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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). Online courses educate you on a wide array of crucial topics, ranging from anatomy, physiology, pharmacy procedures, and nutrition, to more specialized subjects such as surgical nursing, large animal nursing, and principles of anesthesia. 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

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