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

General Information


Address

Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is located at 16200 Amber Valley Drive, Whittier, California 90604.

All campus locations in this catalog refer to the Whittier campus unless otherwise noted. The University will also conduct in-person coursework for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Phoenix Metro program at 2164 E Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Faculty, Administration, and Board

The University publishes the names and qualifications of its regents, administration, and faculty on its website.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

Our mission is to educate students as competent, caring, and successful integrative healthcare practitioners and professionals. The University is committed to providing an academic community imbued with kindness, integrity, humor, and determination.

Vision

To transform and redefine health and healthcare education.

Values

Integrative Health: We teach, learn, collaborate, and lead by creating an open environment for multiple disciplines and professionals to bring their shared and unique skills together for the benefit of patients and students.

Evidence-based Practice: We value a culture of inquiry, assessment, research, scholarship, and judicious use of current best evidence to inform our decisions and work.

Health Equity1: We value people’s health equally. We want all individuals and communities to have a fair and just opportunity to be healthy.

Inclusivity: We welcome and celebrate the breadth of human diversity including, but not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, spiritual and religious belief, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic background. Inclusivity broadens perspective in our reasoning and leads to better representativeness in our conclusions, more ingenuity in our problem solving, and greater equity in our care.

1“Health equity means reducing and ultimately eliminating disparities in health and its determinants that adversely affect excluded or marginalized groups” (RWJF)

University Learning Outcomes

All Programs

Critical Thinking: The graduate will analyze and integrate information and apply it as appropriate to their field of study.

Evidence-informed Knowledge: The graduate will utilize health science knowledge and critically appraise and apply scholarly literature as appropriate to their field of study.

Communication: The graduate will effectively engage using appropriate professional verbal, non-verbal, and written communication.

Professionalism: The graduate will demonstrate leadership, integrity, respect, and self-reflection while employing ethical and legal standards in professional and community interactions.

Integrative Healthcare: The graduate will apply their training in complex, interdisciplinary contexts to improve community health and patient outcomes.

Clinical Programs Only

Professional Therapies: The graduate will perform professional therapeutic skills in a competent and caring manner.

Outcomes-focused Practice: The graduate will successfully develop and implement a health care management plan utilizing appropriate professional methodologies and quality care to achieve best patient/client outcomes.

The SCU Model of Interprofessional Education

The SCU Model of Interprofessional Education incorporates curriculum, clinical care pathways, co-curricular opportunities, and professional symposia focused on integrative health. The University fosters an environment in which students from across the University can learn, study, work, socialize, and in many cases, treat patients together regardless of their chosen field of study. We strive to prepare our graduates to function as a member of an interprofessional team and to excel in collaborative practice. The extent to which students participate in interprofessional education varies by program of study and degree level.

Clinical Experiences

Clinical Experiences Outside of California

Students enrolling in a program that requires clinical experience (such as clinical rotations, preceptorship, and/or fieldwork) and living outside of California may have the option to complete their clinical training in their state of residence in some programs. However, there are several factors that can affect the availability of clinical training in states other than California. Detailed information about the options and expectations for clinical training outside of California will be provided to each prospective student during the admissions process for their chosen program. This will help prospective students make an informed decision about whether the program and clinical experience align with their educational goals. SCU cannot and does not guarantee approval for clinical training in the state that the student desires.

Clinical Experiences in California

Students enrolling in a program that requires clinical experience (such as clinical rotations, preceptorship, and/or fieldwork) and living in California should refer to the clinical information for their chosen program in the program description section of the catalog. California residents seeking clinical experiences outside of California may have the option to do so in some programs, but there are factors that affect the availability of clinical training in states other than California. Enrolled students should speak to their advisor or a program official as soon as possible to discuss the options and expectations for clinical training outside of California, whenever they have a question about alternatives. Prospective students interested in this option should bring this up during the admissions process, and at that time, SCU will provide detailed information about all the options and expectations for clinical training outside of California for each prospective student’s program of choice as appropriate. With this information, both prospective and enrolled students can make an informed decision about whether the program and clinical experience align with their educational goals. SCU cannot and does not guarantee approval for clinical training in the state that the student desires.

Clinical Experiences in Arizona

Students residing in Arizona and enrolled in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy - Phoenix Metro or Master of Science: Physician Assistant programs that require clinical experiences (such as clinical rotations, preceptorship, and/or fieldwork) may have the option to complete their clinical training in their state of residence. However, there are several factors that can affect the availability of clinical training in states other than Arizona. Detailed information about the options and expectations for clinical training outside of Arizona will be provided to each prospective student during the admissions process for their chosen program. This will help prospective students make an informed decision about whether the program and clinical experience align with their educational goals. SCU cannot and does not guarantee approval for clinical training in the state that the student desires.

Policy on University Catalog and Right to Change

The University Catalog is the authorizing document for University requirements, policies, and procedures related to students including but not limited to the requirements associated with their program of study. Academic and business units may issue additional or more detailed information consistent with or more stringent than the policies and procedures published in the University Catalog.

Students must meet the degree requirements outlined in the University Catalog in effect at the time of matriculation, unless changes are necessitated by regulatory requirements, accreditation guidelines and standards, or licensure requirements and standards.

The University reserves the right to change the requirements, policies, and procedures contained within the University Catalog at any time without notice. Changes may be necessitated by regulatory requirements; accreditation guidelines, standards, and requirements; licensure requirements and standards, public health or other emergencies or directives, administrative need, academic standards, and/or financial considerations. Changes may include curriculum, academic policies, administrative policies, financial policies, and other requirements. The University will make reasonable effort to inform students in advance of changes. Additionally, consistent with the “Right to Change,” the University reserves the right to make rare exceptions to policy where University interests, common sense, unforeseen circumstances, and/or support of students make such exceptions reasonable and prudent. In such circumstances, the Provost or designee will provide in writing the nature of the exception and rationale (including supporting documentation where appropriate), with a record of the exception kept in the student’s file, Provost’s Office, or other location appropriate to the nature of the exception.

The University Catalog is maintained in the Office of the Registrar and approved by the President’s Cabinet. It is published annually. Addenda are published as needed to clarify, update, alter, or otherwise change the requirements, policies, and procedures contained within it.  The catalog is effective September 3, 2024.