Staff: 1 stars
    Academics: 4 stars
    Costs: 5 stars
    Support: 1 stars

    Status: Student
    Program: Other
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2017

    My Experience

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, do yourselves a favor and do not attend Broward College's RN program. There are so many problems with this program, but instead of going into all of the details of how I witnessed almost each and every one of my classmates get picked off one by one, I'm going to give you the shortest possible version of why to avoid it, and what to do in the unfortunate event that you don't take my advice and chose to attend their anyhow.
    First of all, if you look at the program's graduation rate, you will see that only around 30% of students who begin the program actually end up finishing it. They like to keep these statistics to themselves unless you specifically ask for it. Now to put this number into perspective, you then need to look at how many of those students get straight through the program without failing any courses and having their graduations postponed for at least 6 months to a year (maybe even more). I can tell you from my own personal experience that out of the 127 students who started the program with me, only 4 of us made it through without being failed for some of the most ridiculous of reasons. After our first semester alone our class size dropped from 127 to 67. Now no one said nursing school is supposed to be easy, but something just is not right...It could be that because every time a student fails a course they are then required to pay additional money to take a "how to learn" course, as well as even more money to take a skills review course before continuing in the program.
    Now there's a few other things to look at it before deciding to attend this program. Broward has this ridiculous rule that if you fail any two classes at any point in the program, you will be removed from the program and told that you cannot return until you find an LPN school to attend, wait until their start date is and then spend at least a year in that program, and then take and pass the LPN exam (you're looking at the least an additional 18 months). Only then will Broward College allow you to return to their program. And it doesn't matter if you are in the very last class of the program, they do not care, if you fail by even one point you will not be allowed to continue. It's terribly sad because I saw this happen to so many of my friends along the way.
    This, however, is where things start to get really screwy... In just about every state in the country the Nursing Boards have adopted a policy that says any student attending an RN program who has completed a certain amount of coursework (Process 1 & 2, GIGU, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and only the lecture portion of Psychiatric Nursing), that you are then eligible to sit for your LPN exam. This means that if you manage to pass those classes that you have the right to become licensed and start working in the state of Florida (as well as many other states, which I'm about to get to) as an LPN. But because Broward college has this crazy rule that you must leave their school and go waste another 18 months and at least $7,000. trying to get your LPN license, they refuse to sign off on the paperwork that must be submitted with your transcripts to the "FLORIDA" Board of Nursing, making you feel like you are stuck and have no other options then to go obtain your LPN license and then return to Broward to finish your studies. Luckily, however, I have friends who are nurses who live all over the country and helped me find a way around Broward's game playing. There are several states where this can be done, but I just recently helped two of my friends who failed out of Broward successfully submit their paperwork to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (They only require Broward to send your transcripts, which by law, they cannot withhold unless you owe them money). They both have already sat for and passed the LPN exam and have easily transferred it to the state of Florida.
    So now any I know that any of you who are already familiar with Broward's policies are going to say... "Yes, but Broward College will not accept you back into their program if you take that route and get licensed through another sate." While this may be true, let me ask you this, WHY in the world would you want to return to a school like this? Instead of spending all the time and money it would take for you to retake courses that you've already taken to then sit for a test that you're already eligible to take, why not just obtain your LPN license from another state and then attend an LPN to RN program? This route will still probably take you almost a year and you'll probably close to 18 months (about 2-3 months to get approved for and take the LPN exam in Oklahoma, another month to transfer it to florida, and then 11 months of LPN to RN school.) There are so many LPN to RN programs in South Florida. Mercy College of Nursing in Miami is where both of my friends are attending and they both tell me how much better it is there and how happy they are they switched.
    Now, as I had mentioned earlier, Broward College does not care if you are in your last semester, your last week, or even your last day of class. If you fail by even one point during your last class with them and it happens to be your second fail in the program, then guess what? You're done. But now here's something else Broward College doesn't want you to know. While it is rare to find, there are two other colleges in the area who are accredited and will accept ALL of your transfer credits from Broward. I have friends who are currently attending both at the moment and who are set to finish in May. The only thing with each school is that you're required to complete 25% of the RN program at their school (this is true with any school that is accredited). So while you can do it in only one semester, you're going to end up paying for it.
    The Emergency Education Institute in Coral Springs, and the MetLife institute in Fort Lauderdale will both accept all of your credits and you will finish with them in one semester.
    Please don't let Broward fool you into thinking that this can't be done, or scare you with their NCLEX pass rate. If you made it all the way up to Ortho/Neuro or Cardio at Broward, you WILL be successful on the NCLEX.

    About The Staff

    Some are amazing. Most are just ok. But there are just enough of the miserable ones to make you wish you attended any other school on the planet.

    Things To Know

    Do your research people. Don't be afraid to speak up to them. They try to train you with fear from day one. Don't let yourself be the victim. You'll only have yourself to blame. Consider yourself informed!

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