2022 University Catalog 
    
    Apr 18, 2024  
2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Programs and Courses


Accelerated Sciences Courses

Offered by: Accelerated Sciences Division

Director: Abigail Thornton, PhD

 

The Accelerated Sciences Division offers single science and related courses for students who wish to complete prerequisites in order to apply to or matriculate in health science professional degree programs.  Courses include lecture and lab classes in Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, and more.

Courses may be completed in as few as 5+ weeks, both on-ground and online. Students self-register online via the University’s dedicated Accelerated Sciences website.

Prior to registering in a class, students should ensure that they can make the necessary time commitment to successfully complete intensive classes. Students are also responsible for ensuring that they have the necessary foundational knowledge, including recommended prerequisites, for the course in which they choose to register. Finally, students are responsible for ensuring that the SCU Accelerated Sciences course of their choice will be accepted as a prerequisite at their receiving institution.

Learning Outcomes in the Accelerated Sciences are assessed at the course level.

 

Attendence Policy

Accelerated Sciences students may be automatically dropped from a course if attendance is not recorded in at least one of the first two class sessions or within the first seven days, depending on the course delivery model.

 

Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate (Level I) 

Offered by: Ayurveda Medicine Department

Program Director: Anu Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM, PhD

 

Program Overview

The Ayurveda Medicine Department offers the Ayurvedic Wellness Educator certificate, a 44-credit program consisting of a mix of lecture, lab, and clinical instruction, as well as online and on-campus instruction. Students may opt for one of two program schedules: 

  • 3 Term Schedule (12 months): Students in the 3 term schedule are expected to enroll full time for three consecutive terms (15 weeks/term) including summer. 
  • 6-Term Schedule (24 months): Students in the 6-term schedule are expected to enroll part time for six consecutive terms (15 weeks/term) including summer.

Classes are held weekday evenings and on weekends. Clinical Clerkship requires students to travel to the SCU campus and/or other approved clinical sites during the final term. This program is approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification Exam and are eligible to continue their education in the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate (Level II) program.

The Ayurvedic Wellness Educator program is intended for busy professionals who are interested in learning about and applying Ayurveda in their own lives, as well as with their family, community, and clients. In this process, a student will grow as a healer and empower others to lead healthier, happier lives. This program educates students to serve the community in the area of prevention and health promotion through Ayurvedic guidance on diet, lifestyle, basic rejuvenating herbs and spices, body work therapies, basic yoga, and meditation practices. The main focus of this program is to preserve the health of healthy individuals, prevention, and wellness care.   

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Foundational knowledge: The graduate will understand and develop the foundational principles of Ayurvedic medicine and biological science.
  2. Assessment of doshas, dhatus, malas, and agni: The graduate will determine body and mind constitution and assess the imbalances in doshas, dhatus, malas, and agni based on Ayurvedic principles.
  3. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The graduate will apply Ayurvedic principles to recommend the Ayurvedic lifestyle, herbs, nutrition, therapies, and yoga required to promote health and prevent disease.
  4. Professionalism and Communication: The graduate will exhibit professionalism and communicate with an awareness of ethical practice.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Ayurvedic Wellness Certificate must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application.
  • Proof of graduation: official high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver’s license, state ID, or permanent resident card showing student to be at least 18 years of age.

Admissions Standards

Applicants for the Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate generally must meet the following admissions standards. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • 18 years of age prior to matriculation.
  • Meet the Technical Standards (physical and technical requirements) to successfully complete the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.

 

Prematriculation Requirements

Upon acceptance, students must submit program-specific documentation through the University’s clinical documentation management system, EXXAT. Prematriculation requirements must be fulfilled no later than the end of the first term or the student’s account will be placed on a registration hold.

  • Current and valid tuberculosis (TB) clearance completed by the end of the second term. Evidence of TB clearance must remain current.
  • Lab Participation Agreement.

Certificate Completion Requirements

The Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 44 credits within required categories of course work:
    • 8 credits in foundational health sciences
    • 32 credits in Ayurveda medicine health sciences
    • 4 credits in clinical clerkship
  • Passed the required comprehensive examination.
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Met attendance requirements.
  • Completed all certificate requirements within 4 years of matriculation.
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate.

Curriculum

Students are assigned their schedule of courses each term. The Program Director’s office maintains sample schedules.

 

Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Foundational Health Sciences

 

 

AYAP1051

Anatomy & Physiology I

 

Online Interactive

60

4

AYAP1052

Anatomy & Physiology II

 

Online Interactive

60

4

Total Foundational Health Sciences

120

8

Ayurveda Medicine Health Sciences

 

 

AY1105

Ayurvedic Basic Principles I

 

Blended

45

3

AY1505

Sanskrit

 

Blended

30

2

AY1605

Ayurveda History

 

Blended

30

2

AY1355

Ayurvedic Preventive Science

 

Blended

45

3

AY1205

Ayurvedic Nutrition

 

Blended

60

4

AY1805

Ayurvedic Pathology

 

Blended

45

3

AY1405

Ayurvedic Herbology and Pharmaceutics I

 

Blended

45

3

AY1305

Ayurvedic Rejuvenation I

 

Blended

30

2

AY1455

Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods/Body Work I (includes lab)

 

Blended

60

3

AY1705

Yoga I (includes lab)

 

Blended

45

2

AY1905

Practice Management

 

Online Interactive

30

2

AY1155

Introduction to Ayurvedic Healing

 

Blended

45

 

3

 

Total Ayurveda Medicine Health Sciences

510

32

Clinical Clerkship

 

 

AYWC51

Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship I

 

Online Interactive

30

2

AYWC52

Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship II

x

Blended

60

2

                                                              Total Clinical Clerkship

90

4

Comprehensive Exam

 

 

AYCEI

Ayurveda Comprehensive Exam I

 

Online

0

0

TOTAL PROGRAM

720

44

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings. 

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 3-term schedule

Term 1  

Credits 

  AY1105 - Ayurvedic Basic Principles I 

  AY1605 - Ayurvedic History 

  AY1505 - Sanskrit 

  AY1205 - Ayurvedic Nutrition 

  AY1355 - Ayurvedic Preventive Science 

  AYAP1052 - Anatomy & Physiology II 

Total Term 1 

18 

Term 2 

 

  AY1805 - Ayurvedic Pathology 

  AY1405 - Ayurvedic Herbology and Pharmaceutics I 

  AY1705 - Yoga I (includes lab) 

  AYWC51 - Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship I 

  AYAP1051 - Anatomy & Physiology I 

Total Term 2 

14 

Term 3 

 

  AY1455 - Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods/Body Works I (includes   lab) 

  AY1305 - Ayurvedic Rejuvenation I 

  AY1155 - Introduction to Ayurvedic Healing 

  AY1905 - Practice Management 

  AYWC52 - Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship II 

Total Term 3

12

TOTAL PROGRAM

44

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 6-term schedule

Term 1  

 Credits 

  AY1105 - Ayurvedic Basic Principles I 

  3 

  AY1605 - Ayurvedic History 

  2 

  AY1505 - Sanskrit 

  2 

Total Term 1 

  7 

 Term 2 

  

  AY1205 - Ayurvedic Nutrition 

  4 

  AYAP1051 - Anatomy & Physiology I 

  4  

  Total Term 2 

  8 

 Term 3 

  

  AYAP1052 - Anatomy & Physiology II 

  4 

  AY1355 - Ayurvedic Preventive Science 

  3 

   Total Term 3 

  7 

 Term 4 

  

  AY1805 - Ayurvedic Pathology 

  3 

  AY1705 - Yoga I (includes lab) 

  2 

  AY1405 - Ayurvedic Herbology and Pharmaceutics I 

  3 

Total Term 4 

  8 

 Term 5 

  

  AYWC51 - Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship I 

  2 

  AY1455 - Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods/Body Works I (includes lab) 

  3 

  AY1305 - Ayurvedic Rejuvenation I 

  2 

  Total Term 5 

  7 

 Term 6 

  

  AY1905 - Practice Management 

  AY1155 - Introduction to Ayurvedic Healing 

  AYWC52 - Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship II 

  Total Term 6 

 TOTAL PROGRAM 

  44 

 

Class and Clinical Schedule and Delivery Model

Ayurvedic Wellness Educator courses are typically held at the following times, for students in the 3-term schedule:

  • On-ground session Saturday and Sunday, twice per term from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm in all three terms.
  • Online synchronous lectures once a week from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in all three terms.
  • Online synchronous lectures every Friday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Term 1 and Term 2 only).
  • Online synchronous lecture one weekend of the second and third month of each term.
  • Weekly, on-ground, 4-hour rotations at the University Health Center, the University’s owned and operated clinic on campus, or other approved clinical site during AYWC52: Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship II (Term 3) - or on other schedule for students who receive program approval to complete clinical hours in more condensed blocks of time.

 

Ayurvedic Wellness Educator courses are typically held at the following times, for students in the 6-term schedule:

  • On-ground session Saturday and/or Sunday, twice per term.
  • Online synchronous lectures on weekday evenings.
  • Online synchronous lecture Saturday and/or Sunday of the second and third month of the term
  • Weekly, on-ground, 4-hour rotations at the University Health Center, the University’s owned and operated clinic on campus, or other approved clinical site during AYWC52: Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship II - or on other schedule for students who receive program approval to complete clinical hours in more condensed blocks of time.

All times Pacific.

Final/Comprehensive Examination Policy

Students who receive a failing grade in any course may be eligible to retake their final exam within seven days. Retake eligibility is at the discretion of the instructor and may require approval of the Program Director. A student may retake a final exam once.

 

Clinical Clerkship Requirements

Clinical Clerkship is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. Clinical students participate in patient care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of an Ayurveda Practitioner. Students earn credit by completing 90 clinic hours, written and practical assignments, and clinical skills assessments through two clinical clerkship courses taken in sequence over two terms. Students complete the required clinic hours at the University Health Center, the University’s owned and operated clinic on campus and/or other approved clinical sites.

Course

Term in 3-term schedule

Term in 6-term schedule

Credit

Hours

Shift Locations

AYWC51Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship I

2

Varies

2

30 hours

Online Interactive sessions

AYWC52 Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship II

3

Varies

2

60 hours

University Health Center, approved clinical sites

 

Note: The Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Program allows students to request to complete their clinical hours in condensed blocks of time rather than weekly 4-hour shifts. Interested students are required to request an alternative schedule by contacting the Clinical Education Director before the end of the 8th week of term 2. Condensed hours must be completed by the 14th week of AYWC52 Ayurvedic Wellness Clerkship II.

