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Admission to the Veterinary Nursing Program

In order to apply to the Veterinary Nursing Program, all applicants must meet the MSC admission requirements as well as the following:

  1. Enhanced National ACT composite score of 19 or above and sub-scores of 19 or above. SAT sub-scores above 480 SAT2/PSAT102 in Evidence Based-Reading & Writing and 530 in Math.

    1. Deficiency in sub-scores can be removed by taking appropriate courses.

  2. An accumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all completed college course work.

The admission procedures are:

  1. Submit a Murray State College application to the Registrar’s Office.(

  2. Submit a completed Veterinary Nursing Application to the Veterinary Nursing Office. (Priority is given to complete applications received by March 15th)

  3. Submit to the Veterinary Nursing Program all of the following:

 a. Official National ACT, SAT &/or ACCUPLACER Score Reports

  • ​If Applicant has below a 19 ACT sub score in Reading, English or Math they must take the ACCUPLACER exam at Murray State College

  • If Applicant has below a 480 SAT2/PSAT102 sub score in Evidence BasedReading & Writing or 530 Math they must take the ACCUPLACER exam at Murray State College.

  •  ACCUPLACER – Student practice exams –

b. High school transcript or equivalent – Copy of Official transcript

c. College transcript (s), if applicable - Copy of Official transcript

d. Immunization record

  • Rabies Pre-exposure vaccination or adequate titer levels if previously vaccinated

e. Two Letters of Recommendation

f. Clinical Observation Record – 16 Hours 

  1.  Student must be able to meet the Essential Functions (physical and mental) requirements for Veterinary Technicians. A detailed list of these requirements is available in the Veterinary Nursing Application link on the web page.  

  1. Students accepted into the Program are required to attend the Veterinary Nursing Orientation, which will be scheduled during the week prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

  1.  Students accepted into the Program are required to have a complete primary series of rabies pre-exposure vaccine administered prior to direct contact with animals. If previously vaccinated for rabies the student must have serum antibody levels checked, with a booster dose of rabies vaccine administered if the titer is inadequate according to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Veterinary Nursing Program Admission Selection Procedure is as follows:

  1. Only completed applications with all documents will be considered for acceptance.

  2. Acceptance into the MSC Veterinary Nursing Program is competitive. Applicants will be awarded points and ranked according to the admission point system. The Veterinary Nursing Selection Committee will make the final determination regarding applicant ranking and total selection point calculations. Priority for acceptance is based on the applicants rank.

  3.  Applicants having identical selection point totals will be ranked according to individual GPA, ACT and Science course grades.

  4. Qualified applicants who have not been selected for admission into the Fall Class may be placed on an alternate list.

  5. Alternates will be notified after summer semester grades are released of the current application year.

Readmission to the Program

If a student that has been accepted into the Veterinary Nursing Program and begins the program finds for any reason they must discontinue the program, they may be readmitted to the program in accordance with the following:

  1. Student will submit a current Veterinary Nursing Program Application.
  2. Application will be awarded points and ranked according to the admission point system.
  3. Please note, our distance learning students must complete their core veterinary nursing classes within 6 years of starting.
  4. MSC Veterinary Nursing allows 2 attempts at completing the program before readmission is no longer accepted due to insufficient grades in core classes. This applies to our in-person and distance learning students. 

Application for Murray State College

Application for Veterinary Nursing (PDF)

Essential Functions (Technical Skills) List (PDF)

Application Checklist (PDF)

Cost of Program (PDF)

Program FAQ (PDF)

View Veterinary Nursing scholarships available

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