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.

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.
  • View SJVC’s 2016 Mid-Term Report.
  • Read the ACCJC response to SJVC’s 2016 Mid-Term Report.

ACCJC Action Letters

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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


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Programmatic Accreditation and Certifications

Aviation Maintenance Technology
The Aviation Maintenance Technology program is approved 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 approved 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 Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.” The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education.

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

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 program has been granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford TX 76021, 1-817-283-2835.

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology program on the Bakersfield and Fresno campuses 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). The Surgical Technology program on SJVC’s Rancho Cordova and Temecula campuses is new and not yet accredited. The campuses are in the process of seeking accreditation.

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

25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 210 2350 |

Vocational Nursing

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

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