San Joaquin Valley College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (13)
Do not go to this school . I repeat run don't walk .... I was a 3.7 gpa student , worked hard to achieve my grades. The teacher I had was great , however the material is basic minimum. I received my HIPPA cert , however I had earned it in a module I took with no knowledge it was an actual cert test. I found out when I was on my last module. They will lie to you and tell you that they will get you an extern site. THIS IS A LIE , the advisor I had and others have said to students . That you are responsible for finding your own site. And if you don't , you have 14 days or they term you. It is a waste of 9k for basic education with no results. Also , they do not do job placement. At all , the speeches they give you in the beginning are lies to rope you in . I regret even going . Don't be like me and choose a different school.
Upon reading what many have written about San Joaquin Valley College, I was a bit dismayed at the poor recommendations SJVC received. Basically, like anything else in life, you will get out of your education what you put into it. Yes, the courses are fast-paced, and yes, life often gets in the way, (especially whenever people make changes to better themselves), and yes, jobs are still difficult to find. None of these things are the fault of SJVC. I am currently, (as of February, 2018), in the surgical technology program. We've had our ups and downs. We've lost two instructors and a course director, but others have stepped in to fill the gap, and everything has been fine. The workload, at times, is absolutely staggering, but this is a condensed course and things happen at breakneck speed. That said, this college and pace is not for everyone. My advice is this: If the pace of learning and responsibility required are not your cup of tea, then pursue your educational goals at an institution that is better suited for the way in which you learn. However, if you are committed to seeing it through, putting in the massive amount of work required, and you are passionate about your program/course of study, and you decide that nothing is going to stop you, then nothing will stop you. SJVC is not going to handhold you. Help is available, but by and large, it is on the student to do the work, and on the graduate to seek employment. This is an adult learning environment, and it isn't easy, but it's definitely worth it!
Do not go to this school! It is true, the stories about this school. To begin with it is a hard program to start with already, if you're looking for a traditional study hour and lecture power points, GOOD LUCK nursing school is about self teaching because there isn't enough time to cover the materials during school hours, not to mention not enough time period! Be ready to learn how to self teach and that is with all nursing school. BUT SJVC is the worst program out there. What makes it the worst program is that the instructor and the director. Yes you have your a-Hole instructors, but not here, they are nursing major with not education teaching background, bad people in general. They are set to fail the student. No compassion at all! No help at all, No tutoring, no advice's, no advisory as well. Instructors don't like students and most of all instructors don't like each other. The instructors talk about each other during lecture time, I mean unprofessional. These are your co-workers for heaven sake. The previous director of this program (Dr. Spencer) walked out one day, just completely left the building and her belongings during business hours. Really sad and unprofessional. Like for reals walked out, that is how bad the program is set. Not only that we lost 4 instructors within this co-hort, less than an 18 month period, right off the bat. The program has this program within the program called Evolve, such a waste of time. You have to do so many questions to get to a certain level, the instructor and director really believes that it helps, but how can it help when you have to self teach yourself before even getting a level 2 or 3 on this Evolve stuff. If you don't get a level 2 or higher you will not pass the class regardless if you did well on quizzes and exams. Remember EVOLVE it is not BRN requested but students have to do it, my co-Hort fought and fought saying it is extremely a waste of time, you learn better on youtube than trying to earn a level 2 on evolve and the stuff you learn on evolve is 3% only on the test. Waste of time. ATI is a big one too! you have to score a level 2 or 3 on ATI testing out of class or good luck. Regardless of finals, you have an additional final ATI proctor test you have to pass or you're screwed. This ATI test is basically an exit exam. in addition, 10 question quizzes and 20pt, meaning you're only able to miss 1 question or you fail. Good Luck, new cohort from here on out, to my classes understanding is that they are adding more unnecessary work load to nursing students to get more grant money.
At San Joaquin Valley College...Vets beware...The VA Rep here is a joke. I am chapter 31 qualified. Getting the information I need for my VA VocRehab Rep from this school's VA representative is like getting your teeth pulled. I guess for this person this is a hobby not a job . This person is "constantly" out of the office and when there will not return your calls.... So prepare to do all the work for the VA yourself. Now in regards to the Advisor i am working with she is o.k.
It was a really good school loved my classes instructors and LOVED the program. My advisor helped me with my externship but when my extern was over i asked for help to find a job and never answered my call or messages. Told me that since i finished school they van no longer help me, that i was to find a job on my own which sucks because its hard when you have no experience in the medical field
Don't do it. Buy the book at Barnes n noble and take the exam yourself. Itll save you thousands of dollars. I am now in debt, and the school promises to find you a job. Let me tell you, they don't. Pharmacists appreciate more a individual who took the time to learn it on their own rather than have it spoon fed to you.
I graduate back in 2007 from San Joaquin Valley College. I thougt it was a good idea to have a short career to start earning money and then continued with my education.I made a big mistake. Teachers are awful, and our classroom members did complaint about this, they promise big earnings....do not believe them...there is no job placement avaliable but the papers stick to the wall. Nobody is gonna hire you with this type of certificate.
RN program itself is Very challenging but I will highly recommend it. The school is great, the instructors are great, the learning atmosphere is great. Again, it is a hard program and students need to work hard and study intensely to do well and pass the classes/clinicals. The passing score is 75%. Good luck to everyone.
The school is a joke! I can remember when some of the teachers would basically give you the answers to make sure that you passed their class. Alot of the teachers had their favorites and so I felt left out sometimes. No one in my class found a job, and it was ridiculous. Where these teachers come from, is beyond me. I remember correcting the teachers sometimes, and I was the student. I owe $22,000 dollars and have to go back to school to be able to get a job. Career Services was really horrible. I graduated with Honors! Alot of good that did me.
I had an awesome experience with this school. I had a great Pharmacy instructor, Mrs. Sapp! If you are interested in going to school to be a pharmacy technician I highly recommend you take her night classes. It all went down hill for me when I started my externship class with a new pharmacy instructor, Mrs. Cervantez. I felt like she didn't really care about me or my well being. She was unprofessional. She was late to class 75% of the time and did not inform me when she made changes to the schedule. My license got to me 2 months after I graduated because I believe she procrastinated on the processing. She would also have a sub come in when she couldn't make it to class and would not leave any plans so I would waste my mornings twiddling my thumbs with nothing to do. In all honesty it left a bad taste in my mouth for SJVC because my last impression was of her. I wish Mrs.Sapp could have taught my extern class because I had the best experience with her through my journey!