The Linkage System is a cooperative agreement among four colleges in the Tampa Bay Area:  Hillsborough Community College, Pasco-Hernando State College, Polk State College and St. Petersburg College. Polk State also has a linkage agreement with Valencia Community College for Dental Hygiene.

This system offers Polk State students the opportunity to enter identified programs on a quota-based system. Some courses appropriate to the respective programs may be taken at Polk State. Students who have been selected for admission to a Health Sciences Linkage Program at a college out of their district will be required to conform to all program requirements, policies and procedures of the linkage college, which is the degree-granting college.

Health Sciences Linkage Programs are as follows:

Hillsborough Community College:

Dental Hygiene
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Radiation Therapy
Respiratory Care

Pasco-Hernando State College:
Dental Hygiene

St. Petersburg College:
Dental Hygiene
Respiratory Care

Valencia Community College:
Dental Hygiene

Additional information on the Health Sciences Linkage Program may be obtained by contacting a Polk State academic advisor.