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Degree Program: Gainful Employment

Degree Awarded Upon Graduation

Graduating students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.  This occupational-focused degree qualifies graduates as candidates for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and to apply for Veterinary Technician credentialing with their state credentialing agency.

Program Structure

  • Bel-Rea runs four full quarters per year and every class is offered each quarter!
  • The program is 125 quarter credit hours
  • Bel-Rea offers four start dates per year

Length of Program

  • The length of the standard full-time program is 24 months
  • Students can complete the program over a shorter period with approved college coursework, military coursework, or AP exam transfer credits
  • The maximum time allowed to complete the program is 36 months

2017 Occupational Information

From the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Job Outlook for 2016-2026:  Expected to grow 20%, much faster than the average for all occupations
  • Occupational Classification: Veterinary Technology - Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code 29-2056
  • Number of Jobs in 2016: 102,000

From CareerOneStop:

  • In 2017, veterinary technology was ranked as the 7th fastest growing Associate Degree occupation

From Projections Central:

Employment Rates

Employment by Cohort Start Date (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges/ACCSC format):

  • Starting dates of students included in 2017 Annual Report: April 2013-January 2014
  • Number of who completed the program: 118
  • Number who reported employment as a veterinary technician: 99, an 84% employment rate
  • Number who reported pursuing further education: 0%
  • Number who reported working in a different field: 3%
Employment by Graduation Year (*Years currently in tracking process, percentages are rounded to nearest whole number):
Year % of new graduates employed in the field % of new graduates continuing their education % of new graduates not working by choice % of new graduates working in another field % unknown/not yet reported

2016:
130 graduates

*70% (91 graduates) 0% (0 graduates) 1% (2 graduates) Less than 1% (1 graduate) 28% (36 graduates)
2015:
165 graduates
*80% (132 graduates) 1% (2 graduates) 4% (6 graduates) 4% (6 graduates) 11% (19 graduates)
2014:
208 graduates
80% (167 graduates) 0% (0 gradutes) 4% (9 graduates) 8% (16 graduates) 8% (16 graduates)
2013:
232 graduates
81% (188 graduates) Less than 1% (2 graduates) Less than 1% (1 graduate) 4% (10 graduates)

13% (31 graduates)

2012:
292 graduates
80% (234 graduates) 1% (3 graduates) 2% (6 graduates) 5% (13 graduates) 12% (36 graduates)

Graduation Rates

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

  • Most recently completed award year included in this report: July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017
  • Number of students who completed the program: 133
  • Students that completed the program on the standard 24 month course plan (attended full-time and did not take any quarters off): 66 students, 44%
  • Students that completed the program within 27 months (24 months-one additional quarter): 83 students, 62%

Graduation Rate (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges/ACCSC format):

  • Starting dates of students included in 2017 Annual Report: April 2013-January 2014
  • Number of starting students: 265
  • Number of who completed the program within the 36 month maximum timeframe: 118 (45%)

Board Exam Results

Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) 3-Year Summary for 7/2014-6/2017:

  • Number of students that graduated from Bel-Rea: 462
  • Number of graduates that took the VTNE for the first time: 461
  • Passing percentage for Bel-Rea graduates: 78.10%
  • Passing percentage for all US/Canada graduates:  70.30%

Cost

Program Cost:

Note:  Your tuition amount will not change throughout the program with continual enrollment!

  • Entire program tuition for all 2018 start dates: $31,900
  • Entire program tuition for all 2019 start dates: $32,900
  • Fees for labs, parking, etc.: $0
  • Approximate cost of books and supplies for the entire program: $2,000

2018 Approximate Cost of Living Expenses (outside of program):

  • Transportation for entire program:  $4,212
  • Room and board for entire program - with parents: $11,736
  • Room and board for entire program - away from parents: $25,848

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.  The estimate includes tuition, the approximate cost of books/supplies, and other potential expenses, along with an approximate amount of grant aid the student might expect to receive.  These costs are based on the 2014-2015 award year.  Federal Financial Aid and Veteran's Benefits are available to those who qualify and are not included in this Net Price Calculator.

Financial Aid

Disclosure of Median Loan Debt (for the 2016-2017 award year):

  • Title IV Loan Debt:  Out of the 133 students who completed the program, 98 (73.5%) students borrowed Direct Student Loans; Median Direct Loan amount was $26,392
  • Private Educational Loan Debt:  Out of the 133 students who completed the program, 19 (14.2%) students borrowed private loans; Median private loan amount was $10,000

Bel-Rea's Financial Aid Program Codes:

  • OPEID Code: 012670
  • Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.0808
  • 2 Digit Credential Level: 02 Associate Degree

Cohort Default Rate (CDR)

Bel-Rea's 2017 3-Year Cohort Default Rate is 2.6%, which is well below the following national averages:

  • 2-3 year proprietary schools (same type of program as Bel-Rea):  17.5%
  • 2-3 year public schools:  18.3%
  • 2-3 year private schools:  17.6%
  • All schools:  11.5%

What is "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 "default"?:  If individuals default on their student loans, it means they failed to repay the money borrowed to attend school.

What is "CDR"?:  "The cohort default rate, or CDR, is one measure of how well a school prepares its students for student loan repayment.  Low CDRs indicated that schools are counseling their students to borrow as needed, stay aware of their repayment obligations, and understand the consequences of default." - www.tgslc.org  

In other words, the lower the CDR percentage, the better!

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.  This degree program/gainful employment page and the following is disclosure information for Bel-Rea Institute:

Downloadable Gainful Employment Information from this webpage

Link to Gainful Employment Disclosure Template