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Los Angeles College of Chiropractic

SCU’s Los Angeles College of Chiropractic

Prepare to transform lives and help others reach their true potential with whole person integrative care in one of the fastest-growing healthcare professions.
Gain the knowledge and experience needed to live your dream and advance your career through a combination of SCU’s industry-leading faculty, innovative course design, and exceptional clinical experiences.
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Program Length: 10 trimesters | 3.33 years
Start Term: Fall/Spring/Summer
Fixed Rate Tuition: $12,920/trimester*

Upcoming Start Dates

  • Spring: Monday, January 11, 2020
  • Summer: Monday, May 10, 2021

SCU’s Doctor of Chiropractic

SCU’s Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC) has been the leader in integrative Chiropractic education for over 100 years. LACC has maintained an evidence-based, outcomes-focused, academically rigorous curriculum while enhancing ongoing learning strategies and clinical experiences.
Unparalleled Student Experience We offer countless opportunities for involvement and leadership in a family-like environment. SCU’s alumni network and affiliations spread across most U.S. states and six continents, facilitating networking, continuing education, and job placement.

Fall Start – Online Learning

Students entering in fall will be starting under a Limited Campus Opening scenario. The plan for new students starting in fall is to offer all required classes online. SCU will also provide an optional Introductory Clinical Experience course which will require some time on-campus.
Interactive Online Lectures: Lecture courses will be taught via synchronous or asynchronous, technology enhanced, and interactive remote learning. Most classes are held during scheduled times. Interactive Online classes provide group-based interactive learning through Zoom. Synchronous classes happen in real time with required attendance during a set schedule.
Self-Paced Online Lectures: Classes have some scheduled online time during the term, but most of the courses can be done at any time of the day and attendance is taken based on the assignments you complete.
Optional Introductory Clinical Experience Course: Students have the option to participate in a clinical observation at a SCU credentialed Doctor’s office in addition to a required on-campus component. Click here to learn more.

What to Expect?

  • New students will get to experience orientation, connect with others, and prepare to make this first step to building a healthier future through our online orientation.
  • New students will have a Virtual Orientation before the term starts, where they will receive more information about the program, expectations, and details.
  • Students opting to participate in the optional Introductory Clinical Experience course must complete the required forms and follow health and safety protocols.
Attend Class

Attend your class in Zoom or through Canvas

Manage Class

Learn and manage class work in Canvas

Join Class

Join in class discussions through Zoom chat or Canvas


Learning Temporarily Continues Online


Join the Movement!

Become part of a University committed to transforming and redefining healthcare and healthcare education. SCU recognizes that healthcare should move beyond treating symptoms by understanding personal circumstances leading to better patient outcomes, lower costs, and improved quality of life.
SCU’s academic community consists of faculty and staff who value and teach whole person care and empower our students to become patient-centered practitioners. Learning to understand what matters to the patient and their family, what are their personal circumstances, and what are their recovery goals makes SCU students’ balanced practitioners.

Learn to determine what matters to the patient vs. just finding out what’s the matter!

SCU’s unique value-based integrative healthcare model:
  • Value-based: Helping patients improve their health by identifying the right provider for their current need in order to live healthier lives, and to deliver the best outcome for the most efficient cost.
  • Integrative: A healthcare perspective that emphasizes understanding personal circumstances leading to better patient outcomes, providing treatments informed by evidence, building a trusted patient-provider relationship, and making use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches and disciplines.
  • Interprofessional: Students gain an understanding of other disciplines to broaden treatment options and build collaboration skills that will make them more marketable and effective in the workplace.

Program Highlights

  • Over 100 years of innovative leadership with a unique integrative educational model.
  • Exceptional academics, research, and clinical outcomes among faculty, alumni, and students.
  • Financial aid available through need and merit based scholarship, work study, and more.
  • Alumni network and many affiliations facilitate job placement, networking, and continuing education.

Curriculum Overview

SCU’s Chiropractic curriculum is evidence-based, outcomes-focused, highly rigorous and academic. Since 1911, SCU has been a leader in innovative curricular design, incorporating lectures and laboratories in addition to a significant amount of additional means of instruction. One of LACC’s unique differentiators is our integrative approach to education and healthcare delivery. The combination of course design and clinical experience will equip you to change lives and turn your passion into a profession as a competent, caring, and practice-ready Doctor of Chiropractic.
  • Leading Diagnostics: Become proficient in cutting edge diagnostic methodology and practice on par with industry leading medical schools. Excellence in diagnostics, treatment, and technique aligns our mission to educate truly patient- centered and integrative healthcare practitioners.
  • Exceptional Rotations: Develop competence with a blend of rotations through a network of affiliated private practices and base clinics. Rotation partners include the Cal State, University of California, many other university health systems, and the largest free clinic in the country.
  • Unrivaled Residencies Advance your career with three prestigious post-doctoral programs including Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging. Our own on-campus, highly recognized SCU Health System offers both hands-on experience and residency opportunities in an inter-professional environment.
Year 1Year 2Year 3

Focus on the Fundamentals. This year concentrates on the basic sciences to provide a solid foundation of understanding how the body is organized on a cellular, tissue, and organ level, along with regional interrelationships. Chiropractic technique courses start in term one and occur every term until the clinical year. Students do this in an inter-professional educational environment by being in classes with students from a variety of healthcare professions; learning about, from, and with each other.

Focus on Clinical Sciences. Several classes take advantage of the inter-professional educational opportunities at SCU, but with many chiropractic specific courses, this year builds upon year one by focusing on how basic science knowledge about structure and function relate to the clinical presentation of a patient in both health and disease.

Putting it All Together with Clinical Practice. In Year three, students put basic and clinical science knowledge to work in consulting with, diagnosis, and treating the real patients under the supervision of licensed doctors and with peers in other professions. The graduate is fully prepared to lead in today’s evolving healthcare environment.


Student Spotlight

Linet Sarkisyan

Doctor of Chiropractic Student

Kenneth Mittelstadt

Doctor of Chiropractic Student/Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Graduate


LACC’s Rich History, Innovation, and Prominence at SCU

LACC was founded in 1911. The institution’s name was changed to Southern California University of Health Sciences as more programs have been added in recent years. The Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) program has maintained a strong emphasis among our many offerings. Many members of SCU’s administration are trained DCs including both the President and Chief Clinical Officer. The majority of the student body is made of Chiropractic students, which speaks to this program’s distinction not only in our rich history but in the university today.

LACC Mission

Los Angeles College of Chiropractic prepares students to become compassionate, evidence-informed chiropractors that improve lives through a person-centered, outcome-focused approach to health and healing.

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