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SCU announces articulation agreements with Santa Monica College and Río Hondo College for affordable pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree

SCU announces articulation agreements with Río Hondo College and Santa Monica College for affordable pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree

Agreement will provide Río Hondo and Santa Monica transfer students and graduates with an opportunity to complete a more affordable bachelor’s degree through SCU

WHITTIER, CA. – (Sept. 6, 2022) Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) has announced new articulation agreements with Río Hondo College and Santa Monica College, providing graduates and transfer students the opportunity to go on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree (BSHS) through SCU, a four-year and graduate-level university, on a timely schedule, and be eligible for additional financial aid.

The articulation agreements allow graduates with associate degrees and transfer students, who are near degree completion with 57 credit hours, to transfer seamlessly into SCU’s BSHS program with guaranteed admission. Since SCU follows the California IGETC, transferring to SCU is seamless. Students wishing to transfer credits to SCU must meet the admissions requirements for SCU.

Designed for working adults, the SCU BSHS Program allows students to complete their degree while attending virtual classes with 100% online asynchronous delivery to complete their bachelor’s degree.

The agreement also facilitates Río Hondo College and Santa Monica College students’ pathways into the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program, the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Program, and the Doctor of Chiropractic Program at SCU. SCU offers accelerated science courses, so if transferring students are missing a science course, they are able to take those courses as part of their program through Accelerated Sciences.

“This agreement and pathway will significantly benefit our students,” said Teresa Garcia, M.A., Interim Transfer Center Faculty Lead, Santa Monica College. “Our goal is always to think of what is best for our students and to encourage them to further their education once they graduate from Santa Monica College. We are so excited to have this opportunity for all of our students.”

“Though we have many articulation agreements for students who graduate with associate degrees to go on to pursue their bachelor’s degrees, this agreement is significant in that it opens new doors for our associate of applied science graduates,” said Marilyn Flores, Ph.D., Superintendent/President of Río Hondo College. “This agreement will allow us to offer our students a clear path to an important post-secondary partner committed to student success.”

“SCU’s online BSHS program provides working students an option to continue their education with a program that fits into their daily lives,” said SCU BSHS Program Director, Toby Spiegel, MA, PSY.D. “It is an affordable option which benefits those that cannot continue their education in the traditional on campus format. The articulation agreements and the focus on serving students who are serious about their education – with affordable pathways to advance their education, will ultimately have a positive impact on our workforce”.

SCU’s BSHS program offers several concentrations that pathway into other degree programs, such the Doctor of Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and the Master in Human Genetics and Genomics. The BSHS Program also offers a concentration in health education which provides students with the educational background to be certified as a Health Education Specialist. Many other concentrations are being added such as Nutrition and Wellness, Ayurveda, Foundations in Healthcare, and Psychology.

The BSHS program offers students three entry points into the program. The Fall Term begins in September; Spring Term begins in January, and the Summer Term begins in May. Online information sessions for interested transfer students will be hosted by Dr. Spiegel. Visit the BSHS program page for full details, at: scuhs.edu/bachelors-degrees/bachelor-of-science-in-health-sciences/ or email Dr. Spiegel, at: tobyspiegel@scuhs.edu.

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