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Two Tampa Bay Schools Rank as the Best Online Registered Nursing Programs in Florida

BRADENTON, Fla (WFLA) – Despite a significant nursing shortage, two Tampa Bay online nursing programs have been named the best in the state.

The ranking— compiled by — put State College of Florida in Bradenton as the state’s top online nursing program, with the University of South Florida as the second best online nursing program in Florida.

To compile the ranking, data was gathered from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education, the Council for Community and Economic Research on Florida’s 83 online certificate and education programs.

Landing at the top of the list, State College of Florida has consistently boasted high job placement scores. The college also receives high graduate satisfaction scores, reflecting positively on the its five-week curriculum format.

USF also offers flexible scheduling. While more expensive than State College of Florida’s online programs, USF’s online nursing students have the option of a part-time, five-semester option, or the full-time, three-semester plan.

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