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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterinary Nurse Completion, BSVN

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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 BSVN degree in Veterinary Nursing.  The BSVN Completion uses transfer credits from the associate degree to satisfy the competencies required for the second and third years of the BSVN 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 (87 credits)

Required Courses (87 credits)

Other Program Course Requirements (35-38 credits)

Additional Requirements

Select here for Veterinary Nursing Selectives .

Electives (2.5-5.5 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 Technology 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 Technology course work. Most graduates of AVMA-accredited proprietary programs come in with approximately 30 credits. The Purdue Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide is used to view how Purdue undergraduate courses compare to those of other institutions. Students MUST work closely with advisor.

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

16-17 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16-18 Credits

14.5 Credits

13.5 Credits

3.5 Credit

13.5 Credits

16 Credits

Summer 3rd Year

7 Credits

15.5 Credits

12 Credits


  • This is a suggested plan of study and subject to change.

  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree. 

  • A student who has received a F, NP, WF, or WN in any required College of Veterinary Medicine course (courses from PVM departments: CPB, BMS, VM, VCS) to be credited towards graduation and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater must: 

    • repeat the course(s) within one academic year unless otherwise prescribed by the Veterinary Technology Committee, and 

    • receive a grade of C or better in the repeated course.

    • if these requirements are not met, the student will be dismissed from the Veterinary Technology Program.


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