Physician Assistant

Train for a Career as a Physician Assistant

SJVC’s Physician Assistant program prepares students to work as health professionals and to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. Students learn to collect and evaluate medical data and participate in the process of clinical decision–making. Graduates are prepared to provide diagnosis and therapeutic management as it relates to their patients and their position in the health care field.

Physician Assistant Program Details

Program Information

The Physician Assistant (PA) program at San Joaquin Valley College will close in the Fall of 2015, after its last cohort of students completes the program. SJVC will continue to meet all of the educational standards of the PA programmatic accrediting body (ARC-PA) for its current students. The College is not enrolling any future cohorts of students for its PA program.

Individuals interested in applying to a Physician Assistant program are encouraged to visit to research accredited institutions.

Specific information on the status of the SJVC PA program is available under the Accreditation & Approvals information below.

Accreditation and Approvals

At its March 2014 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the San Joaquin Valley College Physician Assistant program sponsored by San Joaquin Valley College on Accreditation-Probation status until no later than September 30, 2015, at which time the sponsoring institution will voluntarily withdraw from the accreditation process.

The institution and program have agreed to teach-out the currently enrolled students in accordance and compliance with the educational Standards for accredited programs. Should the program not comply with the Standards, thereby failing to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students, it is subject to having the accreditation status withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

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.

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

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: