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3 out of 5
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Degree: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Well my CMA classes are going great! I even took the MOA program in 2005-2006 and this is what made me come back to SJVC Online for the CMA program.

I THOUGHT that I set up externship in January for my March 9th externship with my then Career Service Advisor. I was sooo excited when March 9th came but when I got there, they acted like they did not know who I was! My Career Service Advisor was the one that set me up with this facility because there was another student that was to go to this site but she decided to go somewhere else (I know why now!). I told them this and they said that they would have to call this student because she was supposed to be here the following Monday.

So I was there for 30 minutes and I heard this Medical Assistant talking to this student on the phone and I was SITTING RIGHT THERE and she tells her "We just wanted to make sure that you are still coming because we have a lot of people that just show up here." I let her know QUICKLY that I do not come where I am not wanted! And they finally found my paperwork hidden on someone's desk and it was incomplete! I spoke with this Office Manager on JANUARY 30TH and he said to just come on in with my scrubs on and tennis toes and bring my stethoscope on March 9th. I was there EARLY and it was a disaster!

The Career Service Advisor that I was working with is all of a sudden no longer there and the new one that I have is no help to me at all! I have to call him and he does not follow up with the sites that I gave him like he is supposed to!

My graduation for April 12th is not going to happen! I am so frustrated! I resigned from my job to extern! I had enough money for this time saved up! I think that I am going to transfer to a LOCAL college here and see what classes that I have taken transfer over. This sets back my goal but I am not going to give up but SJVC is not where I will be graduating from! I am so disappointed!!!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2012

As another post stated, "I am shocked to see SJVC has a poor rating". This is the only school that I have ever felt hasn't lied to me just to obtain my money. Of course, as an accelerated program it is going to be more expensive; however, I feel it has been more than worth it. The enrollment process felt like it wasn't "my job" to take care of anything, I was just going back to school! I can't say any other school has been able to provide that feeling to me. The coursework has always come from the textbooks we are provided and from lectures provided by the instructors.

We use a simulator for the clinical training that very closely resembles the actions you would perform when doing things such as drawing blood, etc. My instructors have always responded quickly to any concerns I've had and I have even made a great friend in my online classrooms. I read the poor review from someone else and absolutely do not understand where some of that comes from.

My career services advisor began working on my extern site 4 months before I was scheduled and had everything set up and signed 3 months before. I will begin my externship in May. I have maintained a 4.0, been on the Dean's list the entire time I've been enrolled and have absolutely no complaints about this program at all. I am thankful I finally found a school that meets my needs as a student and provides such wonderful support to me.

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2012

I finish SJVC Online with my Associates degree tomorrow. I was a little scared at first to attend here because SJVC did not have the best reviews and I am the type of person who does not finish anything, when I completed my cretification I knew I could make it through my associates and I finally did. Two classes evey 5 weeks was hard at times but I still had time for myself and family in between, I learned a lot and I am happy I choose this school.

I have a friend that went here and she did not like it but she's 10 times lazier then me so I can understand why she did bad, as for me I really enjoyed SJVC, and I wish they had a bachelor program. Good School CMA Program 2012 Graduate

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5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2012

Attending SJVC is perfect for where I am in my life right now. I'm goin for Medical Assisting and it's completely online except for the externship. It's very convenient.

The instructors are all very concerned/interested in the students success. They want all students to do their best.

5 out of 5
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I'm an older student that decided to go back to school. Everyone at SJVC was so helpful and patient with me as I let go of my fears and started classes. The counselors called me every week and checked up on me.

My English and Math tutor was great, I hated math and was not going to attend because of the Math she called me everyday until I finished my Labs. The counselors and instructors encourage the students and are their for each students needs.

This online school was a great choice for me and I am thinking of continuing my education after this certificate program. SJVC is am awesome school. Thanks everyone at SJVC

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: May, 2012

I just wanted to say that everyone here at is awesome and willing to go abound and above to help you learn. And make sure that you are on the right track the Instructors are awesome because they teach you what they have learn that way once we graduate we can take the tools that they have taught us and apply them to our medical feild. And yes I will be more then happy to tell my family and friends about going back to college at San Joaquin Valley College online.

