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Curriculum Overview

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 information on Clinical Mentorships see:
VTDL COURSES / CLINICAL MENTORSHIP

For descriptions of the available courses see:
VTDL COURSES / VTDL COURSE CATALOG

 

Course Number
WEB BASED COURSES - 35 courses
Credit Hours
On-Line Status
Availability
VM 10500 Introduction to Veterinary Technology
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
BMS 11500 Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians I
1.5
On Line
Spring, Fall
BMS 11600 Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians II 
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
BMS 13500 Physiology for Veterinary Technicians I
1.0
On Line
Spring, Fall
BMS 13600 Physiology for Veterinary Technicians II
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14000 Small Animal Nursing and Health Management I
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14100 Small Animal Nursing and Health Management II
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 23000 Small Animal Nursing and Health Management III
1.5
 On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 23100 Small Animal Nursing and Health Management IV
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 23300 Introduction to Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Oncology 
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14200 Imaging for Veterinary Technicians I
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14300 Imaging for Veterinary Technicians II
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14500 Principles of Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians I
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14600 Principles of Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians II
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14700  Principles of OR Technique and Sterilization Procedures for VT
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14800 Large Animal Nursing and Health Management I
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 14900 Large Animal Nursing and Health Management II
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 23700  Large Animal Nursing and Health Management III
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 23800 Large Animal Nursing and Health Management IV
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
CPB 15000 Clinical Pathology for Veterinary Technicians I 
1.5
On Line
Spring, Fall
CPB 15100 Clinical Pathology for Veterinary Technicians II
1.5
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
CPB 15200 Clinical Pathology for Veterinary Technicians III
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22000 Laboratory Animal Health Management I
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22100 Laboratory Animal Health Management II
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall 
CPB 22500 Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians I
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
CPB 22600 Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians II
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
CPB 22700 Microbiology for Veterinary Technicians
2.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
BMS 23500 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians I
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
BMS 23600 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians II
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VCS 20100 Pharmacy Procedures for Veterinary Technicians
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
CPB 24000 Public and Occupational Health for Veterinary Technicians I
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
CPB 24100 Public and Occupational Health for Veterinary Technicians II
1.0
On Line
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 24500 Management Topics for Veterinary Technicians I
1.5
On Line
Spring, Fall
VM 24600 Management Topics for Veterinary Technicians II
1.5
On Line
Spring, Fall
VM 24800 Understanding Animal Diseases
2.0
On Line
Spring, Fall
TOTAL ON-LINE DELIVERY COURSE CREDITS 
45.0

 

 

CLINICAL MENTORSHIPS
 
Course Number 
Course Name - 17 courses
Credit Hours
Availability
VM 20500
Clinical Mentorship - Small Animal Medical Nursing I
1.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 20600
Clinical Mentorship - Small Animal Medical Nursing II
1.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 20700
Clinical Mentorship - Small Animal Medical Nursing III 
1.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 20800
Clinical Mentorship - Large Animal Medical Nursing
1.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 20900
Clinical Mentorship - Equine Medical Nursing
1.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21000
Clinical Mentorship - Small Animal Anesthesia
2.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21100
Clinical Mentorship - Large Animal Anesthesia 
1.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21200
Clinical Mentorship - OR Technique & Sterilization Procedures
0.5
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21500
Clinical Mentorship - Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging I
1.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21600
Clinical Mentorship - Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging II
1.0 
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21700
Clinical Mentorship - LA and Equine Diagnostic Imaging
0.5 
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22200
Clinical Mentorship - Parasitology and Microbiology
1.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22300
Clinical Mentorship - Pharmacy
0.5
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22400
Clinical Mentorship - Necropsy
0.5
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22500
Clinical Mentorship - Advanced Clinical Experience (120 hours)
1.5
Spring, Summer,
VM 22600
Clinical Mentorship - Laboratory Animal / Exotics/ Avian
0.5 
Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22700
Clinical Mentorship - Clinical Pathology
2.0
Spring, Summer, Fall
TOTAL CLINICAL MENTORSHIP CREDITS
17.0 
English Composition as determined by Credit Evaluation
ANSC 10100 or 10200 or equivilent (as determined by Credit Evaluation)
3
 
Elective course for college credit
TOTAL NON-VT COURSE CREDITS
8.0 
TOTAL CREDIT FOR ASSOCIATE of APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
70.0 

 

For information about Continuing Education Credit versus University Credit see:
STUDENT HANDBOOK