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

Veterinary Nurse Completion, BSVN

About the Program

The Bachelor’s (BSVN) Completion Program builds upon college credits and the associate degree equivalents earned during the AAS or AS Veterinary Nurse degree.  This program is designed to enable graduates of accredited associate degree Veterinary Nurse programs to become veterinary nurses by earning a bachelor’s degree.

In total, 127.5 credits hours are required for the Purdue BS degree in Veterinary Nursing.  The BS Completion uses transfer credits from the associate degree to satisfy the competencies required for the second and third years of the BS degree, which are the clinical portion of the associate degree. In order to graduate from this program, students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours of 30000 to 40000-level courses at the Purdue University campus, in addition to the BSVN degree requirements.

Limited class size necessitates a competitive admission process for available openings. If admitted, a credit evaluation will be completed to determine transfer credit that will be applied towards the degree.

Degree Requirements

127.5 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (90 credits)

Required Courses (90 credits)

Veterinary Nursing Selectives

Choose 7 credits from Veterinary Nursing Selectives .

Other Departmental Course Requirements (35-38 credits)

Electives (0.0-2.5 credits)

AVMA-Accredited Associate Degree Program

A Veterinary Technology associate degree from an AVMA-accredited associate degree program satisfies the course requirements for the 2nd and 3rd years of the Purdue Veterinary Nursing BS Completion program. Students who have graduated from AVMA accredited proprietary programs whose credits do not transfer to Purdue will have departmental credits assigned to associate degree level Veterinary Nursing course work. Most graduates of AVMA-accredited proprietary programs come in with less than the required 70 credits. Students MUST work closely with advisor.

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

3.5 Credit

13.5 Credits

12.5 Credits

Summer 3rd Year

7 Credits

14.5 Credits

14.5 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”. 


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.