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Veterinary Nursing A.S. Degree Sequence of Courses

The Veterinary Nursing program is a full-time, two-year program. To view the course sequencing, expand the categories below. Please note that the course sequence is subject to change.

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Freshman Year

Course # Course Title Credit(s)   Contact Hours
Spring Term      
ATE 1001 Intro to Veterinary Nursing (Open Enrollment/Elective Course) 1 16
ATE 1110 Animal Anatomy  3  48
ATEL 1110 Animal Anatomy Laboratory  2  64
ATEL 1311 Veterinary Office Procedures  3  96
ATE 1636 Large Animal Clinical & Nursing Skills  2  32
ATEL 1650 Intro to Exam Room & Clinical Procedures  1  48
ATE 1943 Veterinary Work Experience I  1  64
ATE 1740 Applied Veterinary Medical Terminology  2  32
ATE 1601 Principles of Animal Nutrition  1  16
  Total: 16  
Summer Term A      
ATEC 1671 Medicine of Laboratory Animals  32 
  Total: 2  
Summer Term B      
  Oral Communications Requirement   3  48
  Written Communications Requirement  3  48
  Computational Requirement  3  48
  Total: 9  
Fall Term      
ATE 1211 Animal Physiology  3  48
ATEL 1652 Intro to Anesthesia, Radiography & Surgery Lab  1  48
ATE 1944 Veterinary Work Experience 2  1  64
ATE 2638 Animal Clinical Pathology 1  3  48
ATEL 2638 Animal Clinical Pathology 1 Lab  5  96
ATEL 2656 Large Animal Clinical & Nursing Skills Lab  1  48
ATE 2661 Large Animal Diseases  1  16
  Total: 12  

Sophomore Year

Course # Course Title Credit(s) Contact Hours
Spring Term      
ATE 2613 Small Animal Diseases & Pharmacology 1 3 48
ATEL 2613 Small Animal Diseases & Pharmacology 1 Lab 1 48
ATE 2632 Veterinary Surgical Nursing 3 48
ATEL 2632 Veterinary Surgical Nursing Lab 1 48
ATE 2639 Animal Clinical Pathology 2 3 48
ATEL 2639 Animal Clinical Pathology 2 Lab 2 96
ATE 2945 Veterinary Work Experience 3 1 64
  Total: 14-16  
Summer Term      
ATEC 2722 Avian & Exotic Pet Medicine 2 32
ATE 2050 Small Animal Breeds & Behaviors (Open Enrollment/Elective Course) 2 32
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3 48
  Total: 5-7  
Fall Term      
ATEL 2501 Professional Development & Ethics Seminar 1 48
ATE 2614 Small Animal Diseases & Pharmacology 2 3 48
ATEL 2614 Small Animal Diseases & Pharmacology 2 Lab 1 48
ATE 2654 Advanced Anesthesia, Surgery & Radiography 3 48
ATEL 2654 Advanced Anesthesia, Surgery & Radiography Lab 1 48
ATE 2710 Emergency Medicine & Critical Care 2 32
ATE 2946 Veterinary Work Experience 4 1 64
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3 48
  Total: 15  
  Program Totals: 73 1,840