How to Apply for Veterinary Nursing A.S.
Important Note: The Veterinary Nursing A.S. degree program, formerly known as Veterinary Technology, is transitioning from a Spring Term program start to a Fall Term program start. The last Spring Term cohort begins January 2020 and the application deadline was September 15, 2019. The first Fall Term cohort begins August 2021 with an application deadline of April 15, 2021. The two cohorts have different application requirements and selection criteria so please be sure to select the correct accordion from the two choices found below and work closely with Health Science advising as you apply for the program.
Veterinary Nursing is a two-year Associate in Science degree. Applicants are evaluated
for admission based on a point system, with extra points awarded to applicants who
have completed certain tasks or fulfilled certain requirements in advance. Application
to the Veterinary Nursing program requires the completion and/or submission of the
items listed below before the application deadline. Applicants must satisfy all program entrance requirements by the deadline to be considered.
Spring Term 2020: Application Steps
Review Deadlines & Complete EFSC Application
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2019 for January 2020 Program Start
Complete the online application for general admission to Eastern Florida State College prior to the program application deadline. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee for admission that must be submitted at the time of application to the college.
NOTE: You must only apply to EFSC for general admission if you are not currently enrolled
with the College. If you’re a returning/readmit student who applied to EFSC one or
more years ago and have not completed a course in the past year, you must re-apply
and can do so online and will not be charged the general EFSC application fee.
Please note that applications are processed in the order they were received and application processing time may take up to one week. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.
Transcripts: ALL OFFICIAL college and/or high school transcripts or GED scores must be sent to:
College Admissions Office
Eastern Florida State College
1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, Florida 32922
Transfer students (new to EFSC) - Request all previous attended colleges to send a final, official copy of college transcripts to the EFSC Admission's Office. These transcripts must be received and evaluated by the application deadline. Please note that EFSC will not evaluate transcripts if courses are still in progress at your previous institution. Additionally, if you are listed as "non-degree seeking" at EFSC, request the Admissions office to indicate your minor as the program you are applying for so that transcripts will be evaluated accordingly. Points will not be awarded for courses that do not reflect on your unofficial transcript by the application deadline.
International students: If you attended high school and/or college in a country other than the United States, when you submit your transcripts you must speak to the International Student Service Advisor to determine any further steps that must be taken to determine your grade point average and transfer credits.
See a Health Science Advisor
Meet with a Health Science Advisor to go set up a course plan and review admissions requirements.
Take the Pre-Admission Test: TEAS
The TEAS test version 6.0 is the required, pre-admission exam for applicants wishing to enter the Veterinary Nursing program. A testing fee will be charged by Eastern Florida State College. Please see the TEAS TESTING page for information and registration.
Submit Work Experience Form
All applicants must complete a minimum of 40 hours of observation, work, and/or volunteering at two different sites as described below. A minimum 20 hours must be in a veterinary clinical setting under a Veterinarian or Veterinary Nurse's supervision AND 20 hours must be done in a humane society/shelter/rescue setting. The experience must be completed within the last two years of the application deadline (September 15). Applicants MUST submit one form for each setting: Veterinary Clinical setting and Humane Society / Shelter setting. Use the Veterinary Nursing Experience Form.
Apply to the Veterinary Nursing Program
Complete the online Health Sciences Application for Veterinary Nursing. A $25 payment is due to the cashier's office by the application deadline. This fee is non-refundable.
An UNOFFICIAL copy of each and every college transcript is required with the Veterinary Nursing application, to include EFSC. Unofficial EFSC transcripts can be accessed at www.floridashines.org
Submit Documents to the Health Sciences Admissions and Advising Office
Students must submit the following documents to the Health Sciences Admissions and Advising Office on the Cocoa Campus (building 11, room 206) by September 15.
- A one-page essay titled "Veterinary Nurses: What are they and what role do they play on the Veterinary Team?" This essay must be 300 words and handwritten.
- Two letters of reference, preferably from veterinary health professionals.
- TEAS 6 Scores
- Unofficial transcripts from EFSC and any other colleges attended. EFSC transcripts may be accessed from myGPS or from www.floridashines.org.
- Veterinary Nursing experience form
- Military Info (if applicable)
Post-Acceptance Background Check
All applicants must submit to a mandatory background check upon acceptance into the program and before the start of classes - AFTER acceptance in the program.
