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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.
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 www.arc-pa.org/acc_programs to research accredited institutions.
Specific information on the status of the SJVC PA program is available under the Accreditation & Approvals information below.
Review SJVC’s Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) Performance Summary Reports below. You can also download the 2014 First Time Taker and Five Year First Time Taker reports.
Five Year First Time Take Average Pass Rate for Program: 85%
Five Year National First Time Take Average: 94%
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to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students, it is subject to having the accreditation status withdrawn.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 www.accjc.org.
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:
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Toll free (888) 370-7589
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