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The Southern California University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501. Telephone: (510) 748 - 9001. This accreditation is unequalled by any other alternative health care institution, offering chiropractic and acupuncture/oriental medicine programs, on the West Coast.

The doctor of chiropractic degree program of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic at Southern California University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), 8049 N. 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85258-4321. Telephone: (480) 443-8877. Inquiries or complaints regarding SCU's compliance with the Doctor of Chiropractic Program Standards should be forwarded to the CCE. The Doctor of Chiropractic Program is also approved by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

LACC has been accredited by the CCE continuously since 1971. The CCE is the agency to which complaints about the compliance of the LACC chiropractic program with CCE standards should be addressed.

The College of Eastern Medicine program has received approval from the California State Acupuncture Board. The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program of Southern California University of Health Sciences is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at Maryland Trade Center #3, 7501 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 820, Greenbelt, Maryland 20770. Phone – (301) 313-0855. Fax – (301) 313-0912. Anyone wishing to discuss the College's accreditation or review the documents for this status should contact the Administrative Office of Southern California University of Health Sciences. (SCU Academic Catalog)

What is Accreditation?

The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.

The Commission accredits institutions, not individual programs. Therefore, in addition to assessing the academic quality and educational effectiveness of institutions, the Commission emphasizes institutional structures, processes, and resources.

The accreditation process is aimed at:

  1. Assuring the educational community, the general public, and other organizations and agencies that an accredited institution has demonstrated it meets the Commission's Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness, and has been successfully reviewed under Commission Standards;
  2. Promoting deep institutional engagement with issues of educational effectiveness and student learning, and developing and sharing good practices in assessing and improving the teaching and learning process;
  3. Developing and applying Standards to review and improve educational quality and institutional performance, and validating these Standards and revising them through ongoing research and feedback;
  4. Promoting within institutions a culture of evidence where indicators of performance are regularly developed and data collected to inform institutional decision making, planning, and improvement;
  5. Developing systems of institutional review and evaluation that are adaptive to institutional context and purposes, that build on institutional evidence and support rigorous reviews, and reduce the burden and cost of accreditation; and
  6. Promoting the active interchange of ideas among public and independent institutions that furthers the principles of improved institutional performance, educational effectiveness, and the process of peer review (WASC Handbook).