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Retention and Graduation Rates

Fall to Fall Retention Rates

Retention rates reflect the percentage of students enrolled in a degree or certificate program on census date of fall term that either graduate from or are enrolled in a degree or certificate program the following fall term.

FA 2015 to FA 2016

93%

FA 2016 to FA 2017

92%

FA 2017 to FA 2018

91%

FA 2018 to FA 2019

94%

FA 2019 to FA 2020

96%

FA 2020 to FA 2021

92%

100% and 150% Graduation Rates by Program

SCU maintains a commitment to confidentiality of data. Due to the number of smaller programs at SCU, student success reports for individual programs disaggregate data by all IPEDS categories for race and ethnicity. Reports to the public disaggregate data into two demographic groups: students who identify as members of one of several underrepresented minority groups (URM) and students who do not. If we disaggregated data by every ethnicity, we would have to suppress many cells because they would not have sufficient membership to guarantee anonymity to any individual member.

According to the National Institutes of Health, the following racial and ethnic groups have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Thus, students who identify as members of one or more of these groups are included in the URM counts. Last Updated: December 2021

Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate

Cohort Entering

Ethnicities

Cohort Size

100% Graduation
Rate (3 Trimesters)

150% Graduation Rate
 (5 Trimesters)

Summer 2015

All

13

92.3

92.3

Majority

8

87.5

87.5

URM

5

100

100.0

Summer 2016

All

12

91.7

91.7

Majority

7

100

100.0

URM

5

80

80.0

Summer 2017

All

13

76.9

76.9

Majority

10

80.0

80.0

URM

3

66.7

66.7

Summer 2018

All

21

90.5

90.5

Majority

10

80.0

80.0

URM

11

100.0

100.0

Summer 2019

All

34

79.4

85.3

Majority

20

80.0

85.0

URM

14

78.6

85.7

Summer 2020

All

52

73.1

>=90.4*

Majority

29

72.4

>=89.7*

URM

23

73.9

>=73.9*

*additional students may continue to graduate until 150% date reached

Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate

Cohort Entering

Ethnicities

Cohort Size

100% Graduation
Rate (3 Trimesters)

150% Graduation Rate
(5 Trimesters)

Summer 2015

All

22

63.6

63.6

Majority

13

76.9

76.9

URM

9

44.4

44.4

Summer 2016

All

20

65.0

65.0

Majority

14

71.4

71.4

URM

6

50.0

50.0

Summer 2017

All

39

59.0

59.0

Majority

20

55.0

55.0

URM

19

63.2

63.2

Summer 2018

All

54

87.0

87.0

Majority

25

92.0

92.0

URM

29

82.8

82.8

Summer 2019

All

72

88.9

88.9

Majority

38

94.7

94.7

URM

34

82.4

82.4

Summer 2020

All

65

55.4

61.5

Majority

34

61.8

70.6

URM

31

48.4

51.6

10-Term Doctor of Chiropractic

Cohort Entering

Ethnicities

Cohort Size

100% Graduation
Rate (10 Trimesters)

150% Graduation Rate
 (15 Trimesters)

Fall 2015

All

92

58.7

71.7

Majority

71

60.6

74.6

URM

21

52.4

61.9

Spring 2016

All

33

51.5

78.8

Majority

27

48.1

81.5

URM

6

66.7

66.7

Summer 2016

All

0

 

 

Majority

0

 

URM

0

 

 

Fall 2016

All

87

67.8

80.5

Majority

62

66.1

79.0

URM

25

72.0

84.0

Spring 2017

All

38

60.5

>=76.3*

Majority

26

65.4

>=73.1*

URM

12

50.0

>=83.3*

Summer 2017

All

1

SUPPRESSED TO MAINTAIN
CONFIDENTIALITY

Majority

1

 

 

URM

0

 

 

Fall 2017

All

60

66.7

>=83*

Majority

50

64.0

>=84*

URM

10

80.0

>=80*

Spring 2018

All

23

73.9

>=78.3*

Majority

19

73.7

>=78.9*

URM

4

75.0

>=75*

*additional students may continue to graduate until 150% date reached

10-Term Doctor of Chiropractic – CCE Definition**

Cohort Entering

Ethnicities

Cohort Size

100% Graduation
Rate (10 Trimesters)

