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San Joaquin Valley College

Visalia, CA

7 Programs

Available Programs

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
    Building Systems, Construction, and Manufacturing

    Program Highlights

    SJVC's Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC or HVAC-R) program prepares students to work in the heating and cooling industry. Curriculum focuses on theories of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning. Students study the operation, maintenance and repair of residential and commercial equipment.


    • Air distribution systems
    • Electricity theory and application
    • Refrigeration theory and application
    • HVAC systems theory and application

    Graduates can earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 10 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in as few 14 months and have the opportunity to earn OSHA 10-Hour Construction and EPA 608 certification.

  • Maintenance Technician
    Truck Driving, Transportation, and Mechanics

    Program Highlights

    San Joaquin Valley College’s Maintenance Technician (M-Tech) program is designed to provide fundamental, hands-on training on industrial systems and equipment. Students will study and master the basic principles, applications, concepts and functions of hydraulic systems, bearing and seal types, and power transmission components.

  • Clinical Medical Assisting
    Medicine and Health Care

    Program Highlights

    SJVC’s Clinical 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 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.


    • Clinical skills
    • Administrative duties
    • Laboratory procedures
    • Pharmacology and Medication Administration

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

    Graduates earn a Certificate of Completion in Clinical Medical Assisting and may choose to apply for a certification exam from the organization of their choice (see organization’s requirements for eligibility with SJVC’s Clinical Medical Assisting program)*. Students also prepare for and take certification exams within their program courses that include HIPAA, CPR, and First Aid. SJVC prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

    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

  • Dental Assisting
    Medicine and Health Care

    Program Highlights

    SJVC’s Dental Assisting program trains students in all aspects of working with a dentist, including patient care, and office and laboratory duties. Our balance of hands-on experience and classroom instruction prepares students with the dental assisting skills and related theory they’ll need to perform on the job. Whether you use your Dental Assisting training for a career chairside or in an administrative capacity, you are well prepared at the program’s completion.


    • Dental anatomy and Patient Management
    • Dental Radiology
    • Preventive Clinical Procedures
    • Pediatrics and Orthodontic Specialties
    • Restorative Procedures

  • Medical Office Administration
    Medicine and Health Care

    Medical secretaries and administrative assistants have a range of clerical duties and responsibilities, including:

    • Schedule and confirm patient appointments
    • Compile and record medical charts
    • Complete insurance or other claim forms
    • Schedule tests or procedures for patients
    • Transcribe dictation
    • Prepare reports or correspondence for physicians or medical scientists.
    • Arrange hospital admissions for patients

    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 secretary and learn practical skills in the types of places they may work in after graduation.

  • Pharmacy Technology
    Medicine and Health Care

    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

  • Business Office Administration
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    Program Highlights

    SJVC’s Business Office Administration certificate program provides a framework of business knowledge and skills that can adapt to any company’s operation. Students develop into knowledgeable, ethical and technically competent business professionals.


    • Accounting Cycle Concepts
    • Principles of Management
    • Principles of Marketing
    • Principles of Human Resources
    • Business Communication


San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.


Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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