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About SCU


Welcome to SCU

Founded in 1911, Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) has been a leader in educating students to be competent and caring integrative healthcare practitioners for over 100 years.

SCU has a history of providing the highest levels of patient care and has gained a reputation for excellence in an evidenceinformed curriculum. SCU is the best place to prepare for a successful, significant, and rewarding career.

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Evidence-Informed, Life-Changing Care

SCU’s rigorous programs lead to tremendous success for our graduates, who gain the knowledge and experience needed to be practice-ready through a combination of SCU’s industry-leading faculty, innovative course design, and exceptional clinical experiences.

While at SCU, students from all programs come together for core science classes giving them appreciation for other types of medical professions. Once they leave SCU, they are thoroughly prepared to thrive in an ever-changing inter-professional healthcare delivery system.

Watch this short video filmed at New Student Orientation presented by:

John Scaringe, DC, EdD

President / CEO,
Southern California University of Health Sciences

Innovative and Integrative

SCU is a premier academic institution that has been preparing students to become compassionate, effective professionals for more than 100 years. At SCU, you’ll learn how to excel in a team-based healthcare environment that has become the model of quality and efficiency in today’s healthcare delivery systems.

SCU provides immersive coursework, expert faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities to put students on the path to success. From the classroom to the clinic, SCU emphasizes patient-centered care and integrative medicine and health. No other university offers this kind of holistic, multidisciplinary setting.

Hands-On Learning

As an SCU student, you’ll be empowered to become the healer you long to be. Through unique hands-on learning opportunities, you will develop the essential knowledge and skills to treat the whole person using current theories and evidence-based practice.

Accredited Programs

With 20-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), SCU offers reputable programs that meet rigorous standards. In addition, SCU has continued to innovate and expand its offerings to help students excel in a rapidly shifting healthcare landscape.

Quick Facts

  • 13:1 Institutional Faculty to Student Ratio
  • 6 Continents with SCU Alumni
  • 30+ Students Groups and Associations
  • 20 our Average Class Size
  • 25 Acre Campus
  • 35,000 annual patient visits to the SCU Heath Systems allow our students ample real-world clinical training opportunities
  • 12 Affiliated Health Centers
  • 1911 our Founding year
  • 92% of current students received some form of financial aid this year

Our beautiful campus is located at 16200 Amber Valley Dr. Whittier, CA 90604 (view map and directions)

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