Curriculum Overview

The VNDL curriculum and courses are modeled upon the same curriculum taught in the on-campus program. The VNDL courses range from 0.5 to 3.0 credit hours of Purdue University credit per course.

There are a total of 27 on-line didactic courses (46.5 credit hours) and 18 Clinical Mentorship experiences (18.5 credit hours). Clinical Mentorships are experience practicums completed in a veterinary facility. 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 VNDL courses, the student is also required to complete a college-level, 3 credit hour English Composition course (equivalent to Purdue University English 10100) 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-VN courses) is 70.

Completion of the 70 credit hours earns an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Nursing from Purdue University.

For further information on specific courses see:

VNDL Plan of Study 

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


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