Degree Program

Degree Program

The degree program at Bel-Rea is carefully designed to give students the skills and training they need to pursue a career as a veterinary technician. Once enrolled, students will take a variety of academic courses that provide the hands-on experience and technical know-how to achieve a dream career working with animals. In just 24 short months, they can earn a world class education from instructors who have years of combined experience. Click the button below to learn more about the unique opportunities Bel-Rea has to offer, and read on to discover why Bel-Rea is a great option for starting your new career as a Vet tech!

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CURRICULUM

GENERAL CLASSES General classes
such as veterinary medical math, veterinary medical chemistry, medical terminology, and technical writing provide a solid foundation for more advanced coursework
SCIENCE CLASSES Science classes
including veterinary science, anatomy and physiology, anesthesiology, hematology, parasitology, and microbiology to prepare you for the scientific part of becoming a veterinary technician.
APPLIED STUDIES Applied studies
including small/large/exotic/avian/laboratory animal medicine, surgery, radiology, treatment/ICU, laboratory procedures, and emergency room techniques give you the hands-on experience you need to prepare for a rewarding career.
INTERNSHIPS Internships
during the last quarter of the program allow you to work with actual patients in real-life situations - essential preparation for working with animals and their owners as a veterinary technician.

CREDITS, DEGREE, AND PROGRAM LENGTH

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OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION & DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INFORMATION

Bel-Rea's students are trained to become Veterinary Technicians. Please see the following links for the specific Standard Occupational Classification Code (SOC):

Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics lists an anticipated growth rate of 19% for 2014-2024. Much faster than average!

The field is also listed at #6 for fastest growing associate degree occupations by CareerOneStop!

Check out our Vet Tech Job Outlook Page for more information.

COMPLETION/GRADUATION RATES

Note: Bel-Rea offers part-time schedules as well as the full-time 24-month schedule; the part-time option does impact the on-time completion rate numbers.

On-time Completion Rate (2016 - Department of Education format):

  • Most recently completed award year included in this report: July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016
  • Number of students who completed the program: 148
  • Number and percentage of students that completed the program in 24 months (attended full-time, did not take any quarters off): 44% (66 students)
  • Percentage of students that completed the program within 27 months (on-time or with one extra quarter): 63%
  • Percentage of students that completed the program within 36 months (within 150% of regular schedule): 86%

Graduation Rate (2016 - Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges/ACCSC Annual Report format):

  • Starting dates of students included in this report: June 2012-January 2013
  • Number of starting students: 293
  • Number who completed the program: 156 (53%)
  • Number who are currently enrolled (returned after taking time off):  6 (2%)
  • Graduation rate for the 144 students who graduated within 36 months: 49%

JOB PLACEMENT RATES

Note: Placement tracking is an ongoing process for several years after each class graduates. Some graduates choose to go on for more schooling, not work, work in a different field, or stay home with their children instead of entering the field.  Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Placement Rate by Graduation Year (*Year currently in tracking process):

Year

% of new graduates employed as a veterinary technician

% continuing their education

% not working by choice

% working in another field

% unknown/have not yet reported employment status

2016

*62%

0%

2%

Less than 1%

36%

2015 *78% 1% 4% 4% 15%

2014

80%

0%

4%

8%

8%

2013

81%

Less than 1%

Less than 1%

4%

13%

2012

80%

1.0%

2%

5%

12%

2011

77%

Less than 1%

2%

6%

14%

2010

81%

Less than 1%

2%

3%

12%

Placement Rate by Cohort Start Date (2016 - Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges/ACCSC Annual Report format):

  • Starting dates of students included in this report: June 2012-March 2013
  • Number of starting students who completed the program: 144
  • Number of students who reported employment in the field: 118
  • Placement Rate: 82%

VETERINARY TECHNICIAN NATIONAL EXAM/BOARD EXAM PASSING RATES

Percentage of Bel-Rea Graduates That Passed the VTNE Board Exam on First Attempt

July 1, 2013-June 30, 2016

Number of eligible first-time candidates:

559

Number of first-time candidates that took the VTNE:

536*

Three-year VTNE pass percentage:

76.7%

VTNE three-year first-time passing percentage for graduates of all AVMA accredited programs in the US/Canada for the same time period:  71.2%

* Note: Number of eligible candidates (program graduates) and of number those who tested do not match due to the following reasons: 1) some graduates chose not to test immediately after graduation, and 2) some graduates had to test in the next year's reporting window due to their graduation date (i.e. they graduated in June 2016 but tested in July 2016).

Details for the three years listed in the above summary:

Time Period (most recent first)

Bel-Rea's First-Time Passing Percentage First-Time Passing Percentage For All US/Canadian Graduates

July 2015-June 2016

79.3% 69.7%

July 2014-June 2015

76.1% 71.5%
July 2013-June 2014 75.1% 72.7%

 

 

 PROGRAM COST

PROGRAM COST BREAKDOWN

  NET PRICE CALCULATOR

The Net Price Calculator is available to assist students in ESTIMATING the cost of attendance for a nine month period at Bel-Rea Institute. The estimate includes tuition, and the approximate cost of books/supplies and other potential expenses, as well as an approximate amount of grant aid the student might expect to receive. These costs are based on the 2014-2015 award year. Bel-Rea offers other financial aid, including student loans, which are not included in this Net Price Calculator.

FINANCIAL AID

Disclosure of Median Loan Debt (for the 2014-2015 Award Year)

  • Title IV Loan Debt: Out of the 181 students who completed the program, 154 (85%) students borrowed Direct Student loans. Median Direct Loan amount was $27,874.
  • Private Educational Loan Debt: Out of the 181 students who completed the program, 27 (15%) students borrowed private loans. Median private loan amount was $9,395.

Program Codes for Financial Aid

  • Bel-Rea's OPEID code: 012670
  • Bel-Rea's Classification of Instructional Program (CIP code): 51.0808
  • Bel-Rea's 2 digit Credential Level: 02 Associate Degree

COHORT DEFAULT RATE (CDR)

What is "default"?  If you default on your student loans, it means you failed to repay the money borrowed to attend school.

What is a "cohort"?  In regards to CDR, a cohort is a 3 year group of student loan borrowers in repayment on what they borrowed from Federal Financial Aid to attend a specific school.

What is "CDR"?  From http://www.tgslc.org:  "The cohort default rate, or CDR, is one measure of how well a school prepares its students for student loan repayment. Low CDRs indicate that schools are counseling their students to borrow as needed, stay aware of their repayment obligations, and understand the consequences of default. High CDRs may indicate that schools need to better support their borrowers with repayment information and resources."  In other words, the lower the percentage, the better!

Bel-Rea's current 3 Year Cohort Default Rate is 5.1%, which is well below the following averages:

  • National CDR for all schools:  11.3%
  • National CDR for all 2-3 year proprietary schools (Bel-Rea's category):  16.8%
  • National CDR for all 2-3 year public schools:  18.5%
  • National CDR for all 2-3 year private schools:  15.3%
  • State CDR for all Colorado schools:  11.5%

- Statistics are from the 2016 Report on 2013 Official Cohort Default Rates - Department of Education.

PROGRAM DISCLOSURE INFORMATION

Effective July 1, 2011, all degree granting institutions that also participate in the Department of Education's Title IV financial aid programs are required to disclose information pertaining to Gainful Employment. The following is disclosure information for Bel-Rea Institute:

Downloadable Program Disclosure Information (PDF)

Link to Gainful Employment Disclosure Template

 

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