Accelerated Nursing Programs in Florida

There are twelve accelerated nursing programs in Florida, located throughout the state and designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in other fields who are looking to change careers. These programs each offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing by providing credit for general education classes previously taken and then providing specific nursing theory and clinical studies coursework within a timeframe varying from 12 to 18 months. When completed, the student is prepared to take the national exam for becoming an RN.

Top universities offering accelerated nursing programs in Florida include the University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of North Florida. Others include Barry University, Florida State University, and the Universities of Florida, South Florida, and Central Florida. There are a few online options available as well, including those offered by Marian University and Roseman University. Marian University offers career-changers the opportunity to earn a BSN in as little as 16 months. Roseman University’s program can be completed in 15 months.

One of the top rated online programs in Florida is offered through Chamberlain University in Jacksonville. This program offers a RN to BSN program in as little as three semesters but is generally restricted to individuals who are already working in the nursing field and wish to expand their educational credentials and/or possibly prepare for an MSN or doctorate degree.

Because any accelerated nursing program basically compresses four years of nursing school information into less than two years, it requires a large commitment in both time and dedication. Prospective students should consider whether online or on-campus options would suit their needs best. If choosing an on campus program, it would be best to choose one near the student’s home location, as the program will likely involve a significant amount of time spent on campus.