150% Graduation Rate
 (15 Trimesters)

Fall 2015

All

77

70.1

85.7

Majority

62

69.4

85.5

URM

15

73.3

86.7

Spring 2016

All

31

54.8

83.9

Majority

25

52.0

88.0

URM

6

66.7

66.7

Summer 2016

All

0

 

 

Majority

0

 

URM

0

 

 

Fall 2016

All

79

74.7

88.6

Majority

56

73.2

87.5

URM

23

78.3

91.3

Spring 2017

All

32

71.9

90.6

Majority

21

81.0

>=90.5*

URM

11

54.5

>=90.9*

Summer 2017

All

1

SUPPRESSED TO MAINTAIN
CONFIDENTIALITY

Majority

1

 

URM

0

 

 

Fall 2017

All

57

70.2

>=87.7*

Majority

48

66.7

>=87.5*

URM

9

88.9

>=88.9*

Spring 2018

All

21

81.0

>=85.7*

Majority

18

77.8

>= 83.3*

URM

3

100.0

100.0

*additional students may continue to graduate until 150% date reached

**
1. Student withdrawal/leave of absence due to military deployment orders;
2. Program approved withdrawal/leave of absence due to a documented serious health condition, illness or injury;
3. Death of the student;
4. Student transfers to another accredited DCP;
5. Student does not persist to the second term

12-Term Doctor of Chiropractic

Cohort Entering

Ethnicities

Cohort Size

100% Graduation
Rate (12 Trimesters)

150% Graduation Rate
 (18 Trimesters)

Fall 2017

All

23

73.9

*

Majority

18

83.3

*

URM

5

40

*

*additional students may continue to graduate until 150% date reached

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Cohort Entering

Ethnicities

Cohort Size

100% Graduation
Rate (10 Trimesters)

150% Graduation Rate
(15 Trimesters)

Fall 2014

All

15

40.0

73.3

Majority

13

38.5

76.9

URM

2

50.0

50.0

Spring 2015

All

2

0.0

50.0

Majority

2

0.0

50.0

URM

0

 

 

Fall 2015

All

5

60.0

60.0

Majority

3

66.7

66.7

URM

2

50.0

50.0

Spring 2016

All

3

66.7

66.7

Majority

3

66.7

66.7

URM

0

 

 

Fall 2016

All

4

50.0

50.0

Majority

4

50.0

50.0

URM

0

 

 

Spring 2017

All

1

SUPPRESSED TO MAINTAIN
CONFIDENTIALITY

Majority

1

 

URM

0

 

 

Fall 2018

All

2

100.0

100.0

Majority

2

100.0

100.0

URM

0

 

Master of Science in Medical Science

Cohort Entering

Ethnicities

Cohort Size

100% Graduation
Rate (3 Trimesters)

150% Graduation Rate
(5 Trimesters)

Fall 2020

All

16

81.25

>=87.5*

Majority

5

100

100

URM

11

72.7

>=81.8*

*additional students may continue to graduate until 150% date reached

Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program

Cohort Entering

Ethnicities

Cohort Size

100% Graduation
Rate (7 Trimesters)

150% Graduation Rate
(11 Trimesters)

Fall 2016

All

26

100.0

100.0

Majority

24

100.0

100.0

URM

2

100.0

100.0

Fall 2017

All

36

86.1

97.2

Majority

28

85.7

96.4

URM

8

100.0

100.0

Fall 2018

All

48

91.7

>=95.8*

Majority

44

95.5

>=95.5*

URM

4

50.0

100.0

*additional students may continue to graduate until 150% date reached

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 SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of ayurvedic vidhayaka who are deeply rooted in the ancient classical text. They studied ayurveda but they also live it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom it’s so much easier to really grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the comradery within the cohort. I feel like the combination of the training and the supportive faculty and the commodore and support I've gotten from my peers and my classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

Portia Harris

Student, Ayurveda Program

On top of chiropractic procedures classes, a personal favorite of mine has been the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes really 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 really works and looks on the inside. I am truly thankful for those experiences because it really opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.”

Jordan Vega

Student, Doctor of Chiropractic

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