Nursing Degree Programs

The Florida healthcare industry continues to demonstrate a strong demand for Registered Nurses. A career in Nursing requires individuals to provide compassionate, comprehensive care to their patients in a variety of clinical settings. It is a dynamic profession supported by continuous learning, advancements in technology and a rapidly changing medical landscape. Polk State College’s Nursing degree programs offer students a truly immersive education with the opportunity to advance their career goals through the RN to BSN program.

Nursing Associate Degree Program

Polk State College is proud to offer two education tracks for our Associate of Science degree in nursing program. These education tracks allow students to complete their RN degree in one to two years. Our nursing school graduates consistently exceed the Florida and National averages on the licensing exam to be a Registered Nurse (RN).

Polk State’s Associate in Science in Nursing program is a limited-access program. Admission to the program is through a separate application process that occurs in spring (for fall admission) and fall (for spring admission). Applicants for admission to the program must first apply and be accepted to Polk State College before applying for admission to the nursing program.

RN to BSN Baccalaureate Degree Program

The RN to BSN degree program is designed to help graduates with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to advance their education and career goals. Students will gain a deeper understanding of nursing leadership and interpersonal communication.

Accredited Nursing School

The associate degree program and the baccalaureate program are both accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

The AS program has been continuously accredited since the initial accreditation by the NLNAC in 1985.  The BSN program received initial accreditation from ACEN with the graduation of its first graduates in 2012.  Both programs were visited in 2017 and granted continued accreditation, with the next visit scheduled for Fall 2025.

Success Indicators

  • Program Completion: The average completion rate for the past three years is 74% for the Generic Option and 77% for the Transition Option of the AS program.  Only about 50% of BSN students who started the program have completed the program.  Students commonly stop-out for a few terms and the most frequently cited reason is job and family responsibilities.
  • NCLEX-RN Pass Rate:  Graduates of the Polk State ADN program consistently exceed the state and national averages on the NCLEX-RN.  The most recent results are shown below.  The RN to BSN students do not take any additional licensing exams.
    NCLEX-RN Pass Rate
    Comparisons
    201620172018
    Polk State College95.7495.5794.7
    State of Florida72.6873.9980.74
    National84.5687.1292.22
  • Employment and Continued Education:  All AS graduates are employed in health care upon graduation to the best of our knowledge.   RN to BSN students are predominantly employed when they start the program and maintain that employment after graduation.  Ninety percent (90%)  of the currently enrolled BSN students are Polk State AS graduates, commonly entering the BSN program shortly after graduation.  We frequently receive communication from the BSN graduates indicating they have been accepted into Master’s degree programs and are completing those programs satisfactorily.

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