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Sports Medicine Residency


Sports Medicine Residency


The Sports Medicine Clinical Division offers a two-year, full-time residency program that provides advanced clinical experience concentrated in sports medicine. Its mission is to develop board certified doctors of chiropractic in the area of sports medicine and foster a culture of scholarly research that benefits the advancement of chiropractic through patient centered evidence based care.

Residents are mentored by senior sports medicine chiropractors that are known nationally and internationally for their expertise in the field. Residents follow a comprehensive syllabus, which provides for a variety of learning formats, clinical and field experience, academics, and scholarly research. Residents participate in a wide array of exciting real-world sports and integrated healthcare settings, providing care for all levels of athletes from high school to world-class professionals. Residents are selected on a competitive basis and openings are limited. The resident receives an annual stipend and health benefits. Upon completion of this program, a doctor of chiropractic is eligible to sit for the Diplomate examination of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP).

  • Two-year, full-time appointments Stipend and full benefits
  • Leads to eligibility to sit for specialty experience exam
  • Excellent teaching and learning experience
  • Off-campus rotations throughout Southern California

Training will take place at the SCU campus in Whittier, California with multiple off-site rotations throughout Southern California. Residents selected for rotations with professional teams will travel throughout the United States and abroad. Off-site rotations will include team-based management of complex cases in collaboration with other medical specialists and healthcare providers. Residents will also engage in clinical educational rotations through services including pain management, surgical specialties, and rehabilitation disciplines. Additionally, residents will participate in various scholarly activities and will attend and give presentations at multiple academic/research venues.

Eligibility Requirements

Programs will be open to applicants who hold a DC degree from a CCE-accredited program. Applicants must have a current, full, active, and unrestricted chiropractic license in the state of California or be eligible to sit for the California board examination. Ideal candidates will be within 3 years of graduation.


The program is full-time consisting of a minimum of 55 hours per week with additional weekly time needed for scholarly study and training activities. The program is broken down into two consecutive, one-year commitments, each with their own requirements for successful completion.


Residents are stipend employees of SCU and are compensated $47,476 per year. In addition to the stipend, residents receive up to $20,000 in educational benefits related to the curriculum. Residents receive paid Federal holidays. Residents are also eligible for life and health insurance. Residents will be protected from personal liability while providing professional services at SCU and malpractice insurance is provided through SCU.

Application Process
The minimum specific requirements the applicant must meet for residency consideration include the following:
  • The applicant will have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • The applicant must have earned a DC degree from an accredited chiropractic college
  • Have a current, full, active, and unrestricted chiropractic license in California or be eligible for such licensure
  • Selection of residents will be made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or sexual orientation
Application process checklist (for applicant), please complete the following steps before submitting your application:
  • Complete Residency Application Form
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Submit a copy of your license or a letter from the CA State Board indicating your eligibility to sit for the licensure examination
  • Submit Verification of Licensure in Good Standing from all states where licensed.
  • The applicant must have successfully completed Parts I, II, III, IV, & PT of the NBCE Boards and have scores submitted as soon as available
  • TOEFL results for those applicants whose second language is English
  • Application fee, a $50.00 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application
  • Have Official Transcripts from all colleges attended sent to the LACC Dean’s Office

A committee of program faculty including representation by the academic affiliate as appropriate will take part in the review of applications for all of the minimally acceptable candidates. The resident will ultimately be selected following an interview process for the most qualified candidates. Telephone interviews may be arranged in instances when a visit cannot be scheduled. The selected resident will receive a letter of appointment from SCU confirming the applicant’s acceptance of the position and providing information regarding the duration of the program, hours of attendance, and stipend. Applicants will be informed in writing of the decision of the committee.


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