 

Certification Examination Eligibility

Graduates successfully completing the Ayurvedic Wellness Educator (Level I) program are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board’s Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification Exam.

Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate (Level II)

Offered by: Ayurveda Medicine Department

Program Director: Anu Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM, PhD

 

Program Overview

The Ayurveda Medicine Department offers the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate, a 51-credit program consisting of a mix of lecture, lab, and clinical instruction, as well as online and on-campus instruction. Students may opt for one of the two program schedules:

  • 3-Term Schedule (12 months):  Students in the 3-term schedule are expected to enroll full time for three consecutive terms (15 weeks/term) including summer.
  • 7-Term Schedule (28 months):  Students in the 7-term schedule are expected to enroll part time for six consecutive terms (15 weeks/term) including summer.

Classes are held on weekday evenings, some Fridays, and on weekends. Clinical Clerkship requires students to travel to the SCU campus and/or other approved clinical sites during terms 1-3. This program is approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board’s Ayurveda Practitioner Certification Exam. 

The Ayurvedic Practitioner program is intended for Ayurvedic Wellness Educators who are interested in deepening their competencies in Ayurveda clinical assessments and treatments. This program includes a strong emphasis on clinical practice and the understanding of Ayurvedic pathology, diagnosis, and herbal medicine. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to determine the vikriti (imbalances) of an individual’s body and mind; and will be able to design a comprehensive treatment plan for clients to realign imbalanced states of the doshas (natural energy), agni (digestive fire), dhatus (tissues), and malas (waste products), using herbs, diet, lifestyle, yoga, and body therapies. 

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Ayurvedic Assessment and Diagnosis: The graduate will apply Ayurvedic principles to accurately assess and diagnose patient conditions.
  2. Ayurvedic Management Plan: The graduate will apply Ayurvedic principles to create a management plan including lifestyle, herbs, nutrition, therapies, and yoga required to promote health and manage disease.
  3. Evidence-informed Practice: The graduate will apply and appraise historical and scientific evidence into clinical practice.
  4. Professionalism and Communication: The graduate will exhibit professionalism and communicate with an awareness of ethical practice.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Official transcript and/or certificate demonstrating completion of a qualified Ayurvedic Wellness Educator or equivalent program.
  • Completed application.
  • Proof of graduation: official high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Valid driver’s license, state ID, or permanent resident card showing student to be at least 18 years of age.

Admissions Standards

Applicants for the Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate generally must meet the following admissions standards. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • High school graduate or high school equivalent.
  • Successfully completed a qualified Ayurvedic Wellness Educator Certificate program.
  • 18 years of age prior to matriculation.
  • Meet the Technical Standards (physical and technical requirements) to successfully complete the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Prematriculation Requirements

Upon acceptance, students must submit program-specific documentation through the University’s clinical documentation management system, EXXAT. Prematriculation requirements must be fulfilled no later than the end of the first term or the student’s account will be placed on a registration hold.

  • Current and valid tuberculosis (TB) clearance completed before starting the program. Evidence of current TB clearance must remain current with the program through graduation.
  • Lab Participation Agreement.

Certificate Completion Requirements

The Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 51 credits within required categories of coursework:
    • 3 credits in interprofessional education
    • 39 credits in Ayurveda medicine health sciences
    • 9 credits in clinical clerkship
  • Passed the required comprehensive examination.
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  • Met attendance requirements.
  • Completed all certificate requirements within 4 years of matriculation.
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate.

Curriculum

Students are assigned their schedule of courses each term. The Program Director’s office maintains sample schedules.

Ayurvedic Practitioner Certificate

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Interprofessional Education

AY2905

Evidence-based Practice

x

Online Interactive

45

3

 Total Interprofessional Education

45

3

Ayurveda Medicine Health Science

 

 

AY2105

Ayurvedic Basic Principles II

 

Online Interactive

45

3

AY2305

Ayurvedic Pathology and Diagnosis II

 

Blended

60

4

AY2705

Yoga II (includes lab)

 

Blended

45

2

AY2405

Ayurvedic Herbology and Pharmaceutics II

 

Blended

60

4

AY2415

Ayurvedic Herbology and Pharmaceutics III

 

Blended

60

4

AY2555

Marma & Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods/Body Work II (includes lab)

 

Blended

60

3

AY2315

Ayurvedic Internal Medicine I

 

Blended

60

4

AY2325

Ayurvedic Internal Medicine II

 

Blended

60

4

AY2335

Ayurvedic Internal Medicine III

 

Blended

60

4

AY2345

Internal Medicine IV

 

Blended

60

4

AY2355

Internal Medicine V

 

Online Interactive

45

3

Total Ayurveda Medicine Health Sciences

615

39

Clinical Clerkship

 

 

AYPC51

Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship I

x

Blended

80

3

AYPC52

Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship II

x

Blended

80

3

AYPC53

Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship III

 

x

Blended

80

3

Total Clinical Clerkship

240

9

Ayurveda Comprehensive Exam

AYCEII

Ayurveda Comprehensive Exam II

 

Online

0

0

TOTAL PROGRAM

900

51

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.  

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 3-term schedule

Term 1

Credits

  AY2105 - Ayurvedic Basic Principles II

3

  AY2305 - Ayurvedic Pathology and Diagnosis II

4

  AY2405 - Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmaceutics II

4

  AY2415 - Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmaceutics III

4

  AYPC51 - Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship I

3

Total Term 1 

18

 Term 2

 

  AY2555 - Marma & Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods/Body Work II

 (Includes lab)

3

  AY2315 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine I

4

  AY2335 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine III

4

  AY2905 - Evidence-Based Practice

3

  AYPC52 - Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship II

3

Total Term 2

17

 Term 3

Credits

  AY2325 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine II

4

  AY2345 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine IV

4

  AY2355 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine V

3

  AY2705 - Yoga II (includes lab)

2

  AYPC53 - Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship III

3

Total Term 3

16

 TOTAL PROGRAM

51

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 7-term schedule

Term 1

Credits

  AY2105 - Ayurvedic Basic Principles II

3

  AY2305 - Ayurvedic Pathology and Diagnosis II

4

Total Term 1

7

 Term 2

Credits

  AY2405 - Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmaceutics II

4

  AY2415 - Ayurvedic Herbology & Pharmaceutics III

4

Total Term 2

8

 Term 3

Credits

  AY2325 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine II

4

  AY2705 - Yoga II (includes lab)

2

  AYPC51 - Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship I

3

Total Term 3

9

 Term 4

Credits

  AY2315 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine I

4

  AY2905 - Evidence-Based Practice

3

Total Term 4

7

 Term 5

Credits

  AY2345 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine IV

4

  AYPC52 - Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship II

3

Total Term 5

7

 Term 6

Credits

  AY2555 - Marma & Ayurvedic Detoxification Methods/ Body Work II (includes lab)

3

  AY2335 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine III

4

Total Term 6

7

  Term 7

Credits

 

  AY2355 - Ayurvedic Internal Medicine V

3

  AYPC53 - Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship II

3

Total Term 7

6

 TOTAL PROGRAM

51

 

 

Class and Clinical Schedule and Delivery Models

Ayurvedic Practitioner courses are typically held at the following times, for students in the 3-term schedules:

  • On-campus lecture Friday, Saturday, and Sunday twice per term from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm in all three terms.
  • Online synchronous lectures once a week from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in all three terms.
  • Online synchronous lectures one weekend of the second and third month of all three terms.
  • Weekly 4-hour rotations in the University Health Center System or other approved clinical site during Clinical Clerkship in all of the AYPC courses (AYPC51, AYPC52, AYPC53) - or on other schedule for students who receive program approval to complete clinical hours in more condensed blocks of time.

Ayurvedic Practitioner courses are typically held at the following times, for students in the 7-term schedule:

  • On-ground session Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday, twice per term.
  • Online synchronous lectures on weekday evenings.
  • Online synchronous lecture Saturday and/or Sunday of the second and third month of the term.
  • Weekly, on-ground, 4-hour rotations at the University Health Center, the University’s owned and operated clinic on campus, or other approved clinical site during all of the AYPC courses (AYPC51, AYPC52, AYPC53) - or on other schedule for students who receive program approval to complete clinical hours in more condensed blocks of time.

All times Pacific.

 

Final/Comprehensive Examination Policy

Students who receive a failing grade in any course may be eligible to retake their final exam within seven days. Retake eligibility is at the discretion of the instructor and may require approval of the Program Director. A student may retake a final exam once.

Clinical Clerkship Requirements

Clinical Clerkship is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. Clinical students participate in patient care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of an Ayurveda Practitioner. Students earn credit by completing 240 clinic hours, written and practical assignments, and clinical skills assessments through three clinical clerkship courses taken in sequence over three terms. Students complete the required clinic hours at the University Health Center, the University’s owned and operated clinic on campus and/or other approved clinical sites.

 

Course

Term in 3-term schedule

Term in 7-term schedule

Credit

Hours

Shift Locations

AYPC51: Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship I

1

Varies

3

80 hours

University Health Center, other approved clinical sites

AYPC52: Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship II

2

Varies

3

80 hours

University Health Center, other approved clinical sites

 

AYPC53: Ayurvedic Practitioner Clerkship III

3

Varies

3

80 hours

University Health Center, other approved clinical sites

 

Note: The Ayurvedic Practitioner Program allows students to request to complete their clinical hours in condensed blocks of time rather than weekly 4-hour shifts. Interested students are required to request an alternative schedule by contacting the Clinical Education Director by the end of the 8th week of the term preceding the course for which the student is requesting an alternative schedule. First-term students must request an alternative schedule upon acceptance. Condensed hours must be completed by the 14th week of the term when enrolled in AYPC courses (AYPC51, AYPC52, AYPC53).

Certification Exam Eligibility

Graduates successfully completing the Ayurvedic Wellness Educator (Level II) program are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board’s Ayurvedic Practitioner Certification Exam.

Ayurveda Courses for Non-Degree or Certificate-Seeking Students

Offered by: Ayurveda Medicine Department

Program Director: Anu Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS, MAOM, PhD

The Ayurveda Medicine Department offers courses for non-degree- or certificate-seeking students interested in Ayurvedic Medicine. For students holding the Ayurvedic Wellness Education certificate and Ayurvedic Practitioner certificates, some courses may offer and be eligible for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits, if the courses have been approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) for CEUs.  In addition, some of these courses may carry academic credit.  Further, some of these courses may be transferrable into academic programs offered by the Ayurveda Medicine Department, though some may have additional requirements to facilitate transfer. These courses are typically offered online and may include both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Students self-register via the University’s website. Students will receive a certificate of completion for each completed course.

