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The VNDL program requires 70 credit hours for graduation. Of these 70 credit hours, 65 are specific veterinary nursing classes. The 5 credits that can be transferred toward the degree include:
Many people think of an associate degree as a two year degree. However, this is not true of Purdue's VNDL associate degree. Most VNDL students maintain their employment status and have family responsibilities. Because of this, the average time to complete the VNDL degree is 5 years.
While the curriculum for the VNDL and the on-campus program are the same, the on-campus students are in class, labs, and clinical rotations from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., five days a week. VNDL students are typically unable to make that kind of time commitment because of their life/job situation.
Students are encouraged to consider their work and family commitments when thinking about the number of courses each semester. While a lower course load extends time to graduation, the desire of the program is for students to be successful and supported throughout their academic journey.
It is essential that students learn techniques that are considered state of the art of veterinary medicine. All veterinary facilities must meet the requirements for Clinical Mentorship facilities.