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
For information on Clinical Mentorships see:
VTDL Courses / Clinical Mentorship