The baccalaureate program is a total of 120 credits including the lower level and upper level nursing and non-nursing courses.  Students are not required to have the lower level non-nursing courses completed before enrolling in upper level nursing courses.

Admission to the program requires an active, unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse, an associate’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or a diploma in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale in all post-secondary coursework.  Students must meet the requirements for college-level mathematics, reading, and writing and any deficiencies must be satisfied prior to admission to the bachelor’s degree program. If the student’s associate degree is from a non-regionally accredited institution, but one that is accredited by a body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, a course-by-course evaluation will be done according to Polk State College’s transfer practices and policies.

The RN to BSN Program coursework requires access to a reliable computer and Internet connection.  Students are expected to have basic computer competence upon admission.

All students are expected to maintain an active, unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse while enrolled in the RN to BSN program.  Upon admission to the program, each student will be asked to sign an affidavit attesting to good moral character and pledging to adhere to professional standards of conduct as set forward in Florida Statute 464, the Nurse Practice Act.  Registered nurse students must maintain current certification in CPR, obtain annual screening for TB exposure (PPD), maintain appropriate vaccinations to protect against occupational exposures (Tdap, MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella), adhere to safe and accepted use of prescribed drugs, and avoid use of illicit substances.

Students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program at Polk State may be able to take selected courses in the RN to BSN program concurrently with ADN courses.  To be eligible students (1) must have an AA degree or equivalent and completed the lower level non-nursing courses of the ADN and BSN program, (2) must have completed Pharmacology and Nursing 1 or Transition 1 with at least a B on initial enrollment, and (3) must have an overall GPA of 3.0.  Enrollment in classes will be on a space available basis.  Students enrolled concurrently in classes of both programs will be expected to meet all requirements of both programs with no special circumstances or exceptions allowed.