Ashworth College, which offers affordable and flexible online programs that prepare students for competitive careers in healthcare, is accepting eligible transfer students from Heritage College, which announced the closure of all 10 of its campuses on November 1, 2016.
While it can be difficult to transfer credits from previous healthcare and vet tech programs, Ashworth has been working diligently to adapt rules and procedures to allow former Heritage College students to transfer a portion of their prior courses. Heritage transfer students will not have to pay to apply or take the necessary exams for transfer credit. Program costs will be determined by the total number of courses needed and the payment plan chosen by the student.
For veterinary technician courses, Ashworth will offer transfer credit to former Heritage students who achieve 70% or higher on a 50-question online multiple choice exam for each of the vet tech courses completed prior to transferring. Unfortunately, credit cannot be awarded for the four vet tech courses that have a clinical component (Ashworth course numbers VT103, VT116, VT210 and VT228).
“We know Heritage College students have worked very hard to reach their education and career goals and we’re going to honor their hard work and dedication by making their transition to Ashworth College as seamless as possible,” said Rob Klapper, President of Ashworth College.
Students enrolled in Heritage College as of October 1, 2016 who wish to complete their program online with Ashworth should take the following steps:
Ashworth has approved a number of scholarships to be awarded to former Heritage vet tech students. Students who were nearly finished at Heritage will be given preference for full scholarships and partial scholarships are available for a limited time.
Ashworth College is a nationally accredited institution that provides effective, affordable and flexible online career-focused education opportunities. Currently, Ashworth offers more than 125 programs spanning online career certificate, associate degree, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs. Offerings are in high-demand fields including healthcare, business, creative services, education and trades. As one of the most responsible models of education, Ashworth College delivers high student ROI. The College has a student satisfaction rate above 90 percent, with more than 90 percent of students reporting that they achieved their goals upon completing their studies. Additionally, over its nearly 30-year history, Ashworth has graduated more than 300,000 students. The College is committed to providing students with a practical education so they can achieve their education and career goals on their terms.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) accredits Veterinary Technology Programs. Ashworth College has applied for accreditation through the AVMA CVTEA and the application has been accepted. New programs are eligible to receive initial accreditation after a CVTEA site visit. Students must have completed approximately 2/3 of the program prior to the site visit. The CVTEA is scheduled to perform an initial site visit in February of 2018. Application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation. All students who graduate after accreditation has been granted will be recognized as graduates of an accredited Veterinary Technology Program. Ashworth College intends to request an earlier site visit date if there are significant numbers of Heritage students that earn advanced standing.
Cathy Greenberg, Director of the Madison School of Healthcare
Dr. Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, RVT, LAT
Program Director, Veterinary Technician Program