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Catalog/Handbook 2019-2020 
Catalog/Handbook 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Catalog/Handbook 2019-2020

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) 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763; 727.210.2350
  • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; 404.975.5000 www.acenursing.org
  • The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; 703.706.3240 or 1.800.999.2782.
  • 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