The Ayurvedic Clinical Internship

The Ayurvedic Clinical Internship certificate is a 2-credit/60-clock hour clinical experience course. The course is offered through the University Health Center, where students may attend clinic sessions in a standard semester schedule or, when offered, in an intensive 2-week format.

The Clinical Internship for Ayurvedic Practitioner course is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. Clinical students participate in patient care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of an Ayurveda Practitioner. Students earn credit by completing 60 clinic hours, written and practical assignments, and clinical skills assessments. Students complete the required clinic hours at the University Health Center, the University’s on-campus clinic. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Students interested in the Ayurvedic Clinical Internship must provide proof that they have successfully completed an Ayurvedic Practitioner program from a National Ayurvedic Medical Association-approved school. Students must provide a current and valid tuberculosis clearance and a lab participation agreement.

 

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Offered by: Department of Health Sciences

Program Director: Toby Spiegel, MA, PsyD

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences is a 60-credit degree completion program designed for students who have previously earned at least 57 undergraduate credit hours from another institution(s). The program typically takes five terms, or 20 months, to complete for students enrolled full-time. The time it takes to complete the degree may vary based upon the number of transfer credits awarded; students may be eligible to transfer in up to 72 credits. 

Core courses are offered asynchronously online in 7 ½-week blocks. Online courses consist of seven modules delivered over 7 ½ weeks. Each module may include peer-to-peer discussion board posts and replies, self-directed exercises, written assignments, quizzes, case studies, mid-term and/or final exams. Full-time students take two core courses per 7 ½-week block.

The program prepares graduates for a variety of health careers or for graduate study in a health-related field. Students pursue one of four concentrated areas of study. These areas of study provide a foundation for entry-level jobs in healthcare and/or qualification for graduate study in a specific aspect of the health sciences field and include pre-professional graduate studies in Chiropractic Sciences, Eastern Medicine, and Human Genetics and Genomics, as well as Health Education studies leading to eligibility to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination.

The Health Education and Human Genetics and Genomics concentrations are offered online in a 7 ½-week block schedule. The Eastern Medicine and Chiropractic Sciences concentrations require students to attend their final term or last four classes on-ground on campus. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Biological Science Knowledge: Graduates will apply knowledge of the principles and processes of the basic sciences and scientific methods.
  2. Integrative Health Knowledge: Graduates will analyze health issues and policies based on an integrated interdisciplinary approach.
  3. Information Literacy: Graduates will understand technology’s impact on information-gathering and fact-finding and be able to use technology to assess scientific and technical literature.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning: Graduates will apply basic logic, mathematical reasoning, and statistical analysis to problem solving.
  5. Critical Thinking: Graduates will engage in critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving through evidence-based practice.
  6. Communication Effectiveness: Graduates will professionally construct and express their ideas, thoughts, and concepts through written and verbal communication.
  7. Professionalism: Graduates will demonstrate professional ethics, lifelong learning, self-awareness and academic integrity.  
  8. Cultural and Social Understanding: Graduates will demonstrate cultural competence by recognizing the cultural beliefs, values, health equity, and health practices of diverse populations to improve health access and outcomes.

 

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences must submit the following documents to being considered for admission:

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Admissions Standards

Applicants for the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences must meet the following admissions standards. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 grade scale from previous undergraduate coursework.
  • Successful completion of a minimum 57 credits from a U.S. accredited college.
  • Completion of a minimum 48 credits in general education with a grade of C or better in all the following areas:
    • English Communication, Composition, or Critical Thinking (minimum 6 credits)
    • Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning (minimum 3 credits)
    • Arts and Humanities (minimum 9 credits)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (minimum 9 credits)
    • Physical and Biological Sciences (minimum 7 credits)

A grade of Credit or Pass may be used if the transferring college’s policy states that it is equivalent to a grade of C or better.

Advanced placement exams may be used to meet the general education requirement; the College Board Advanced Placement Tests (AP) course must fulfill the general education course requirement - and a score of 3 or higher will be accepted for credit.

The BSHS program accepts College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations in fulfillment of lower division general education courses. The program requires a passing score of at least 50 on the CLEP exam and accepts up to 30 credits. Credit for Advanced Placement examinations is not included in this limit. CLEP exam scores cannot be older than 10 years.

ACE Credit Recommendation courses may be accepted in fulfillfment of lower division general education courses on case-by-case review. (Summer 2023)

 

Degree Completion Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 120 credits with a minimum of 48 credits earned at SCU
  • Completed 12 credits in a concentration, such as Health Education, Human Genetics and Genomics, Eastern Medicine, or Chiropractic Sciences
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Completed all degree requirements within 7 years of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

 

Curriculum

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Course Number

Course Name

 IPE*

 Modality

 

Credits

Upper Division Biological Sciences

BSHS0300

Introduction to the Human Genome

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0304

Pathophysiology

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0305

Hormones, Brain and Cognition (Neuroscience)

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0307

Nutrition in Health & Human Performance

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0309

Embryology and Human Development

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0401

Microbiology and Infectious Disease

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0402

Chronic Disease of Aging

 

Online

 

3

Total Upper Division Biological Sciences

 

21

 Upper Division Social Sciences 

BSHS0301

Health Psychology

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0308

Evidence-based Practice in Healthcare

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0311

Abnormal Psychology

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0403

Cultural Competency across the Health Sciences

 

Online

 

3

Total Upper Division Social Sciences

 

12

 Foundational Health Education **

BSHS0302

Introduction to Epidemiology (CHES)

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0303

Introduction to Health and Wellness (CHES)

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0306

Integrative Health (CHES)

X

Online

 

3

BSHS0310

Health Behavior (CHES)

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0400

Current Trends Health Education (CHES)

 

Online

 

3

Total Foundational Health Education

 

15

Concentration  

Varies

Students are required to complete four courses (12 credits) from a concentration

 Varies

Varies

 

 12

Total Concentration

 

12

TOTAL HOURS

 

60

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare.  

**In addition to completing the Health Education Concentration, students must complete these courses with a grade of C or better to be eligible to seek certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Counseling (NCHEC). 

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, Full-time

Term 1

Credits

BSHS 0300 - Introduction to Human Genome

3

BSHS 0301 - Health Psychology

3

BSHS 0302 - Introduction to Epidemiology

3

BSHS 0303 Introduction to Health Education and Wellness

3

Total Term 1

12

Term 2

 

BSHS 0304 - Pathophysiology

3

BSHS 0305 - Hormones, Brain and Cognition

3

BSHS 0306 - Integrative Health

3

BSHS 0307 - Nutrition in Health and Human Performance

3

Total Term 2

12

Term 3

 

BSHS 0308 - Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare

3

BSHS 0309 - Embryology and Human Development

3

BSHS 0310 - Health Behavior

3

BSHS 0311 - Abnormal Psychology

3

Total Term 3

12

Term 4

 

BSHS 0400 - Current Trends in Health Education

3

BSHS 0401 - Microbiology and Infectious Disease

3

BSHS 0402 - Chronic Disease of Aging

3

BSHS 0403 - Cultural Competency across the Health Sciences

3

Total Term 4

12

Term 5

 

Students are required to complete 12 credits (typically four courses) from a concentration 

12

Total Term 5

12

 TOTAL PROGRAM

60

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, Part-Time 

Term 1

 Credits

BSHS 0300 - Introduction to Human Genome

3

BSHS 0302 - Introduction to Epidemiology

3

Total Term 1

6

Term 2

 

BSHS 0301 - Health Psychology

3

BSHS 0303 - Introduction to Health Education and Wellness

3

Total Term 2

6

Term 3

 

BSHS 0304 - Pathophysiology

3

BSHS 0306 - Integrative Health

3

Total Term 3

6

Term 4

 

BSHS 0305- Hormones, Brain and Cognition

3

BSHS 0307 - Nutrition in Health and Human Performance

3

Total Term 4

6

Term 5

 

BSHS 0308 - Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare

3

BSHS 0310 - Health Behavior

3

Total Term 5

6

Term 6

 

BSHS 0309 - Embryology and Human Development

3

BSHS 0311 - Abnormal Psychology

3

Total Term 6

6

Term 7

 

BSHS 0400 - Current Trends in Health Education

3

BSHS 0402 - Chronic Disease of Aging

3

Total Term 7

6

Term 8

 

BSHS 0401 - Microbiology and Infectious Disease

3

BSHS 0403 - Cultural Competency across the Health Sciences

3

Total Term 8

6

Term 9

 

Students complete 12 credits in a concentration.  

12

Total Term 9

12

TOTAL PROGRAM

60

 

Concentrations

Students must select from one of the offered concentrations. Students are encouraged to declare their concentration at the time of admission and are required to do so through the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of their second term.

Health Education Concentration

Students who complete the Health Education Concentration with a grade of C or better in all required courses are eligible to seek certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Counseling (NCHEC). Student will receive a Certificate in Health Education.

Health Education Concentration (Online)

Course Number

Course Name

 IPE*

Modality

 

Credits

BSHS0404

Integrative Health Promotion (CHES)

 X

 Online

 

3

BSHS0405

Advances in Health Promotion (CHES)

 X

 Online

 

3

BSHS0406

Planning and Evaluation of Health programs (CHES)

 

 Online

 

3

BSHS0407

Implementation of Health Promotion Programs (CHES)

 

 Online

 

3

TOTAL

 

12

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare.  

 

Human Genetics and Genomics Concentration

Students admitted into the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics program who complete the Human Genetics and Genomics concentration with a grade of B or better in all courses qualify for Advanced Standing in the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics program. Student will receive a Certificate in Human Genetics and Genomics.

Students work with the Program Director or Academic Advisor to identify 12 credits from Human Genetics and Genomics program courses to fulfill the concentration requirements and earn the BSHS degree.

 

Eastern Medicine Concentration

Students admitted into the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine OR Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program who complete the Eastern Medicine concentration with a grade of B or better in all courses qualify for advanced standing in the respective Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program.

Students work with the Program Director or Academic Advisor to identify 12 credits from Chinese Medicine courses to fulfill the concentration requirements and earn the BSHS degree.

 

Chiropractic Sciences Concentration

Students admitted into the Doctor of Chiropractic program who complete the Chiropractic Sciences concentration courses with a grade of B or better qualify for Advanced Standing in the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

Students work with the Program Director or Academic Advisor to identify 12 credits from Doctor of Chiropractic courses to fulfill the concentration requirements and earn the BSHS degree.

 

Customized Concentration

Students work with the Program Director or Academic Advisor to identify 12 credits from a list of elective courses to create a customized concentration.  

 

Transfer Credit Eligibility

In addition to meeting the University’s policies related to transfer credit, only Upper Division Biological Sciences and Upper Division Social Sciences are eligible for transfer. Concentration courses and Foundational Health Education courses are not eligible for transfer.

 

Attendance

Bachelor of Science in Health Science students are expected to follow the attendance requirements for asynchronous learning.  Attendance is based upon timely submission of discussion board posts and responses to peers. Students are expected to be in the discussion boards at a minimum of three days per week (original post and two responses to peers should be submitted on three separate days of the module week).

 

Chiropractic Courses For Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Offered by Los Angeles College of Chiropractic

Dean: Ana Facchinato, DC, MHS

 

The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (LACC) offers limited courses for some non-degree-seeking students who already hold the Doctor of Chiropractic degree and who are interested in fulfilling prerequisites to apply for chiropractic licensure in the state of California. These courses are typically offered on-ground but may include online components.   

Interested applicants should contact the LACC Dean’s Office. Interested applicants will be asked to review their specific licensure prerequisite needs with the Dean’s Office, to determine if they can be met by LACC. If they can be met through LACC, interested applicants will be required to provide:

  • a non-degree seeking student application registration form
  • a copy of their current Doctor of Chiropractic License or copy of their Doctor of Chiropractic Diploma (if not previously licensed) to qualify to enroll
  • evidence of being in good standing if they have previously licensed as a chiropractor

Accepted students must:

  • sign an enrollment agreement and completion plan
  • provide a current and valid tuberculosis clearance
  • provide a lab participation agreement for any practical coursework/clinical work
  • work with the Dean’s Office to enroll in necessary courses to receive needed content, hours, and procedures for licensure, based on their needs
  • comply with any program requirements, including applicable site-specific immunization requirements at clinical locations

Students-at-large enrolled in these chiropractic courses are considered chiropractic students for purposes of student malpractice coverage. Students-at-large in these courses, though perhaps previously licensed, must fully comply with all licensed faculty supervision requirements and other course and program conduct requirements applicable to all chiropractic students (including not referring to themselves as doctor or as a chiropractor while not yet eligible for licensure in California).   

Students are charged according to current tuition and fees.  

 

Chiropractic Courses for Non-Degree-Seeking Students 

Course Number 

Course Name 

IPE* 

Modality 

Hours 

Credits 

CP0612 

Physiotherapeutic Modalities 

  

Blended 

60 

CP0717 

Functional Rehabilitation Strategies 

  

On-Ground 

60 

CP0801  

Physiotherapy for Practitioners 

 

On-Ground 

60 

CP0802 

Gynecologic and Proctologic Examination for Practitioners 

 

On-Ground 

30 

 

 

 Chiropractic Sports Medicine Residency

Offered by: SCU Health 

Program Director: Joseph Horrigan, DC, DACBSP® 

The Chiropractic Sports Medicine Residency is a two-year post-graduate program that provides advanced clinical experience in sports medicine. The Sports Medicine Resident/Doctor of Chiropractic is designed to prepare students for eligibility to sit for the certification examination for the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®), the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification by the National Strength and Condition Association (NSCA), and the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® certification by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP). It is the resident’s responsibility to ensure they meet all requirements to sit for third-party examinations. The resident will also complete an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course.

The residency consists of a minimum of 55 hours per week with additional weekly time for study and training. The residency is broken down into two consecutive, one-year commitments, each with requirements for successful completion. The residency is offered on campus, with multiple off-site rotations throughout Southern California. Off-site rotations include team-based management of complex cases in collaboration with other medical specialists and healthcare providers.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum requirements include the following: 

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent from an accredited chiropractic program 
  • An earned Doctor of Chiropractic degree from a Council on Chiropractic Education-accredited chiropractic program
  • A current, active, and unrestricted chiropractic license in California or eligibility for such licensure
  • Meet required Technical Standards of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic with or without reasonable accommodations  
Application Requirements 

Applicants for the Sports Medicine Residency must provide the following items:

  • Completed residency application  
  • Application fee 
  • Three letters of recommendation (from faculty, health education or health professions administrators, Doctors of Chiropractic, or other related personnel)
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • A copy of the applicant’s California chiropractic license, or a letter from the state of California Board of Chiropractic Examiners indicating eligibility to sit for the California Law and Professional Practice Examination (CLPPE)  
  • Verification of Licensure in Good Standing from all other states where licensed 
  • NBCE Board examination transcripts: The applicant must have successfully completed Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners 
  • Official transcripts from the chiropractic degree granting institution, and other applicable graduate or post-graduate training 
  • Individual interview with the Director of the Sports Medicine Residency (for those who meet all eligibility requirements)
  • Panel interview (scheduled after Individual Interview for those who qualify); the panel is typically composed of the Executive Director of Human Performance Optimization/Director of the Sports Medicine Residency, VP of SCU Health, two current Sports Medicine Residents, and one Sports Medicine clinical staff doctor
  • Clinical Skills Assessment (scheduled after Panel Interview for those who qualify)
Completion Requirements 

Residents are expected to perform the duties assigned by their Resident Supervisor. Residents shall be evaluated for performance at the conclusion of each term, and continuation in the program is based upon satisfactory performance. Upon successful completion of residency program requirements, the resident shall receive a Certificate of Residency Completion and Competency

 

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Offered by: Eastern Medicine Department

Dean: Jenny Yu, DACM, LAc

Program Overview

The Eastern Medicine Department offers the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), a 193-credit program consisting of a mix of lecture, lab, and clinical instruction. Students may opt for one of three program schedules:

10-Term Schedule (day): Students in the 10-Term Schedule are expected to enroll full time for 10 consecutive terms including summer. Courses are offered on-ground, blended, and in an online format. Classes are generally held Monday through Friday during the day, although classes may be scheduled at any time including evenings and weekends.   

12-Term Schedule (evening/weekend): Students in the 12-Term Schedule are expected to enroll full time for 12 consecutive terms including summer. Courses are offered on-ground, blended, and in an online format. Classes are generally held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and on the weekends during the day, although classes may be scheduled at any time.   

Flex Schedule: Students in the Flex Schedule may complete the program at their own pace in as few as 12 terms or as many as 20 terms. Courses are offered on-ground, blended, and in an online format. Classes are offered days, evenings, and weekends, and students register for courses that best suit their schedules and availability

Clinical Clerkship may require students to travel throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM) and approved by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). Graduates are eligible to sit for licensing examinations administered by the California Acupuncture Board (California Acupuncture Licensing Examination - CALE) and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Oriental Medicine Diagnosis: Graduates will synthesize etiology and clinical manifestations to construct Oriental Medicine differential diagnoses.
  2. Acupuncture and Moxibustion: Therapies Graduates will prescribe and formulate acupuncture, moxibustion, and related Oriental Medicine therapies.
  3. Herbal Therapy: Graduates will plan and prescribe herbal formulas and modifications.
  4. Biomedical Diagnosis: Graduates will synthesize pathogenesis and clinical manifestations to construct Western Medicine differential diagnoses.
  5. Evidence-based Practice: Graduates will synthesize and apply historical and scientific evidence in clinical practice.
  6. Business and Clinical: Practice Graduates will assess business principles to develop a clinical practice.
  7. Communication: Graduates will effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in written form.
  8. Professionalism: Graduates will demonstrate leadership, integrity, and respect for all, and actively engage in ethical, moral, and legal standards of the profession.
  9. Inter-professional Collaboration: Graduates will collaborate with appropriate professionals to plan and manage patient-centered care.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the DACM degree must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcript from an accredited university or universities demonstrating successful completion of 90 semester credits (135 quarter credits)
  • Personal statement explaining reasons for pursuing the DACM program (i.e., career plans, background, previous experience, interest, and/or values). Maximum of 250 words.

Admissions Standards

Applicants for the DACM degree generally must meet the following admissions standards. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • A completed bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter units) of  undergraduate-level coursework from an accredited institution (accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency).
  • Successful interview with a member of the Eastern Medicine Department faculty or administration.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Introductory courses with content in General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and General Psychology. Note: These courses may be taken prior to matriculation or as a co-requisite(s) while enrolled in the DACM program.
  • Meet the Technical Standards (physical and technical requirements) to successfully complete the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Meet SCU’s English Language Proficiency standards as described in International Student Admission regardless of citizenship, in addition to at least one of the following:
    • At least two-years (60 semester or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate or graduate-level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
    • At least two-years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate or graduate-level education delivered in English.

 

Admission of Southern California University of Health Sciences Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) Students and Graduates (2000-2018)

Southern California University of Health Sciences Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) students and graduates who apply to the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program may be accepted if they otherwise meet Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and Southern California University admission requirements.

Prematriculation Requirements

Upon acceptance, students must submit program-specific documentation through the University’s clinical documentation management system, EXXAT. Prematriculation requirements must be fulfilled no later than the end of the first term or the student’s account will be placed on a registration hold.

  • Current and valid tuberculosis (TB) clearance completed within the prior two years. Evidence of current TB clearance must remain current with the program through graduation.
  • Lab Participation Agreement.

Degree Completion Requirements

The Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 193 credits within required categories of coursework:
    • 24 credits in foundational health sciences
    • 17 credits in clinical sciences
    • 92 credits in acupuncture and Chinese medicine health sciences
    • 14 credits in interprofessional education
    • 36 credits in clinical clerkship
    • 10 credits in concentration
  • Completed a minimum of 1080 clinic hours
  • Passed three required comprehensive examinations
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Met residency requirements
  • Completed all degree requirements within 20 terms (6.7 years) of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

Curriculum

Students are assigned their schedule of courses each term by the program. Student schedules vary by student based upon term of entry and other factors (i.e., special schedules, student progression, concentration). The Dean’s office maintains sample schedules. 

