Returning to Campus – New

On-Campus Requirements

Courses are delivered in one of four standard delivery models as indicated in the Course Description section of the University Catalog.  SCU intends to return all courses to their standard delivery no later than January 2023. The following are typical at SCU, with variability by program: 

  • Most lecture courses are delivered via Online, Online Interactive, or Blended formats.
  • Most labs are offered On-Ground.
  • Clinicals are offered On-Ground

Long term, the University will maximize the number of class sessions and courses available remotely, reserving ground-based instruction for topics and skills best delivered and learned in-person. SCU is doing this because of:

  • Accessibility: the cost and time associated with commuting creates a personal or financial obstacle for many students.
  • Climate:  commuting has a negative impact on our environment.
  • Innovation: SCU is committed to embracing educational innovation.
  • Demand: students increasingly expect online services, resources, and coursework as a routine part of their educational experience.  

Our overarching goal since the start of the pandemic has been to ensure student and faculty safety while on campus to the greatest extent possible while preserving graduation timelines. SCU does not require vaccination but will continue to follow federal, state, and local government guidelines.

Smartabase Health Screening – must be complete every day for all on-ground and hybrid students and employees. As a reminder, all students and employees involved with face-to-face learning on campus or at off-campus clinical sites, including private practice rotations and field observation, must complete the Smartabase Health Screening each day, even on days when not on campus or in the clinic, including weekends. If your health status changes on a particular day, you must complete the screening again. Timely reporting of symptoms, exposures, and positive tests is critical to the health and safety of our community. Contact for Smartabase support.

Indoor masks are recommended but not required on SCU’s campus EXCEPT in healthcare settings.  Both KN-95s and surgical masks will be made available weekly inside respective classes. If supply is ever running low or a replacement is needed, please contact an instructor who can request additional supplies from the Physical Plant if needed.

Masks are required in the following areas

  • On-campus buildings/areas dedicated to patient care (e.g. University Health Center, the COVID-19 testing room, T Building/Tactical, and Sports Medicine Clinic), as well as areas where patient care is occurring (e.g. the gymnasium during SCU Health Tent events).
  • Classrooms participating in clinical courses that teach clinical skills or simulate patient activities (such as physical examination, clinical techniques, orthopedic assessment, and the like)


Students who are not up to date on their vaccines and enrolled in any clinical course are still required to submit proof of weekly COVID-19 testing per the California State Mandate for healthcare workers; HOWEVER, required weekly COVID-19 tests for pre-clinical students has cease.

Health and safety protocols.

  • Protocols remain in place to minimize the potential of exposure to the SARS-COV-2 virus for those attending labs or clinical education on-ground.
  • Prior to returning to campus, all students (new and continuing) will need to download a smartphone app for screening.

Employee and student vaccination information. The Los Angeles County Guidance for Higher Education necessitates that SCU gathers student and employee information for those involved with face-to-face learning on campus or at off-campus clinical sites, including private practice rotations and field observation. SCU utilizes the Smartabase Health Screening app that needs to be updated each day, even on days when not on campus or in the clinic, including weekends.

  1. Proof of vaccination (“Up to date” means that boosters are required); or
  2. A vaccine declination form.

Upload your applicable item(s) to the Smartabase app. Complete one vaccine record form for each shot you have received. If you are having difficulty with the Smartabase app, please contact Three important resources are attached to aid you in fulfilling this request.

