The VTDL curriculum and courses are modeled upon the same curriculum taught in the on-campus program. The VTDL courses are arranged in modules of 1 to 2 Purdue University credit hours, which is equivalent to 1.5 to 2.3 Continuing Education (C.E.) Units or 15 to 22.5 C. E. contact hours.
There are a total of 35 designated VTDL on-line core courses (45 credit hours) and 17 Clinical Mentorship experiences (17 credit hours). Clinical Mentorships are experience practicums done in a veterinary practice. In each Mentorship experience the student is required to practice and successfully perform essential tasks under the supervision of a veterinarian or a licensed, certified, or registered veterinary technician.
In addition to the VTDL courses, the student is also required to complete a college-level, 3 credit hour English Composition course (equivalent to Purdue University English 10100), a 3 credit hour Animal Science course (equivalent to Purdue University ANSC 10200 Introduction to Animal Agriculture), and a 2 credit hour elective. These courses may be taken from an on-line college or from a local college or university. The courses taken must meet the criteria for Credit Transfer to Purdue University.
Total required credit hours (including elective and non-VT courses) is 70.
Completion of the 70 credit hours earns an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University.
For further information on specific courses see:
VTDL Plan of Study - this plan of study will no longer be available to new students beginning in the Fall 2017 term
New VTDL Plan of Study (begins Fall 2017)
For information on Clinical Mentorships see:
VTDL Courses / Clinical Mentorship