INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - Indian River County’s Practical Nursing program at Treasure Coast Technical College has been ranked as the number one Practical Nursing program in Florida by Nursing Schools Almanac.

Nursing Schools Almanac compiled a database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. They analyzed this data over several years to calculate each program’s NCLEX pass rate among first-time test-takers and used this metric to rank Florida’s LPN programs, from the strongest to weakest, placing TCTC in first place.

“I am extremely proud of this achievement,” said Principal Christi Shields of Treasure Coast Technical College. “Practical Nursing staff is remarkable at producing graduates that are skilled, professional, and proficient as indicated by the 98.3% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination. I commend them for their hard work and effort in obtaining this well-deserved ranking by Nursing Schools Almanac. I am proud to say most of our graduates work locally in medical and assisted living facilities fulfilling a need in our community.”

To work as a practical nurse in Florida, aspiring LPNs must first complete a state-approved training program. Most LPN programs require 12-18 months of study, awarding a certificate or diploma upon completion. A few Florida schools instead offer a two-year associate’s degree in practical nursing. Prelicensure LPN programs are offered at over 150 campuses across the state.

Applications are being accepted for the next Practical Nursing program start in January 2022. For more information, visit

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