San Joaquin Valley College Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (49)
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.
I have been graduated since may 2013 and im still seeking work as a CMA the problem is no-one will hire you with out experience and school is just not enough training they do don't offer job placement and you get passed around from one career advisor to the next I think this school is a JOKE ! and a WASTE of MONEY DO NOT WAST UR MONEY ON THIS SCHOOL... FIND A BETTER ONE one with job placement I made the deans list almost every course and I graduated as a 3.8 student all to look at a Little piece of paper that cost me $9,500.00 all it is is a waste of time money and a TREE ....
I chose to do this program because I wanted to become a medical assistant quickly and I wanted to do it while taking other courses at another university. I already had a bachelors of science degree in biology but needed direct patient contact experience for graduate health programs. I found the classes to be incredibly easy because I had already studied anatomy, phys, and other sciences in much more detail. Your classmates are not going to be the brightest people and many of the assignments are just busy work. I got what I needed from the program and graduated in the amount of time desired. The staff was very attentive in the beginning of the program and less attentive by the end, but I was doing fine so that did not affect me. I got lucky and had a great externship coordinator that was actually able to find me multiple potential externship sites. Noah followed up on one that had accepted me and they seemed to be questionable, so he called me right away and we began searching for alternatives just in case. When it came to choosing a site, I actually had two and had the option of choosing the one that I wanted. In the end I chose the right site, because they hired me and that is currently where I am working. I can honestly say I love my job and I am learning new things every day. To be completely honest, I work in a specialty office and pretty much all of my course work does not apply to what I do every day. I had to be trained by the office, but I don't mind that.
If I had the time, I would have done my classes at an actual physical campus rather than online. I feel that I would have learned more. There are times when the doctor I work for asks if I have ever done certain procedures, and I have to say no because I have really only read about them. Some of the clinical skills like drawing up medications and actually taking blood pressure are hard to learn through a computer and need to physically be practiced.
This school was a good fit for me, however I do not feel that it would be a good fit for everyone. I was able to get a good extern site that ended up in employment for me, but I had fears that I would have a difficult time finding a site and no assistance. Offices also do raise an eyebrow when they hear that you got your training online, be prepared to face some discrimination when it comes to looking for an extern site and a job. I must add that the actual diploma does not say online and just says SJVC, which is nice!