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2012

To be quite honest, I was surprised and a little disappointed to see a low performance rating for SJVC. I have read most of the reviews, and there seems to be some issues with the Medical Programs. I don’t have a dog in that fight, so I can only speak of my experiences with SJVC Construction Management program.

I am currently about 15 weeks away from completion. Has it been a challenge? Well yes. But anything worthwhile in life usually is. And like most everything in life; you only get out of it what you put in.

The accelerated pace can be very challenging especially when the classes are doubled up. If you are not a motivated, time managing, multi-tasker, this program may not be for you. What I can tell you for certain is; SJVC makes sure that they provide their students with the most advanced, user friendly, on-line technology available.

My wife and I have been attending on-line college side-by-side for the last 10 months. My wife attends another well known university. I can tell you this; her college uses old, clunky, and very slow technology. Her instructors are less interactive, no live lectures, and in many cases she has waited 5-6 days to get a response from a professor. I have never waited more than two days for an answer, and I ask a lot of questions.

Some of negative feedback I have read includes complaints about the tuition. The cost may seem high on the surface, but if you factor in the books which are all brand new and current issues, and the convenience of front door deliver two weeks in advance, I think it is compatible with other schools. I agree the lap top they provide is a bit lame. I gave mine to my 12 year old son. He loves it! About the only negative thing I can come up with is; I have found tests that don’t match the current text, and some tests with misleading information to include typos. I usually bring it to the attention of the current instructor, and in most cases all student have been given credit where due.

I would highly recommend SJVC to anyone who is looking for an accredited, challenging, and well organized 2 year degree. Everyone needs to keep in mind that these are only two years degree programs. If you think you are going to walk out into the world with your AS degree and have instant gratification with a high paying prestigious career right out of the gate; it’s not likely going to happen. Accept and realize it for what it is. Take the knowledge you gain and build off it.

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2011

I attended SJVC Online to complete my CMA program and as some have mention it was not without bumps. I also had some issues finding an extern site, however, with hard work from myself and my extern coordinator I found an excellent site that had no issues with my schooling being online.

As students, we have to go in understanding these are accelerated courses (5 weeks) and you can't learn it all in five weeks. The biggest plus is that you can complete your program very quickly. It is a bit harder finding a site not being a local school, but as a student you also have to be responsible for looking for a site and being prepared from day 1 and are warned of this when enrolling. I thought the instructors were always very helpful and everyone is great to work with.

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2012

I started at SJVC in Oct of 2011. I will be finished with my Medical Assistant in May. They have a great staff. Everyone I have came in contact with is always so nice and very helpful. I personally have told everyone I talk to, to check out SJVC.

They have different Majors for different students. Check them out!!!!

2 out of 5
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Degree: Accounting and Business/Management
Graduation Year: 2012

I have a 4.0 GPA and have been on the Dean's List each semester since enrollment. The courses do not cover the necessary materials needed in order to be properly prepared for the externship.

The weekly exams are often based on previous editions of the textbook, when this was brought to the instructors attention,with the proof of the correct answer from the textbook and page number reference, almost weekly, the instructor noted that the exam would be corrected before other students would take the exam, and that although my answers were indeed correct, in this particular situation I was in fact wrong. When I respectfully objected to this response, the instructor ignored over a weeks worth of emails until the semester had ended and final grades were turned in. Although my final grade was a 97, it should have been higher but the instructors are lazy and unwilling to correct their mistakes, most of the students were far to incompetent to even notice the error to begin with. When researching possible externship sites, my part of the process was turned in to my extern adviser four months before I was scheduled to begin my externship. I called my extern adviser at least two times a week every week after submiting my information. The extern coordinator did not begin his part of the externship setup until two weeks before my externship was scheduled to begin, naturally I did not have an extern site until two semesters after I had been scheduled to complete my externship and graduate. Because I had completed all of the classes except the externship, I was unable to be counted for attendance during this waiting period, and was temporally terminated from the college "due to attendance issues." When I was told that this was normal, and that there was absolutely nothing that I could do I was naturally upset. The college refused to enroll me in additional classes or provide assignments I could submit for attendance credit. I was terminated due to my extern coordinators lack of ability to do his job, I would not recommend this program to any intelligent, driven student that expects to be challenged by the course work or be surrounded by peers that are competent in the course work, or even basic spelling. My classmates consistently left me shocked by their incompetent posts on the discussion forum.

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