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Annette Hutcherson, MN EdD CNE, Director of Nursing at Polk State College

June 3, 2020 | Staff Writers

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Annette Hutcherson MN EdD CNE, Director of Nursing at Polk State College

, joins us today to discuss their Associate Degree in Nursing and Online RN to BSN Baccalaureate.

Can you tell us about the nursing programs offered at Polk State College?

Associate Degree in Nursing and Online RN to BSN Baccalaureate Degree Polk State College

How long do the mentioned nursing programs take at Polk State College? What is the maximum and minimum time of completion?

ADN: 5 semesters minimum; maximum variable.  Online BSN:  4 semesters FT, 7 semesters PT.

What do you think makes Polk State College nursing programs stand out from other state college nursing programs?

ADN: Consistently graduates exceed state and national averages on NCLEX pass rates.  BSN:  Online program with classes in 8 week fast-track terms.

How important would you say accreditation is when choosing a ADN or BSN?

Very important to choose a nationally accredited program to assure transferability of credits and future degrees.

There is some debate as to whether or not online nursing programs are as worthwhile as traditional degrees. What steps does Polk State College take to ensure that online students are receiving the same education that they’d receive in a classroom?

Our online courses are being submitted for Quality Matters certification.  The college is committed for online students having full online access to all services.

What are the advantages to earning a ASN or BSN from Polk State College in general?

Excellent reputation of our graduates.

Does Polk State College offer job placement for students who graduate from your either nursing program?

Graduates have had no difficulties in obtaining employment in the local area.  We do not offer a formal job placement program.

What type of financial aid packages are available for students in nursing? Are there any fellowships, grants and scholarships available?

Students qualify for the normal financial aid assistance such as Pell grants, etc.  There are multiple scholarships available for students in general and for nursing students specifically.

Do you have any advice for students enrolling in a nursing program for the first time?

Time management is a key to any nursing program.  Seek assistance early if having difficulty; don’t wait until drowning!

What do you enjoy most about your position at Polk State College?

Excellent collegial atmosphere.

For more information on the ADN or Online RN to BSN offered at Polk State College, visit them online. or

Thank you Annette, for sharing and participating in this piece.

That concludes our interview!

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