Admission Requirements

Polk State College Associate Degree in Nursing is a limited-admission 72 credit-hour program and the number of available positions in the program can vary depending upon the availability of clinical and academic resources.  There are usually more applicants for admission than can be accepted and therefore admission is competitive. Each applicant must first be admitted to the College and meet pre-admission requirements. Students must then formally apply to the Nursing program, which is a separation application.

Checklist of things to do

  1. Apply for and be accepted for admission to Polk State College.
  2. Submit official transcripts to the Admissions Office from high school, technical schools, and all colleges attended.  PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept credit for courses from one school based on being posted to the transcript from another school.  We must have official transcripts directly from each school.  We also cannot accept AP and CLEP credits or any other type of accelerated credits posted on a transcript from another school.  We must have a transcript of scores sent directly from the  testing service to Polk State.   See the information at
  3. Take an approved college placement test if required.
  4. Complete any recommended college preparatory courses.
  5. Complete pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better or be enrolled in final pre-requisite course(s) at time of application:
    1. ENC 1101 English Composition I
    2. PSY 2012 General Psychology
    3. MGF 1106 Topics in Mathematics or MAC 1105 College Algebra (or higher MAC) or STA 2023 Statistics
    4. BSC 2085C Anatomy & Physiology I
    5. BSC 2086C Anatomy & Physiology II  The course  is required  pre-admission for Transition applicants only.  Applicants for the generic track are encouraged to consider completing the course pre-admission; otherwise, you will have to take A&P II concurrently with Nursing 1 and Pharmacology, a very heavy course load.
    6. Complete the separate application for admission to nursing .  The applications are not available until the application window  which is May 15-31 for an August admission and August 15-31 for a January admission and will be available online at that time for electronic submission . Students must have completed the pre-requisite courses or be enrolled in the final course(s) at the time of the application.

Students are also encouraged to consider completing as many of the additionally required courses as possible prior to admission or in the summers between terms just to lessen the academic load each term.  The term listed is the term the course must be taken if not previously completed.

  • BSC 2086C Anatomy & Physiology II.  Concurrent with Nursing 1.
  • MCB 2010C Microbiology.  Concurrent with Nursing 2 or Transition I.
  • DEP 2004 Human Development.  Concurrent with Nursing 2 or Transition 1.
  • Any HUM, REL, or PHI course.  Concurrent with Nursing 3 or Transition 2.
  • ENC 1102 English Composition II. Concurrent with Nursing 4 or Transition 3.

In addition, applicants must have:

  • Satisfactory GPA: Currently the minimum requirement is an overall GPA of 2.5 at time of application; however, the higher the GPA, the more points in the selection process. Most students admitted have GPA of 3.0 and above.  A grade of “C” or better is required for all program courses.
  • Satisfactory score on the  ATITEAS admission test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) posted to the Polk State College records. Currently a minimum score of 70 is required; however, the higher the score, the more points in the selection process.  Most students admitted have scores of high-70s and above.

Letters of reference are not needed and students do not need any verification of experience in the health field.  Applicants for the Transition track must submit evidence of current license/certificate in their designated field with the application for admission.  There are slots reserved for veterans and applicants must submit a copy of their DD214 to verify military service to qualify.

If accepted for admission, final acceptance is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the pre-requisite courses before the start of the term as well as satisfactory completion of other program requirements.  Potential applicants for admission should be aware they will be required to meet specific health requirements before being allowed to take clinical nursing courses. This includes current certification in CPR for Healthcare Providers, current PPD screening, drug screening, and immunization and physical examination requirements. The details are available in the College Catalog and will also be provided upon acceptance for admission.  Documentation of compliance with health requirements, background check, etc is not needed until one is actually accepted for admission.