San Juan College Reviews

2.03 out of 5 stars
(13 Reviews)
  • Farmington (NM)
  • Annual Tuition: $4,330
40% of 13 students said this degree improved their career prospects
23% of 13 students said they would recommend this school to others
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1.0 out of 5 stars
Never going to be licensed tech - 10/28/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"There are plenty of one star reviews on this program, but I would really like to urge future students to really take these into consideration before thinking about attending this school. Many of the reviews state the program is easy enough until you get to video courses and I could not agree more! I have been working as an assistant/technician for 5 years and the requirements for these videos is absolutely ridiculous, it truly seems they WANT you to fail. They aren't realistic at all. It has caused so much stress, disagreements, fights, and tears from not only myself but my coworkers and bosses. Do yourself a favor and find a different veterinary technology program, PLEASE. I could go on for hours about all the snarky comments from my instructor, all the failed videos for NO reason..etc."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Your Uncertified Friendly Neighborhood Vet Tech - 7/14/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"Please, please, please. Do your future self a favor and DO NOT sign up for this program. The first few tiers are manageable and relatively well organized, but the video courses are designed for failure. The expectations they put upon their students are not realistic and do not test them on their veterinary technician skills, they test on your ability to follow instructions and making sure that everything goes perfectly, which is an extremely impractical expectation for real life. If you don't do one thing correctly, you fail. If someone in the background of your video does something incorrectly/improperly (according to San Juan), you fail. There are some things I failed for that were not listed in the rubric, I was just supposed to "remember and utilize the knowledge we have gained up to this point". Don't even get me started on videos where sterility is involved. Please, please, please preserve your sanity and find a different program. Please. You will regret it."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Friendly VET tech in traning - 3/7/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2021
"Avoid this school at all costs, the first few tiers are great however once you get to the video's you basically have to just stage each one to mimic the school requirements. The video classes are there to set the students up for failure. If my credits transferred anywhere I would have already tried. This school is dedicated to ensuring that you do not pass the video classes they are too critical and honestly put the patient at risk due to the amount of explaining the student is required to do while the patients are out for a surgical procedure. You will regret ever going to this school, do yourself, career and life a favor and choose a different institution. I hope this post reached at least one person and points them in the correct direction, this industry is already very hard to make a living in and San Juan is only doing a disservice to students, patients and the Vet community by their unrealistic expectations."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Samantha - 2/12/2020
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2020
"His school is so confusing and super strict. Their courses have no room for error. The moment you fail a quiz/exam/discussion board you fail the whole class and are required to RETAKE the course. Sounds like a huge set up to me! Run away fast !!!!!!!"
4.5 out of 5 stars
DogCat RVT - 8/3/2018
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017
"I decided to write because I was tired of the strange reviews on this site. I did not start my AAS here. I started with another distance learning program. It can be difficult to find an online program that has a high VTNE pass rate. Needless to say, I had a difficult time communicating with the instructors at the old school and felt that I was a number. I really wanted more help than I was getting there and my coworker was taking classes at SJC. I transferred after my second semester and many long conversations with Sherry in advising (I do not know why someone said she is the director, a Google search will tell you otherwise) I found her to be very helpful, as were the majority of my instructors. I spent 1 semester where I do not even think I spoke to the instructor (it was not that they were rude, just quiet). I do agree with the other person who did not care for the financial aid office because they seemed slow to react at times, but nothing that affected my schooling. I spent 3 years with the school (taking time off) and found that they were helpful, and caring, and actually took the time to know me. My one instructor reminded me when I almost missed a major exam deadline. I found that the work was very easy in the intro classes and then worked its way up so I could easily keep up and learn new things without panicking. I learned so many things and was able to improve my clinic based on what I had learned. I know some students do not like that you have to complete videos to complete the program, but you have to for any 100% distance learning program and, although filming took time, I did not find it difficult. I found the instructions were clear and I did not have any issues with them. I passed without failing any class in the program despite being worried I would fail something. Each instructor answered the many questions I had in a timely manner and did so thoroughly (my online BS program instructors only reply with a question to my question) In any case, I think you will honestly like the support at this school. I am proud to be a 2017 graduate!"
1.9 out of 5 stars
carlos rivera - 1/9/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
"I do not agree with the way financial aid handles academic progress appeals it takes to long for a answer. They only have one person deciding the out come of the appeals. I'm very disappointed with the financial aid department. I would not recommend this school"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Des - 1/6/2017
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017
"I would love to review San Juan College as I read extraordinary things about their vet tech program and was very excited to get accepted and start the process but unfortunately I won't be able to because I can't be a degree seeking student here. Apparently if you were homeschooled in a state that doesn't issue official diplomas, it doesn't matter if you got accepted to two universities, already have a bachelors degree, took extra classes on your own, and have clear evidence of "academic progress." No, you have to have some sort of official high school diploma or a GED, because a piece of paper explaining that I took Algebra 1 and 2 almost a decade ago is what shows I'm an adequate student. Honestly, the most annoying part was getting the same answer from admissions over and over again. I asked questions and tried to clarify things and all they would say is "we need an official transcript showing classes, grades, GPA, and signature of a school official." Is homeschooling really that hard to understand? Short version: they're way too rigid with their requirements and I refuse to pay $150 to get a GED just to prove I know basic concepts."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Niccole - 5/9/2016
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2017
"This school ranks as one of the best online vet tech degrees, but because of this, I believe they must have far too many students and they cannot handle it, leaving you without much help. Sherry the director of this program takes weeks to email you back, wont return your phone call after the initial one to get you enrolled. You have to schedule phone appointments weeks ahead of time because there is virtually none to help you figure out there very confusing enrollment process or answer any questions in a timely manner. The online classroom, and virtual campus in general is confusing to navigate. Nobody responded to the messages (note plural) I left with the bookstore in ample time to return my books, and when I finally got a hold of someone, they were extremely rude telling me that they did not receive any messages and sorry it was now too late to refund. I withdrew before I attended because they seem very disorganized and to no help at all. It was a waste of like eight months of my time plus $295 for the books that I will never get back, and I'm sure they do not care at all. I wonder how many others there are? Thanks S.!!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
crazyboxerlady - 3/21/2016
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2018
"I love this college, the advisors care so much! i am an online student but i feel as if i am sitting in class with everyone else because the advisors are so attentive and punctual to all my needs! Thank you San JuanĀ College for all the help and for truly caring about your students!"
2.5 out of 5 stars
VetTechStudent - 10/30/2015
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"The Vet Tech Distance Learning program is great at first, however, the last 10-15 units are very difficult. Dr. Wright mentioned that many students fail out of the video courses and are required to take them over again. The professor was not helpful at all and there is no remediation plan regardless of what the assignment paperwork states-- you will not be helped to come up with a solution when your veterinary practice doesn't do the type of procedure directly as stated in the video courses. The college is trying to meet full accreditation by Fall 2016 and unfortunately the student suffers. Furthermore, I was asked to do something unethical to get my tasks completed. I have already begun my transfer process to a more well-respected college at a brick and mortar school that has scheduled clinical hours at a teaching hospital."

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