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Your Success Is More Important Than Ever  That’s why you can start your program at home now and finish on-campus. So you don’t have to wait, and neither will the community you serve.

Our Graduates

Ask one of our 60,000+ graduates about their SJVC experience and they’ll likely describe it as life-changing. When we get that type of positive feedback, we know we’re doing things right.

Here at SJVC, everyone is willing to help one another out. Once you become part of this school, you become a part of a family. The staff here have always been supportive since the start. They are always trying their best to make sure you are learning everything needed for the field you are going for. They make sure that you are prepared before actually sending you on to the real world. I am hoping the rest of the students and also any future students that will attend here will enjoy this experience just as I have.

General Education Courses and Training

Get ahead on your Gen Ed. Bypass the waitlist with FastTrack Pathway.

Do you need to complete coursework before starting a degree program at SJVC or elsewhere?* Then our FastTrack Pathway is for you! FastTrack Pathway is a series of general education courses and training to help students meet prerequisite requirements for other programs ─ and bypass the waitlists for general education courses found at other schools. Enroll now! Our team of education pros are standing by with an easy-entry plan setup with you in mind. The instructor-led courses are offered frequently, and delivered using an approach to engage students and encourage interaction and participation. We’ll get you in, out, and on your way toward your degree.

Prerequisite Courses Offered at SJVC

Select SJVC locations offer 10-week science courses and 5-week non-science courses to meet prerequisite needs.** The following courses are for non-degree seekers.

How to Enroll at SJVC

Making the decision to go back to school is one of the biggest steps on your journey to enrolling. At SJVC, our admissions process is straightforward:

1. Request Info

It’s as simple as filling out the form to your right. Once you do, an Admissions Representative will reach out to schedule you for a visit to one of our campuses, or to help you understand how our Online Programs work.

2. Meet with Your Admissions Representative

Our Admissions team will give you a tour of the campus and help you select the program that aligns best with your interests.

New students ring the admissions bell at SJVC4. Meet with Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid team can help you plan out how you will pay for college and identify aid you may qualify for.

5. Get Accepted

Ring the admissions bell! This is one of the highlights of enrolling at SJVC. Each new student that enrolls rings an admissions bell to celebrate this big step forward to a new career.

The ringing of the bell at SJVC, in my personal opinion, meant the first day of the rest of my life and the key to my success. – Kim Minor, Medical Assisting


Admissions Requirements

Requirements to Enroll at SJVC

Our Admissions Department is dedicated to helping prospective students select the programs that best suit their needs and qualifications. To ensure that prospective students are a good match for their selected program of interest, SJVC has established the following admission procedures and requirements:

  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or the equivalent.
  • Applicants must participate in an interview with an Admissions Representative.
  • Applicants to on-ground programs must participate in an admissions assessment. The assessment instrument(s) and process varies by program. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate the cognitive ability of prospective students. Each program has a required minimum entry score. Our Admissions Department utilizes the results from the assessment(s) to select prospective students who have the best opportunity to achieve success in their chosen program. Some programs have additional entrance procedures and requirements, which can be found on those specific program pages.
  • Applicants must meet with either the Enrollment Services Director or a campus manager or their designee for an acceptance interview. In addition to this acceptance interview, applicants may be required to meet with the Director of their selected program.
  • Applicants must meet with the Financial Services Department to confirm arrangements to meet tuition obligations.
  • Upon completion of the above, the applicant will sign an Enrollment Agreement which sets forth specific information such as start and graduation dates, tuition information, academic schedule, etc.

Programs leading to occupations requiring licensure may have licensing requirements that prohibit enrollment of applicants with relevant past criminal convictions.

Admissions requirements may vary by program. Some programs may require prerequisites. Contact an Admissions Representative to learn more by filling out our Request Information form.

College Catalog

SJVC’s goal is to make it possible for anyone to get the high-quality education they need to advance their career.

For detailed information on SJVC’s programs, please download our current College Catalog. The College Catalog includes the following:

  • Introduction to San Joaquin Valley College
  • Admissions
  • Financial Services
  • Institutional Policies
  • Student Services
  • Academic Policies and Regulations
  • Associate Degree and Certificate Programs
  • Course Descriptions
  • Administration and Faculty

MEDICAL‌ ‌AND‌ ‌DENTAL‌ ‌PROGRAMS‌  Dental Assisting

SJVC’s Dental Assisting program trains students in all aspects of working with a dentist, including patient care, office, and laboratory duties.

Q How much does it cost? How much does it cost?

Tuition varies by campus, program of study and program credential level. Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Consumer Information to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.

Q Will I fit in? Will I fit in?

Our students are all unique, but most will agree that SJVC made them feel like they fit right in thanks to the family-like atmosphere you can find on all of our campuses.

Q What kinds of career training do you offer? What kinds of career training do you offer?

SJVC offers more than 20 highly specialized, short-term career education programs on 15 campuses located throughout California — in addition to an online division. You can earn your associate of science degree or certificate in a wide variety of medical, dental, business, criminal justice, industrial and trades programs. Our programs offer the right balance of hands-on training and classroom instruction to prepare you for success in your chosen career.

Q When do classes start? When do classes start?

Start dates for specific programs vary by campus, but classes begin year-round. Contact your local campus or our online division to find out when your chosen program begins — the best time to start is now!

Q What is the class schedule like? What is the class schedule like?

SJVC’s ground campuses offer morning, afternoon or evening classes for many programs. Students in online programs learn from and communicate with their instructors on a flexible schedule. When you meet with your Admissions Representative, they can give you specific information on the programs and campus you’re most interested in.

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