The cost is approximately $14,000 including tuition, fees, and textbooks for all courses (including the pre-requisite courses) and other program-related expenses. Some of the program-related expenses within this approximate cost include fingerprinting, a background check, and drug testing done by a department-approved vendor ($200), as well as PPD testing for tuberculosis ($25), a CPR certification class ($40), and the physical exam with immunizations required on program admission ($400). The total cost depends on what is needed for each individual, the vendor or facility used, and whether or not the student has health insurance that might cover some of these fees.
Other costs include uniforms and uniform shoes, a stethoscope, 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; however, a few additional texts are required in later courses.
Upon graduation, the student must apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination—Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and apply for a license to practice. The approximate cost for this process is $400; this is paid to the testing service and the Florida Board of Nursing. These post-graduation fees are not associated with Polk State College, and thus, are not covered by financial aid.