Edison State College first opened in 1962 as a higher education solution for students in Southwest Florida. The College offers undergraduate degrees, associate degrees, and a number of certification programs through its three campus locations, one regional center, and online program.
The school serves over 25,000 students annually, of which nearly half are full-time or full-time equivalent students.
Some of the undergraduate degrees offered are in Education, Nursing, Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Public Safety Administration, and Management. It also offers associate degrees in a number of fields and certificate programs in many different academic areas, including computer programming and crime scene technology. They also partner with other higher education institutions to offer programs in optometry, eye care, and physical therapy.
The dental hygiene program ranks in the top three percent in the country, and its cardiovascular technology program is one of just a few such accredited programs in the country. Students of these programs consistently earn higher scores than the average on national board exams.
The eLearning program makes it easy to earn a degree from home without sacrificing your job or your lifestyle. The available eStudio courses combine the flexibility of distance learning with a traditional classroom environment by allowing students to interact face-to-face with their professors. The comprehensive online learning system offers over 115 online courses that can be used towards an Associate of the Arts degree. The eLearning program, as well as the continuing education programs available on each campus, help nontraditional students quickly earn a degree or certificate and move forward in their careers.
High-achieving baccalaureate students may qualify for the Honors Scholars Program, which offers further opportunities for academic growth and stimulation through more challenging, enriched classes. Honors Scholars may be eligible for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, various donor scholarships, or opportunities for undergraduate research with faculty. To apply, interested students must fill out the Honors Scholar Program Application form available online and include a short essay and two professor recommendations.