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Healthcare School Online Vet Tech Program Assists Students Affected by Mount Ida College Closure

on Friday, 27 April 2018.

Healthcare School Online Vet Tech Program Assists Students Affected by Mount Ida College Closure

NEWTON, Mass. – A door closed for hundreds of Mount Ida College students recently when the Newton, Mass., school announced it would close at the end of its spring semester. The school is transitioning students into other schools as efficiently as possible but many programs are full, inconveniently located, or incompatible schedule-wise. Mount Ida vet tech students, in particular, face an additional roadblock as The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which is acquiring the Mount Ida campus, offers no program for them to transfer into. To the rescue is The Madison School of Healthcare at Ashworth College, an online vet tech program that has opened its doors for all Mount Ida transfer students.

Upon hearing of the Mount Ida closing, Madison School of Healthcare at Ashworth College Director of Veterinary Technician Programs Margi Sirois, Ed.D., reached out to Mount Ida administrators and offered a simple transfer enrollment option to its stranded veterinary technician students.

Dr. Sirois, who oversees programming, faculty, and a student body of more than 2,000 vet tech students, understands the pressure displaced students are feeling due to their school’s closing. She is, however, confident that once the Mount Ida students transfer into the Madison School of Healthcare online vet tech program, they will quickly appreciate it as a game-changer for their educations.

“We have some of the best faculty in the country,” said Dr. Sirois. “Our instruction is rigorous and comprehensive. And because study is 100% self-paced, with no deadline pressures or class schedules to worry about, students can focus their attention on learning without distraction. It’s the optimal way to learn, really, but often online learning isn’t something students stop to consider.”

The Madison School of Healthcare at Ashworth College Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology will accept transfer credits from the Mount Ida College program by exam. Interested students should contact the Ashworth College Admissions Department for a seamless transition.

About Madison School of Healthcare

Madison School of Healthcare, a division of Ashworth College, specializes in online education programs focused on human and pet healthcare including an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. The school offers more than 30 programs from diplomas to professional certification training to master’s degrees. For more information, visit

About Ashworth College

Ashworth College is a nationally-accredited online institution that provides flexible and affordable education to students located around the world. Areas of study include more than 125 career-focused programs in the high-demand fields of healthcare, technology, business, creative services, education, legal studies, and trades. Since its founding 30 years ago, more than 300,000 students have graduated from Ashworth College with diplomas, professional certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In a 2016 survey by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, 95 percent of graduates said they were satisfied with their studies and would recommend Ashworth College to a friend. For more information, visit

Ashworth College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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