Recently Admitted VNDL Students

Congratulations on being admitted to the Purdue Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning program. There are several things you need to know or do as you prepare to start in the program. 

  1. You must accept your admission offer.  You must also set up your Purdue career account. Setting up this account will give you access to Purdue email and myPurdue (the student information portal). 
    To begin the process go to:

    Go to the block that says “Next Steps for Special Populations”. Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Students” . Follow the directions. 

    The Purdue VNDL requires you to use your Purdue email account. Do not forward your email to another account.

    If you experience problems with your career account set-up, please contact the Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) support desk at 765-494-4000. You will need to know your PUID when you talk to ITaP.

  2. Within approximately 5-7 business days of formally accepting your admission offer, you will receive an email from your academic advisor that will contain information about course selection and registration. Please contact the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Office (765-496-6579) or with questions.

  3. As a new student, we recommend you take the following courses:
    • VM 10500 – Introduction to Veterinary Nursing (1 credit hour) 
    • BMS 11500 – Anatomy for VT I (2 credit hours)
    • BMS 13500 – Physiology for VT I (1 credit hour) 
If you need 6 credit hours for financial aid, you can add the courses below:
  • BMS 13600 – Physiology for VT II (1 credit hour)
  • VCS 20100 - Pharmacy Procedures for VT-DL (1 credit hour)

Starting Fall 2017, please refer to the 3-year plan of study for course suggestions (3 year plan of study). Contact your academic advisor for help with course selection.  Advisors are listed on myPurdue and in an email after students have accepted admission. 

New distance learning students often over-estimate the course load they will be able to complete in a semester. Generally, every 1 credit hour of class requires 3 hours of study per week. Distance learning students average about 3.5 credits per semester which is equal to 11-12 hours of study per week.  Successful students are those that take the curriculum at a slow and steady pace. Do not feel like you have to take all the courses listed in the plan of study.  One of the advantages of this program is the ability for the student to choose the courses and pace at which you complete the program.

  1. For students who anticipate utilizing financial aid, please visit the following websites:

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-7607

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