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Dairy Science Test-Out Options

Earn credit for what you already know by testing out of a class, or by providing national exam scores or industry credentials. If you have any questions, or would like to start the process, please contact Wendi Ludwig at 715.803.1023 or studentrecords@ntc.edu.

AGRICULTURAL ACCOUNTING (10091186)

Credits: 2.00

Introduces the key concepts that a businessperson needs to understand. Learners explore three primary financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement. Application of accounting processes: cash and accrual methods, recording business transactions, making a trial balance, creating financial statements and keeping records. Examination of various benchmarks utilizing financial statements.

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AGRICULTURAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (10091175)

Credits: 2.00

Provides learners with hands-on use and application of dairy management software used in industry. Specific topic areas covered on the use of dairy management software application are: animals, tools, design, data entry, reports, inventory and veterinary herd check.

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AGRICULTURE COMMODITIES & MARKETING (10091185)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces the commodity futures markets, with information on contract specifications, exchanges, basic trading information and fundamental and technical market information. Furthermore, time will be spent on the basic phases of grain marketing from the farm to the elevator, including fundamental market information, elevator storage policies, shrinkage, blending, moisture discounts, price spreads, opportunity cost and developing an enterprise marketing plan.

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ANIMAL DISEASES 1 (10091106)

Credits: 2.00

Examines disease etiology, symptoms, transmission, diagnosis, prevention and control. Learners will examine the impact of zoonotic diseases on human health and animal health. Learners will analyze reporting requirements and how to properly handle diagnostic samples. The use of proper medical terminology as it relates to disease will be covered throughout this course. Finally, biosecurity considerations will be evaluated as they relate to production dairy farms.

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BOVINE REPRODUCTION (10091103)

Credits: 3.00

Expands learner’s ability to manage a dairy herd with concentration on breed identification, reproduction, genetics including linear appraisal and selection indexes, calving management and record keeping systems. Learners apply artificial insemination concepts through hands-on application.

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BUILDING DESIGN FOR THE COW (10091165)

Credits: 3.00

Examines various barn designs and layouts in order to ensure the well-being of food producing animals. Learners will explore a variety of best practices pertaining to barn design for milk production, animal comfort and reducing animal stress.

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CALF CARE MANAGEMENT LAB (10091110)

Credits: 1.00

Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to calves. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this first lab, the focus will be on calf care; pre-birth through newborn calf care. Learners will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in calf feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.

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DAIRY NUTRITION (10091107)

Credits: 3.00

Analyzes the nutritional needs of dairy cattle during each stage of their life. Topics covered in this course include: roles of digestive nutrients, nutritional requirements at various growth stages, relationship between forage quality and nutrition, ration balancing through calculation of feed and dry matter intake. Learners explore various methods of feeding dairy animals, including grazing system principles. Learners evaluate the use of dairy nutrition feed technologies.

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ECONOMICS (10809195)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to give an overview of how a market-oriented economic system operates, and it surveys the factors which influence national economic policy. Basic concepts and analyses are illustrated by reference to a variety of contemporary problems and public policy issues. Concepts include scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment and global economic issues.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Principles of Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • CLEP® Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics

EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (10091171)

Credits: 2.00

Introduces topics that relate to working in a farm environment. Topics include personality, family relationships, decision-making and social relations as they apply to everyday living and working in an ongoing family operation or entry into the non-family farm job market. Personnel management techniques include: development of goals, determining personnel needs, finding and recruiting the right people, performance appraisals, training, promotions and terminations.

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ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 (10801136)

Credits: 3.00

This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Learners will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (10091190)

Credits: 3.00

Explores basic entrepreneurial concepts, identifying resources that may assist the agriculture business and family in meeting their goals. Applies theory in the development of a business plan: managing risk, budgeting, financial resource acquisition and business structure. Learners explore various techniques and alternatives used in operating an agriculture business.

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GENERAL BIOLOGY (10806114)

Credits: 4.00

Introduces general biological concepts and principles. Emphasis is on cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and taxonomical relationships. Consideration is also given to diversity among the various kingdoms.

National Exams Accepted:

  • AP Biology

HEIFER CARE MANAGEMENT LAB (10091115)

Credits: 1.00

Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to heifers. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this second lab, the focus will be on heifer care; six months through calving age. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in heifer feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.

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INTRO TO ANIMAL SCIENCE (10091104)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces the basics of livestock management. Examines management of the dairy herd with concentration on nutrition, feedstuff's classification, reproduction, genetics, animal behavior, animal health and sustainable agriculture practices. Learners explore basic husbandry and care procedures for animals. This is offered in an online format.

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INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY (10809198)

Credits: 3.00

This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Psychology
  • AP Psychology

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY (10809196)

Credits: 3.00

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multi-culturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® Introductory Sociology

LACTATING COW MANAGEMENT LAB (10091125)

Credits: 1.00

Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to lactating cows. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this fourth lab, the focus will be on lactating cows. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in lactating cow feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.

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MILK QUALITY & PRODUCTION (10091109)

Credits: 3.00

Prepares learners with a solid background in producing quality milk and utilizing good herd health management practices. Learners will be introduced to milking systems and components, milk procedures, sanitation, diseases, udder anatomy and milk secretion. Learners will collect milk samples and analyze milk culture reports as they relate to quality milk and animal health. Learners will be exposed to milk quality practices globally.

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MILKING TECHNOLOGIES (10091164)

Credits: 3.00

Examines milking technologies available for use on modern dairy farms. Learners investigate both milking parlor systems and robotic milking facilities. Students complete an internship at a dairy farm site utilizing either a parlor or robotic milking system.

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NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT (10091140)

Credits: 2.00

Explores grid sampling sizes, plant nutrient analysis, CEC, base saturation and nutrient management planning. Learners will apply classroom theory through hands-on activities such as grid sampling, plant identification and pest identification. Furthermore, learners will gain a greater understanding of plant nutrient testing and the implication of soil sampling test results. Learners will examine soil conservation ractices, soil nutrition and pesticide application.

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ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (10801196)

Credits: 3.00

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communication and listening skills through individual presentations, group activities and other projects.

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PRINCIPLES OF CROP PRODUCTION (10091135)

Credits: 3.00

Examines the principles of farm crop production, including classification, growth and management of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, barley, as well as other Midwest crops. Learners will explore soil preparation, plant physiology, planting dates, planting depths and seeding rates for various types of crops. Furthermore, learners will engage in the study of plant structure identification. Different types of equipment used in planting and harvesting will be explored and discussed during the course.

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TRANSITION COW MANAGEMENT LAB (10091120)

Credits: 1.00

Perform animal health practices and activities as it relates to transition cows. This hands-on lab provides learners with firsthand exposure to the duties, responsibilities and management opportunities that are present on a dairy operation. Each lab will build upon the skills from the previous lab. In this third lab, the focus will be on transition cow care; six weeks prior to six weeks post calving. Students will have the opportunity to explore and analyze best management practices in transition cow feeds, nutrition, vaccinations, veterinary needs and housing options.

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WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (10801195)

Credits: 3.00

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

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National Exams Accepted:

  • CLEP® College Composition
  • AP English Language & Composition

Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test
An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.
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A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.
Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration
A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.
Portfolio
A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.