Florida Nursing License

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Florida State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Nursing Licenses in FloridaMaster’s Required?
Advanced Registered Nurse PractitionerY
Clinical Nurse SpecialistY
Licensed MidwifeY
Registered Nurse (RN)N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)N
Certified Nursing AssistantN

Florida Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing AssistantLicensed Practice NurseRegistered NurseAdvanced Practice Registered Nurse
$23,870$41,300$62,060 >$80,000*
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Florida can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Florida nursing salary.

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Nursing License

There are many paths to become a nurse in Florida. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Florida, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Florida nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Florida, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Florida is not a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Florida

Nurse Practitioners cannot prescribe controlled substances in Florida.


Florida Nursing Licensure Renewal

License renewal is required through the Florida Board of Nursing every two years. Requirements for renewal include the completion of 24 contact hours, including two hours of medical error prevention as well as one hour of HIV-AIDS education. Course content must come from board-approved continuing education providers. Additionally, every third renewal will require a two-hour domestic violence course for a total of 26 hours at every third renewal.

Appropriate course content for continuing education units (CEUs) may be accessed online through the Florida Board of Nursing, the nurse’s employer, and online CEU companies.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Florida

EducationMaster’s Degree or Higher in Nursing, 2 Hour Board-Certified Course in the Prevention of Medical Errors
ExaminationVaries for Different National Certifications
Fees$100 If the Applicant Holds an Active Florida Registered Nurse License, $210 to Simultaneously Apply for Licensure as a Registered Nurse and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification RequiredNational Certification a Board-Approved Certifying Organization (Not Required for Nurse-Midwife and Nurse Anesthetist Applicants Who Have Graduated within the Past 12 Months)
RenewalFee for renewal is $154, with an additional $100 fee if dispensing practitioner.
Additional InformationNone
Endorsement

 

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Florida

EducationMaster’s Degree Or Higher from an Approved Clinical Nurse Specialist Program, 2 Hour Board-Certified Course in the Prevention of Medical Errors
ExaminationVaries for Different Certifications
Fees$75 Processing Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
ExperienceVaries for Different Certifications
Certification RequiredNational Certification from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the National Certification Corporation (NCC), or the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses; Additional Certifications May Be Accepted. Applicants Who Provide Proof that National Certification Is Not Available in Their Speciality May Bypass the National Certification Requirement with Proof of At Least 1,000 Hours of Clinical Practice
RenewalFee for renewal is $155 in addition to renewal of the registered (R.N.) license. Any national certifications also need to be maintained.
Additional InformationAn Active Florida Registered Nurse License Is Required for application

 

Licensed Midwife in Florida

EducationCompletion of a Board-Approved Midwifery Training Program, a 2 Hour Board-Certified Course in the Prevention of Medical Errors, and a 2 hour Board-Certified Course on HIV/AIDS
ExaminationCertified Professional Midwife (CPM) Examination from the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
Fees$200 Application Fee, $500 License Fee, $750 Certification Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
Certification RequiredCertified Professional Midwife (CPM) from the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
RenewalFee for renewal is $500 per renewal period..
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementLicensed Midwives from Other States May Apply for Licensure through Endorsment, Provided that Requirements for that License Are At Least As Stringent As the Current Requiresments for Licensure in Florida. $200 Application Fee, $500 Endorsement Fee, $500 Licensure Fee

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Florida

EducationCompletion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
ExaminationNCLEX-RN
Fees$110 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalFee for renewal is $80.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $110 Application Fee Is Required.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Florida

EducationNCLEX-PN
ExaminationCompletion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program
Fees$110 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
ExperienceNone
RenewalFee for renewal is $80.
Additional InformationNone
EndorsementIndividuals Licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $110 Application Fee Is Required.

 

Certified Nursing Assistant – 4 Routes to Licensure in Florida

Fees$25 License Fee, $43.25 FBI Background Check Fee
Option 1Successful Completion of a Florida Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program
Option 2Pass the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant Exam ($105 Examination Fee)
Option 3Successful Completion of a Nursing Home Preparation Program AND Passage of the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant Exam ($105 Examination Fee)
Option 4Active Certified Nursing Assistant Licensure from Another State

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