Accreditation & Approvals

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.

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State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


View SJVC’s 2014 BPPE Annual Report.

View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Programmatic Accreditation and Certifications

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 |

Criminal Justice: Corrections
SJVC’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program is certified to provide instruction by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)/Standards & Training for Corrections (STC) and the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS).

Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)/Standards & Training for Corrections (STC)
600 Bercut Drive
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 445-5073 |

Bureau of Security and Investigative Services
PO Box 980550
West Sacramento, CA 980550
(800) 952-5210 |

Dental Assisting

The SJVC Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Department of Consumer Affairs,  Dental Board of California.

Dental Board of California
2005 Evergreen Street, Ste. 1550
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2300 | 

Dental Hygiene

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

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(312) 440-2500 |

The San Diego San Joaquin Valley College Dental Hygiene Program is scheduled for review by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) on June 10-11, 2014. In accordance with the Commission’s accreditation policies, third-party comments are being solicited at this time. This notice is to inform students, faculty, patients and other interested parties of their right to submit comments to CODA regarding SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program adherence to accreditation standards. CODA is interested in the sustained quality of dental-related education programs, but does not intervene on behalf of individuals or act as a court of appeal for individuals in matters of admissions, appointment, promotion or dismissal of faculty, staff or students.

A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the Commission’s policy on third-party comments may be obtained by contacting:

American Dental Association
Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(800) 621-8099, extension 4653

Registered Nursing

San Joaquin Valley College’s RN program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).

Board of Registered Nursing
1747 North Market Blvd., Ste. 150
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 322-3350 |

Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy programs on the Rancho Cordova, Bakersfield, Ontario and Visalia campuses have been granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford TX 76021, 1-817-283-2835.

SJVC Temecula holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. 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 Temecula Respiratory Therapy 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).

6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Ste. 110
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 694-9262 |

1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210 2350 |

Veterinary Technology

SJVC’s Veterinary Technology program holds initial 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. Refer to the state board website for more information.

1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
(800) 248-2862 |

Vocational Nursing

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

2535 Capital Oaks Dr., Ste. 205
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 263-7800 |