San Joaquin Valley College Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (50)
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!
I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. The administrator will feed you lies and pretend everything will be fine when in fact it's not. I enrolled into the Criminal Justice Program and I find out the reason I'm not learning anything is because my instructors where new to teaching. So in that case they have no experience at all and they will make many mistakes on grading your work. When I tried to make a complaint nothing changed I could not stand this school. Instructors are far too lazy. I made a huge mistake enrolling here the cost is way too expensive but the quality of learning sucks! Please if you are reading this don't regret if you do enroll here remember my words.
The Registered Nursing Program First off, if you are trying to get into the nursing program then there are a few things you should know. I am currently enrolled in the program, and these are a few things to consider, if seeking to apply. You need all of the necessary prerequisites completed before you can apply. You want at least a 3.0 GPA between your 3 biology classes such as Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. You want to score well on your TEAS test. This test gets updated like every 2-3 years I believe. They only consider the score for the most up to date version. Right now, that version would be TEAS V. If your grades are good enough, and you have all the necessary classes completed. You will need a few feathers in your hat to make you stand out. Most students in my cohort are CNAs, Medical Assistants, Phlebotomists, and Pharmacy Techs. Practically everyone had some type of medical background. You need a CPR card, and 2 letters of recommendation. There is a list they have that involves different categories that are on a point system. If your application looks good, you might be selected for an interview. However, don't get your hopes up. They will choose 60 to interview from the pool of applicants. From the 60 they can only accept 34 nursing students. The interview is what decides if you become selected as one of the 34 nursing students. If the stars align, and you become selected to become part of the next cohort, the next two years of your life will have to change in order for you to succeed in the program. There is also a class you need called Ethics in America. This was one class I wasn't aware I needed. Most colleges offer it, so take this class. If you don't before you apply you can take it while you are in the program. However, trust me, that is something you do not want to do. There is an option. You can challenge this course. You will have to pass a test though. You need to score a 400 or higher. If you do, you don't need to take the class. If you take the class at the school you are looking at $1425.00 for a class you can challenge for $120.00. It's worth a shot, you will save yourself time and money. You need to study for it though. I'd advise to go to your local library, and get all the information you can for that class subject before you take the test. You need a great support system, because it will be tough. You need good transportation to get to school, and to your clinical sites. There is absolutely no way, you can work full time and do this program. That's setting yourself up to fail. If you have to work, you need to cut it to part time. However, if you can find a way to financially support yourself/family for the next 2 years without working that would be the wisest thing to do. If you have a family, find a way for child care. The amount of time you will need to do well in your classes is beyond anything you can imagine. If its a school day expect to put in like 2-3 hours of study time during those days outside of class. If it isn't a school or clinical day expect to put in like 8-12 hours. The amount of reading material alone per week for all your classes can seem like a challenge in itself. You will be tested and quizzed pretty much every school day. It could be for your theory classes or your skill check offs. If you add in any homework, worksheets, research papers, clinical packets, and care plans also due that week you'll begin to see what I am talking about in terms of workload. The best advice I can give you is time management. Make the most out of your time, when you study. Make sure you stay healthy during your time in the program. Make sure you get adequate sleep, eat a good breakfast, and try to eat healthy. Because you cannot afford to miss a day. You will constantly have something else you need to work on, and that feeling will never go away. The tests are very different, because of how they are designed. They are like NCLEX questions. You can have 4 right answers, but one of them should be the first thing you do, even though all of them are correct interventions. Then you have questions that have 3 right answers and 1 wrong answer. However, the question is asking which one is the wrong answer. Read the questions very carefully, and read each answer carefully. Then you have select all that apply questions. These are the most difficult types of questions. If there are 5 options, maybe 4 are correct. If you only select 3, then you still miss the entire problem. There is no partial credit for those types of questions. For each class you need to get 75% or better between your tests and quizzes. Once you do, homework % will kick into your grade at the end of the class. However, if you fail to not get 75% between your quizzes and tests, then pack up and go home. If you fail one class, no matter where you are in the program, you are done. You worked so hard to get here, don't blow it. The amount of stress you will go through will be intense, take at least 2 hours a day to relax somehow. Once a week, go out for a couple hours with your friends. This will help you more than hurt you. Lastly, make connections with your peers, you will need them, as much as they will need you. The faculty can be very helpful. If you have a question, just ask, and they will be more than happy to help you. My personal experience has been a wonderful one, so far. I have learned a lot in just 10 weeks. However, it was definitely a roller coaster ride in terms of my stress level. I hope this helps you get an idea of what will be expected of you. Good luck
I am in the construction management program and will be graduating in 2014. I have been in the construction field for 20 years and decided to get a degree. I searched for months for the right fit for my lifestyle and found that SJVC was the right one. The price for admission is average for the crazy prices of college these days. Additionally, there are very few construction management degrees that a person can get online. They offer accelerated class for the busy professional and deliver what they say they will. My instructors are experts in their field and available to talk almost anytime. Even after years in the field, I have learned a whole lot and continue to learn every day. I also get my general courses done for the Associates degree that I dreaded (like college mathematics). The way they have it set up online is a great fit for a motivated learner and one that has been out of the education system for a while. As far as my adviser goes, she is great. She tutors me when I need it, connects me with the staff that I need to get answers to questions, and is helpful every time she is needed. The career placement staff is very helpful, but busy. After 2 people leaving the position, I got a guy that was top notch and helped me land a job in a different state. He walked me though the interview process, gave me great advice, and helped my confidence level tremendously. Overall, I would give my experience at SJVC a 7/8 out of 10 and would recommend people check them out for online course work.
I graduated from this college, and so did my fiance. We have to say that getting help from them was heartbreaking. They get you in with a lot of flowery speeches, leading you to believe they will help you find work.
(They do NOT help you find a job after you graduate.)
Nope, no they will not. And when you call to ask for help (which my fiance did this year since he graduated recently) the coordinator, who was hired to do so, was very nasty, rude, inconsiderate and belittling. It was the same for me, also, I left messages and was never returned any phone calls for help.
During your time in the career you are training for you will have a chance to see how much money you 'should' be making per a salary site they have you use, lets just say that in today's recession you will more than likely not make half of what it says your career choice should be making. This school does not inform you that they are just the basics, that after you graduate you MUST apply for a university or else your degree is pretty much like a high school diploma. The only value in it is to say you did some college, but not enough to get you a good job in these times.
The teachers were not 'teacher'-teachers but former employees in their career choices. Therefore they have no degree in teaching you like a college professor would. These teachers do what they are told, get you in, cram cram CRAM you full of information for 5 weeks, then send you off to your next set of classes. Those that I had were mildly professional while some just were generally there to get paid.
We both regret having gone to this college because now we have thousands of dollars in loans to pay and no jobs available to assist us.
We are grievously disappointed.
If I would not lose 7,000 dollars I would drop out of my program. I have never had so many rude teachers for an education I had to take loans out to pay for!!
my student advisior never answers my calls, and I never recieve job leads like i was told I would. I feel like you people rip students off and they are the ones paying you people.
the teachers at this school need to go back to school themselves. I have had students cheat off of my online discussion posts and emailed the dean and my teacher and nothing was done. so wrong.
I second the review about not having any assistance with the externship. I to had the same problem they would not return calls or messages until I finally said I am calling a lawyer then they finally called back only to say that my advisor no longer works there and again no assistance! Do not waste your time and money on this school.
I have been a student with SJVC online. I have done two programs and payed ALOT of money for my education. I have had numerous problems trying to get a repsonse from staff!! When I started this school was very organized, NOW NOT AT ALL.
You must wait 24 hours for a response from anyone. So what are these staff memebers doing in the office?? The school even sent me a book that fell apart the frist time I even opened the book. The school switched over their learning pages and expect you to just figure it out because even their staff has not been trained on how to use the web site. What great teaching skills NOT!
I got my Associates of Science degree in CMA from SJVC Online. The classes were good, for the most part I like the teachers at SJVC. Honestly I have not found a job in my field and I can not say it because of SJVC.
Medical Assisting is not as "booming" as everyone makes it seem, unless you have several years of experience in Medical Assisting, then you will have a hard time finding a job in that field. I however transferred my entire degree into a bachelors degree program at another university and hope to find a stable career after I graduate from my new school.
I finished my Associates degree in 16 month's which is great and I found it useful to transfer for credits so I liked SJVC because of that, I can't say that the degree I have helped me get a job though because it has not. I think SJVC is a good starter for your college career if you plan on going beyond your associates degree because you can use it towards further your education, that is what I will suggested it for.
They make you think it is the top Respiratory Therapy school in the area but for $43000, I could have saved some money and achieved my bachelor's degree and waited to get into the community college's program.
The current classroom instructor's have limited clinical experience only home-health care experience. They also treat you like children. I have children and I don't treat my children that way.