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 – Individuals are no longer required to complete the daily health attestation on the app; however, it remains necessary to utilize the Smartabase app to immediately report COVID-19 symptoms, exposures, and positive test results. As a reminder, timely reporting of symptoms, exposures, and positive tests is critical to the health and safety of our community. Contact support@synoptek.com for Smartabase support.


Indoor masks are optional.  Both KN-95s and surgical masks will be made available if needed.


Masks are required in the following areas

  • On-campus buildings/areas dedicated to patient care (e.g. University Health Center, 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).



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

Q: HOW IS SCU MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT ON-CAMPUS REQUIREMENTS?

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.

Q: WILL I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR COVID-19 BEFORE COMING TO CAMPUS?

A: Testing is not required to be on campus.

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

A: Depends. Masks are optional EXCEPT inside the University Health Center, T Building Clinic, and all clinical settings where SCU students may rotate in Los Angeles County in accordance with LACPDH regulations. .

Q: ARE IN-PERSON EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES BACK ON CAMPUS?

A: Student clubs have resumed meeting. 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 mylifeexpert.com 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

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

One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.

Jamie Kuljis

Student, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

Portia Harris

Student, Ayurveda Program

Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.

Jordan Vega

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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