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

DIDACTIC (WEB BASED) COURSES - 35 courses

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

CLINICAL MENTORSHIPS - 17 courses

VM 20500 Clinical Mentorship – Small Animal Medical Nursing I 
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 20600 Clinical Mentorship – Small Animal Medical Nursing II
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 20700 Clinical Mentorship – Small Animal Medical Nursing III              
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 20800 Clinical Mentorship – Large Animal Medical Nursing   
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 20900 Clinical Mentorship – Equine Medical Nursing               
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21000 Clinical Mentorship – Small Animal Anesthesia             
  • Credit Hours: 2.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21100 Clinical Mentorship – Large Animal Anesthesia             
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21200 Clinical Mentorship – OR Technique & Sterilization Procedures             
  • Credit Hours: 0.5
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21500 Clinical Mentorship – Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging I            
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21600 Clinical Mentorship – Small Animal Diagnostic Imaging II           
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 21700 Clinical Mentorship – LA and Equine Diagnostic Imaging           
  • Credit Hours: 0.5
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22200 Clinical Mentorship – Parasitology and Microbiology  
  • Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22300 Clinical Mentorship – Pharmacy           
  • Credit Hours: 0.5
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22400 Clinical Mentorship – Necropsy           
  • Credit Hours: 0.5
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22500 Clinical Mentorship – Advanced Clinical Experience (120 hours)            
  • Credit Hours: 1.5
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22600 Clinical Mentorship – Laboratory Animal / Exotics/ Avian         
  • Credit Hours: 0.5
  • Availability: Spring, Summer, Fall
VM 22700 Clinical Mentorship – Clinical Pathology            
  • Credit Hours: 2.0
  • Availability: Spring, Fall
Total Clincial Mentorship Course Credits: 17.0

NON-VT COURSE CREDITS

English Composition as determined by Credit Evaluation              
  • Credit Hours: 3
ANSC 10100 or 10200 or equivalent (as determined by Credit Evaluation)              
  • Credit Hours: 3
Elective course for college credit              
  • Credit Hours: 2
Total non-VT Course Credits: 8.0

TOTAL CREDITS FOR ASSOCIATE of APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE: 70.0

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