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Florida Nursing School Graduate with Commencement Rose

Nursing Degrees

The Polk State College Department of Nursing associate 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. Our nursing school has continuously maintained a standard of excellence with graduates consistently exceeding the Florida 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.


The associate degree program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)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 by ACEN was in 2009.  As a post-licensure program, the baccalaureate program does not require Board of Nursing approval.  The program is accredited by the ACEN with initial accreditation in 2012.

Success Indicators

The program completion rate for students is about 78%.  The 2016 NCLEX-RN pass rate for the year was 95.74%, which  exceeds the state and national averages.  All graduates were employed in health care upon graduation to the best of our knowledge.  The RN to BSN students do not take any additional licensing exams. They are predominantly employed when they start the program and maintain that employment after graduation.  We frequently receive communication from the graduates indicating they have been accepted into Master’s degree programs.


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