115.5 Quarter Credit Hours (The approximate time to complete the program will vary according to the start and end dates of a cohort and ranges from 23 – 24 months, including school and national holidays, breaks between terms, a one week break at Thanksgiving and a two week break in December.)
Term 1 through Term 5 – Theory
4 days a week (Monday - Thursday)
Classes 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Term 6 – Offsite field work
Monday through Friday
Time in accordance with internship site hours
VTNE Exam Prep
The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is one of the final milestones required for all veterinary technician graduates to take and pass to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the United States. Created by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the VTNE focuses on testing your skills and knowledge of animal care and ability to make decisions in various scenarios under critical conditions. Categories include pharmacy and pharmacology, surgical nursing, dentistry, animal care and nursing, laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, and more.
Our commitment to your preparation for certification exams provides you with a comprehensive end-of-program review. Stanbridge University continuously offers top-of-the-line examination preparation to assist you in successfully completing your exam. These services are provided at no additional charge.
The Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology degree program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) (1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360; phone; 800.248.2862; www.avma.org). The Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology degree has been approved by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, ACCSC.
Stanbridge University accepts applications for admission to our diploma and degree programs on an open enrollment basis. To apply, please complete the following steps. Your Admissions Representative will provide you with details for each step.
- Complete an online application form. Click here to start.
- Meet with your Admissions Representative for a personal tour of the campus.
- Take the entrance exam appropriate for your educational level and program.
- Provide proof of high school graduation, a GED or a higher degree.
- Complete a minimum of 20 hours of documented paid or volunteer experience or observation in a veterinary clinic or other animal care setting.
- Complete entrance questionnaire, essay, and interview.
- Meet with a Financial Aid Representative to review your tuition funding options.
- Complete enrollment paperwork.
- Attend an orientation prior to the start of your program. In the orientation, you receive course books, uniforms and important information to help you begin your classes and manage your time at Stanbridge University.
To get started, please attend one of the information sessions offered on campus. Click here to sign up for the next available session.
Furthering your education is an investment with lifelong returns. A diploma or degree can open doors to exciting career opportunities, and greatly increase your earning potential. We understand that funding your studies can be overwhelming, which is why Stanbridge University has a dedicated Financial Aid team to guide you through various options and help identify the best financial aid package for your needs.
Our team is there to answer questions as you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and plan your financial aid package. Stanbridge University has the following financial aid programs available to those who qualify:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Direct Loans
- Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans
- Sallie Mae Loans
- Cal Grants
Diploma and Degree Programs Transfer of Credit
Students may request an evaluation of their previous coursework for possible transfer credit, provided that before the beginning of their program at Stanbridge University, they give the Registrar of the university proof of satisfactory completion (such as an official transcript from a school that is regionally or nationally accredited, PACE and DANTES courses, a course of study or training in the Armed Forces of the United States) or American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation, and equivalency of the coursework to the Stanbridge University course.
Students requesting evaluation of their transcripts must provide a description from the school catalog for each course for which transfer credit is requested. If the course description from the school catalog is not sufficient by itself to evaluate whether the course is equivalent, a course syllabus or outline of each course for which transfer credit is requested will be required. ACE credit recommendations will be considered only for General Education course credit, not technical or core course credit or Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) program prerequisite science course (SCI prefix) credit.
Transfer credit will be granted only for those courses:
- for which a grade of "C" or better ("C+" in prerequisite science courses and "B" for nursing courses in the ADN program) was earned or proof of passing a vendor’s certification examination is provided; and
- which are determined to be equivalent in content and academic level to those required in the student’s program at Stanbridge University.
- Certain courses in specific programs may have to be completed within 2 – 5 calendar years of the date of the student's start of coursework at the university in order to be accepted for transfer credit.
For more information on transfer credit and information specific to the diploma or degree of interest, please read the current
Stanbridge University catalog.
US Military/VA Students
Stanbridge University recognizes the heroic service and sacrifices that our nation's active and veteran military personnel and their families have made for our country. Transitioning from the military to civilian life and starting a career can be challenging. That is why Stanbridge University provides guidance for servicemen and women and their families to help them prepare for a degree.
For all US military veterans and eligible students, Stanbridge University will:
- conduct an evaluation of previous education and training;
- grant appropriate credit;
- shorten the training period proportionately; and
- notify the VA and student accordingly.