Accepted students will be required to sign a waiver stating that they have not been convicted of a felony for controlled drugs.
Section 1301.76 the DEA states:
(a) The registrant shall not employ, as an agent or employee who has access to controlled substances, any person who has been convicted of a felony offense relating to controlled substances or who, at any time, had an application for registration with the DEA denied, had a DEA registration revoked or has surrendered a DEA registration for cause. For purposes of this subsection, the term "for cause" means a surrender in lieu of, or as a consequence of, any federal or state administrative, civil or criminal action resulting from an investigation of the individual's handling of controlled substances.
Fall Term 2021: Application Steps
Check Application Deadlines and Contact an Advisor
Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 for August 2021 program start
Note: Because the program is moving to a Fall Term start date, there will not be a Veterinary Nursing deadline in September 2020.
Because this is a limited access program with many variables and special application requirements, prospective students should contact a Health Sciences Advisor for more information. Request a Health Sciences advising appointment online.
Nursing and Health Sciences Admissions and Advising
Apply for General Admission to Eastern Florida State College
New and Returning Students: Complete and properly submit the application for general admission to Eastern Florida State College. There is a one-time $30 non-refundable application fee for admission that must be submitted at the time of application to the college. This application is available online. Complete all general admissions requirements with the EFSC General Admissions office. Readmit students will not be charged the $30 application fee.
Please note that applications are processed in the order they were received and application processing time may take up to three weeks. Check your email frequently for your acceptance letter.
Current Students: Move onto the next step.
Take General Education Classes
Students who are applying to the Veterinary Nursing program should complete their General Education Classes prior to the application deadline.
Complete Observation/ Volunteer/ Work Experience
All Veterinary Nursing program applicants must complete (and submit proof of) a minimum of 40 hours of observation, volunteer and/or work experience to be considered for program acceptance. Twenty hours must be in a veterinary office under a veterinarian's care, and twenty hours must be in a county or non-profit animal shelter, ASPCA or Humane Society setting. A separate work experience form should be submitted for each setting.
Note: Students who do not complete the minimum number of hours by the April 15, 2021 application deadline will not be considered for program admission.
Take the TEAS Test
The TEAS test is the required admission exam for applicants wishing to enter the Veterinary Nursing program. A minimum score of 58% is required to be considered for acceptance. The TEAS can only be taken one time per year.
The cost to take the test is $70. Learn more and register for TEAS Testing here.
Submit Required Documents to the Health Science Admissions & Advising Office
All applicants must submit the following documents to the Health Sciences Admissions and Advising Office by the April 15, 2021 deadline:
- Essay: Write a 300-word, handwritten essay on the following topic: "Veterinary Nurses: What are they, and what role do they play on the veterinary team?"
- Volunteer/Work Experience/Observation form
- Unofficial EFSC transcripts and unofficial transcripts from any other colleges you have attended. Unofficial EFSC transcripts can be obtained from www.floridashines.org or myGPS.
- 2 Letters of Recommendation, preferably from veterinary health professionals
- TEAS scores
- Military Information (if applicable)
Submit this and other supplementary application materials to:
Veterinary Nursing Program
Building 11, Room 206
1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, Florida 32922
Complete the Online Health Sciences Application
Complete the online Health Sciences Application for Veterinary Nursing. The application can be found in myEFSC under Student Applications.
A $25 non-refundable fee for the Health Sciences application must be paid through your myEFSC online account or at a campus cashier's office by the application deadline.
Complete a Post-Acceptance Background Check
All applicants accepted into the program must submit to a mandatory background check following notification of program acceptance and before the start of classes.
In accordance with Section 1301.76 of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) manual for registrants, accepted students will also be required to sign a waiver stating that they have not been convicted of a felony for controlled drugs.
Section 1301.76 states:
"The registrant shall not employ, as an agent or employee who has access to controlled substances, any person who has been convicted of a felony offense relating to controlled substances or who, at any time, had an application for registration with the DEA denied, had a DEA registration revoked or has surrendered a DEA registration for cause. For purposes of this subsection, the term 'for cause' means a surrender in lieu of, or as a consequence of, any federal or state administrative, civil or criminal action resulting from an investigation of the individual's handling of controlled substances."