Medical and Dental Programs

Train for a Medical or Dental Career

A career in healthcare or dentistry can be very rewarding. Each day on the job, you are helping others and working with a team of professionals that want to improve patients’ lives just like you do.

There are a variety of job opportunities and choices within healthcare. You can work directly with patients, measuring vital signs, giving ultrasounds or cleaning teeth. Or you can work in a medical office environment, processing prescriptions, communicating with insurance providers or managing patient files. SJVC’s programs will prepare you for a variety of entry-level medical and dental careers, including:

Once you graduate from SJVC, you will hold a certificate of completion or associate of science degree from an accredited college that is reputable with employers. It’s time to take the next step to your future career. Fill out our Request Information form to get started.

Medical and Dental Career Training Programs

At SJVC, there are many different medical and dental programs to choose from, so you can select the career path that best suits your personal and professional goals. Each of our healthcare programs provides students with the hands-on training and knowledge they need to be successful in their chosen careers.

Each program is different, but at SJVC, all our students receive:

  • Support from admissions, instructors and campus staff
  • Tutoring and individual instruction on difficult subjects
  • Training in true-to-life scenarios
  • Help with job searching and interview preparation, no matter when you graduated
  • And much more!

Find the right program to jumpstart your healthcare career:

Dental Assistant

SJVC’s Dental Assistant program trains students in all aspects of working under the supervision of a dentist, including patient care, preventive dentistry and dental practice management. Graduates are eligible to take the Dental Board of California Examination for State Licensure as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). You can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 11 months.

Dental Assistant Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Wage (National, 2017)Mean Wage (California, 2017)
19%$37,630$39,930
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Dental Assistant program.

Dental Hygiene

Students enrolled in SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program receive hands-on instruction in fully-equipped clinics working with actual patients. Graduates are eligible to take the National Board written examination and a State and/or Regional Board Examination for licensure as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). You can earn an Associate of Science degree in approximately 16 months.

Dental Hygienist Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Wage (National, 2017)Mean Wage (California, 2017)
20%$74,070$97,420
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Train to work as an ultrasound technician or entry-level sonographer in SJVC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Graduates are prepared to sit for the Abdominal and Small Parts and/or the OB/GYN Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonography (RDMS) examination. You can earn an Associate of Science degree in approximately 17 months.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Wage (National, 2017)Mean Wage (California, 2017)
23%$65,620$91,700
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

Licensed Vocational Nursing

Train to enter the nursing profession in less than two years with an Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing. SJVC’s Licensed Vocational Nursing program will prepare you to offer professional care to the sick, injured and disabled under the direction and supervision of physicians and registered nurses. This program includes hands-on clinical training that enhances the learning experience and allows students to develop a work history. Licensed Vocational Nursing students can earn a degree in approximately 16 months.

Licensed Vocational Nurse Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Wage (National, 2017)Mean]Wage (California, 2017)
12%$45,030$53,600
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Licensed Vocational Nursing program.

Medical Assistant

Learn the core skills and competencies needed to work as a medical assistant in California. SJVC’s Medical Assistant program will teach you what you need to know and provide the hands-on training needed to work in administrative and/or clinical support in healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to sit for the California Certified Medical Assistant (CCMA), National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) examinations. Earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 9 months. This program is also available online.

Medical Assistant Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Wage (National, 2017)Mean Wage (California, 2017)
29%$32,480$36,630
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Medical Assistant program.

Medical Office

Develop the skills required to work in front-office positions for a medical practice, healthcare facility or insurance company. SJVC’s Medical Office program prepares graduates to work as medical secretaries, also called medical office administrators or administrative medical assistants. Graduates are eligible to take several national certification examinations, including the National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMAO) and National Certified Insurance & Coding Specialist (NCICS) exams. Earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 9 months.

Medical Secretary Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Annual Wage (National, 2017)Mean Annual Wage (California, 2017)
N/A$34,610$40,630
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Medical Office program.

Medical Billing and Coding

Develop the skills employers are looking for and start your healthcare career as a medical billing and coding specialist. SJVC’s online Medical Billing and Coding program will teach you career-specific skills such as how to maintain patient records, interact with health insurance agencies and process patient insurance claims. Earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 8 months, or an Associate of Science degree in approximately 15 months.

Medical Billing and Coding Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Annual Wage (National, 2017)Mean Annual Wage (California, 2017)
13%$39,180$50,260
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s online Medical Billing and Coding program.

Pharmacy Technology

If you want to become a pharmacy technician, the first step is to enroll in SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program. Students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technology program learn the fundamental skills needed to work in franchise pharmacies, hospitals and for home health care providers. Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure with the California State Board of Pharmacy (pending other requirements). You can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 9 months.

Pharmacy Technician Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Annual Wage (National, 2017)Mean Annual Wage (California, 2017)
12%$33,060$40,890
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program.

Registered Nursing

Are you interested in becoming a registered nurse (RN)? SJVC’s RN program can help you begin your career in as few as 21 months. Graduates of SJVC’s RN program (approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing) are eligible to apply for the California Board of Registered Nursing and sit for the NLCEX-RN exam.

Registered Nursing Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Annual Wage (National, 2017)Mean Annual Wage (California, 2017)
15%$73,550$102,700
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Registered Nursing program.

Respiratory Therapy

SJVC’s Respiratory Therapist program prepares you to work as a respiratory therapist, asthma therapist, pulmonary function technologist, neonatal-pediatric specialist and may other roles in the field of respiratory care. Students can earn an Associate of Science degree in approximately 19 months. Graduates may also go on to complete SJVC’s online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) program for advanced career opportunities in leadership, education, research and critical care.

Respiratory Therapist Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Annual Wage (National, 2017)Mean Annual Wage (California, 2017)
23%$61,810$79,680
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Respiratory Therapist program.

Surgical Technology

Train to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in simulated operating rooms and through direct clinical experience in a medical/surgical environment. Graduates of SJVC’s Surgical Technology program are eligible to apply to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) to sit for the CST National Certification exam. You can earn an Associate of Science degree in approximately 15 months.

Surgical Technologist Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Annual Wage (National, 2017)Mean Annual Wage (California, 2017)
12%$61,810$61,240
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Surgical Technology program.

Veterinary Assistant

SJVC’s Veterinary Assistant program provides the in-depth, hands-on training you need to help animals when they need it most. As part of the program, you will gain real-world experience in actual animal care environments during the externship portion. You can earn a Certificate of Completion in approximately 9 months.

Veterinary Assistant Career Outlook
Job Growth (2016-2026)Mean Annual Wage (National, 2017)Mean Annual Wage (California, 2017)
19%$27,570$31,220
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Learn more about SJVC’s Veterinary Assistant program.

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