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Career/Program Overview


RCTC’s Equine Science programs are currently under review for program enhancement.  Pending a final review of these enhancements by the RCTC administration, a determination concerning the future status of the program is forthcoming no later than April 1, 2015.

All prospective students interested in the Equine Science are encouraged to contact advisor Sara Kling-Punt sara.kling-punt@rctc.edu or program coordinator julie.christie@rctc.edu

Thank you,
Leslie R. McClellon

RCTC offers three major options in Equine Science Careers:  Equine Business Management, Horse Husbandry and Riding/Training.

The purpose of the Horse Husbandry major is to prepare students for careers in stable management, horse breeding, and horse care.  Students will have the skills to manage their own home business, work for other professionals or pursue advanced training.  This degree involves an internship program.

The purpose of the Riding/Training major is to prepare students to work as horse trainers, riding instructors, and show coaches.  Students will have the skills to manage their own business, work for other professionals or pursue advanced training.  This degree involves an internship program.

The purpose of the Business Management Degree is to prepare students to start their own equine business, work for other equine professionals, or to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program.  Students will have the skills to manage and market their own equine business as well as provide care for a herd of horses.


Depending on the option selected coursework may include:  Introduction to Equine Science, Equine Nutrition, Light Horse Management, Western Horsemanship I & II, Hunt Seat Equitation I & II, Colt Starting, Equine Anatomy and Physiology, and Equine Business Practices.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers four credential options in Equine Science.  An Associate in Science is available in Equine Business Management.  Both a diploma and an Associate in Applied Science option are available in Riding/Training and a certificate is offered in Horse Husbandry.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can enroll on a part-time or full-time basis.  Some courses are prerequisites to advanced level coursework so preplanning is encouraged.  Evening courses are available. Students are encouraged to start in the fall semester.

Career Opportunities/Information

According to the American Horse Council study released in 2005, the horse industry involves 4.6 million Americans, has a direct economic impact of $39 billion annually, and provides 460,000 full-time equivalent jobs.  These numbers are likely growing and the industry is constantly looking for educated people to employ.

Many of the jobs in the horse industry are self-employment opportunities, especially training and teaching jobs.  There are also many business owners who come to RCTC looking to hire graduates from the Equine Program.  The opportunities in the horse industry include horse training, teaching riding lessons, grooming, stable management, saddle making, nutritional consulting, breeding farm management, research, and extension work.

Gainful Employment Programs

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

RCTC’s Equine Science Business Management Associates degree is designed to transfer into the Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Students may consider additional transfer options by working closely with a four-year institution of their choice.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations.

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/eqsc
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Last Updated: October 7, 2014

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