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Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2018

I was a straight A student with a 4.0, had perfect attendance, and was on the Dean's List, so I have no reason to leave a bad review, unless it is the truth. This is the truth. The Modesto/Salida president and his deans are incompetent. They make excuses for inappropriate behavior. They will give you the rundown of the history of the school and TRY to verbalize the letters behind their instructors names thinking the "qualifications" are worthy, or that that will intimidate you. They devalue their students. The instructors gossip about staff & students. The career services advisor will take weeks to get back to you, if she ever does at all. She made my resume look so horrible (and it had typos and duplicate information), I ended up looking at examples online and redoing myself. They care more about the money the students bring in, instead of the student. They should care more about students than their title, status, & money that makes them all act so prideful & snobby. Instead of dealing with issues, they overlook them. They tell you that you can bring issues to them, then they either do not get back to you, or they refuse to deal with you on the matter. If you are brave enough to speak up about problems you see with the instructors or school, they intimidate you with passive aggressive behaviors. They lack compassion. They lack humility. They allow their instructors to act & speak in appropriately. One instructor said, "Can we get sexier uniforms for the M.A.s?" They also lied about what programs they offer and persuaded me to take another course by saying, "we are doing away with that program, how about this one...?" As I attended school, the course I originally wanted to take was STILL being offered!? REALLY?! LIARS! Another instructor talks to her students about her son's penis and daughter's sex life in (very inappropriate) detail, and "management" does NOTHING! This place is a joke! Their financial advisor is so rude, and always running around the campus like a chicken with its head cut off. It was ridiculous! So unprofessional! I am not impressed. I have reached out to M. P. and the administrative office about this. I will update this review, shall they get back to me about my concerns.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2019

How tuition works was not up front. It cost me an addition $2000 due to the fact my work place was told it was a cost of $409.50 per class. SJVC included the credits that I tranfered into the program under the tuition. This is fraudulent!!! They are including credits that were paid for and taken by another college in the price when submitting it to my work place. I am sorry I started the program there are many other programs to choose from. I will be reporting this to the AARC.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2018

Horrible staff. the Medical assisting evening teacher stays on her phone all class instead of help her students during labs when you are doing venipunctures or other hands on things that can injure someone. she also will give you attitude if you ask questions and treat you like your stupid. The evening MA teacher is horrible and barely teaches you. majority because they are understaff and she was forced to teach two different classes at the same time and she didn't pay attention to either classes instead watched hockey the whole class. The Dean of Students is also completely incompetent. I have previous schooling and when I first enrolled I told every person that I could (my administrator and the dean of students) that I had literally the month before just paid to be CPR and First Aid certified and WOULD NOT be charged to redo the program but I was aware the CPR class is part of my grade so i would participate but since i dont need a certification that i did not want to pay for it. Since day 1 I was in the Dean of Students office to make sure I would not be charged. She had 3 months to tell the people who would be charging me to not charge me and she waited until the day before the class to let them know and they told her that it was too late and i would still be charged and not refunded and tried blaming me telling me i waited too long instead of taking responsibility for the fact that she procrastinated and s****** me over. The school also has a very idiotic policy that you can not make up any tests or quizzes which is ridiculous because i told my teacher almost 2 weeks ahead of time that i could not make it to class because my sister was getting married and they told me i would not be able to make it up and to accept an F which heavily affects your grade. They also would not let me walk in the graduation ceremony that was only a couple weeks earlier than my graduation date. Instead i had to wait until the ceremony almost 9 months later to walk. This school might seem like a great idea because its fast but with the ridiculous policies and staff it is not worth the time and money. Go somewhere else. Especially since i have attended 3 different schools for my bachelors and my esthetics licenses this school is by far the worst.

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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2018

this school is horrible i would recommended nobody to go to this school i was 3 months away from graduating with my A.S. degree and they but they let me go because they said i committed plagiarism and i didn't but i have a lawyer and i will sue them thats not right

2 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2018

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.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Surgical Technology/Technologist
Graduation Year: 2018

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!

2 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

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.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Graduation Year: 2018

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.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2017

Garbage school. I already have a degree from a community college. I decided to us up the last of my GI Bill and get another degree from SJVC online. They are your typical Private school, all the bad rap associated with such they definitely have. They refused to accept my credits for math and English from another school because it is all about the money for them. They had some lame excuse how the credit hours didn't match or something which is weird because the math I had to take at SJVC in my program was the same exact stuff that I just previously taken at the community college. I look at the cost of the programs they charge these people so they can land a 14 dollar an hour job. They are a rip off. It is better to go to a community college where it is much cheaper for a way better education and a degree a potential employer will respect. Most employers once seeing your degree come from a For-Profit college will turn and hire someone else because they know the education is lacking. I only have a couple months to go in my program and am very happy I already have a good job so the degree I receive from this place wont be what I pray I have to lean on to feed my family.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2018

I wouldn't return here if I could turn back time. Typical sales pitch personal, they are super polite and answer all of your questions until you have passed your grace period of opting out of the program. Once you are over that period you don't have that same customer service. Emails are not return as quickly or at all like before. I once received an email from the student adviser letting me know that non passing grade would effect my student loan. Didn't even care that I was reaching out to the student adviser and the person giving out the information for the module that I was having a hard time comprehending the information. It's sad that they say they care but don't. It's all about the money. I signed up for the online courses because I work full time and I am a single mother. I get these supposedly teachers telling me when I should do the homework not knowing my situation or my schedule, Of course I know if I turn it in I get points docked off. But very stupid and inconsiderate to tell me that I should do it before my due date. The books that are used are very unorganized and awfully written. I can go on but this is shall be it for now.

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