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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 holistic and 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

  • Summer: Monday, May 4, 2020
  • Fall: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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 There are 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.

An Exciting Profession!


Profession for job security with 0.1% unemployment rate1


Median salary per year2


Projected employment growth, much faster than the average for all occupations3


Best occupational ranking4


Best job in healthcare5

61+ million

Adults in the U.S. saw a chiropractor in the last five years6

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.

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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.

*Tuition rate reflected above represents the fixed rate for a student entering during the 2019-2020 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to change and may not be reflected on this website or other SCU materials. Please contact us for the most updated information. For a complete listing of SCU fees, please refer to the academic catalog.

Sources: 1. Marketwatch.com 2. salary.com (2017) searching the Los Angeles Area. Available from: http://www1.salary.com/Chiropractor-Salary.html [Accessed 23 August 2017] 3. Board of Labor Statistics 4. 2013 Careercast.com ranking 5. Business Insider (2013) The 12 Best Jobs In The Booming American Health Care Industry [Online]
Available from: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-health-care-jobs-2013-12?op=1/#6-chiropractor-7 [Accessed 23 August 2017]
6. Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Report: Americans’ Perceptions of Chiropractic (2016) Available from: http://www.palmer.edu/uploadedFiles/Pages/Alumni/gallup-report-palmer-college-2016.pdf [Accessed 23 August 2017]

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