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 degrees ,  advanced technical certificates ,  credit 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 863.297.1000

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 degrees and baccalaureate degrees . Questions about the accreditation of Polk State College may be addressed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 (telephone: 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;

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

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, the 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 the 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.

The College’s CAPTE accreditation history can be viewed on the commission’s website: .

What does this mean for the Polk State Physical Therapist Assistant Program?   Polk State’s PTA Program remains accredited, and this temporary status change does not interfere with any currently enrolled or admitted student’s path to graduation, or 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 for the fall term. Additionally, the program is providing a supplemental test preparation course, Scorebuilders, to enhance students’ readiness for passing licensure exams. Polk State is committed to demonstrating and maintaining compliance with the standards of the CAPTE and is confident that the corrective measures being implemented will lead to removal of the probationary status. Polk State will continue to provide students with the high-quality education and training required to become licensed, practicing physical therapist assistants.

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: accrediatio[email protected] ; website: . The program’s current status is Probationary Accreditation, and more information is available at: . The Polk State PTA Program can be contacted by telephone (863.297.1010 ext. 5751) or email ( [email protected] ).

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Monday, 2/20/23 - Friday, 3/10/23

Graduation Application Deadline March 31, 2023

Wednesday, 3/01/23 - Friday, 3/31/23

Financial Aid Guaranteed Processing Deadline for Summer Session is April 21, 2023

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Classes Begin (Spring FASTRACK 2 Session)

Tuesday, 3/07/23 - All Day

Students must complete the application process by the semester deadlines below. If your application is incomplete by the deadline of your intended admission semester, your admission may be considered for the next term.

Allow 10 working days for processing after all your documents have been submitted and received by the college. Be aware that processing time for transcripts can take up to six weeks.


Polk State College is authorized to enroll nonimmigrant alien students, classified as International Students (F-1 visas), Vocational Students (M-1 visas), or other nonimmigrant visa holders. International Students who hold an F-1 visa enter the United States specifically for the purpose of obtaining English language training or to pursue a prescribed program of study, which includes associate of science, associate of arts, and bachelor degrees. Students with an M-1 visa enter the United States to pursue vocational training, which includes certificates and associate of applied science degrees. Students with F-1 and M-1 visas are required to attend school full time, which is a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, and pay the out-of-state tuition and fees during their entire enrollment at Polk State College.

Anyone who enters the United States on a visa type other than F-1 or M-1 is here for a purpose other than education. Most are eligible to attend school at Polk State College part time while maintaining the status of their nonimmigrant visa. The exceptions include B1 or B2 Tourist visas and J-1 Exchange Student visas. Persons holding these visa types who wish to attend Polk State may apply as an International Student and, upon acceptance, may either change their status while remaining here in the United States or return home to apply for an F-1 or M-1 student visa.

Most holders of a nonimmigrant visa are required to pay out-of-state tuition and fees; however, there are a few visa types that may qualify for Florida residency for tuition purposes after one year of residency in a valid, eligible visa category. You may complete a Residency Declaration to determine your eligibility for in-state tuition.

Polk State College students interested in International travel should go to the Global Initiatives page.

Special Note: Students who are not U.S. citizens must submit documentation each term: spring, fall, and summer as to the student’s legal status.  A ZI hold will remain on the student record for the duration of academic studies at Polk State.  When documentation is presented, the student hold is overridden for the term allowing students to register.


Step one – complete a free application at

STEP TWO – Submit Official Transcripts

STEP THREE – Provide Proof of Financial Support

STEP FOUR – Complete Testing and Placement Requirements

STEP FIVE – Acceptance and Visa Issuance

STEP SIX – Arrival in the US and Reporting to Polk State College


Still, have questions?

Contact international student services at [email protected] or visit: Lakeland campus : 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803 Winter Haven campus : 999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881

Resources for International Students

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  1. How to Complete an Application

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  2. Admission and Registrar Forms

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  3. Forms

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  5. Step-by-Step Admissions Guide


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  9. Admission

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