Poultry Meat Production Certificate

 

What is the Poultry Meat Production Certificate Program?
What courses will I have to complete?
When are the courses offered?
Do I have take them in order?
How long with it take to complete the certificate?
I’m only interested in taking one course.  Is this possible?
How do you get the course content?
Is there technical support available?
How do I sign up for classes?
Have specific questions?


 

What is the Poultry Meat Production Certificate Program?
The Poultry Meat Production Certificate program is a non-transcripted online certificate program in Poultry Science in the area of Poultry Meat Production.  This program is designed for those individuals who are seeking to increase their knowledge about poultry meat production. The certificate requires the satisfactory completion of four poultry science courses.  TAMU Students who are currently pursuing or have already earned a BS in Poultry Science are not eligible to receive this certificate.

What courses will I have to complete?
The four poultry science courses include:

General Avian Sciences – Introduction to the poultry industry to include past, present and future industry dynamics; avian anatomy/physiology as they impact commercial production; management principles and practices of breeding, incubation, brooding, nutrition, disease control and marketing technology.

Poultry Meat Production – Modern integrated broiler and turkey production; housing and equipment, flock health, pest control, grower relations, marketing and financial management.

 Breeder & Hatchery Management – Housing and equipment, incubation technology, embryology, nutrition and flock health.

Animal Waste Management – An applied approach to current and emerging issues relating to responsible management of animal waste; the role of biological aspects of production management decisions evaluated in an examination of regulatory and environmental requirements; current case studies and exposure to field situations.

All courses are taught by members of the Poultry Science faculty and are completely online.

When are the courses offered?
Theses online courses will be taught in the same semester as they are offered here on campus. Lectures are not “canned” as they are recorded fresh every semester. This allows for the most current information on a subject to be incorporated into the lectures.

General Poultry Science is offered in the Spring and Fall semesters.
Poultry Meat Production is offered in the Fall semester.
Breeder & Hatchery Management is offered in the Spring semester.
Animal Waste Management is offered in the Spring semester.

Do I have take them in order?
You must take General Poultry Science first before taking any of the other three courses. General Poultry Science is offered in both the Spring and Fall semesters.

How long with it take to complete the certificate?
It will take approximately two years to complete all courses required for this certificate. It is possible to complete the four courses in sixteen months but that would require taking two courses in one semester. Because of the time commitment needed to be successful in these online courses, it is strongly recommended that students who are employed full time take only one course per semester.

I’m only interested in taking one course.  Is this possible?
Yes, it is possible to take only one course. The General Avian Sciences course may be taken without restrictions. However, the Poultry Meat Production, Breeder & Hatchery Management, and Animal Waste Management courses will require permission prior to enrolling for these courses. These three courses are junior and senior level courses and we want to be sure you have the background necessary to be successful in them. Please contact the Poultry Science DE Program Coordinator if you are intersted in one of these upper level courses.

How do you get the course content?
The primary delivery system for course materials, lecture videos, and student-teacher communication is the internet. Using the Blackboard learning management platform, students can view streaming videos of lectures, access supplemental notes, slide presentations and other resource materials. While there may be suggested textbooks, none are required. Streaming video gives the student the sense of being in an actual classrom. All lectures are presented in an asnchronous format, in other words, you do not have to be logged into the course website at the same time as the class here on campus. You may view the lectures online at any time of the day or night.

Is there technical support available?
The Poultry Science Department maintains a full-time support person to assist on-line students with computer and procedural questions.

How much will it cost?
Tuition is $150 USD per semester credit hour which would mean one course would be $450 USD. Many companies provide financial assistance to their employees for educational expenses. So be sure to check with your employer.

How do I sign up for classes?
Registering for courses is completely online. Registration opens in December for courses offered in the Spring semester. For courses offered in the Fall semester, registration opens late July.  New students will need to fill out and submit the Poultry Meat Production Certificate Registration Form.

Poultry Meat Production Certificate Registration Form

Please fill out and submit the following form to start the registration process. You will be contacted by email with instructions on the payment of fees to complete your registration. Thank you!

Have specific questions?
For specific questions regarding the Poultry Meat Production certificate and courses, please contact:

Liz Hirschler, M.Agr.
Distance Education Program Coordinator
lhirschler@poultry.tamu.edu
979.862.7694

Or

John B. Carey, Ph.D.
Professor
Production and Management
jcarey@poultry.tamu.edu
979.845.7537
Our mailing address is:

Texas A&M University
Poultry Science Department
101 Kleberg Center
2472-tamu
College Station, Texas 77843-2472

 

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