Accreditation & Approvals

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What Accreditation Is and Why It Matters

Accreditation is the process for evaluating and assuring the quality of education used by the American higher education community. Through accreditation, the higher education community shoulders the responsibility for monitoring the quality of the programs and services of member institutions.

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Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., 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:

  • View SJVC’s 2013 Self-Evaluation Report.
  • Download the ACCJC Site Evaluation Report.
  • Read the ACCJC Letter Reaffirming SJVC’s Accreditation.

State Approvals

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

View other State Approvals for SJVC.

Programmatic Accreditation

Click on the links below to view accreditation for:

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Criminal Justice: Corrections

Dental Assisting

Dental Hygiene

Emergency Services and Safety Management

Physician Assistant

Registered Nursing

Respiratory Therapy

Surgical Technology

Veterinary Technology

Vocational Nursing