Veterinary Nursing Point System

Important Note: The Veterinary Nursing A.S. degree program, formerly known as Veterinary Technology, has an application deadline of April 15 each year.  All application documents should be submitted to the EFSC Health Sciences Admissions and Advising Office on the Cocoa Campus in Building 11, Room 212 or emailed to by the application deadline.

The Selection Committee is guided by a point system. Click on the categories below to learn how points may be earned.

Selection Criteria: Click a choice for details.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Points are awarded based on the applicant's most recent College Grade Point Average (GPA). A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for acceptance into the program, and points are awarded for GPAs above 2.5. 

Transcripts must be in the student's application file for this evaluation to take place. To be eligible for points, the applicant must also have completed at least 12 credit hours of college courses. A maximum of 20 points is possible. 

Points Awarded for GPA
GPA   Points 
 4.0  20 points   
 3.8 - 3.9  18 points 
 3.5 - 3.7  16 points
 3.0 - 3.4  14 points
 2.5 - 2.9  12 points
 2.0 - 2.4  0 points

Observation/Volunteer/Work Experience

All Veterinary Nursing program applicants must complete 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 20 hours must be in a county or non-profit animal shelter, ASPCA or Humane Society setting. Dog and Cat facilities preferred. Volunteer hours at a wildlife facility or backyard rescue/foster organization are NOT acceptable.

Note: Students who do not complete the minimum number of hours by the application deadline will not be considered for program admission.

A maximum of five points will be awarded for additional observation, volunteer and/or work experience completed beyond the 40-hour minimum. For additional points to be awarded, confirmation of each type of experience must be submitted using the Veterinary Nursing Experience Form.

Points Awarded for Experience
Hours of Experience  Points Awarded
40 hours Required (no points) 
41 - 50 hours 1 point
51 - 60 hours 2 points
61 - 80 hours 3 points
81 - 100 hours 4 points
Over 100 hours 5 points

Specific College Course Work

General Education Requirements

Completion of all of the A.S. degree general education requirements with a "C" or better prior to the Veterinary Nursing application deadline will result in an award of 25 points (and a less strenuous program curriculum for accepted applicants).

General Education Requirement  Credits 
 Communications 1   3 credits 
 General Biology  4 credits
 College Algebra
(may require Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite)
 3 credits
Fulfill the Civic Literacy Requirement  3 credits
 Humanities Core (List 1)  3 credits

Click here to view the official EFSC Catalog A.S. degree general education requirements.

Veterinary Assisting Program

Applicants who enroll in or complete the Veterinary Assisting CCC program by the Veterinary Nursing application deadline are eligible to earn additional points as follows:

Status  Points
Completed Veterinary Assisting CCC Program 10 points
Enrolled in the Veterinary Assisting CCC Program 5 points

Other Courses Relevant to Veterinary Nursing

Completion of additional courses relevant to the Veterinary Nursing program will be awarded five points each, up to a maximum of 30 possible points. Only courses completed within the last 10 years with a grade of "C" or better are eligible for evaluation, and transcripts must be in the applicant's file for a course to be considered. Examples of relevant courses include:

  • Survey of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • College Chemistry (or General Chemistry)
  • Microcomputer Applications
  • Statistics, Calculus or Trigonometry
  • Introduction to Health Care
  • Zoology
  • Oceanography
  • Speech
  • Other Specific, Animal-Related Coursework

The following courses are also eligible for points if they are not taken in conjunction with the Veterinary Assisting CCC program:

  • Applied Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Veterinary Technology
  • Small Animal Behavior

The selection committee has the final, determining say on whether a course is eligible to be awarded points. 

TEAS Test Scores

All Veterinary Nursing applicants must take the TEAS Test. A minimum score of 58% is required to be considered for acceptance into the program. The TEAS test may be taken twice a year. However, students may only take the TEAS once a year at an EFSC testing center. Students may take another attempt at another institution or check the ATI website for additional testing locations. TEAS scores are good for two years.

To qualify for testing points, applicants must have an overall score greater than or equal to 60%. A maximum of 15 points is possible.

Points Awarded for TEAS Testing
Test Score   Points
94 - 100%  15 points 
88 - 93% 13 points
82 - 87% 11 points
76 - 81% 9 points
70 - 75% 7 points
66 - 69% 5 points
60 - 65% 3 points

Military Service

Applicants with at least two years of military service will be awarded five points. To be eligible, the applicant must submit proof of service by the application deadline.


All Veterinary Nursing applicants are required to submit a 300-word, handwritten essay on the following topic: "Veterinary Nurses: What are they, and what role do they play on the veterinary team?" Students must use at least one citation, APA style.

In the event of applicants with similar point totals, this essay may be evaluated as a tie-breaker to determine applicant selection.

Letters of Recommendation

Students must submit two letters of recommendation. Letters must be signed and on letterhead. At least one letter must be from a Veterinarian, a Certified Veterinary Technician, or an Office Manager. No points will be awarded for this requirement.