Sep 28, 2021  
2021-2022 University Catalog 
    
2021-2022 University Catalog

Veterinary Nursing, BSVN


About the Program

This unique program combines one four-year curriculum with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Bachelor of Science (BSVN) options. Students wanting only the Associate degree, or who have previously completed the general education college courses found in Year One of the bachelor’s degree, begin in the clinical portion, or Year Two, of the program.

Although any student can compete to start in the Year Two associate degree program, high school students, or those without any college experience, are strongly advised to apply for the first year of the BS degree program. This allows students to obtain a science, math and general education background and develop college-level study skills prior to entering the intensive clinical portion of the curriculum.  The student who completes the first year of the BS degree program but wishes to stop after completing the associate degree would complete the curriculum in three years (The first year of general education and two years, including two summers, of associate degree curriculum).

For more information, see the Veterinary Nursing website.

Veterinary Nursing Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Careers

As part of the veterinary team, registered veterinary nurses with an AAS degree perform a wide range of veterinary nursing, imaging, anesthesia, dental hygiene and diagnostic laboratory procedures in the practice setting.

Veterinary nurses (BSVN degree) add organizational skills and case/project management to their technical abilities. Possible career tracks for technologists include animal behavior counselors, specialty practice technologists, clinic/hospital team leaders, veterinary technology program educators, pharmaceutical sales, wildlife rehabilitation, zoo and shelter medicine.

Credentialed veterinary technicians are required to maintain continuing education according to state regulations. Information about continuing education programs is available through the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Lifelong Learning.

The AAS and BSVN plans of study in veterinary nursing are not intended to meet the requirements for application to veterinary school to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

Degree Requirements


127.5 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (87 credits)


Courses must be taken in specified order.

Veterinary Nursing Selectives


Choose 7 credits from Veterinary Nursing Selectives. 

Other Program Course Requirements (35-38 credits)


Electives (2.5-5.5 Credits)


University Requirements


University Core Requirements


For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement:


The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of these approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.



Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements


16-17 Credits


Spring 1st Year


16-18 Credits


16 Credits


14 Credits


Summer between 2nd and 3rd Year


Rotation is 6 wks - Two sections: Weeks 1-6 or 10-15 

3.5 Credits


13.5 Credits


17 Credits


Summer between 3rd and 4th Year


Practicum requirement is 12 weeks 

4 Credits


15.5 Credits


12 Credits


Notes


  • 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”. 

Disclaimer


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