Equine Science Program

Applications are currently not being accepted for this program.

Equine Science Overview

RCTC offers two major options in Equine Science:  Horse Husbandry and Equine Studies.

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 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.


Depending on the option, selected coursework may include Equine Nutrition, Horse Management, Equine Anatomy, Equine Business Practices, and Careers in the Horse Industry.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers two options in Equine Science: Horse Husbandry and Equine Studies.

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 Economic Impact Study released in 2018, the horse industry involves $122 billion in total economic impact, which is an increase from $102 billion in the 2005 economic impact study. The industry provides a total employment impact of 1.74 million and generates $79 billion in total salary, wages, and benefits.  These numbers have been 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.


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Rochester Community and Technical College.  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 www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations.

Additional Information

Program Website: www.rctc.edu/program/eqsc/
Program Plan: www.rctc.edu/academics/programs/
More Information: www.rctc.edu/about/contact-information/

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.

Program Award Credits Gainful Employment Information Equine Science Horse Husbandry Cert 20 Equine Science Riding/Training Dipl 35 Overview content updated: 2017-09-07