2024-2025 University Catalog 
    
    Jul 16, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog

Accreditations and Authorizations


Institutional Accreditation

Southern California University of Health Sciences is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, California 94501. Phone: (510) 748-9001.

Programmatic Accreditation

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAcCHM)

Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (MAcCHM)

The following programs offered by Southern California University of Health Sciences are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM):

(1) Master of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine 

(2) Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine 

• including a Doctor of Acupuncture with a Chinese herbal medicine degree completion track

 

The programs listed above may offer courses via distance education.

ACAHM does not accredit any programs at the undergraduate/bachelor level.

Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAHM Directory.

ACAHM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture practitioners. ACAHM is located at 500 Lake Street, Suite 204, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331; phone 952/212-2434; https://acahm.org

Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)

The Doctor of Chiropractic degree program is awarded programmatic accreditation by The Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), 8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85258-4321; Phone: (480) 443-8877; Website: www.cce-usa.org.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy - California (OTD[-CA])

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Pre-Accreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must hcomplete an on-site evaluation and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. 

Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Phoenix Metro (OTD[-AZ])

The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org.

The program must have a preaccreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT;www.fsbpt.org) or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT’s website.  

Southern California University of Health Sciences is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on November 1, 2024. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation. 

Jurisdictional requirements for licensure vary and may change; students are responsible for monitoring requirements where they wish to practice to ensure they meet local qualifications. 

Master of Science in Genetic Counselling

The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program has been officially approved by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) as a new Candidate genetic counseling graduate program and is actively pursuing full New Program accreditation. This is anticipated to be completed prior to student matriculation in 2025. The ACGC is located at 4400 College Blvd., Ste. 220, Overland Park, KS 66211, www.gceducation.org. ACGC can be reached by phone at 913.222.8668. 

Master of Science: Physician Assistant (MSPA)

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Southern California University of Health Sciences Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Southern California University of Health Sciences. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at https://www.arc-pa.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Accreditation-History-SCUHS-F-249.pdf

Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate

Ayurvdic Practitioner Certificate

The Certificate in Ayurvedic Wellness Educator and Certificate in Ayurvedic Practitioner programs have been granted accreditation candidacy by The Ayurvedic Accreditation Commission (AAC). www.ayurvedicaccreditation.org

State Authorizations and Disclosures

State authorization is a regulation of the U.S. Department of Education that requires institutions offering educational programs to be authorized by each state in which the institution enrolls students (if such authorization is required by the state). Each state has a different set of requirements when it comes to allowing out-of-state universities to offer online graduate degree programs to its residents. Not all programs are offered in states where SCU has approval or exemption.

Current status in each of the states is provided below: 

State:

Approval:

Alabama

Institutional Authorization

Alaska

Exempt per Regulations

Arizona

Institutional Authorization

Arkansas

Institutional Authorization

California

Exempt per Regulations

Colorado

Exempt per Regulations

Connecticut

Institutional Authorization

Delaware

In process

District of Columbia

In process

Florida

In process

Georgia

Institutional Authorization

Hawaii

Exempt per Regulations

Idaho

Exempt per Regulations

Illinois

Exempt per Regulations

Indiana

Exempt per Regulations

Iowa

Exempt per Regulations

Kansas

Exempt per Regulations

Kentucky

Exempt per Regulations

Louisiana

Exempt per Regulations

Maine

Exempt per Regulations

Maryland

Institutional Authorization

Massachusetts

In process

Michigan

Institutional Authorization

Minnesota

In process

Mississippi

Exempt per Regulations

Missouri

Exempt per Regulations

Montana

Institutional Authorization

Nebraska

Exempt per Regulations

Nevada

Exempt per Regulations

New Hampshire

Exempt per Regulations

New Jersey

Exempt per Regulations

New Mexico

Institutional Authorization

New York

Institutional Authorization

North Carolina

Exempt per Regulations

North Dakota

Institutional Authorization

Ohio

Exempt per Regulations

Oklahoma

Exempt per Regulations

Oregon

In process

Pennsylvania

Institutional Authorization

Rhode Island

Institutional Authorization

South Carolina

Exempt per Regulations

South Dakota

Exempt per Regulations

Tennessee

In process

Texas

Exempt per Regulations

Utah

Institutional Authorization

Vermont

Exempt per Regulations

Virginia

Institutional Authorization

Washington

In process

West Virginia

Exempt per Regulations

Wisconsin

In process

Wyoming

Institutional Authorization

Guam

Exempt per Regulations

Puerto Rico

Not pursuing authorization at this time

Explanation of Terms:

Exempt per Regulations

According to regulations for state authorization, SCU is exempt and can enroll students residing in this state in online programs.

