Florida has high rankings when it comes to nursing schools. At least three of the top nursing schools on "U.S. News & World Report's" top 100 list are in Florida. There are many options for schools in Florida, so if one is out of state, it is important to speak with admissions offices for more information. Some prospective students find it helpful to speak with current students to get a feel for different nursing programs.

University of Florida

The University of Florida in Gainsville has a top program to become a registered nurse. It is part of a world health science center, only one of three in Florida. Gator nursing is one of the best nursing programs in the Southeast, according to "U.S. News & World Report". Baccalaureate graduates score well over 90 percent on the license exams and the school produces the largest number of graduate-level prepared students in the state. Also, on average 75 percent of graduates go on to pursue graduate studies.

University of South Florida

Another top program for those wanting to become a registered nurse is at the University of South Florida. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral levels. With innovative programs for its graduates, they provide state, global and national initiatives and have programs that address critical health issues at the Centers of Educational Excellence.

University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida also has a strong program that has been educating nurses since 1979. It offers several degree levels for those who want to become a registered nurse including a bachelor's, master's and two doctorate degrees. There is no shortage of continuing education at this school. It offers collaboration with the College of Medicine at UFC for in-depth research and medical education. It also has incredible facilities that include modern rooms, full-kitchens and a teaching space for skill-building.

The University of Miami

The University of Miami's variety of programs for registered nurses is one of the best. They offer modern buildings, classrooms and research facilities with top-of-the-line technology. They partner with such schools as the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, the University of Miami Hospital and Jackson Health System for incredibly specialized hands-on learning for their students. They also partner with 170 other medical partners to ensure that students receive a real-world experience, first class education.