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The Polk State College Department of Nursing associoate degree program was established in 1965 with a purpose of participating as an active partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the community by educating and preparing entry-level professional nurses to practice in a variety of settings.  The program  has continuously maintained a stardard of excellence with graduates consistently exceeding the state and national averages on the licensing exam to be a Registered Nurse (RN).  A RN to BSN baccalaureate program was added in August 2011 with a purpose of providing registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing the opportunity to advance in their educational and career goals.

Accreditation

The associate degree program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditatiion Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc (NLNAC) at 3343 Peachtree  Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000. The program received initial accreditation by the NLNAC in 1967 and the most recent accreditation visit was in 2009.  As a post-licensure program, the baccalalaureate program does not require Board of Nursing approval.  The program is accredited by the ACEN with initial accreditation in 2012.

Program Changes

The baccalaureate program has  changes effective for students starting the program in summer 2014 and the associate degree program has changes for students starting the program in January 2015.  Be sure to read the program details carefully and contact an advisor or the Nursing Department if questions.