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Foundational Health Sciences

 

 

GAPH101

Anatomy & Physiology I (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

60

3

GAPH201

Anatomy & Physiology II (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

60

3

GAPH301

Anatomy & Physiology III (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

60

3

PAPP101

Pathophysiology I

 

Online Interactive

45

3

PAPP201

Pathophysiology II

 

Online Interactive

45

3

PAPP301

Pathophysiology III

 

Online Interactive

45

3

BN0213

Human Biochemistry

X

On-Ground

45

3

BN0405

Biochemical Nutrition

X

Online Interactive

45

3

Total Foundational Health Sciences

405

24

Clinical Sciences

 

 

CDX110

Introduction to Physical Assessment I (lab)

X

On-Ground

30

1

CDX210

Introduction to Physical Assessment II (lab)

X

On-Ground

30

1

CDX0310

Introductory Physical Examination Skills (includes lab)

X

On-Ground

90

4

CBS0201

History Taking

X

On-Ground

30

2

CDX0601

Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

X

Online Interactive

30

2

CBN0601

Pharmacology/Toxicology

X

Online Interactive

30

2

XR0515

Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy (includes lab)

X

Online Interactive

60

3

CDX0708

Emergency Procedures

X

On-Ground

30

2

Total Clinical Sciences

330

17

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Health Sciences

 

 

AMPI

Acupuncture & Meridians I

 

On-Ground

60

4

AMPII

Acupuncture & Meridians II

 

On-Ground

60

4

AAC1310

Acupuncture & Meridians III

 

On-Ground

45

3

AAC1220

Clinical Techniques I (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

45

2

AAC1320

Clinical Techniques II (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

45

2

AAC1410

Acupuncture Prescriptions

 

On-Ground

45

3

AAC1510

Acupuncture Orthopedics

 

On-Ground

45

3

APP1511

Tui Na Techniques

 

On-Ground

45

3

APP1055

Taiji & Qigong

 

On-Ground

30

2

AHB1110

Chinese Herbology I

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1210

Chinese Herbology II

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1310

Chinese Herbology III 

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1410

Chinese Herbology III   

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1510

Herbal Prescriptions I

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1610

Herbal Prescriptions I

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1710

Herbal Prescriptions I

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1620

Herbal Toxicity and Drug-Herb Interactions

 

Online

15

1

AHB1711

OM Nutrition/Diet

 

On-Ground

45

3

ADX1710

Integrated Clinical Medicine I

 

On-Ground

45

3

ADX1810

Integrated Clinical Medicine II 

 

On-Ground

45

3

ADX1910

Integrated Clinical Medicine III 

 

Online Interactive

45

3

APP1110

Oriental Medicine Theory

 

Online Interactive

60

4

CMD1210

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Methods

 

On-Ground

45

3

CMD1310

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Principles 

 

On-Ground

60

4

APP1520

AOM Jurisprudence

 

Online

15

1

APP1620

Integrated Gynecology

 

On-Ground

60

4

AHB1910

Jin Gui Yao Lue

 

On-Ground

30

2

ADX1820

Oriental Medicine Psychiatry and Counseling

 

Online Interactive

30

2

AHB1720

Shang Han Lun

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1810

Wen Bing Xue

 

On-Ground

30

2

APP1911

Classics of Chinese Medicine

 

Online Interactive

45

3

AEBP0501

Evidence-based Practice

 

Online Interactive

30

2

APP1011

Capstone

 

On-Ground

30

2

Total Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Health Sciences

1410

92

Interprofessional Education*

 

 

CBS0106

History of Healthcare

X

Online

15

1

CBS0107

Medical Terminology

X

Online

15

1

CBS0108

Introduction to Ethics and Professional Behavior

X

Online

15

1

PP0712

Ethics in Healthcare

X

Online

15

1

CRE0201

Research and Evidence-based Healthcare

X

Online

30

2

CPM0409

Public Health

X

Online Interactive

45

3

PP0702

Practice Management: Risk Management

X

Online Interactive

15

1

PP0801

Practice Management: Practice Development

X

Online Interactive

30

2

PP0817

Practice Management: Coding and Billing

X

Online Interactive

15

1

IHP300

Integrative Health Promotion (lab)

X

Online Interactive

30

1

Total Interprofessional Education

225

14

 Clinical Clerkship

 

 

ACL1210

Clinical Observation I

x

On-Ground

30

1

ACL1310

Clinical Observation II

x

On-Ground

30

1

ACL1410

Clinical Observation III

x

On-Ground

90

3

ACL1511

Guided Clinical Practice A

x

On-Ground

120

4

ACL1611

Guided Clinical Practice B

x

On-Ground

120

4

ACL1711

Guided Clinical Practice C

x

On-Ground

210

7

ACL1811

Advanced Clinical Practice A

x

On-Ground

180

6

ACL1911

Advanced Clinical Practice B

x

On-Ground

240

8

ACL1011

Independent Clinical Practice

x

On-Ground

60

2

Total Clinical Clerkship

1080

36

Concentration

 

 

See details below

DACM students select from three concentrations to complete a minimum of 150 hours (10 credits).

 

Varies

150

10

Total Concentration

150

10

Comprehensive Examinations

0

0

AID1410

Acupuncture Competency Examination I

 

On-Ground

0

0

AID1710

Acupuncture Competency Examination II

 

On-Ground

0

0

AID1910

Acupuncture Competency Examination III

 

On-Ground

0

0

 

TOTAL PROGRAM

3600

193

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Concentration (Select One)

DACM students are required to select from one of the three concentrations: Healthy Aging, Orthopedics, or Women’s Health. Each concentration consists of at least 150 hours (10 credits) of coursework. Students must declare their choice of concentration through the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of their 8th term.

 

Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Concentrations

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Healthy Aging Concentration

 

 

ADX1610

Life Cycles

 

Online Interactive

30

2

ADX1720

Basics of Oncology

 

Online Interactive

30

2

ADX1830

Diseases of Aging

 

Online Interactive

45

3

ADX1920

Successful Aging

 

Online Interactive

45

3

Total Healthy Aging Concentration

150

10

Orthopedics Concentration

 

 

FAB201

Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics Anatomy of the Extremities (includes lab)

 x

Blended

105

5

SMS213

Lower Extremity Athletic Taping

 x

On-Ground

15

1

SMS214

Upper Extremity Athletic Taping

 x

On-Ground

15

1

ADX1930

Advanced Acupuncture Orthopedics

 

On-Ground

45

3

Total Orthopedics Concentration

180

10

Women’s Health Concentration

 

 

APP1020

Women’s Health I

 

On-Ground

60

4

APP1021

Women’s Health II

 

On-Ground

45

3

APP1022

Women’s Health III

 

Online Interactive

45

3

Total Women’s Health Concentration

150

 

TOTAL

150

10

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings. 

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 10-term schedule

 Term 1 Example

 Credits

CBS0107 - Medical Terminology 

1

CBS0108 - Introduction to Ethics & Professional Behavior 

1

GAPH101 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 

3

CDX110 - Introduction to Physical Assessment I

1

AHB1110 - Chinese Herbology I 

3

APP1110 - OM Theory

4

AMPI - Acupuncture & Meridians I

4

Total Term 1 

17

Term 2 Example 

CRE0201 - Research in Evidence-Based Healthcare

2

GAPH201 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 

3

BN0213 - Human Biochemistry (Lecture) 

3

CDX210 - Introduction to Physical Assessment II 

1

ACL1210 - Clinical Observation I

1

AHB1210 - Chinese Herbology II

3

CMD1210 - Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Methods

3

AMPII - Acupuncture & Meridians II

4

AAC1220 Clinical Technique I  

2

Total Term 2 

22

Term 3 Example

GAPH301 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab III 

3

PP0712 - Ethics in Healthcare

1

CDX0310 - Introduction to Physical Exam Skills 

4

CBS0201 - History Taking 

2

AHB1310 - Chinese Herbology II

3

CMD1310 - Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Principles 

4

AAC1310 - Acupuncture Meridians III 

3

ACL1310 - Clinical Observation II 

1

Total Term 3 

21

Term 4 Example 

CBS0106 - History of Healthcare

1

CPM0409 - Public Health

3

PAPP101 - Pathophysiology I

3

AAC1320 - Clinical Technique II

2

AHB1410 - Chinese Herbology IV

3

AID1410 - ACE I

0

ACL1410 - Clinical Observation III

3

AAC1410 - Acupuncture Prescriptions

3

Total Term 4 

18

Term 5 Example 

CDX0708 - Emergency Procedures 

2

PP0702 - Practice Management: Risk Management 

1

XR0515 - Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy 

3

PAPP201 - Pathophysiology II 

3

AHB1510 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions I 

3

ACL1511 - Guided Clinical Practice A

4

AAC1510 - Acupuncture Orthopedics

3

APP1055 - Taiji & Qigong 

2

Total Term 5 

21

Term 6 Example 

CBN0601 - Pharmacology/Toxicology

2

CDX0601 - Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis 

2

PAPP301 - Pathophysiology III 

3

AHB1610 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions

3

ACL1611 - Guided Clinical Practice B 

4

AHB1711 - OM Nutrition/Diet 

3

APP1511 - Tuina Technique

3

AHB1620 - Herbal Toxicity & Drug Herb Interaction

1

Total Term 6 

21

Term 7 Example 

BN0405 - Biochemical Nutrition

3

ADX1710 - Integrated Clinical Medicine I

3

AHB1710 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions III 

3

AHB1720 - Shang Han Lun 

3

ACL1711 - Guided Clinical Practice C 

7

AID1710 - ACE II 

0

Total Term 7 

19

Term 8 Example 

PP0801 - Practice Management: Practice Development 

2

PP0817 - Practice Management: Coding and Billing

1

AHB1810 - Wen Bing Xue 

2

ACL1811 - Advanced Clinical Practice A

6

ADX1820 - OM Psychology and Counseling

2

ADX1810 - Integrated Clinical Medicine II 

3

APP1620 - Integrated Gynecology  

4

Total Term 8 

20

Term 9 Example 

ACL1911 - Advanced Clinical Practice B 

8

ADX1910 - Integrated Clinical Medicine III 

3

AHB1910 - Jin Gui Yao Lue 

2

APP1911 - Classics of Chinese Medicine

3

AID1910 - ACE III

0

APP1520 - AOM Jurisprudence  

1

IHP300 - Integrative Health Promotion III 

1

Total Term 9 

18

Term 10 Example 

AEBP0501 - Evidence-based Practice 

2

ACL1011 - Independent Clinical Practice

2

Various - Concentration Series 

10

APP1011 - Capstone

2

Total Term 10

16

TOTAL PROGRAM

193

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 12-term schedule

Term 1 Example 

Credits

GAPH101 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 

3

CDX110 - Introduction to Physical Assessment I 

1

APP1110 - OM Theory 

4

AMPI - Acupuncture & Meridians I 

4

CRE0201 - Research and Evidence Based Healthcare 

2

Total Term 1

14

Term 2 Example 

CBS0107 - Medical Terminology 

1

GAPH201 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I

3

CDX210 - Introduction to Physical Assessment II

1

ACL1210 - Clinical Observation I 

1

AHB1110 - Chinese Herbology I

3

CMD1210 - Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Methods 

3

AMPII - Acupuncture & Meridians II 

4

Total Term 2

16

Term 3 Example

 

