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

2019 ACCJC Re-Accreditation Process

SJVC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Once accreditation is granted, ACCJC member institutions undergo a self-evaluation every seven years in order to maintain their accredited status.  SJVC is currently undergoing the self-evaluation process.

Notice: A team composed of individuals from other ACCJC-accredited institutions will conduct a multi-day site visit to SJVC during March 11-14, 2019. A sampling of SJVC campuses will be visited. The team will document its findings and conclusions in a report that will be submitted to the ACCJC. The ACCJC will make a decision on SJVC’s accredited status at its bi-annual meeting in June or July 2019.

ACCJC Now Accepting Third-Party Comments

Providing a third-party comment assists the Commission as it considers applications for candidacy, accreditation, or reaffirmation of accreditation. Such comments must be submitted in writing, signed, and accompanied by the affiliation, return address and telephone number of the correspondent. Individuals who wish to make comments must use the Third-Party Comments Form.

Comments may be submitted at any time. The Commission meets every January and June to take action on its member institutions. Third-party comments should be submitted to the Commission five weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.

If an individual wishes to make comments in connection with SJVC’s re-accreditation, the third-party comment must be received by the Commission no later than five weeks before the evaluation team visit. This provides appropriate time for review by the external evaluation team. The team evaluation of third-party comments will become part of the Commission review of the college at the scheduled Commission meeting. Institutions will be provided an opportunity to review applicable third-party comments. All applicable third-party comments will be provided to the Commission for consideration.

SJVC encourages you to check this page regularly for updates regarding the Self-Evaluation, Site Visit and ACCJC Re-accreditation Process.

Prior ACCJC Re-Accreditation and Mid-Term Reports

  • Read the ACCJC response to SJVC’s 2016 Mid-Term Report.
  • View SJVC’s 2016 Mid-Term Report.
  • Read the ACCJC 2013 Letter Reaffirming SJVC’s Accreditation.
  • Download the ACCJC 2013 Site Evaluation Report.
  • View SJVC’s 2013 Self-Evaluation 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 |

Occupational Therapy Assistant

The SJVC Occupational Therapy Assistant program is in progress of seeking accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, C/O AOTA, is (301) 652-6611, and its web address is SJVC will not enroll students into the Occupational Therapy Assisting program until we have received candidacy status from ACOTE, which grants the college approval to admit its first cohort of students.

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).

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 |