Penn Foster | SVCDC
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What you get:

  • Quality career education at an affordable price
  • Mobile-friendly access for anytime, anywhere learning
  • Progress-tracking and goal-setting tools
  • Surround sound support when you need it

As part of our commitment to prepare students for careers and lifelong learning in a rapidly changing world, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center is proud to partner with Penn Foster to offer our students anytime, anywhere access to accredited, affordable online career education.

Enroll today and get started on your path towards an exciting career in today's in-demand fields! Contact an SVCDC Admissions Representative at 1-802-447-0220, Ext. 131.

Set your own schedule and learn at your own pace
Low cost programs
Licensed and accredited online education programs
Use your phone to log in and start learning
Help when you need it from faculty, coaches and peers

Career Diploma Programs

Veterinary Assistant - NAVTA-Approved

Pursue a Career as a Veterinary Assistant

If you love working with animals, take the first step toward a new career as Veterinary Assistant with the NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant program at Penn Foster Career School. Take affordable classes online - at your own pace - and apply what you've learned through a hands-on externship training at a veterinary practice of your choosing.

Why Penn Foster:

  • NAVTA-Approved: Penn Foster is one of only three online Veterinary Assistant programs approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
  • Hands-On Training: Apply what you've learned at the veterinary practice of your choice through our hands-on externship program.
  • Award-Winning Faculty: Learn from Penn Foster’s dedicated and passionate Veterinary Academy Team, winners of the AVTE-Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching!

ENROLL TODAY: Contact an SVCDC Admissions Representative at 1-802-447-0220, Ext. 131.

Course Details

Topics That Will Be Covered:

  • Behavior, Handling and Restraint
  • Body Systems and Terminology
  • Nutrition, History and Physical Examination
  • Emergency and Wound Care
  • Small and Large Animal Nursing
  • Radiology and Surgical Preparation
  • Veterinary Practice Administration and Procedures
  • Veterinary Assistant Externship

Estimated Course Length: Complete in as little as 7 months

Pharmacy Technician

Prepare for Pharmacy Technician Certification Online

Take the first step toward a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) with Penn Foster Career School. Our affordable, online Pharmacy Technician training program will help you prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT).

Why Penn Foster:

  • Gain Hands-On Experience with CVS/Pharmacy and Walgreens: At the end of your pharmacy tech program, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world experience at a CVS/pharmacy or Walgreens near you as part of our hands-on training externship.
  • Prepare for the PTCE: Penn Foster will cover the cost for you to prepare and take the PTCE offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Pharmacy Technician graduates receive a voucher for the official PTCE practice test (a $29 value) and are sponsored to take the PTCE (a $129 value).

ENROLL TODAY: Contact an SVCDC Admissions Representative at 1-802-447-0220, Ext. 131.

Course Details

Topics That Will Be Covered:

  • Pharmacy Technician Orientation
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacology, Drug Class and Body Systems
  • Pharmacy Law and Regulations
  • Pharmacy Sterile and Nonsterile Compounding
  • Pharmacy Management and Operations
  • Pharmacy Billing and Reimbursement
  • Pharmacy Software Management
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Review
  • Pharmacy Technician Externship

Estimated Course Length: Complete in as little as 9 months

Is Penn Foster accredited?

Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-662-5603, In addition, Penn Foster Career School is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Penn Foster has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Once I complete my program, am I qualified to immediately enter my vocational field? If not, what other steps do I need to take to get certification or licensure?

Certification and licensure requirements will vary depending on the program, vocational field, and state. Students should check with the governing body in their state that oversees their field of interest, to determine their state’s requirements.

Are there online classes?

There are no physical classrooms, since Penn Foster is a self-paced school. There are some programs that have webinars the student must log into and attend. In addition, there are live Q&A webinars available on the Penn Foster Community Web site.

Will there be instructors to help me, and how do I contact them?

Yes, instructors are available over the phone Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm, Eastern Time. They are also available through email and typically respond within 24 hours. You can even contact instructors on the Community by sending a message or joining a discussion group.

How much do programs cost?

Contact your SVCDC admissions rep at 1-802-447-0220, Ext. 131 for pricing details and available grants.