Distance Learning Curriculum Overview

The Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning (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.

Online Courses Plus In-Person Mentorship

There are a total of 27 online courses (46.5 credit hours) and 18 Clinical Mentorship experiences (18.5 credit hours). Clinical Mentorships are hands-on experiences that are 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 credentialed veterinary technician.

Additional Courses

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. The college courses taken must meet the criteria for Credit Transfer to Purdue University.

Credit Hours

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.

Additional Information

For further information on specific courses see: Official Purdue University Catalog

For information on Clinical Mentorships see: Clinical Mentorship for Distance Learners