GAPH301 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab III 

3

CBS0108 - Introduction to Ethics and Professional Behavior 

1

CBS0201 - History Taking 

2

AHB1210 - Chinese Herbology II

3

CMD1310 - Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Principle 

4

AAC1310 - Acupuncture Meridians III 

3

ACL1310 - Clinical Observation II 

1

Total Term 3 

17

Term 4 Example 

  

CDX0310 - Introduction to Physical Exam Skills 

4

AHB1310 - Chinese Herbology III

3

AAC1220 - Clinical Technique I

2

ACL1410 - Clinical Observation III

3

AAC1410 - Acupuncture Prescriptions

3

PP0712 - Ethics in Healthcare

1

Total Term 4 

16

Term 5 Example 

  

PAPP101 - Pathophysiology I  

3

AHB1410 - Chinese Herbology IV 

3

AAC1320 - Clinical Technique I

2

CPM0409 - Public Health

3

AID1410 - ACE I

0

AAC1510 - Acupuncture Orthopedics 

3

Total Term 5

14

Term 6 Example 

  

PAPP201 - Pathophysiology II 

3

CDX0708 - Emergency Procedures 

2

AHB1510 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions I 

3

APP1055 - Taiji & Qigong

2

CBS0106 - History of Healthcare 

1

ACL1511 - Guided Clinical Practice

4

Total Term 6 

15

Term 7 Example 

 

PAPP301 - Pathophysiology III 

3

XR0515 - Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy 

3

AHB1610 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions

3

APP1511 - Tuina Technique 

3

AHB1711 - OM Nutrition/Diet 

3

ACL1611 - Guided Clinical Practice B

4

Total Term 7 

19

Term 8 Example 

 

BN0213 - Human Biochemistry (Lecture)

3

CDX0601 - Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis 

2

CBN0601 - Pharmacology/Toxicology 

2

AHB1620 - Herbal Toxicity & Drug Herb Interactions

1

AHB1710 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions III 

3

ACL1711 - Guided Clinical Practice C 

7

Total Term 8 

18

Term 9 Example 

 

BN0405 - Biochemical Nutrition 

3

ADX1710 - Integrated Clinical Medicine I 

3

AHB1720 - Shang Han Lun

3

AID1710 - ACE II 

0

ADX1820 - OM Psychiatry and Counseling  

2

ACL1811 - Advanced Clinical Practice A 

6

Total Term 9 

17

Term 10 Example 

 

ADX1810 - Integrated Clinical Medicine II 

3

AHB1810 - Wen Bing Xue

2

APP1620 - Integrated Gynecology 

4

APP1520 - AOM Jurisprudence

1

ACL1911 - Advanced Clinical Practice B 

8

Total Term 10 

18

Term 11 Example 

 

ADX1910 - Integrated Clinical Medicine III 

3

AHB1910 - Jin Gui Yao Lue 

2

APP1911 - Classics of Chinese Medicine 

3

AID1910 - ACE III

0

PP0702 - Practice Management: Risk Management 

1

PP0801 - Practice Management: Practice Development  

2

PP0817 - Practice Management: Coding and Billing  

1

IHP300 - Integrative Health Promotion III 

1

Total Term 11 

13

Term 12 Example 

 

AEBP0501 - Evidence-based Practice 

2

ACL1011 - Independent Clinical Practice 

2

Various - Concentration Series 

10

APP1011 - Capstone

2

Total Term 12 

16

  TOTAL PROGRAM 

193

 

Curriculum Sequence, Flex schedule

Students in the Flex schedule may take courses at their own pace, from courses scheduled days, evenings, and/or weekends.

Transfer Credit Eligibility and Residency Requirement

In addition to meeting the University’s policies related to transfer credit, the following transfer credit and residency requirements apply to students in the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program:

  • Students may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the total program credit requirements. Of that 50%, no more than 25% of the program clinical training requirements may be accepted as transfer credit.
  • Students must complete at least 50% of credits at SCU to qualify for degree completion (minimum 96 credits).
  • All applicable Southern California University of Health Sciences Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) courses may be transferred into the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program. Southern California University of Health Sciences Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) students must:
    • Meet the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) admissions requirements, and
    • Execute an enrollment agreement for the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program.

Licensure Examination Eligibility

Graduates are eligible to sit for licensing examinations administered by the California Acupuncture Board (California Acupuncture Licensing Examination - CALE) and National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture, Biomedicine, Foundations of Oriental Medicine, and Chinese Herbology). Students must successfully complete the program to be eligible for these examinations.

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.

Clinical Clerkship

Clinical Clerkship is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. Clinical students participate in patient care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist. Students earn credit by completing a minimum of 1080 clinic hours, written and practical assignments, and clinical skills assessments through nine clinical clerkship courses taken in sequence beginning with clinical observation in the second term.

Additional information on Clinical Clerkship is available through the Office of the Dean.

Clinical Clerkship Sites

Clinical students have opportunities to rotate through different clinics within the University Health Center, other approved clinical sites, and within the community. Requirements for participation at clinical sites may vary (including background checks and immunizations).

  • SCU Health’s University Health Center: SCU-owned-and-operated clinic on campus, under the supervision of SCU faculty; the campus facility is the University Heath Center (UHC).
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC): In a hospital setting, students engage in patient care under the supervision of SCU faculty/CHOC clinician. Students must apply and meet the requirements set forth by CHOC.
  • The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation: Students engage in patient care under the supervision of SCU faculty in an integrative clinical environment focused on serving patients with cancer.
  • Community Outreach Events: Occasional events organized by SCU to provide services and outreach to surrounding communities. Students participate in events under the supervision of SCU faculty.
  • Private Practice Rotation (PPR): Managed through the Eastern Medicine Department and Community Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Office, clinical students complete training by working closely with approved private-licensed acupuncturists serving as affiliated faculty.
     

Clinical Clerkship Requirements

Clinical Clerkship is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. Clinical students participate in patient care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist. Students earn credit by completing 1080 clinic hours, written and practical assignments, and clinical skills assessments through nine clinical clerkship courses taken in sequence over nine terms. Students complete the required clinic hours at the University Health Center, the University’s owned and operated clinic on campus, as well as at other approved clinical sites. Students enter each clinical course as they complete course prerequisites.  

 

Course

10-Term Schedule Term

12-Term Schedule Term

Flex Schedule

Term

Credit

Hours

Shift Locations

ACL1210: Clinical Observation I

2

2

Varies

1

30 hours

University Health Center

ACL1310: Clinical Observation II

3

3

Varies

1

30 hours

University Health Center

ACL1410: Clinical Observation III

4

4

Varies

3

90 hours

University Health Center

ACL1511: Guided Clinical Practice A

5

6

Varies

4

120 hours

University Health Center

ACL1611: Guided Clinical Practice B

6

7

Varies

4

120 hours

University Health Center

ACL1711: Guided Clinical Practice C

7

8

Varies

7

210 hours

University Health Center

ACL1811: Advanced Clinical Practice A

8

9

Varies

6

180 hours

University Health Center/approved clinical sites

ACL1911: Advanced Clinical Practice B

9

10

Varies

8

240 hours

University Health Center/approved clinical sites

ACL1011: Independent Clinical Practice

10

12

Varies

2

60 hours

University Health Center/approved clinical sites 

 

Clinic Hours Requirements

  • Students are required to complete 1,080 total clinical hours and pass all clinical clerkship courses. The following conditions apply:
    • Students must be engaged in activities that qualify for clinical credits or hours. Eligibility and availability of hours may vary based upon term of study.
    • Students must follow clinical clerkship procedures including provision of patient care, record keeping, and billing.
    • Students must complete the required documentation related to hours, patient care activities, and evaluations.
    • Hours worked over academic breaks may not count toward clinical course requirements unless the student is completing hours to finish a course for which they have received an Incomplete grade.
    • Hours worked in clinical courses that exceed each course’s minimum requirements do not “roll over” term to term.
    • State/National board (licensure) examinations and review courses do not count towards clinical credits or hours.
    • Students must maintain TB clearance throughout the entire clinical series.
    • Students must meet site-specific immunization or criminal background check requirements to work at specific sites. Students will be informed in advance when this is the case, as well as of alternative work assignments when possible. Note: Students are responsible for the costs of this compliance.
    • Students must meet minimum patient care requirements (encounters, procedures, and more) in actual patient care to achieve graduation requirements and meet licensure requirements.  
    • Students must utilize the University’s clinical management system Exxat to record hours, request approvals, request placement, submit documentation, etc.

 

Advanced Standing for Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Graduates

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences graduates are eligible for Advanced Standing in the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program. Students must be admitted into the DACM program and must successfully complete 12 credits in the Eastern Medicine concentration with a grade of B or better in all courses. With this concentration, these students can enter the DACM program having completed 12 of the required credits.

 

Doctor of Chiropractic

Offered by: The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic

Dean: Ana Facchinato, DC, MHS

Program Overview

The Los Angeles College of Chiropractic offers the Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), a 215.5-credit program consisting of a mix of lecture, lab, and clinical instruction. Students are expected to enroll full time for 10-12 consecutive terms including summer. Most courses are offered on-ground, although some courses may be offered in a blended or online format. Classes are generally held Monday through Friday during the day, although classes may be scheduled at any time including evenings and weekends. Clinical Clerkship may require students to travel throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The program is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education and approved by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Students and graduates are eligible to sit for licensing examinations administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy) as well as the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (Parts A, B, and C).

Program Mission

Los Angeles College of Chiropractic prepares students to become compassionate, evidence-informed chiropractors that improve lives through an integrated, person-centered, outcome-focused approach to health and healing

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Assessment and Diagnosis: The graduate will be able to utilize appropriate clinical reasoning skills to accurately assess and diagnose patient conditions.
  2. Management Plan: The graduate will be able to develop, implement, and monitor a comprehensive patient care plan.
  3. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The graduate will be able to apply epidemiological principles to promote health and prevent disease.
  4. Communication and Record Keeping: The graduate will be able to communicate professionally.
  5. Professional Ethics and Jurisprudence: The graduate will be able to exhibit legal and ethical behavior as a health care professional.
  6. Information and Technology Literacy: The graduate will be able to locate, evaluate, and integrate research with other evidence to manage health-related issues.
  7. Chiropractic Manipulation: The graduate will be able to deliver appropriate, safe, and effective chiropractic manipulation.
  8. Inter-professional Collaboration: The graduate will have the skills to coordinate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals as a member of an inter-professional healthcare team to plan and manage patient-centered care.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the DC degree must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcript from an accredited university or universities demonstrating successful completion of 90 semester credits (135 quarter credits)
  • In some circumstances, applicants may be asked to submit a professional or academic letter of recommendation (i.e., employer, teacher, chiropractor).

