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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterinary Nurse Distance Learning, AAS

About the Program

Associate in Applied Science Distance Learning Program

The Veterinary Nurse program is a science-based veterinary nursing program offering an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Veterinary Nurse Distance Learning program at Purdue University is designed to allow a student to gain the knowledge, information, and skills necessary to practice as a veterinary technician.  It is an AVMA accredited degree. At its completion, the student is eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).

Typically, most students who complete the Distance Learning AAS are already employed with a veterinarian, and plan to continue working in the field. Students are willing to make a long-term commitment to develop the skills and acquire the extensive knowledge required to be a Veterinary Technician.

The curriculum contains 27 didactic courses and 18 clinical mentorships.  It is a part-time program and cannot be taken full-time. Financial aid eligibility is limited.  Students are responsible for finding their own mentorship sites with a veterinary health care facility.

Most courses are offered every semester, i.e. fall, spring and summer. Courses follow the Purdue class calendar. Students may begin the program at the start of any semester.

More information is on the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Nursing website.

Degree Requirements

70 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (65 credits)

Required Major Courses (46.5 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (3-4 credits)

Electives (2 credits)

Transfer credit may be used to satisfy other program course and elective requirements. Consult with your academic advisor.

  • Electives - Credit Hours: 2.00


Program Requirements

6.5 Credits

7 Credits

7 Credits

10 Credits

8 Credits

8 Credits

8 Credits

7.5 Credits

8-9 Credits


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Associate in Applied Science degree.
  • The Veterinary Nursing Program has additional academic standards.

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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