SCU seeks students whose academic talent and commitment to excellence promise future achievement in their chosen areas of major study. The program faculty selects students primarily on the basis of their academic credentials, admissions essays, and the admissions interview (where applicable). Admissions interviews are evaluated by members of the faculty. Faculty members are looking for candidates with strong academic backgrounds and compelling reasons for pursuing their chosen areas of major study. Specific admissions details are available in the program’s admissions information section.
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Southern California University of Health Sciences admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at SCU. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the classes for each program are full (with the exception of the Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program). Where applicable, an in-person or telephone admissions interview may be required. Those scheduled for admissions interviews will receive an email notification and confirmation. No admissions decisions will be confirmed until the admissions interview is complete.
This list will provide general guidance related to admissions. Visit your specific program of interest to view the admission requirements of your program.
The Physician Assistant program requires a $1,000 non-refundable deposit. The following programs are subject to a $250 non-refundable deposit: all Doctoral and Masters degree programs if not previously mentioned. The following programs are subject to a $50 non-refundable deposit: all undergraduate degree and certificate programs. Deposit payment amounts and requirements are subject to change and may not be reflected on this website. For the most updated information, please contact SCU’s Office of Admissions at Admissions@scuhs.edu.
SCU welcomes applications from qualified students from other countries. The general admission requirements are identical for all applicants, regardless of citizenship. However, immigration regulations, varying educational backgrounds, and financial considerations require additional procedures necessary for international students. The only programs that are eligible for an I-20 are the Doctor of Chiropractic and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degrees.
For visa purposes, international students must provide a foreign address in the Application for Admission. International applicants who are admitted to SCU will receive a visa information packet along with the acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions. International students are encouraged to allow adequate time to fulfill the necessary requirements.
Students seeking additional information regarding studying in the states should visit the Department of Homeland Security Study In The States website.
The ability to speak, read, and understand English fluently is an important factor in admissions decisions. Students must be able to provide one of the following:
All international students must submit proof of health to the Office of Student Services within 30 days of matriculation. Proof of health must be issued by a licensed U.S. physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis.
International students will need to abide by all U.S. travel and entrance requirements tied to COVID-19 vaccination or other public health standards. Please see the information below for details and be sure to check sources frequently for any updates.
For students seeking an F-1 Visa, provide all necessary documentation for issuance of an I-20: Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status including:
Transfer credit for prior coursework is granted by the student’s program of study. In addition to meeting University requirements and standards for transfer credit, applicants must fulfill the requirements for their program of study. The following guidelines apply to transfer credit for prior coursework:
Some academic programs may offer or accept prior learning examinations to allow students to waive certain courses or to facilitate the award of transfer credit. When accepted, credit is only granted for courses pertaining to a degree or certificate program offered through the University. Examples may include credit for prior learning through examination offered by national testing programs such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) or other American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendation, or credit for prior demonstration of subject mastery through the passage of professional competency examinations such as the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other tests of a similar nature.
The University exercises due diligence in determining which credit transfer or course waivers to award after careful review of individual transcripts; final determination rests with the Program Dean or Director without appeal.
SCU is committed to supporting students that are veterans in service to our country. The university is involved with several government-sponsored programs to repay veterans for their service and sacrifice and to help ensure their opportunity to receive a valuable education in a variety of disciplines of integrated healthcare. SCU supports student veterans through its participation in several successful programs sponsored by the VA.
SCU is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program), which is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.
The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution. Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA choose the amount of tuition that will be contributed. The VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution. SCU’s participation level ensures coverage of all your tuition for the year, not already provided for by the Post-9/11 GI Bill® on a first-come, first-served basis.
Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:
In order to receive your benefits, you must submit a copy of your DD214 and the VA Certificate of Eligibility to the Financial Aid office. You will be notified by the Financial Aid office if your application has been approved.
For more information concerning the Yellow Ribbon Program visit:
“GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More
information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S.
government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Evaluation of military training for college credit will be based in accordance with the Guide for Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services published by the American Council on Education. Credit for military service will be granted only for courses applicable to a degree or certificate program offered by the University. Military students may submit the following transcripts for consideration:
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