  1. COVID-19 App-Based Screening Instructions (how to download/open/troubleshoot Smartabase)
  2. Smartbase Screenshot (this is the screen prompt you’ll see when uploading either document)
  3. COVID-19 Vaccine Declination Form (for individuals exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine for religious or medical reasons)

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Health & Safety Protocols & Policy

Under the terms of our Return to Campus, continuing students are required to acknowledge and adhere to SCU’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols. The University has developed these protocols for the safety of our community. The health and safety protocols for the campus address environmental, cleaning, behavioral, classroom, surveillance, testing, and containment considerations and are consistent with the county, state, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements and best practices. While on campus, students must comply with SCU’s Site‐Specific Protection Plan.
Students who do not comply with the health and safety protocol policy may be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal from their academic program. Please reference links to the three documents below.
COVID Certification

COVID-19 Student Vaccination Policy

SCU highly encourages, but does not require, students to receive the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. Clinical students should note that there may be clinical sites requiring SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. If a clinical site requires SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and a student opts not to receive it, their graduation could be delayed. Regardless of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination status, all students are required to follow SCU's Site-Specific Protection Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions


A: Since March 2020, SCU has partnered with the L.A. County Department of Public Health and to make decisions about on-campus requirements. SCU must also adhere to any applicable state and federal mandates.


A: Testing is not required to be on campus.

Q: Do I need to wear a face-covering?

A: Depends. Indoor masks are recommended but no longer required on SCU’s campus EXCEPT in healthcare settings.


A: Student clubs have resumed meeting indoors or outdoors. Masks are not required except for club activities that resemble clinical skills (faculty-overseen activities that require close student proximity to learn and practice physical skills). The Learning Resource Center is open and university service offices (Registrar, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Student Services, and Admissions) will have some “walk-in” and appointment-based on-campus availability in addition to online availability. The café is open however the Chesney Student Center remains closed due to a remodel.

Q: Will food services be available on campus?

A: Food services, including access to shared refrigerators and microwaves, are available on campus. Students are encouraged to bring food items in personal coolers or utilize take-away services from local restaurants. The Café is open for service.

Q: Where can I find details about the academic calendar?

A: Program-specific academic calendars can be accessed here.

Q: What assistance is available to me to help me cope with COVID-19 or other life events?

A: SCU has a Student Assistance Program (SAP) that provides free and confidential counseling services of up to 3 sessions per issue to help students manage all areas of their life. In addition to counseling services, the SAP also provides life coaching, personal assistant services, medical advocacy, everyday work and life resources, and legal/financial resources through an engaging, resource-rich website and mobile app. To take advantage of this free and confidential service available 24 hours a day, call 1-800-756-3124. Students may also access support on the AllOne Health work/life website at and the My Life Expert mobile app (go to the website to get the app).
1 SCU’s protection protocols are based on CDC, State, and County guidelines. These guidelines change periodically. As such, expect changes to SCU’s protection protocols as new guidance is issued.

Hear from the Students Who’ve Been in Your Shoes

“Dr. Sermeno makes sure you understand [the material] to the best of your ability. If he is presenting in a way you are still not understanding, he will present it in a different way so you can understand. I appreciate that. He is in practice as well and brings that knowledge to campus so we have an idea of what is going on in the outside world on campus and real-life ideas.”

Eleeza Owens

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.


Brianna Hadley

Student, Master of Science: Physician Assistant

I chose SCU because it focuses on integration, which is really important to me, especially as someone going into something that is considered alternative healthcare. I wanted to be part of a program that focuses on looking at these traditional forms of medicine and bringing them forward into the modern present-day and finding ways to utilize them with other practitioners. So, I think one of the greatest things here at SCU is the teachers' focus on the tradition of Ayurveda but also how to bring it into the modern medical world. 


Autumn Rae Sellmann

Student, Ayurveda Program

The main reason why I chose to come here for PA school was because of how amazing the staff and faculty was, they were all so nice, helpful and welcoming during the admissions process including my interview. Once I stepped on campus, I felt like I was finally home, getting that phone call that I was admitted to SCU was truly the best day of my life. I have now completed my first year of school and that feeling has not gone away. Our cohort is very close with the faculty and staff, who are always available for help. They have made the transition to online learning seamless. I have no doubt that they are fully preparing us not only for the PANCE exam but also to be excellent providers.

Sydney King

Student, Master of Science: Physician Assistant

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