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2021 Best Nursing Doctor's Degree Schools in Florida

8 Schools Ranked
$102,216 Avg Student Debt

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which nursing program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. Or you may find the programs at a trade school or bootcamp to be a better alternative for you.

The Best Nursing Doctor's Degree Schools in Florida ranking is one of many tools that Nursing Degree Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 8 schools in Florida to see which doctor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for nursing students. Factors related to overall quality of the school, post-graduation earnings, average student debt, and more accumulated were considered when coming up with this list.

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Top Nursing Doctor's Degree Schools in Florida

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#1

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
155 Total Awards
$10,857 Average Tuition & Fees
$59,882 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named University of North Florida the best school in Florida for nursing students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the fairly large public school awarded 155 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $59,882 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UNF. During the 2017-2018 year, about 52% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#2

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
1,965 Total Awards
$12,737 Average Tuition & Fees
$80,094 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Florida. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools in Florida list. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large public school awarded 1,965 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from U of F accumulate an average of $80,094 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at U of F. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 29% took at least some of their classes online.

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#3

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
805 Total Awards
$38,908 Average Tuition & Fees
$113,587 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 8 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Miami landed the # 3 spot on the list. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Coral Gables, Florida. It awarded 805 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $113,587 in loans while pursuing their degree.

U Miami does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In fact, around 9% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#4

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1,835 Total Awards
$21,206 Average Tuition & Fees
$166,771 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 8 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, Nova Southeastern University landed the # 4 spot on the list. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and it awarded 1,835 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $166,771 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Nova Southeastern University does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 49% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#5

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
730 Total Awards
$11,553 Average Tuition & Fees
$66,875 Avg Student Debt

The excellent doctor’s degree programs at Florida State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best nursing schools in Florida. Florida State is located in Tallahassee, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 730 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $66,875 in student loans.

One thing to take note of is that Florida State does offer online graduate classes in some areas. In 2017-2018 about 26% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#5

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
415 Total Awards
$8,872 Average Tuition & Fees
$79,195 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Central Florida. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools in Florida list. UCF is a public institution located in Orlando, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 415 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $79,195 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at UCF. During the 2017-2018 year, about 46% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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752 Total Awards
$10,428 Average Tuition & Fees
$80,962 Avg Student Debt

University of South Florida - Main Campus ranked #6 on this year’s Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools in Florida list. Located in Tampa, Florida, the large public school handed out 752 doctor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $80,962 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at USF Tampa, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 37% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#7

Barry University

Miami, Florida
307 Total Awards
$17,910 Average Tuition & Fees
$151,384 Avg Student Debt

Barry University landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best doctor’s degree nursing programs. Located in Miami, Florida, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 307 diplomas to qualifed doctor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from Barry University accumulate an average of $151,384 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Barry University does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 11% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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576 Total Awards
$11,106 Average Tuition & Fees
$110,248 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #7, Florida International University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their doctor’s degree. Located in Miami, Florida, the large public school handed out 576 doctor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $110,248 in student loans.

Online graduate courses are available at FIU, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 45% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#8

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida
23 Total Awards
$14,706 Average Tuition & Fees

Jacksonville University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools in Florida ranking. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 23 doctor’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at JU. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 43% took at least some of their classes online.

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#8

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
200 Total Awards
$6,693 Average Tuition & Fees
$45,471 Avg Student Debt

Florida Atlantic University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools in Florida ranking. FAU is located in Boca Raton, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 200 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $45,471 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since FAU does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 44% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#12

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida
91 Total Awards
$10,840 Average Tuition & Fees
$191,369 Avg Student Debt

Palm Beach Atlantic University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best doctor’s degree nursing programs. West Palm Beach, Florida is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out doctor’s degrees to 91 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their doctor’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $191,369 in student loans.

Palm Beach Atlantic does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 15% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#13

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida
46 Total Awards
$8,961 Average Tuition & Fees
$94,736 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #13, Florida Gulf Coast University did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their doctor’s degree. FGCU is located in Fort Myers, Florida and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 46 doctor’s degrees to qualified students.

Doctor’s Degree recipients from FGCU accumulate an average of $94,736 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

FGCU does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. In 2017-2018 about 44% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#14

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
57 Total Awards
$28,362 Average Tuition & Fees
$93,606 Avg Student Debt

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale ranked #14 on this year’s Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools in Florida list. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It awarded 57 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On average, doctor’s degree students take out $93,606 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale. In fact, around 81% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#15

South University - Tampa

Tampa, Florida
2 Total Awards
$15,819 Average Tuition & Fees

South University - Tampa did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get a doctor’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. This very small private for-profit school is located in Tampa, Florida, and it awarded 2 doctor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at South University - Tampa. In fact, around 12% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 15 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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