1. What is the cost of the program?

    The cost is approximately $12,000 total including tuition, fees, and textbooks for all courses including the pre-requisite courses and other program related expenses.  Some of these other expenses and the approximate estimated cost includes fingerprinting, background check, and drug testing done by the Department approved vendor ($200); PPD testing for Tb ($25); CPR class ($40); and a physical exam and immunizations required on admission ($400).  The total cost for health requirements will depend on what is needed, where they are done, and whether or not the student has health insurance which might cover some of the cost.  Other costs include unitorms and uniform shoes, stethoscope, and a watch with a second hand ($300) and textbooks ($1500).  Most texts are purchased in the first term of the program and used throughout the program with a few additional texts required in later courses.  Upon graduation, students apply to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and apply for a licence to practice as a Registered Nurse.  The approximate cost for this process is $400 to the testing service and to the Board of Nursing.  These post-graduation fees are not fees of Polk State and thus not covered by financial aid.