Institutional Authorization

SCU has obtained authorization from this state by submitting all required documentation and obtaining approval. SCU can enroll students residing in this state in online programs.

In process

SCU is in the process of obtaining authorization from this state.  This page will be updated when authorization is obtained.

Not pursuing authorization at this time

SCU is not pursuing authorization in this state and may not enroll students residing this state in online programs.

Additional Disclosures:

Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with SCU and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. Program specific licensure disclosures for programs for professions that require licensure and certification can be found on the web page for each program. 

State-Specific Disclosures:

Alabama

The Southern California University of Health Sciences holds a Private School License from the Private School Licensure Division of the Alabama Community College System, 135 South Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 293-4500. Southern California University of Health Sciences is exempt from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education’s programmatic review.

Alaska

The Southern California University of Health Sciences’ programs are exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17.015 because the programs are online or distance delivered and do not have a physical presence in the state. 20 AAC 17.900 (a)(12) defines physical presence as the presence of a facility, faculty, or staff within the state; in this paragraph, “faculty” and “staff” do not include site supervisors or mentors for local internships or practica, or adjunct personnel. PO Box 110505, Juneau, AK 99811-0505, (800) 441-2962

Arkansas

Programs offered by the Southern California University of Health Sciences in Arkansas have been certified by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board; 423 Main Street, Suite 400, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201, (501) 371-2000. Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program.  Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.

California

Southern California University of Health Sciences has met the qualifications for exemption from regulation under the Act, pursuant to California Education Code (CEC) Section 94874(i): An institution that is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Doctor of Chiropractic program at the Southern California University of Health Sciences - Los Angeles College of Chiropractic is approved by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

The Masters of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (MAcCHM) and the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine (DAcCHM) programs at Southern California University of Health Sciences are approved by the California Acupuncture Board.

Connecticut

The Southern California University of Health and Sciences is registered with the Connecticut Office of Higher Education to offer its online programs to Connecticut residents. 450 Columbus Blvd., Suite 510, Hartford, CT 06103-1841, (860) 947-1800.

Georgia

Southern California University of Health Sciences is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. 2082 East Exchange Place, Tucker, GA 30084; (770) 414-3300

Indiana

Southern California University of Health Sciences is approved to offer instruction to Indiana residents from a campus in another state or to enroll Indiana residents in distance education instructional programs delivered from another state by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. 101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4206, 317.464.4400, www.che.in.gov

Iowa

The Southern California University of Health and Sciences is authorized by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to offer online programs to Iowa residents. 475 SW Fifth St., Suite D, Des Moines, IA 50309, (877) 272-4456

Maryland

Southern California University of Health Sciences is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. 6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, (410) 767-3300, www.mhec.maryland.gov

Michigan

The Southern California University of Health Sciences is licensed by the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity, P.O. Box 30805, Lansing, MI 48909, (517) 335-4000.

Mississippi

The Southern California University of Health Sciences is exempt from oversight by the Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211, (601) 432-6372.

Montana

Southern California University of Health Sciences has the necessary authorization from the Board of Regents to offer post-secondary degree programs in the State of Montana. Montana University System Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, 560 N. Park Ave, PO Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201. (406) 449-9124

New Mexico

The Southern California University of Health Sciences holds a Distance Education Authorization Certificate from the New Mexico Higher Education Department, 2044 Galisteo St., Suite 4, Santa Fe, NM 87505, (505) 476-8400.

New York

The Southern California University of Health Sciences has received permission to operate its academic programs in New York from the New York State Education Department Office of College and University Evaluation, 89 Washington Ave., Room 960EBA, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 474-1551.

