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San Joaquin Valley College

About San Joaquin Valley College

San Joaquin Valley College - Training today for a better tomorrow.

Better opportunities and increased financial stability could be just around the corner. Get the skills needed in today's competitive job market with accelerated programs in medical, technical, and business fields.

Founded in 1977, SJVC is a private junior college with campuses located throughout California - including an Online division - offering a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on training to meet your needs.

Medical Office Administration

Medical secretaries have a range of clerical duties and responsibilities1, including:

  • Maintain medical facility records
  • Enter patient data into computers
  • Process medical billing information and insurance claims
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments
  • Transcribe dictation
  • Prepare reports or articles for physicians or medical scientists.
  • Arrange for patients to be hospitalized

SJVC’s Medical Office Administration program is designed to help students develop the actual skills employers are looking for. An externship component exposes students to hands-on, real-world experience under the direction of a medical office manager or director in an actual healthcare setting. Externships allow students to experience what it’s like to be a medical office administrator and learn practical skills in the types of places they may work in after graduation.

Medical Assisting

Program Highlights

SJVC’s Medical Assisting classes prepare graduates to work in medical offices and specialty clinics in as few as 9 months. Training helps students learn the skills required to be a valuable member of the healthcare team.

SJVC’s Clinical Medical Assisting program is designed to introduce students to the core skills and competencies needed to work as a medical assistant in California. You will graduate with the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to provide administrative and/or clinical support in healthcare settings such as medical offices, clinics, and hospitals.


  • Patient care
  • Medical office procedures
  • Laboratory skills
  • Credential and Professional Certifications

Our Clinical Medical Assisting (CMA) students can earn a certificate of completion in approximately 9 months.

Graduates earn a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing.* Students also prepare for and take certification exams within their program courses that include HIPAA and CPR.

Students residing outside of California are encouraged to take a certification examination recognized by their state medical board or an independent certification organization.

*Graduates may qualify for other certifications depending upon location and placement requirements


For more information about the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit Certificate.

Pharmacy Technology

Program Highlights

SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program prepares you to work under the direct supervision of a Registered Pharmacist as part of a team responsible for carrying out doctors’ pharmaceutical orders.


  • Pharmacy law and ethics
  • Computer data entry
  • Pharmacy science & clinical applications
  • Prescription processing

Career Opportunities

A well-trained pharmacy technician can expect to work in a highly respected, professional environment such as franchise pharmacies, hospitals and home health care agencies.

On the job, pharmacy technicians can expect to:

  • Mix pharmaceutical preparations according to written prescriptions
  • Add measured drugs or nutrients to IV solutions under sterile conditions
  • Compute charges for medication dispensed to hospital patients
  • Inform supervisors of stock need and shortages

Program Outcomes

Our Pharmacy Technology students can earn a certificate of completion in approximately 9 months.

Students will become eligible to apply for licensure with the California State Board of Pharmacy providing they meet requirements as specified by the board, including a Department of Justice criminal background check and data bank query.

Students qualify to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam upon successful completion of practice examinations administered during their course of study with the approval of the Pharmacy Liaison. Students also have the opportunity to earn their Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification.

Veterinary Assisting / Veterinary Technician

Program Highlights

Our Veterinary Technology program prepares you with the skills needed to help animals when they need it most. SJVC's comprehensive training includes all areas of animal patient care, from lab tests to radiology procedures to surgical assisting. The curriculum also covers communication skills involving pet owner education and counseling for the care of sick animals, in addition to preventive measures.


  • Fundamentals of animal nursing
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Veterinary office practices
  • Laboratory procedures

Career Opportunities

Veterinary Assistants provide support to a veterinarian in the treatment of animals and work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Animal shelters
  • Zoo or wild animal parks
  • Research institutions

Surgical Technology / Technologist

Our Surgical Technology program prepares students with the theory and application of sterile techniques. Instruction includes extensive clinical rotation to give students hands-on experience in a surgical environment.

Students will learn:

  • Proper assembly of surgical instruments and equipment
  • How to create and maintain a sterile field
  • Correct handling and care of specimens
  • Techniques for providing pre-, intra- and post-operative care
  • How to anticipate surgeon's needs during operation
Surgical Technologists assist in operations under the supervision of surgical personnel and can expect to work in professional environments such as:
  • Hospital operating rooms
  • Out-patient surgery centers
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery centers
  • Birthing centers
  • Oral surgery centers

Graduates earn an Associate of Science degree, CPR certification and are eligible to to apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) National Certification Exam.


San Joaquin Valley College’s Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), in cooperation with the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA).

Diagnostic Medical Sonography / Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program offered at SJVC trains you to work as an entry-level sonographer. Graduates are prepared to do ultrasound scanning examinations and document the data for analysis by a physician.

Students will learn:

  • Fundamentals and professional aspects of sonography
  • Principles and instrumentation of ultrasound
  • Abdominal ultrasound imaging
  • Obstetrics, gynecology and vascular imaging

Sonographers work in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Radiology Imaging Centers or Clinics

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have completed the necessary prerequisite courses. All coursework must be completed a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Reading & Composition – CAN 2
  • Intermediate Algebra or higher
  • Anatomy and Physiology– CAN 10
  • Medical Terminology

Where applicable, it is recommended to use the California Articulation Numbers (CAN) as listed in California Community College catalogs. For more information on general education courses from other institutions, visit www.collegeboard.com.

Applicants must also meet the technical standards to be considered for the program. Technical standards provide a reference against which candidates for enrollment are evaluated by the Admissions Committee.


San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.

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Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Visit consumerinfo.sjvc.edu for important information on program outcomes.

Campus Locations

Atascadero, CA

8845 El Camino Real



Bakersfield, CA

201 New Stine Road



Delano, CA

1920 Cecil Ave



Fresno, CA

295 East Sierra Avenue



Hanford, CA

215 West 7th Street



Hesperia, CA

9331 Mariposa Road



Lancaster, CA

42135 10th Street West, Suite 147

Lancaster ,


Madera, CA

2185 West Cleveland Avenue



Modesto, CA

5380 Pirrone Road



Ontario, CA

4580 Ontario Mills Parkway



Porterville, CA

314 N. Main Street



Rancho Mirage, CA

34275 Monterey Ave

Rancho Mirage,


Santa Maria, CA

303 Plaza Dr

Santa Maria,


Temecula, CA

27270 Madison Avenue, Suite 103



Visalia, CA

8344 W Mineral King Ave




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