Admissions Standards

Applicants for the Doctor of Chiropractic degree must meet the following admissions standards. Applicants who do not meet all standards may be admitted with the approval of the Dean; exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • A completed bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 90 credits (135 quarter credits) of coursework from an accredited institution (accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency).
  • Successful interview with a member of the LACC faculty or administration.
  • Meet the physical and technical requirements to successfully complete the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Applicants whose grade point average (GPA) is 2.75 to 2.99 on a 4.0 scale may be considered for admission to the Alternative Admission Track Plan (AATP) if they have at least 24 credits (36 quarter units) of life and/or physical sciences with 12 credits (18 quarter units) that include a significant lab component.
  • 24 credits (36 quarter units) of life and/or physical sciences including:
    • 12 credits (18 quarter units) of coursework that include a significant lab component.
      • Applicants who do not meet the life and/or physical science requirement whose grade point average (GPA) is at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale may be considered for admission to the Alternative Admission Track Plan (AATP).
    • Minimum 3 credits (4.5 quarter units) in biological sciences or equivalent (i.e., Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics) with a grade of C or higher taken within the last seven years. 
      • The 7-year requirement is waived for applicants who have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA.
      • Applicants who do not meet the biological sciences requirement but otherwise meet admissions standards may be admitted on a contingent basis. Students must enroll in a competency-based, self-paced, zero credit online module in biology prior to or during their first term of enrollment. Students must successfully pass the module prior to week 5 of their first term. This course is also recommended for applicants who receive the 7 year waiver.
    • Minimum of 3 credits (4.5 quarter credits) in chemistry or equivalent (i.e., General Chemistry, Introduction to Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry) with a grade of C or higher taken within the last 7 years.
      • The 7-year requirement is waived for applicants who have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree.
      • Applicants who do not meet the chemistry requirement but otherwise meet admissions standards may be admitted on a contingent basis. These students must enroll in a competency-based, self-paced, zero credit online module in chemistry prior to or during their first term of enrollment. Students must successfully pass the module prior to week 5 of the first term. This course is also recommend for applicants who receive the 7-year waiver.

Recommended prerequisites: Los Angeles College of Chiropractic recommends that students have a well-round general education background in the humanities and social sciences in additional to the required sciences noted here.

Alternative Admissions Track Program (AATP)

This program recognizes that applicants come from myriad backgrounds and that this variety in the chiropractic profession is valuable. The Alternative Admission Track Program (AATP) allows students who do not meet standard admissions requirements but who exhibit, in the judgment of the faculty, the potential for success to be admitted into the program. Students admitted under the AATP program will be required to participate in the AATP Advising Program and will be required to enroll in fewer courses per term on average than a student admitted under the standard track. Students admitted under the AATP program will complete the DC program in a minimum 12 terms rather than 10. 

Prematriculation Requirements

Upon acceptance, students must submit program-specific documentation through the University’s clinical documentation management system, EXXAT. Prematriculation requirements must be fulfilled no later than the end of the first term or the student’s account will be placed on a registration hold.

  • Copy of government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.) (Summer 2023)
  • Technical Standards Evaluation Form completed by an appropriate, licensed healthcare provider.
  • Current and valid tuberculosis (TB) clearance completed within the prior two years. Please note: Evidence of current TB clearance must remain current with the program through graduation.
  • Lab Participation Agreement.

Degree Completion Requirements

The Doctor of Chiropractic degree may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled all of the following requirements:

  • Completed 215.5* credits within the required categories of coursework:
    • 49.5 credits in foundational health sciences
    • 63.5 credits in clinical sciences
    • 28.5** credits in chiropractic health sciences
    • 13 credits in interprofessional education
    • 39 credits in clinical clerkship
    • 22 credits of selectives
      • *Incorrectly listed as 216 credits previously
      • *Incorrectly listed as 29 credits previously
  • Completed a minimum of 1170 clinic hours
  • Passed the required comprehensive examinations
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Met residency requirements
  • Met attendance requirements in accordance with the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Completed a minimum of 4400 hours in accordance with the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Completed all degree requirements within 20 terms (6.7 years) of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

Curriculum

Students are assigned their schedule of courses each term by the program, with the exception of selective courses. Student schedules vary by student based upon term of entry and other factors (i.e., Alternative Admissions Track, special schedules, student progression). The Dean’s office maintains sample schedules. 

Doctor of Chiropractic

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Foundational Health Sciences

 

 

GA0102

General Anatomy I (includes lab)

 

Blended

75

4

GA0202

General Anatomy II (includes lab)

 

Blended

75

4

FAB101

Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Human Spine (includes lab)

 

Blended

75

4

FAB201

Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Extremities (includes lab)

 

Blended

105

5

CTAP103

Cell and Tissue Anatomy and Physiology

 

Online Interactive

45

3

BN0213

Human Biochemistry

X

Online Interactive

45

3

BN0213L

Human Biochemistry Laboratory

 

Online Interactive

30

1

BN0405

Biochemical Nutrition

X

Online Interactive

45

3

PH0312

Human Physiology (includes lab)

 

Online Interactive

90

5.5

NS0313

Neuroscience Lecture

 

Online Interactive

60

4

NS0312L

Neuroscience Laboratory

 

On-Ground

30

1

II410

Immunity and Infection Lecture

 

Online Interactive

60

4

II410L

Immunity and Infection Lab

 

Online Interactive

30

1

PATH401

Pathology I

 

Online Interactive

45

3

PATH501

Pathology II

 

Online Interactive

60

4

Total Foundational Health Sciences

870

49.5

Clinical Sciences

 

 

CDX110

Introduction to Physical Assessment I (lab)

X

On-Ground

30

1

CDX210

Introduction to Physical Assessment II (lab)

X

On-Ground

30

1

CDX0310

Introductory Physical Examination Skills (includes lab)

X

Blended

90

4

CBS0201

History Taking

X

On-Ground

30

2

DX0407

Clinical Orthopedic and Neurologic Assessment I (includes lab)

 

Blended

60

3

DX0507

Clinical Orthopedic and Neurologic Assessment II (includes lab)

 

Blended

60

3

CN0500

Clinical Neurology

 

On-Ground

30

2

CDX0601

Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

X

Online Interactive

30

2

AN0510

Clinical Nutrition

 

Online Interactive

60

4

CBN0601

Pharmacology/Toxicology

X

Online Interactive

30

2

DX0801

Introduction to Special Populations

 

Online Interactive

60

4

DX0807

Clinical Psychology

 

Online Interactive

15

1

XR0305

X-Ray Physics and Protection

 

Online Interactive

30

2

XR0711

Radiology Positioning and Technology

 

On-Ground

15

1

XR0515

Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy

X

Online Interactive

60

3

XR0508

Imaging Interpretation I (includes lab)

 

Online Interactive

60

3

XR0620

Image Interpretation II (includes lab)

 

Online Interactive

90

5

DX0613

Differential Diagnosis I

 

Online Interactive

60

4

DX0708

Differential Diagnosis II

 

Online Interactive

60

4

CP0717

Functional Rehabilitation Strategies (includes lab)

 

On-ground

60

3

CP0612

Physiologic Therapeutic Modalities (includes lab)

 

Blended

60

3

CDX0708

Emergency Procedures

X

On-Ground

30

2

CL0523

Clinical Reasoning I (includes lab)

 

Online Interactive

30

1

CL0610

Clinical Reasoning II (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

30

1

CL0703

Clinical Reasoning III (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

30

1

CL0504

Clinical Reasoning IV

 

Online Interactive

15

1

CL0605

Introduction to Clinic (includes lab)

 

Online Interactive

15

0.5

Total Clinical Sciences

1170

63.5

Chiropractic Health Sciences

 

 

CT0101

Chiropractic Theories and Principles

 

On-Ground

30

2

CP0103

Chiropractic Procedures I: Spinal Assessment and Associated Procedures (includes lab)

 

Blended

75

3

CP0204

Chiropractic Procedures II: Extremity Assessment and Associated Procedures (includes lab)

 

Blended

75

3

CP0312

Chiropractic Procedures III: Soft Tissue and Mobilization Procedures (includes lab)

 

Blended

90

3.5

CP0412

Chiropractic Procedures IV: Pelvis and Lumbar Adjustive Procedures (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

90

3.5

CP0510

Chiropractic Procedures V: Cervical and Thoracic Adjustive Procedures (includes lab)

 

Blended

90

3.5

CP0610

Chiropractic Procedures VI: Extremity Adjustive Procedures and Review (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

60

2

CP0716

Chiropractic Procedures VII: Advanced Adjustive Procedures (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

60

2

CP0515

Specialized Chiropractic Procedures (includes lab)

 

Blended

45

2**

CT0610

Scientific Basis of Chiropractic

 

Online Interactive

45

3

DC1520

Chiropractic Jurisprudence

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Chiropractic Health Sciences

675

28.5

Interprofessional Education*

 

 

CBS0106

History of Healthcare

X

Online

15

1

CBS0107

Medical Terminology

X

Online

15

1

CBS0108

Introduction to Ethics and Professional Behavior

X

Online

15

1

PP0712

Ethics in Healthcare

X

Online

15

1

CRE0201

Research and Evidence-based Healthcare

X

Online

30

2

CPM0409

Public Health

X

Online Interactive

45

3

PP0702

Practice Management: Risk Management

X

Online Interactive

15

1

PP0801

Practice Management: Practice Development

X

Online Interactive

30

2

PP0817

Practice Management: Coding and Billing

X

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Interprofessional Education

195

13

 Clinical Clerkship

 

 

ID0716

DC Student Clerkship

X

On-Ground

90

3

CL10T08

Chiropractic Clerkship I

X

On-Ground

360

12

CL10T09

Chiropractic Clerkship II

X

On-Ground

360

12

CL10T10

Chiropractic Clerkship III

X

On-Ground

360

12

      Total Clinical Clerkship

1170

39

Selectives

 

 

Varies

DC students may choose from a variety of courses to complete 22 credits of Selective courses. 

Varies

Varies

Varies

22

Total Selectives

Varies

22

Comprehensive Examinations

0

0

CHIR0901

Chiropractic Foundational Health Sciences Exam

 

Online Interactive

0

0

CHIR0902

Chiropractic Clinic Entrance Exam

 

Blended

0

0

CHIR0903

Chiropractic Clinic Exit Exam

 

Blended

0

0

TOTAL

Minimum 4410

215.5

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings. 

