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What Is Accreditation 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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Of the three types of accreditation (regional, national and programmatic), the most highly regarded form of institutional accreditation is regional accreditation. The regional accrediting commissions set a very high standard for the performance of the entire institution. Not all higher education institutions can meet these standards.

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC ), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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

State Approvals

View State Approvals for SJVC.

Programmatic Accreditation

Aviation Maintenance Technology
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.

  • Flight Standards District Office
  • 4955 E. Anderson Ave., Ste. 110
  • Fresno, CA 93727
  • (559) 454-0286
  • http://www.faa.gov

Criminal Justice: Corrections
The Criminal Justice: Corrections program is accredited by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/ Corrections Standards Authority, and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Service (BSIS).

  • Bureau of Security and Investigative Service
  • PO Box 980550
  • West Sacramento, CA 980550
  • (800) 952-5210
  • http://www.bsis.ca.gov

Dental Assisting
The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Dental Board of California.

  • Dental Board of California
  • 2005 Evergreen Street, Ste. 1550
  • Sacramento, CA 95815
  • (916) 263-2300
  • http://www.dbc.ca.gov 

Dental Hygiene
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Emergency Services and Safety Management
The Emergency Services and Safety Management program is accredited by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Service (BSIS).

  • Bureau of Security and Investigative Service
  • PO Box 980550
  • West Sacramento, CA 980550
  • (800) 952-5210
  • http://www.bsis.ca.gov

Physician Assistant
At its March 2012 meeting, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) voted to place the San Joaquin Valley College Physician Assistant program on Probation until its next comprehensive review in March 2014. Accreditation – Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • 12000 Findley Road, Ste. 150
  • Johns Creek, GA 30097
  • (770) 476-1224
  • http://www.arc-pa.org 

Registered Nursing
The Registered Nursing program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).

Respiratory Therapy
The Respiratory Therapy programs on the Rancho Cordova, Bakersfield, Visalia and Rancho Cucamonga campuses have been granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford TX 76021, 1817283.2835; http://www.coarc.com

SJVC Temecula holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Self Study Report (PSSR) and other documentation required by the CoARC Board. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.

Surgical Technology
The 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).

Veterinary Technology
The Veterinary Technology program holds provisional accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), qualifying students to sit for the Registered Veterinary Technician (RTV) exam for state licensure immediately upon graduation.

  • AVMA
  • 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
  • Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
  • (800) 248-2862
  • https://www.avma.org

Vocational Nursing
The Licensed Vocational Nursing program is accredited by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT).