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Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies

The Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies minor offers students from any major who possess basic horseback riding skills an opportunity to pursue their Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International instructor certification. This 16-credit experiential learning program focuses on concepts of equine assisted activities and therapies, horse management, knowledge of disabilities, and the application of skills needed to become a therapeutic horsemanship instructor.

Minor Requirements

Minor: Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies

Minor Requirements

Required Credits: 18

Required Courses
ANSC 210Introduction to Therapeutic Horsemanship3
ANSC 260LEquine Care and Management Practicum1
ANSC 260Introduction to Equine Studies2
ANSC 261Basic Equitation & Horsemanship1
ANSC 361Intermediate Horsemanship1
ANSC 310Principles of Therapeutic Horsemanship Instruction3
ANSC 410Therapeutic Horsemanship Teaching Practicum1
Electives: Select 6 credits from the following (Please note some courses below require a prerequisite that may not be listed):6
Life Span Development
Prenatal, Infant and Toddler Development
Child Development
Adolescent Development
Adult Development and Aging
Introduction To Behavior Modification
Psychological Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse
Social Interaction
Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
First Aid & CPR Certification *0
American Heart Association or American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification
Total Credits18

Students must earn their First Aid and CPR certification and present their current cards to the department of Animal Science for verification of this certification. The student will submit copies of the front and back of their First Aid and CPR cards to the Office of Registration and Records as proof of completion.

Minor Requirements and Notes:                                                                   

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.
  • Students must earn a 2.0 minimum GPA for the minor requirements.