Ocala, FL (population: 57,520) has three nursing schools within its city limits. Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center, the highest ranked school in the city with a nursing program, has a total student population of 540. It is the 2375th highest ranked school in the USA and the 111th highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami).
Nursing students from Ocala schools who go on to become nurses, registered nurses, practical nurses, pediatric nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Ocala area alone, there are 570 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $41,850. Registered nurses in this area earn $61,820/yr and there are 2,390 employed.
Ocala lies in Marion county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Ocala area has 94,200 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2% unemployment rate, $17/hr average worker wage, and a $35,760 average annual salary. Thus, about 25 out of every 1000 jobs in Ocala are held by registered nurses, and 6/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 3 nursing schools in Ocala, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Rasmussen College-Ocala comes out as the most expensive ($18,054/yr) for nursing students, with Marion County Community Technical and Adult Education Center as the lowest, reported at only $8,208/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Ocala|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||57.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||59.5 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||61.4 miles|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||62.9 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||65.2 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||68.0 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||69.2 miles|
|Orange Park||FL||-||3||22.5405||26||72.2 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||74.6 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||98.5 miles|