North Dakota

The Southern California University of Health and Sciences is authorized to operate in North Dakota under North Dakota Century Code 15-18.1. North Dakota University System, State Capitol, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 215, Bismarck, ND 58505-0230, (701) 328-2960. Authorization to operate is not an endorsement of an institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Pennsylvania

The Southern California University of Health Sciences is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education as an out-of-state distance education provider to enroll Pennsylvania residents in certain online programs. 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126, (717) 783-6788.

Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner has approved The Southern California University of Health Sciences as a Non-SARA institution to offer online programs to Rhode Island residents. 560 Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 100, Warwick, RI 02886, (401) 736-1100.

Utah

Southern California University of Health Sciences is authorized by the State of Utah Department of Commerce Division of Consumer Protection. 160 East 300 South, Box 146704, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6704

Virginia

Southern California University of Health Sciences is authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and meets the requirements for distance education certification as states in section §23.1-219 (F) of the Code of Virginia. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes the University to offer distance education programs to Virginia residents. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at 101 North Fourteenth Street Richmond, Virginia 23219 or 804-225-2600.

Wyoming

Southern California University of Health Sciences is licensed by the Wyoming Department of Education, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002. Telephone: 307-777-7673

 

Student Complaint Contact Information By State:

Students who have complaints that have not been resolved through contact with SCU may seek advisement from the appropriate office in the student’s state of residence, listed below. 

This list includes contact information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and should not be construed as informative of what agencies regulate the institution or in what states the institution is authorized to operate. States will accept complaints regardless of whether an institution is authorized to operate in that state. SCU does not maintain state and territory websites, and information may change without our knowledge. 

ALABAMA 
Alabama Community College System 
Attn: Division of Academic and Student Affairs 
PO Box 302130 
Montgomery, AL 36130-2130 
Phone: 334-293-4500 

ALASKA
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education 
PO Box 110505, 
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0505 
Phone: 907-465-6741 

ARIZONA
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education  
1740 W. Adams St., Suite 3008 
Phoenix, AZ 85007 
Phone: 602-542-5709 

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Division of Higher Education 
423 Main St., Suite 400 
Little Rock, AR 72201-3818 
Phone: 501-371-2000 

CALIFORNIA 
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Phone: 916-574-8900

COLORADO
Colorado Department of Higher Education 
Commission on Higher Education 
1600 Broadway, Suite 2200 
Denver, CO 80202 
Phone: 303-862-3001 

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Office of Higher Education 
450 Columbus Blvd, Suite 707
Hartford, CT 06103
860-947-1800

DELAWARE 
Delaware Department of Education 
The Townsend Building 
401 Federal St., Suite 2 
Dover, DE 19901-3639 
Phone: 302-735-4000 

FLORIDA 
Florida Department of Education 
Commission for Independent Education 
325 W. Gaines St., Suite 1414 
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400 
Phone: 850-245-3200 

GEORGIA 
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission 
2082 E. Exchange Pl., Suite 220 
Tucker, GA 30084 
Phone: 770-414-3300 

HAWAII 
Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program
335 Merchant Street, Room 310 
Honolulu, HI 96813 
Phone: 808-586-7327 

IDAHO
Idaho State Board of Education 
State Authorization Program Manager 
PO Box 83720 
Boise, ID 83720-0037 
Phone: 208-332-1587 

ILLINOIS
Illinois Board of Higher Education 
1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333 
Springfield, IL 62701-1377 
Phone: 217-782-2551 

INDIANA
Indiana Commission for Higher Education 
101 W. Ohio St., Suite 300 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
Phone: 317-464-4400 

IOWA 
Iowa College Student Aid Commission 
475 SW Fifth St., Suite D 
Des Moines, IA 50309 
Phone: 877-272-4456 

KANSAS 
The Kansas Board of Regents 
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 520 
Topeka, KS 66612-4240 
Phone: 785-430-4240 

KENTUCKY
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education 
100 Airport Rd. 
Frankfort, KY 40601 
Phone: 502-573-1555 

LOUISIANA 
State of Louisiana Board of Regents 
1201 N. Third St., Suite 6-200 
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 
Phone: 225-342-4253 

MAINE 
Maine Department of Education 
23 State House Station 
Augusta, ME 04333-0023 
Phone: 207-624-6600 

