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Accreditations and Affiliations

Institutional Accreditation

Southern California University of Health Sciences is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, CA 94501. Phone: (510) 748-9001.

Programmatic Accreditation and Approval

Programmatic accreditation ensures that academic programs meet certain professional standards. This process not only protects students but also maintains criteria for professional certification in the field. There isn't programmatic accreditation for all fields or programs so if your program isn't listed below it most likely means there is no programmatic accredition available.
Doctor of Chiropractic Degree Program Accreditation
    The Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at Southern California University of Health Sciences – Los Angeles College of Chiropractic is awarded programmatic accreditation by The Council on Chiropractic Education, 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4321, Phone: (480)443-8877, Website: www.cce-usa.org.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
    DOCTORAL-DEGREE-LEVEL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM (Program with Candidacy Status). The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Program Accreditation
The following programs offered by Southern California University of Health Sciences are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM):
  1. Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
  2. Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
    • Including a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Degree completion track
The programs listed above may offer courses via distance education. ACAHM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level. Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAHM Directory. ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture practitioners. ACAHM is located at 500 Lake Street, Suite 204, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331; phone 952/212-2434; https://acahm.org
Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Program Accreditation
The following programs offered by Southern California University of Health Sciences are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM):
  1. Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
  2. Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
    • Including a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine degree completion track
The programs listed above may offer courses via distance education. ACAHM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level. Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAHM Directory. ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture practitioners. ACAHM is located at 500 Lake Street, Suite 204, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331; phone 952/212-2434; https://acahm.org
Master of Science: Physician Assistant Accreditation

    The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Southern California University of Health Sciences Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Southern California University of Health Sciences. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

    Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

    The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website: www.arc-pa.org

Ayurveda Certificate Program Accreditation
    The Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Program is recognized by the Ayurvedic Accreditation Commission (AAC) and has also been awarded Candidate for Accreditation status. The AAC is a programmatic accrediting agency for clinically focused Ayurvedic medical programs. AAC recognition status indicates that the program administer an approved course of study, thus ensuring well-trained professionals. Graduates of this program qualify to sit for NAMACB Certification Exams. For more information on AAC program recognition, please visit AAC Accredited Programs

State Authorizations

  • Southern California University of Health Sciences has met the qualifications for exemption from regulation under the Act, pursuant to California Education Code (CEC) Section 94874(i): An institution that is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • The Doctor of Chiropractic program of the Southern California University of Health Sciences – Los Angeles College of Chiropractic is approved by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The Masters of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (MAcCHM) and the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAcCHM) programs at Southern California University of Health Sciences are approved by the California Acupuncture Board.

    Affiliations

    • Academy for Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM)
    • Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH)
    • American Academy of Chiropractic
    • American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
    • American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA)
    • American Public Health Association
    • Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC)
    • Association of Governing Boards of University/Colleges
    • Association for the History of Chiropractic
    • Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)
    • California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA)
    • California Chamber of Commerce
    • California Chiropractic Association
    • California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA)
    • City of La Habra Move More, Eat Healthy Campaign
    • Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Herbal Medicine (CCAOHM)
    • Foundation Chiropractic Education and Research
    • Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC)
    • National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
    • National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME)
    • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
    • Whittier Chamber of Commerce

    Hear from the Students Who’ve Been in Your Shoes

    Our Value: Integrative Health, Inclusivity

    I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.

     

    Brianna Hadley

    MSPA Class of 2022

    Our Value: Integrative Health

    One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

    My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.

    Dr. Jamie Kuljis

    Graduate, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

    Our Value: Integrative Health, Inclusivity

    "There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

    Portia Harris

    Student, Ayurveda Program

    Our Value: Evidence-Based Practice

    Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

    On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.

    Jordan Vega

    Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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