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Prerequisite courses or “prereqs” are courses that must be completed prior to enrolling in specific SJVC programs, or programs at another institution. Prepare to provide documentation that you have completed these prerequisite courses with your SJVC application. Not all SJVC programs have prerequisites, and prerequisite courses may vary by program. Please keep reading to learn more.
Select SJVC campuses offer 10-week science classes and 5-week general education courses to meet prerequisite needs*. Some general education courses may also be available online. Learn more.
The following programs have prerequisites:
Applicants for SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program must have completed the following prerequisite courses:
Prerequisites must be completed at an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a minimum of a “C” grade and an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher (GPA calculation excludes mathematics). Learn more about SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program.
Applicants for SJVC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program must be at least 18 years of age and have completed the following prerequisite courses with a grade a “C” or higher at an accredited college or university:
Nine units of prerequisite coursework will be applied to the general education graduation requirement. Applicants who have successfully completed the prerequisites will be considered for admission into the program. Using a point-based system, applicants will be ranked on the following criteria: cumulative GPA on prerequisite courses, an assessment, professional references, and a personal interview with program faculty. Enrollment decisions are made by the Program Director or his/her designee.
Learn more about SJVC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
To be considered for admission to SJVC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 26 units of general education prerequisite coursework (GPA of 2.5 or higher) in the following subjects at a regionally or nationally accredited college or university:
1 Requires a 2.0 grade or higher
Learn more about SJVC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
Applicants must complete a minimum of 34 units of general education prerequisite coursework (GPA of 2.5 or higher) in the following subjects at an accredited college or university to qualify for SJVC’s Registered Nursing program:
These courses may also be offered at SJVC.
Learn more about SJVC’s Registered Nursing program.
2 If the student does not have GE Area C2 units to transfer in, PHIL 1C: Ethics must be taken at SJVC.
*Completion of the program’s general education requirements at SJVC does not guarantee entry into the Dental Hygiene, Registered Nursing or Diagnostic Medical Sonography programs.
If you intend to transfer SJVC courses to another institution, you must contact that institution directly to determine transferability of units. Accepting transfer credits is always and only up to the receiving institution. View a complete list of SJVC articulation agreements.