MARYLAND 
Maryland Higher Education Commission 
6 N. Liberty St., 10th Floor 
Baltimore, MD 21201 
Phone: 410-767-3300 

MASSACHUSETTS 
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education 
One Ashburton Place, Suite 1401 
Boston, MA 02108-1696 
Phone: 617-994-6950 

MICHIGAN 
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
Employment & Training, Post-Secondary Schools

P.O. Box 30805
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-335-4000

MINNESOTA 
Minnesota Office of Higher Education 
1450 Energy Park Dr., Suite 350 
St. Paul, MN 55108 
Phone: 651-259-3975 or 800-657-3866 

MISSISSIPPI 
Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation 
3825 Ridgewood Rd. 
Jackson, MS 39211 
Phone: 601-432-6372 

MISSOURI 
Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development 
301 W. High St. 
Jefferson City, MO 65101 
Phone: 573-751-2361 

MONTANA 
Montana University System 
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education 
560 N. Park Ave. 
PO Box 203201 
Helena, MT 59620-3201 
Phone: 406-449-9124  

NEBRASKA
Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education 
PO Box 95005 
Lincoln, NE 68509-5005 
Phone: 402-471-2847 

NEVADA 
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education 
2800 E. St. Louis Avenue 
Las Vegas, NV 89104 
Phone: 702-486-7330 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 
New Hampshire Department of Education 
101 Pleasant Street 
Concord, NH 03301-3852 
Phone: 603-271-3494

NEW JERSEY 
New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education 
ATTN: Complaints 
P.O. Box 542 
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0542 
Phone: 609-292-4310 

NEW MEXICO 
New Mexico Higher Education Department 
2044 Galisteo St., Suite 4 
Santa Fe, NM 87505-2100 
Phone: 505-476-8400 

NEW YORK 
New York State Education Department 
Office of College and University Evaluation 
89 Washington Avenue 
EBA Room 960 
Albany, New York 12234 
Phone: 518-486-3633 

NORTH CAROLINA 
North Carolina Office of Post-Secondary Education Complaints
C/o Student Complaints
223 S. West Street, Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919-962-4550

NORTH DAKOTA 
North Dakota University System 
Director of Academic Affairs & Workforce Innovation
600 E. Boulevard Ave, Dept 215
Bismarck, ND 58505-0230 

OHIO
Ohio Department of Higher Education 
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-6000 

OKLAHOMA 
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education 
655 Research Pkwy, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: 405-225-9100

OREGON
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission 
3225 25th Street SE 
Salem, Oregon 97302 
Phone: 503-947-2448

PENNSYLVANIA 
Pennsylvania Department of Education 
Division of Higher Education, Access, and Equity 
333 Market Street, 12th Floor 
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333 
Phone: 717-783-6788 

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico Departamento de Estado 
Consejo de Educacion Superior de Puerto Rico/ 
Puerto Rico Council on Higher Ed. 
PO BOX 9023271 
San Juan, PR 00902-3271 
Phone: 787-722-2121 

RHODE ISLAND
Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Education Commission 
560 Jefferson Blvd. Suite 200
Warwick, RI 02886-1304 
Phone: 401-736-1100 

SOUTH CAROLINA 
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education 
1122 Lady Street Suite 400 
Columbia, SC 29201 
Phone: 803-737-2260 

SOUTH DAKOTA 
South Dakota Board of Regents 
306 East Capitol Ave Suite 200 
Pierre, SD 57501 
Phone: 605-773-3455 

TENNESSEE 
Tennessee Higher Education Commission  
312 Rosa Parks Ave, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-741-3605 

TEXAS 
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Office of General Counsel
P.O. Box 12788
Austin, Texas 78711-2788
Phone: 512-427-6101

UTAH
Utah Division of Consumer Protection
State of Utah Department of Commerce

P.O. Box 146704
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6704
Phone: 801-530-6601

VERMONT 
Vermont Agency of Education 
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5 
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
Phone: 802-828-1130

VIRGINIA 
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia 
James Monroe Building 
101 N. 14th St., 10th Floor 
Richmond, VA 23219 
Phone: 804-225-2600 

WASHINGTON 
Washington Student Achievement Council 
PO Box 43430 
Olympia, WA 98504-3430 
Phone: 360-485-1080 

