Welcome to Polk State College

Polk State College, established in 1964, is a multi-campus institution serving over 20,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics. We are the perfect place to soar. We are Polk.

Polk State College Mission

Polk State College, a quality driven institution, transforms lives through the power of education by providing access to affordable associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and workforce employment programs, delivered by diverse, qualified faculty and staff.

Polk State College Vision

Promote excellence and student success through innovation, value, and engagement.

Polk State College Core Values

  • Service
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge
  • Diversity
  • Leadership

Admission & Aid

Polk State College maintains an "Open-Door" policy and may admit any high school graduate with a qualifying diploma or GED certificate holder. Students may enter Polk State during any term, and the College also offers a variety of innovative, flexible alternatives to traditional scheduling, including online, weekend, accelerated, shift-friendly and mini-semester options. We offer students a variety of options for financing and paying for college including grants, loans, and scholarships.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Associate of Science

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The Cardiovascular Technology program prepares students for careers in the fast-paced, critical-thinking arena of Cardiac and Peripheral Intervention. ... [+]

“The Medical Modality that Looks at the Heart of the Matter” The Cardiovascular Technology program prepares students for careers in the fast-paced, critical-thinking arena of Cardiac and Peripheral Intervention. The invasive cardiovascular technologist is a member of the cardiac cath team that assists physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD) and peripheral artery disease (PAD).

The cardiovascular technologist’s primary role is to directly assist the physician during angioplasty and stenting, monitor a patient’s hemodynamic status during procedures, and provide professional and compassionate pre and post-procedural patient care. Graduates will find employment opportunities in cardiac catheterization labs in hospitals and freestanding clinics as professionally licensed healthcare associates.... [-]

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Sonography (also known as Ultrasound) is the specific imaging modality that utilizes specially designed equipment to direct high-frequency sound waves into areas of the p ... [+]

Important Program Application Information

Applications to the Sonography Program are available July 1st to August 31 of each year and must be submitted in person by August 31st to an academic advisor at one of the College’s four locations. Applications will NOT be accepted until all six (6) prerequisite courses have been completed by the student. Please review the application checklist with the academic advisor before submitting the final application.

Sonography (also known as Ultrasound) is the specific imaging modality that utilizes specially designed equipment to direct high frequency sound waves into areas of the patient’s body. Sonographers are the highly trained professionals responsible for operating the equipment that collects the images for interpretation and diagnosis by a physician. We hope this website provides answers to your questions about the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program at Polk State College, located at the Airside Center, Lakeland. Classes and clinical assignments are schedule Monday – Friday.... [-]

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The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program is designed to prepare students for a career in out-of-hospital emergency medicine. Various health care providers work in the ... [+]

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program is designed to prepare students for a career in out-of-hospital emergency medicine. Various health care providers work in the fast-paced EMS environment. The Emergency Medical Responder is the first-tier EMS provider of care that supplies initial, hands-on emergency care until the next level of EMS provider arrives on the scene.

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the second-tier provider of care in the EMS career ladder. EMTs supply basic life support measures that include patient assessment, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), oxygen therapy, prevention of shock, bandaging, splinting, spinal immobilization, and vehicle extrication.... [-]

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Discover countless exciting opportunities worldwide as a Registered Nurse! Nursing is a highly respected, dynamic profession, requiring continuous learning, commitment, a ... [+]

Discover countless exciting opportunities worldwide as a Registered Nurse! Nursing is a highly respected, dynamic profession, requiring continuous learning, commitment, and compassion. Registered nurses provide compassionate, comprehensive care based on scientific knowledge, advanced technology, and specialized clinical skills in a variety of settings.

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). An 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.... [-]

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The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program provides students with opportunities to develop interpersonal and clinical skills and promotes lifelong learning within a ... [+]

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program provides students with opportunities to develop interpersonal and clinical skills and promotes lifelong learning within an environment of excellence to ensure a successful career in healthcare. Occupational Therapy is a vital healthcare service whose practitioners use occupation (purposeful activity) as a means of preventing, reducing, or overcoming physical, social, and emotional disabilities in people of all ages. Some of the responsibilities of occupational therapy assistants include carrying out treatment interventions designed by an occupational therapist, adapting the environment for individuals with psychosocial and physical dysfunctions to maximize independent function, and teaching the use of adaptive equipment, and compensatory techniques to facilitate performance of daily activities.... [-]

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The Radiography program fosters and supports creative and positive learning experiences within an atmosphere of academic excellence and continuous improvement. The goal o ... [+]

Important Program Application Information

Applications to the Radiography Program are available July 1st to August 31 of each year and must be submitted in person by August 31st to an academic advisor at one of the College’s four locations. Applications will NOT be accepted until all five (5) prerequisite courses have been completed by the student. Please review the application checklist with the academic advisor before submitting the final application. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Radiography Program Director. We hope our website provides you with answers to your questions about the Radiography program at Polk State College.

