Polk State College Nursing Program Review

Polk State College (PSC), formerly Polk Community College was founded in 1964 and serves over 20,000 students. Polk State College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Polk State Colleges strives to provide a quality affordable education to Florida residents by providing certificate, associates and bachelors degree programs.

Review of Polk State College Nursing Degree Programs

Established in 1965 by a Kellogg Foundation Grant, the Department of Nursing at Polk State College is where over 60% of the Registered Nurses in Polk County graduated from. The Department prepares nurses for careers in a variety of settings as well as further education opportunities. Department of Nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Polk State College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) Program

Polk State College offers a generic and transition option for aspiring students seeking to earn the ADN degree.

The Generic ADN option is best suited for nurses who have no previous nursing education. The program is two years and upon completion nurses are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Registered Nurse exam, NCLEX-RN.

The Transition ADN option is best suited for students who hold a basic healthcare qualification, including Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), paramedic, and physical therapist among others. The program is one year and allows these students to draw on their previous experience and advance through some of the basic healthcare courses.

Admission requirements for the program include several course pre-requisites demonstrated reading ability which can be met through standardized test scores or a previous college degree. Students are required to have a 2.5 or higher GPA at the time of application and to submit test scores for the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).

RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) Degree Program

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is ideal for nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma to complete advanced training for leadership and skills in delivering evidence-based care. Admission requirements to the program including having an active RN license, graduating from an NLNAC accredited program and holding a 2.5 GPA or higher in all previous coursework. Upon completion of the approximately 2 year program, students earn a BSN. Some courses in the RN to BSN program are offered in a hybrid (online and on-campus) format; therefore students must have reliable access to the internet to pursue this course.

Resources for Nurses at Polk State College

There are many resources for nursing students at Polk State College. After completing nine credits of nursing coursework, students can join the award winning chapter of the Florida Nursing Student Association. The association promotes community, professional development and leadership skills among future nurses. Students will also benefit from a state-of-the-art laboratory complete with simulation mannequins and simulations of hospital settings. Aspiring nurses can also use the nursing media lab to gain increased exposure to nursing equipment and training through audio-visual materials.

Polk State College
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

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