WASHINGTON D.C. 
Higher Education Licensure Commission 
1050 First St. NE 
Washington, DC 20002 
Phone: 202-727-6436 

WEST VIRGINIA 
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission 
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700 
Charleston, WV 25301 
Phone: 304-558-2101 

WISCONSIN
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services 
Educational Approval Program 
P.O. Box 8366 
Madison, WI 53708-8366 
Phone: 608-266-1996 

WYOMING 
Wyoming Department of Education 
122 W. 25th St., Suite E200 
Cheyenne, WY 82002 
Phone: 307-777-7675

AMERICAN SAMOA 
American Samoa Office of Protection & Advocacy 
Attn: Dr. Peter Tinitali 
Executive Office Building 
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 
Phone: 684-699-2441 

GUAM
Guam Office of Attorney General 
590 S. Marine Corps Dr, Suite 902 
Tamuning, Guam 96913 
Phone: 671-475-2720

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS 
State Higher Education Agency, Northern Marianas College 
POB 501250 
Saipan MP 96950-1250 

Northern Mariana Islands Alternate Contact: 

Northern Mariana Islands Office of the Attorney General 
Juan A Sablan Memorial Bldg. 
Capital Hill 
Caller Box 10007, Saipan, MP 96950 
Phone: 670-234-5498 

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands 
Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs 
Golden Rock Shopping Center, 
3000 Estate Golden Rock, Suite 9, St. Croix, VI 00820 
Phone: 340-713-3522 

Federal Authorizations

The University is authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act to offer eligible students financial assistance in obtaining postsecondary education (OPE-ID 001229-00).

The University’s Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate, Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Doctor of Chiropractic, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Graduate Certificate in Human Genetics and Genomics, Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics, Master of Science in Medical Science, Master of Science: Physician Assistant, and Post-Baccalaureate Health Education Certificate programs are approved by the Veterans Administration for VA Educational Benefits eligibility. Changes to federal law may occur at any time without notice.  

The University is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility to allow eligible students to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. The University has approval for the Doctor of Chiropractic, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine programs. 

Complaints to External Agencies

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM) accepts and reviews complaints about ACAHM-accredited or candidate programs from students, faculty, staff, other institutions or programs and member(s) of the public that allege violations of ACAHM Eligibility Requirements, standards, policies, or procedures.

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
500 Lake Street, Suite 204, Excelsior, MN 55331
Phone: (952) 212-2434 | Fax: (952) 657-7068

Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling

Any person (including student, general public, faculty, government agency, and any other organization) concerned about the quality of a genetic counseling program accredited by ACGC may file a complaint.

ACGC will consider and investigate only those complaints containing allegations which, if substantiated, may indicate noncompliance with the Standards of Accreditation. ACGC is not a mediator of disputes and, generally, will not interpose itself in a manner that limits the discretion of a program in the normal operation of its personnel or academic policies and procedures, unless a violation of the Standards is specifically alleged. Such matters can include: admission, appointment, promotion, or dismissal of faculty or students.

ACGC will not seek any type of compensation, re-admission, or other redress on behalf of an individual. ACGC will not respond to or take action upon any complaint that is defamatory, hostile or profane. In addition, ACGC will not involve itself in collective bargaining disputes. ACGC will not intervene on behalf of individuals in cases where the situation giving rise to the complaint occurred so far in the past that ascertaining the facts might prove to be difficult or impossible. ACGC typically will not take action based on an anonymous complaint.

ACGC-Policy-on-Complaints-final-9-2016.pdf (gceducation.org)

ACGC-Complaint-Form-2024.pdf (gceducation.org)

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®), has a formal policy regarding the filing of a complaint. ACOTE will investigate a complaint when it believes practices or conditions indicate the educational program may not be in substantial compliance with accreditation standards or established accreditation policies. However, ACOTE is not able to intervene on behalf of individual students or act as a court of appeal for faculty members or students in matters of admission, appointment, promotion, or dismissal. The filing of a formal complaint is considered a “last resort” to be taken after all other avenues for resolution have been explored.