The Radiography program fosters and supports creative and positive learning experiences within an atmosphere of academic excellence and continuous improvement. The goal of the Radiography program is to provide every student with the knowledge, skills, and professional attributes necessary to succeed as radiographers. The Radiography program provides its students an organized curriculum that includes courses in general education and radiological education while preparing students for careers as members of the healthcare team.... [-]

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The purpose of the Respiratory Care Program is to prepare outstanding advanced-level respiratory therapists (RTs) to meet the dynamic healthcare needs of the community. T ... [+]

The purpose of the Respiratory Care Program is to prepare outstanding advanced-level respiratory therapists (RTs) to meet the dynamic healthcare needs of the community. The Respiratory Care Program is career-oriented and consists of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. The program is a two-year curriculum that offers an Associate of Science in Respiratory Care degree. Upon successful completion of the licensure exam, the candidate is able to participate in a rewarding career working with individuals who may have a variety of lung and/or heart disorders.

Respiratory therapists (RTs) specialize in the evaluation, treatment, and care of patients with heart and lung problems. The RT works within the scope of physicians' orders and/or established protocols to administer respiratory therapy to patients with chronic illness (such as asthma or emphysema), as well as acute illness (such as drowning, heart failure, or shock). The RT is a member of the hospital's Cardiopulmonary Arrest Team and is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the patient's airway as well as life support equipment. The RT works with some of the most sophisticated machinery and medically frail patients present in healthcare today. The majority of respiratory therapists work in hospitals in Respiratory or Cardiopulmonary Departments. Critical thinking, patient and environment assessment skills, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines enable respiratory therapists to develop and implement effective care plans, patient-driven protocols, and disease prevention and disease management programs. The RT can specialize in areas such as neonatal care, pediatrics, critical care, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Other career opportunities are... [-]

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BSc

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The RN to BSN program provides registered nurses who have an Associate degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing from an approved program the opportunity to advance in th ... [+]

The RN to BSN program provides registered nurses who have an Associate degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing from an approved program the opportunity to advance in their educational and career goals. Upper-level coursework will place emphasis on nursing leadership and professional development to strengthen skills to professionally and safely deliver evidenced-based care.

The Bachelor Degree Scholarship is offered once a year usually in March. The scholarship requires students have a 3.0 or higher overall GPA and be enrolled in a bachelor degree program at Polk State College. Scholarships generally cover 6 credits of tuition and fees for the fall semester and 6 credits of tuition and fees for the spring semester.... [-]

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Certificate

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The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a member of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team delivering out-of-hospital emergency care under the direction of an emerge ... [+]

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a member of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team delivering out-of-hospital emergency care under the direction of an emergency physician. EMTs are a mainstay with public health and community service agencies, operating emergency vehicles that respond to emergency rescue calls and other life-threatening situations. The EMT's primary responsibilities are to safely care for victims of accidents or sudden illnesses by stabilizing the patients and then safely transporting them to the hospital emergency department.

Prerequisite

Emergency Medical Responder (EMS 1059C) is a prerequisite course for entrance into the EMT Certificate Program. Students may also choose the Emergency Medical Responder Credit-by-Exam option for which they must earn a score of 70 percent or higher. Successful completion of this exam provides students with Polk State College credit for the Emergency Medical Responder course.... [-]

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Medical coders are vital members of the Health Information Management (HIM) occupational cluster. The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program provides a study of th ... [+]

Medical coders are vital members of the Health Information Management (HIM) occupational cluster. The Medical Coding Specialist Certificate Program provides a study of the skills necessary to assess healthcare documentation and determine the appropriate classification of code assignment and sequencing in accordance with the Coding Clinic Guidelines. The codes are used for statistics, research, and reimbursement of services rendered. This program includes courses recommended by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The program curriculum contains a study of Fundamental Applications of HIM, Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, specific courses on assigning International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS) codes, and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes, as well as a component of clinical practicum.... [-]

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The medical transcriptionist is a key member of the healthcare team and plays an integral role in preparing the descriptive information of the patient's medical record. T ... [+]

The medical transcriptionist is a key member of the healthcare team and plays an integral role in preparing the descriptive information of the patient's medical record. This record may include medical history, physical examination, diagnostic studies, treatments, and medications.

The Medical Transcription Program prepares students for employment as medical transcriptionists and medical language specialists for healthcare facilities including hospitals, physicians' offices, and clinics; medical transcription companies; or for employment as independent contractors.

Medical transcriptionists with experience may attain positions as quality assurance specialists/editors, recruiters, trainers, transcription supervisors, and transcription managers.... [-]

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The Paramedic Certificate Program provides a study of the information, skills, and techniques necessary to implement safe, effective, and appropriate care as an entry-lev ... [+]

The Paramedic Certificate Program provides a study of the information, skills, and techniques necessary to implement safe, effective, and appropriate care as an entry-level paramedic. Additionally, the program focuses on the professional demeanor necessary for the role. A paramedic is the team leader of the Emergency Medical Services System team, delivering out-of-hospital emergency care under the direction of an emergency physician. Paramedics direct and manage patient care aspects of the Emergency Response Team.

This team is commonly composed of public safety and community service agency personnel who respond to traffic accidents, fires, explosions, cave-ins, emergency rescue calls, and other life-threatening situations. The paramedic's primary responsibilities are to safely care for victims of accidents or sudden illness by stabilization of the patient's condition using advanced life support skills and equipment, and also to safely transport the patient to the hospital emergency department. The paramedic performs these duties in various settings in conjunction with other emergency service providers, including law enforcement and fire department personnel. Paramedics also assist in patient care in hospitals and doctors' offices with specific instruction and supervision.... [-]

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