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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 help 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.
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:
Find the right program to jump-start your healthcare career:
SJVC’s Dental Assisting 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 as few as 11 months.
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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 as few as 16 months.
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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 as few as 17 months.
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Learn the core skills and competencies needed to work as a medical assistant in California. SJVC’s Clinical Medical Assisting and Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting programs will teach you to provide the hands-on training needed to work in clinical support in healthcare settings. Graduates of the Clinical Medical Assisting Certificate of Completion and the Clinical and Administrative Medical Assisting Associate Degree programs are eligible to sit for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam offered by the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Graduates may qualify for other certifications depending upon location and placement requirements. Students also prepare for and take certification exams within their program courses that include HIPAA, CPR, and First Aid. Students residing outside California are encouraged to take a certification examination recognized by their state medical board or an independent certification organization. Earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 9 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months. This program is also available online.
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Develop the skills required to work in front-office positions for a medical practice, healthcare facility or insurance company. SJVC’s Medical Office Administration 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) exam or the National Certified Insurance & Coding Specialist (NCICS) exam. Earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 9 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months.
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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 as few as 8 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months.
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If you want to become a pharmacy technician, the first step is to enroll in SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology/Pharmacy Technician program. Students enrolled in the 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 as few as 9 months, or an Associate of Science Degree in as few as 15 months.
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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 are eligible to apply for the California Board of Registered Nursing and sit for the NLCEX-RN exam.
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SJVC’s Respiratory Therapist program prepares you to work as a respiratory therapist and many other roles in the field of respiratory care. Students can earn an Associate of Science degree in as few as 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.
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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 as few as 15 months.
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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 as few as 9 months.
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Train to enter the nursing profession in less than two years with an Associate of Science in Vocational Nursing. SJVC’s 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. Vocational Nursing students can earn a degree in approximately 16 months.
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