Jun 22, 2021  
Catalog/Handbook 2020-21 
Catalog/Handbook 2020-21

Catalog/Handbook 2020-21

The Polk State College Catalog/Student Handbook contains detailed information about admission requirements, academic programs and policies, course descriptions, financial aid, special services and programs, extracurricular activities, and related policies and procedures for students.

If a student has specific questions or needs further information, he or she should contact a student success advisor in Student Services on either the Lakeland or Winter Haven campus or at the Airside East, Airside West-Lakeland, or JD Alexander/Lake Wales center.

Polk State College is part of the Florida College System and awards baccalaureate degrees, associate degreesadvanced technical certificatescredit and vocational certificates, and applied technology diplomas. Polk State College is governed by the District Board of Trustees.

The information published in this Catalog reflects the District Board of Trustees' rules and administrative regulations in effect at the time of publication in a user-friendly format. The official and binding rules and procedures are published on the College website. Polk State College reserves the right to make changes to regulations, course offerings, curriculum, academic policies, and rules and other aspects affecting students. Information about any changes to rules and regulations is available in the Student Services offices. This Catalog is updated throughout the year for omissions and errors only.

Polk State College
999 Avenue H, N.E.
Winter Haven, Florida 33881-4299


Please note this catalog may have updates throughout the months of
July and August due to legislative updates that affect policy.


Polk State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees and baccalaureate degrees. Questions regarding Polk State's accreditation can be addresses to the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (or call 404.679.4500). The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence of an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Polk State College programs are also accredited by:

  • The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) 9355 - 113th Street North, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775; 727.210.2350  www.caahep.org
  • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404.975.5000 www.acenursing.org
  • The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088; 214.703.8445
  • The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Ste 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301.652.6611 
  • The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 2850, Chicago, IL. 60606-3182; 312.704.5300
  • The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Ste. 320, Gainesville, VA 20155; 703.352.4225
  • The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX, 76021-4244; 817.283.2835
  • The  Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT)1449 Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588; 978.456.5594


Polk State College is pleased to report that on April 27, 2021, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) renewed the College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program's accreditation.  At the same time, CAPTE also placed the program on temporary Probationary Accreditation status due to two out of eight Standards/Required Elements being out of compliance.

Probationary accreditation is a temporary status that does not exceed two years but may end sooner. Once placed on probation, should a program fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner as specified by CAPTE, the program may risk having its accreditation withdrawn. Polk State is committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure ongoing accreditation for this program.

Polk State's accreditation history can be viewed on the CAPTE website: www.capteonline.org.

What does this mean for the Polk State Physical Therapist Assistant Program?  Polk State's PTA Program remains accredited, and this status change does not interfere with currently enrolled and admitted students' path to graduation, ability to take the National Physical Therapy Examination® (NPTE®), obtain licensure, and enter practice.

The College takes this situation very seriously and it is confident in meeting all CAPTE accreditation standards. Polk State's PTA Program was created consistent with those standards when it first received accreditation in 1996. The College has hired a new Program Director who began on June 1, 2021; a new Clinical Coordinator who will be on board before the fall term; and is providing a supplemental test preparation course, Scorebuilders, to enhance all students' readiness for passing their licensure exams. Polk State will continue to provide students with the high-quality education and training required to become a licensed, practicing physical therapist assistant.

Polk State is committed to demonstrating and maintaining compliance with the standards of CAPTE and is confident that the corrective measures being implemented will lead to removal of the probationary status.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Polk State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: accrediation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org. The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices. The Polk State PTA Program can be contacted by calling 863.297.1010 X5751 or emailing pta@polk.edu.