Complaints - Download

Form for Complaints Against Programs - Download

Form for Complaints Against ACOTE - Download

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

Individuals lodging formal complaints against an ARC-PA program may do so by submitting a signed complaint in writing related to the program’s failure to comply with the Standards to the attention of the Executive Director:

Sharon Luke, EdD, PA-C, Executive Director

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
3325 Paddocks Parkway, Suite 345, Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Phone: (770) 476-1224 | Fax: (470) 253-8271

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

If the Student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the University’s Student Grievance Procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details.

Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

1740 W. Adams Street, Suite 3008 Phoenix, Arizona 85007

602.542.5709 | Website: http://ppse.az.gov

Ayurvedic Accreditation Commission

The following are the procedures the Commission follows in addressing a complaint against an AAC accredited program [SCU’s Ayurveda certificate programs have accreditation candidacy]: 

When an oral complaint against an accredited program is received, the complainant is provided a copy of this policy statement and advised that complaints must be submitted to Council in writing with sufficient documentation to substantiate the complaint.

When a written complaint against an accredited program is received, the Executive Director acknowledges receipt of the complaint in writing within 15 days. The Council will not review anonymous complaints.

AAC

351 Pleasant Street, #450,

Northampton, MA 01060

info@ayurvedicaccreditation.org

California Bureau for Private Post Secondary Education (BPPE)

An individual may contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The bureau may be contacted at 1747 N. Market St, Suite 225, Sacramento, CA 95834, Website https://bppe.ca.gov/; Telephone: (916) 574-8900; Fax: (916) 263-1897.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

FORMAL COMPLAINTS TO CAPTE  

Formal complaints that allege that the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE’s Standards and Required Elements or that the Program has violated CAPTE’s standards related to academic integrity may be filed with CAPTE. If the complaint falls within the due process described for the Program, CAPTE requires that the institutional grievance process is completed prior to initiating the complaint with CAPTE, unless the complainant alleges that the complaint process is not being handled in a timely manner. If the complaint is related to situations that fall outside of due process policies, the complaint may be filed at any time. More details about the complaint process can be found at http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/.  

To obtain materials for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at (703)706-3245 or at accreditation@apta.org  

Providing Feedback or Reporting a Complaint About the DPT Program 

If you are a student in the program, you can find the Student Grievances Policy in the University Catalog.

If you are making a complaint outside of due process  - as a parent, patient, etc. - the Program encourages you to attempt to resolve any issues directly with the party involved.  In the event that the issue cannot be resolved through direct discussion, any person with a complaint or constructive feedback for the program of physical therapy can submit the complaint or constructive feedback in writing to the Program Director.  The Director will respond to such request(s) in writing within two weeks of submission.  If the Program Director is involved in the complaint, or if there is an appearance of conflict of interest, the complaint will be elevated to the Dean who will respond in writing within 2 weeks.  Electronic records of all complaints will be maintained by the DPT Program Administrative Assistant.  Retaliation of any type following complaint submission is prohibited.   

Feedback can be sent to craigruby@scuhs.edu 

Council on Chiropractic Education

Individuals or entities lodging formal complaints against a Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE)-accredited Doctor of Chiropractic Program (DCP) must do so in writing to the CCE President. Please contact the Council on Chiropractic Education for specific guidelines and additional information:

8049 North 85th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85258-4321

Phone: 480-443-8877 | Fax: 480-483-7333

E-Mail: cce@cce-usa.org | Website: www.cce-usa.org

WASC Senior College and University Commission

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has two established means for receiving comments from students, employees, and members of the public about its member institutions: (1) complaint and (2) third-party comment.

Individuals are encouraged to review WSCUC’s Complaints and Third-Party Comments Policy. As a general rule, complaints are written by employees and students who have grievances that draw into question the member institution’s adherence to one or more Commission Accreditation Standards or Policies. Third-party comment, on the other hand, tends to consist of more general comments of a substantive nature about a member institution.

Individuals interested in submitting a written complaint or third-party comment in accordance with WSCUC policy should follow the instructions for Third-Party Comment. Please contact WSCUC for additional information and to obtain relevant forms at:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500

Alameda, California 94501

Phone: (510) 748-9001 x300

Email: wscuc@wscuc.org

Website: www.wscuc.org