San Joaquin Valley College Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (51)
I really enjoyed attending SJVC On-line classes. The on-line classes worked well for me because they allowed me to complete my school work while traveling and, when I was at home, I had the flexibility I needed to pilot a literacy program in my community. I began my classes in January 2016 and just completed my Associate in Business Administration and Management degree. The workload was heavy, but manageable, which I expected for a compressed program. There were two, and rarely three, classes every 5 weeks and a lot of support from the advisors, support staff, and faculty. The On-line system was stable and usable. Once I learned how to navigate, it helped me keep on track with weekly quizzes, exams, assignments and discussion posts. I settled into a rhythm and the months passed quickly. Much of what I learned I have already put into practice. This was the sweetest part of earning this degree. Business skills in planning, managing, and leading others will be helpful to me. Learning about business structures and policies has already helped as I am in the start-up phase of my business. And, the sociology, psychology and ethics courses were interesting to me and have taught me a great deal about myself and others that I know will be useful in my career. My next goal is to complete a Bachelors Degree. I have been accepted at Berkeley College and they have accepted 54 degree credits. So, I am on my way to a Bachelors in Business Administration and Management.
Applying for the school and being accepted was easy peasy. All along the way through every week, I'd have contact from my teachers, advisors, and M.S. who helped me get into medical assisting program. I have to say M.S. was the most encouraging person to help me stay on track starting out. Another very influential person was one of my professors, professor H. She sent emails to encourage you to do your best and was very responsive if you felt unsure about your work or studies. The classes were a breeze for me, but for someone who has a hard time managing time, online may not be best. The last five weeks of classes were challenging for me. There was a program called Harris CareTracker and unless you had Internet Explorer, you cannot log on to complete your homework with practicing EHR. That's one thing I'd have to give the program a 0/5 rating for. It was VERY frustrating not having the ability the first time taking my last classes to log on to HCT. My Mac did not support Internet Explorer, nor did any of my friends or family (that were easy to contact to borrow their computer) had the old and outdated Internet browser. It was a little rocky finding an internship, but on my last day of classes my student advisor found a site thanks to her persistence! I begin my internship in a mere three days and I have no doubt that thanks to the accreditation, qualification, and experience I will gain at my internship will be the very stepping stones to begin my career I've always dreamed of. Thank you San Joaquin Valley College!
SJVC has one of the better programs out there, it really does! No proctor pass test, 90% on med math exams, and you finish fast for a huge chunk of $$. That program is awesome. Now don't get me wrong what is good comes with bad, really bad. I was warned about this school, but I thought it was just the students before me who had a bad experience. I regret going to this school, I honestly believe that if the instructors remember when they were students and how hard it was for them then they should back off just a little bit. The instructors and the directors set the program that SJVC created into a bloody sport of who will drop out next kind of game. It's not just up to the students to succeed but it takes a whole team to help make great nurses. This program has really made me question if I still want to be a nurse. The instructors talk about bad things about nursing than good about nursing. The instructors don't test fairly, it's more of a cat or mouse game with the exams and books. So basically take the Kaplan nclex class before going to this school. The instructor and director like to see student do bad on the exams. One time the class didn't do so well on a quiz and the instructor smiled and giggled and said I told you the test is gonna get harder. So.... If the class is doing well the instructors thinks it's a game to give questions from different books. And trust me even though the subjects or topic is the same the books define them differently. If you go here be careful. You will be questioning if nursing is what you want.
Do not go to this school! The administration will tell you everything you want to hear and promise you the world. Career services is a joke and the school pumps out more students than there are jobs for. I left with a degree, minimal knowledge, and can't get a job. The loans are ridiculous and their "payment plan" is nearly impossible unless you're working while going to school. If you go here, plan on moving out of the Valley of you want a job.
Nursing school is not supposed to be easy. The test questions are different because they are NCLEX style questions. The instructions are great, the material we get exposed to is one of the best out there. The board exam passing rates are also good compared to FCC, it's high 80's. Again, the program is very hard and time consuming. Forgot about having fun for 20 months but it's absolutely worth it. So I would recommend the students to complain less and study hard. The help is ALWAYS available, the instructions and the dean are very approachable. They want you to succeed but the rest is up to you.
I graduated from medical assistant and worked and studied per reqz.and now applying for RN program.so with ten years in between I can't wait to see if I get selected. I will update you if this go well I worked my tail off. I hope they choose Mr too.
I really enjoyed attending SJVC online. I think that if you have the option for in-class hands-on training you should at least compare it to SJVC as your only hands on experience before your NCCT exam will be your clinical externship. I had an amazing experience with all my advisors. You have an admissions advisor, a student advisor, career services advisor, and financial advisor. Each one helped me and genuinely listened to my struggles and helped me in the best way possible. I was encouraged to meet my goals and supported the whole way through my schooling, and even afterwards. My career services advisor helped me get a job-and I live in a SMALL town. There's a lot of bad reviews on here which I find very sad! Online learning is not for everyone. I am a very fast paced, independent learner and this type of education fits me and my learning styles the best. I chose to do the medical assistant certificate program online so I could get working in the field quickly and start making money. Now that I have completed my certification I've decided to go back to finish my associates with SJVC online. Now if you're still reading this, thank you. I'm going to encourage you here for a second- no matter what you're studying, or going to study. You can do it! Set your mind up for success and it is yours! You can do it no matter your circumstance. I had a baby at he and bought a house during my time at SJVC in the middle of all my classes. Just keep going. Believe in yourself!!
I enjoyed the instructors and learned a lot! it's just the fact that after your experience your excited you're about to start your dream career and eventually move up but don't because the credits don't work to help you transfer and you can't even get a job in the first place due to no experience and no help with job placement just phone calls from them about payments. So I due recommend to stay away it's a waste of money for no help. It's best to go to a regular college forget taking the easy way out by going to schools that say they will get you a degree faster than a community college or UC/CSU
I was at this college when they had a goof honest C.J. Program director. He was a retired prison Captain with a Master's degree from a good college. He was replaced by a pervert that was working on a online SJVC degree. The guy could barely do basic math and english himself, then he tried to have sex with a bunch of the female students. The College should have tried harder to keep the good P.D. but all they care about is money.The new PD was rubbing on a few of the female students, I hope they get free college. This program is better suited for a sex degree, then a C.J. degree.
I find it disturbing to see so many dissatisfied reviews about SJVC. My experience was excellent, I pushed myself and did my homework giving it my all. I had some excellent teachers and I had some that could improve but the overall experience was excellent. I worked hard and found a good externship site. I was lucky and was offered a job, if you do your research you will know that new grads in any part of the medical field right trying to find a job now can be tough. This is why you must work very hard in and out of the class room be serious and be a professional to maximize your opportunities. As for my advisor financial, academic, externship and career they have all been excellent. I feel SJVC is a great school if you are willing to work hard at what they have to offer.