College of Sequoias

College of the Sequoias is a two-year California community college offering educational and enrichment programs for the residents of its district in Tulare and Kings counties. The college was established in 1926 and moved to its current 62-acre main campus site in Visalia in 1940. In addition to the campus in Visalia, COS operates a full-service center in Hanford that is also home to the college's police and fire academies. COS also opened its Tulare College Center in January 2013. It is a full-service college center and the home of COS' agriculture programs.

College of the Sequoias embraces accreditation as an ongoing process designed to promote educational quality and institutional effectiveness.

College of the Sequoias is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) , 10 Commercial Boulevard, 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: .

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Office of Academic Services

Welcome to the Office of Academic Services for College of the Sequoias. Working closely with faculty, our office is responsible for the continual improvement and overall quality and integrity of the instructional programs for COS. We offer one hundred and fifty eight certificates and degrees in Academic and Career & Technical Education programs, many of which are unique to the economies of Tulare and Kings Counties.

Along with helping to keep our curriculum and programs current we lead the college with the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan, our Self-Evaluation and Accreditation process, the Educational Master plan, preparing the schedule of courses, the College catalog and other publications. In close cooperation with Student Services we promote effective student-centered learning and services. MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Office of Academic Services is to shape the future direction for student learning at College of the Sequoias by implementing creative solutions and innovative ideas from our faculty and staff through research and evidence-based decision making. PURPOSE
The purpose of the Office of Academic Services is to facilitate and empower student learning for the completion of their educational goals through curriculum, program alignment, and institutional planning.​​


Visalia University/ Brandman University

649 S County Center Dr
Visalia, CA
(559) 625-4436

Serving the Unique Needs of Adult Students

Since 1958, Brandman University has been serving the unique needs of adult students by providing access to a quality education consistent with the needs of their busy lives. Brandman University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, teaching credentials and extended education programs online and at campuses throughout California and Washington. Every year over 12,000 students per session enjoy convenient class times, exceptional faculty and unparalleled student service.


Brandman welcomes students from all backgrounds and experience levels. Integrating theory and practice, our undergraduate and graduate degree, certificate and credential programs are designed for working adults. Courses are flexible, accessible and supportive without compromising the high standards of a top-tier university.

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Degree Student
Per Credit Hour
Active Military & Spouses¹
Per Credit Hour
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Military and Veterans

A legacy of military education.
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Brandman University was born in 1958 when Chapman University, one of California's oldest, most prestigious, nonprofit institutions, opened a campus at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station to serve the specific needs of military students. Today, Brandman is a separate, regionally accredited school within the Chapman University System, dedicated to serving the needs of all working students, military and civilians alike.

Why is Brandman University the Right Fit

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Acquire the knowledge and skills you need to better understand, serve and impact the diverse communities that make up our complex world. Through Brandman's innovative, cross-disciplinary School of Arts & Sciences curriculum, you can build a foundation or advance your career in arts, humanities, behavioral, natural, and social sciences.

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Focused on the future, Brandman's School of Business & Professional Studies prepares you to succeed in a world of accelerated change. Realize your own sense of purpose while gaining the skills you need to achieve your goals through relevant, practical studies taught by accomplished professionals with strong academic credentials and real-world industry experience.


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The teaching field is constantly evolving. Brandman University's School of Education helps educators keep pace and break ground. Through courses taught by experienced superintendents, principals, college administrators and non-profit business leaders, our students become influential teachers and transformational leaders.

Brandman's teacher-training programs are California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited.

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The Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing & Health Professions provides dynamic academic programs that focus on inquiry and innovative practices relevant to the ever-changing health care system.

Our baccalaureate and DNP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Students who complete the BSN to DNP Adult-Geriatric Acute Care, Adult-Geriatric Primary Care, or Family Psych. and Mental Health nurse practitioner programs are eligible for ANCC certification.*

*Students who complete these programs have the educational preparation to sit for the ANCC certification in this role and population. Applicants must also meet any additional eligibility criteria in effect when they apply for certification.

Extended Education

Lifelong Learning

Whether you're looking to catch up on professional credits, explore new subjects, or advance your career, the School of Extended Education at Brandman serves both individuals and organizations with cutting-edge programs focused on workforce and professional development. Focusing on leadership, business, information technology, health & wellness, education, and general education, the School of Extended Education provides workshops, seminars, certificate programs and programming leading to certification and academic credit in a variety of fields.

Our programs are created by the joint effort of Brandman faculty and instructors, working professionals, and industry experts through a series of collaborative advisory boards. This approach provides sustainable educational solutions that adjust to the needs of the real world.



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