Online Vet Tech Program: Jefferson State Community College
The online veterinary technology program at Jefferson State Community College is an AVMA-accredited distance learning program. This program is best suited for unlicensed veterinary assistants who are already working full or part-time for a veterinarian, and would like to make the transition to licensed vet tech. It’s possible to enroll in this program if you are not an assistant, but you will need to find a clinic where you can work the required 20 hours per week under the supervision of a vet.
All of the classes in this program are conducted online, with the exception of the clinical hands-on portions of your coursework. These clinical skills will be performed in the animal clinic where you work. If your clinic does not have the ability to let you do certain tasks (like large animal patients), you’ll need to travel to the Jefferson State campus in Birmingham to complete these parts of your online degree.
This profile was last updated in February 2013.
|School||Jefferson State Community College (Birmingham, AL)|
|Degree Type||Associate of Applied Science (AAS)|
|Program Length||2 years (56 credits)|
|Tuition & Fees|
|Tuition||In-state: $7840. Out-of-state: $13944.|
|Fees & Other Expenses||Textbooks and materials|
|Financial Aid||Available to those who qualify.|
|Other||Exams are given at various testing sites located throughout Alabama.|
|Students must be available to work for a veterinarian for a minimum of 20 hours each week. To complete large animal and laboratory clinic credits, you will most likely have to travel to the campus in Birmingham. If you cannot perform certain tasks at the clinic you are working in, you may be required to travel to the campus or to another clinic that can accommodate you. 480 total externship hours are required for graduation.|
|Volunteer/Work Experience||360 hours of practical experience|
|Degree/Diploma||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Required Classes||22 hours of general education requirements – see admissions office for details|
|Geographic Restrictions||Alabama residents|
|Reference letters||2 – one from a veterinarian|
|Interview||Required upon acceptance|