San Joaquin Valley College Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
(86 Reviews)
  • Visalia (CA) (and 12 others)
  • Annual Tuition: $30,175
59% of 86 students said this degree improved their career prospects
47% of 86 students said they would recommend this school to others
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2.8 out of 5 stars
Kulzlulz - 1/24/2015
Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2014
"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!"
1.8 out of 5 stars
Rafael Salazar - 11/1/2014
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014
"This school helped me with work and made me understand many different programs such as Excel, Quick books,etc. The only problem is when I want to transfer to UC Riverside, I can't because the school degree is valued less than any other community college."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony Velasquez - 9/30/2014
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Trey - 6/8/2014
Degree: Aviation
Graduation Year: 2014
"I attended SJVC from Jan 2013 to May 2014. I studied Aviation and it was a blast. I learned everything I needed to know to pass all 9 test (3 written 3 oral and 3 practical) the first time taking them with no problem, I got a job about 10 days after graduation working on propellers no problem. I had many compliments at my job for knowing so much for a new grad. The classes for my degree was not hard but definetly not easy. If anything its time consuming but5 if you want it, you can obtain it. My only suggesting, go to school for something that actually needs you to go to school to obtain the job."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Very Upset Grad - 5/30/2014
Graduation Year: 2013
"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 ...."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 11/8/2013
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2013
"It's not worth it, they get paid as long as you go there. After you externship if you don't get hired they lag it on finding you a job because they send you to all of these places but the employers are so picky and discriminating you will not get hired!!! I finished in January 2013 and still don't have a job plus i still have to pay back that student loan and I'm stuck working a minimum wage job"
2.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/14/2013
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2013
"Tell us about your college experience.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.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?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.What advice can you offer other students?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!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Cadet Klux - 7/5/2013
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6/6/2013
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014
"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"
3.0 out of 5 stars
LM - 6/5/2013
Degree: Construction Management
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."

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