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Press Release for Monday, March 11, 2019

UNF School of Nursing Ranked No. 16 Among Best Nursing Programs in Florida

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s School of Nursing in the Brooks College of Health ranked No. 16 among the Best Registered Nursing Programs in the state. Over 150 RN programs in the state were reviewed for this ranking.

UNF outranked local private college, Jacksonville University, 17, and bested three Florida state universities including University of Florida, 33; University of South Florida, 25; and Florida State University, 19.

“At the UNF School of Nursing, we strive to provide the best education to our students in order to graduate excellent, intelligent and caring nurses,” said Dr. Li Loriz, School of Nursing director. “Our nursing students have a thorough understanding of issues that affect their patients, both in and outside of the hospital, that will have an impact on their patient’s health.”

The rankings, compiled by, are based on current and historical NCLEX-RN “pass rates,” meaning the percentage of graduates who pass the exam, out of the 154 RN programs in the state. UNF nursing graduates have a pass rate of 95.37, which is higher than the national pass rate of 92.22. It’ also higher than nursing graduate pass rates at University of Florida and Florida State University.

Programs reviewed include schools that offer an Associate in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or direct-entry Master of Science in Nursing degree. More than 700 students enroll in the UNF School of Nursing each academic year, and the School graduates around 140 prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing students each year. is an online resource designed to promote excellence in nursing through enabling future nurses with the tools they need to succeed. 

The School of Nursing was selected as the first flagship program at the University and offers a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The program has a community-based, population-focused curriculum corresponding to changes in health care delivery trends.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.