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Medical & Dental Programs
Medical assistants are healthcare workers who assist physicians in clinics, hospitals, and other medical facilities. They fulfill both administrative and clinical tasks, including:
- Drawing blood during lab tests
- Keeping and updating patient records
- Assisting doctors with routine exams
- Handling billing, coding, and bookkeeping
- Answering the phone or scheduling appointments
Medical Assisting can be a rewarding career for those interested in healthcare and helping others. San Joaquin Valley College’s Clinical Medical Assisting program in Santa Maria, CA offers training to help students achieve their career goals. In as few as 9 months, you can receive a certificate of completion while learning medical applications, tools, anatomy, terminology, and administrative skills.View Program
A career as a Pharmacy Technician could represent a rewarding path to success. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of 4 percent from 2019 to 2029.  As the demand rises for prescription medications, it could lead to more opportunities for pharmaceutical services. San Joaquin Valley College’s Pharmacy Technology program in Santa Maria gives students the knowledge and experience they need to thrive in today’s healthcare industry.
Our program will teach you the fundamentals of:
- Body systems
- Computer data entry
- Pharmacy operations
- Financial management
- Prescription labeling, dispensing, and processing
Join the thousands who have trained with SJVC by enrolling now.View Program
Medical office administration covers all administrative or clerical support roles in a medical office setting. Professionals in this field may be responsible for updating records and billing claims, scheduling appointments, as well as keeping office supplies in stock.
SJVC’s Medical Office Administration program in Santa Maria can teach you the skills needed to thrive in any healthcare environment. You can earn a certificate of completion in as few as 9 months or an Associate of Science Degree in as little as 15 months. Learn how you can get started in our program today!View Program
Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for sick, injured, and disabled patients under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse (RN). The duties of an LVN may include the following tasks:
- Drawing blood
- Tracking vital signs
- Administering medications
- Collecting samples for lab tests
- Communicating with doctors and other medical professionals
Enrolling in the Vocational Nursing program at our Santa Maria college campus can allow you to finish your studies in as few as 15 months. Please note, San Joaquin Valley College does not guarantee students will pass certification exams or licensure as a result of completing the program.
Check out our nursing school guide to learn more about this emerging field.View Program
Business & Criminal Justice Programs
Correctional officers play an important role in the criminal justice system. When you earn an Associate of Science Degree in corrections, you’ll possess knowledge in institutional management, safety, and supervision.
The SJVC Criminal Justice program at our Santa Maria college campus will enable you to focus on the following certifications for career advancement.
- Standards and Training for Corrections (STC)
- Adult Core Academy, which includes 8-hour Baton, and Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) certified training in:
- Public Relations
- Powers to Arrest
- Chemical Agents
- Weapons of Mass Destruction
- Observations and Documentation
- Communications and its significance related to Liability and Legal Aspects
Effective January 1, 2020, BSIS Exposed Firearms Permits may only be issued to applicants who are 21 years of age or older. Individuals who do not meet the new age requirement will be provided alternate training during the firearm sessions, and are welcome to pursue the certification after they meet the age requirement.
With your degree, you can perform daily corrections tasks like enforcing prison or jail rules, overseeing inmate activities, and reporting inmate conduct. Take the first step in your career by enrolling in our program!View Program
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Career Training in Santa Maria, California
SJVC’s Santa Maria, CA location is one of our newest campuses, established in 2019! We offer accelerated career training programs for students interested in the medical, business, industrial or trades fields.
We are conveniently located in Santa Maria near the corner of Stowell Road and Broadway and can be reached easily by bus on Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) routes 1, 5, 45 and 61
Those interested in enrolling in one of the programs at SJVC’s Santa Maria campus can meet with an admissions advisor at our campus.
“Education is one of the most powerful things in life. It allows students entry into careers and life experiences that were previously closed to them. It provides students with opportunities that will not only change their lives, but those closest to them. As Campus Dean I am privileged to see that goal achieved with every SJVC graduate.”