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Equine Science Overview


Equine Science

If you have been accepted to RCTC and indicated an interest in equine science, you will receive a communication explaining that you need to participate in a college orientation AND an equine science orientation.  Please visit the Program Admission page for further information.

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers three major options in Equine Science:  Horse Husbandry, Riding/Training, and Equine Studies (pending MnSCU approval).

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.  

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. 

The purpose of the Certificate in Equine Studies is to provide an equine curriculum that can be tailored to the individual needs of students.  The certificate can be used to improve the current employment status, an existing business, skills or knowledge related to equine science.  In addition, students may choose to use this certificate in order to pursue a lifelong learning experience in equine science.  Students taking this certificate should work closely with a faculty member or advisor in selecting courses.

Curriculum-at-a-Glance

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.  A diploma and an Associate in Applied Science option are available in Riding/Training, a certificate in Horse Husbandry, and a Certificate in Equine Studies are offered.

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.  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

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

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

Accreditations/Articulations

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

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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