Jul 22, 2024  
Catalog/Handbook 2023-2024 
Catalog/Handbook 2023-2024

Catalog/Handbook 2023-2024

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. 

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 a District Board of Trustees. The information published in this Catalog reflects the District Board’s 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, curricula, academic policies, 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


Note: That this Catalog may have updates throughout the months of
July and August due to legislative changes that affect policies.


Polk State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Polk State College may also offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Polk State College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org)

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; telephone: 727.210.2350; website: www.caahep.org

  • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326; telephone: 404.975.5000; website: 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; telephone: 214.703.8445

  • The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE), 4720 Montgomery Lane, Ste 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; telephone: 301.652.6611; website: www.acoteonline.org

  • The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), 20 N. Wacker Dr. Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60606-3182; telephone: 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; telephone: 703.352.4225

  • The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244; telephone: 817.283.2835; website: www.coarc.com

  • The Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT), 355 Hartford Avenue West, Uxbridge, MA 01569; telephone: 978.456.5594


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: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

If you need to contact the program/institution directly, please call 863.669.2904 or email pta@polk.edu.