** Incorrectly listed as 2.5 credits previously

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 10-term schedule

 Term 1 Example

Credits

CBS0106 - History of Healthcare

1

CBS0107 - Medical Terminology

1

CBS0108 - Introduction to Ethics & Professional Behavior

1

GA0102 - General Anatomy I

4

CTAP103 - Cell Tissue Anatomy and Physiology

3

FAB101 - Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Human Spine

4

CP0103 - Chiropractic Procedures I: Spinal Assessment and Associated Procedures (CP I)

3

CT0101 - Chiropractic Theories and Procedures

2

CDX110 - Introduction to Physical Assessment I

1

Total Term 1

20

Term 2 Example

 

BN0213 - Human Biochemistry (lecture)

3

BN0213L - Human Biochemistry (lab)

1

CBS0201 - History Taking

2

CP0204 - Chiropractic Procedures II: Extremity Assessment and Associated Procedures (CP II)

3

CRE0201 - Research and Evidence Based Healthcare

2

FAB201 - Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Extremities

5

GA0202 - General Anatomy II

4

CDX210 - Introduction to Physical Assessment II

1

Total Term 2

21

Term 3 Example

CP0312 - Chiropractic Procedures III: Soft Tissue and Mobilization (CP III)

3.5

PATH401 - Pathology 1

3

CDX0310 - Introductory Physical Exam Skills (IPES)

4

NS0313 - Neuroscience (lecture)

4

NS0312L - Neuroscience (lab)

1

PH0312 - Human Physiology  

5.5

XR0305 - X-Ray Physics and Protection

2

Selectives

1

Total Term 3

24

Term 4 Example

 

BN0405 - Biochemical Nutrition

3

CP0412 - Chiropractic Procedures IV: Pelvis and Lumbar Procedures (CP IV)

3.5

PATH501 - Pathology 2

4

CPM0409 - Public Health

3

DX0407 - Clinical Orthopedic and Neurological Assessment I (CONA I)

3

II410 - Immunology and Infection (lecture)

4

II410L - Immunology and Infection (lab)

1

XR0515 - Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy

3

CHIR0901 - Chiropractic Foundational Health Sciences Examination

0

Selectives

2

Total Term 4

26.5

Term 5 Example

 

BN0510 - Clinical Nutrition

4

CL0523 - Clinical Reasoning I

1

CN0500 - Clinical Neurology

2

CP0510 - Chiropractic Procedures V: Cervical and Thoracic Adjustive Procedures (CP V)

3.5

CP0717 - Functional Rehabilitation Strategies

3

CP0515 - Specialized Chiropractic Procedures

2

DX0507 - Clinical Orthopedics and Neurological Assessment II (CONA II)

3

XR0508 - Image Interpretation I

3

Selectives

2

Total Term 5

23.5

Term 6 Example

 

CBN0601 - Pharmacology/Toxicology

2

CDX0601 - Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

2

CL0610 - Clinical Reasoning II

1

CL0605 - Introduction to Clinic

0.5

CP0610 - Chiropractic Procedures VI: Extremity Procedures and Review (CP VI)

2

CP0612 - Physiologic Therapeutic Modalities

3

DX0613 - Differential Diagnosis I (DDX I NMS Systems)

4

CT0610 - Scientific Basis of Chiropractic

3

PP0712 - Ethics in Healthcare

1

XR0620 - Image Interpretation II

5

XR0711 - Radiographic Positioning and Technology

1

Selectives

2

Total Term 6

26.5

Term 7 Example

 

CDX0708 - Emergency Procedures

2

CL0703 - Clinical Reasoning III

1

CP0716 - Chiropractic Procedures VII: Advanced Therapeutic Procedures (CP VII)

2

DX0708 - Differential Diagnosis II (Internal)

4

DX0801 - Introduction to Special Populations

4

ID0716 - DC Student Clerkship

3

PP0702 - Practice Management: Risk Management

1

DC1520 - Chiropractic Jurisprudence

1

CHIR0902 - Chiropractic Clinic Entrance Exam

0

Selectives

2

Total Term 7

20

Term 8 Example

 

CL0504 - Clinical Reasoning IV

1

PP0817 - Practice Management: Coding and Billing

1

CL10T08 - Chiropractic Clerkship I

12

DX0807 - Clinical Psychology

1

PP0801 - Practice Management: Practice Development

2

Selectives

3

Total Term 8

20

Term 9 Example

 

CL10T09 - Chiropractic Clerkship II

12

CHIR0903 - Chiropractic Clinic Exit Exam

0

Selectives

5

Total Term 9

17

Term 10 Example

 

CL10T10 - Chiropractic Clerkship III

12

Selectives

5

Total Term 10

17

TOTAL PROGRAM

215.5

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 12-term schedule

Term1 Example

Credits

GA0102 - General Anatomy I

4

CTAP103 - Cell Tissue Anatomy and Physiology

3

FAB101 - Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Human Spine

4

CP0103 - Chiropractic Procedures I: Spinal Assessment and Associated Procedures (CPI)

3

CDX110 - Introduction to Physical Assessment I

1

Total Term 1

15

Term 2 Example

 

CBS0106 - History of Healthcare

1

CBS0107 - Medical Terminology

1

CBS0108 - Introduction to Ethics & Professional Behavior

1

CP0204 - Chiropractic Procedures II: Extremity Assessment and Associated Procedures (CP II)

3

CT0101 - Chiropractic Theories and Procedures

2

FAB201 - Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Extremities

5

GA0202 - General Anatomy II

4

CDX210 - Introduction to Physical Assessment II

1

Total Term 2

18

Term 3 Example

 

BN0213 - Human Biochemistry (lecture)

3

BN0213L - Human Biochemistry (lab)

1

CBS0201 - History Taking

2

CRE0201 - Research and Evidence Based Healthcare

2

CP0312 - Chiropractic Procedures III: Soft Tissue and Mobilization (CP III)

3.5

CDX0310 - Introductory Physical Exam Skills (IPES)

4

NS0313 - Neuroscience (lecture)

4

NS0312L - Neuroscience (lab)

1

Selectives

1

Total Term 3

21.5

Term 4 Example

 

PATH401 - Pathology 1

3

PH0312 - Human Physiology  

5.5

XR0305 - X-Ray Physics and Protection

2

BN0405 - Biochemical Nutrition

3

CP0412 - Chiropractic Procedures IV: Pelvis and Lumbar Procedures (CP IV)

3.5

Selectives

1

Total Term 4

18

Term 5

 

PATH501 - Pathology 2

4

CPM0409 - Public Health

3

DX0407 - Clinical Orthopedic and Neurological Assessment I (CONA I)

3

II410 - Immunology and Infection (lecture)

4

II410L - Immunology and Infection (lab)

1

XR0515 - Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy

3

CHIR0901 - Chiropractic Foundational Health Sciences Examination

0

Selectives

1

Total Term 5

19

Term 6 Example

 

BN0510 - Clinical Nutrition

4

CL0523 - Clinical Reasoning I

1

CN0500 - Clinical Neurology

2

CP0510 - Chiropractic Procedures V: Cervical and Thoracic Adjustive Procedures (CP V)

3.5

CP0717- - Functional Rehabilitation Strategies

3

CP0515 - Specialized Chiropractic Procedures

2*

DX0507 - Clinical Orthopedics and Neurological Assessment II (CONA II)

3

XR0508 - Image Interpretation I

3

Selectives

1

Total Term 6

22.5

Term 7 Example

 

CBN0601 - Pharmacology/Toxicology

2

CDX0601 - Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

2

CL0610 - Clinical Reasoning II

1

CP0610 - Chiropractic Procedures VI: Extremity Procedures and Review (CP VI)

2

CP0612 - Physiologic Therapeutic Modalities

3

DX0613 - Differential Diagnosis I (DDX I NMS Systems)

4

CT0610 - Scientific Basis of Chiropractic

3

PP0712 - Ethics in Healthcare

1

XR0620 - Image Interpretation II

5

XR0711 - Radiographic Positioning and Technology

1

Selectives

1

Total Term 7

25

Term 8 Example

 

CDX0708 - Emergency Procedures

2

CL0703 - Clinical Reasoning III

1

CP0716 - Chiropractic Procedures VII: Advanced Therapeutic Procedures (CP VII)

2

DX0708 - Differential Diagnosis II (Internal)

4

DX0801 - Introduction to Special Populations

4

CL0605 - Introduction to Clinic

0.5

PP0702 - Practice Management: Risk Management

1

DC1520 - Chiropractic Jurisprudence

1

Selectives

2

Total Term 8

17.5

Term 9 Example

 

ID0716 - DC Student Clerkship

3

CL0504 - Clinical Reasoning IV

1

PP0817 - Practice Management: Coding and Billing

1

DX0807 - Clinical Psychology

1

PP0801 - Practice Management: Practice Development

2

CHIR0902 - Chiropractic Clinic Entrance Exam

0

Selectives

3

Total Term 9

11

Term 10 Example

 

CL10T08 - Chiropractic Clerkship I

12

Selectives

4

Total Term 10

16

Term 11 Example

 

CL10T09 - Chiropractic Clerkship II

12

CHIR0903 - Chiropractic Clinic Exit Exam

0

Selectives

4

Total Term 11

16

Term 12 Example

 

CL10T10 - Chiropractic Clerkship III

12

Selectives

4

Total Term 12

16

 TOTAL PROGRAM

215.5

*Incorrectly listed as 2.5 credits previously.

Curriculum Tracks

The chiropractic program has formal 10- and 12-term curricular sequences. Students admitted through the AATP program are automatically enrolled in the 12-term curriculum, and cannot switch to the 10-term curriculum. All other students are enrolled in the 10-term curriculum by default. Students admitted to the 10-term curriculum may switch to the formal 12-term curriculum no later than 75% completion of the 3rd term. Students who wish to switch to the formal 12-term curriculum should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Comprehensive Examinations

This examination series evaluates students’ knowledge and skills at key milestones in the academic program. The purpose of these exams is to:

  • Identify students’ level of knowledge and skills in the core competencies of the Doctor of Chiropractic program;
  • Provide students with feedback on their strengths and weaknesses in core competencies;
  • Provide students with feedback so they may better prepare for external licensing examinations;
  • Assess effectiveness of the curriculum, curricular changes, and courses.

The Chiropractic Foundational Health Sciences Exam (CHIR0901) is a written exam. It evaluates students’ competency in basic sciences, history, examination, technique, and clinical reasoning skills.

The Chiropractic Clinic Entrance Exam (CHIR0902) is a practical and written exam. It evaluates students’ emerging diagnostic and clinical skills to include neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis; chiropractic principles and practice; diagnostic imaging; physiotherapy; clinical reasoning; and history, examination, and technique skills.

The Chiropractic Clinic Exit Exam (CHIR0903) is a multi-station clinical and diagnostic imaging practical examination. It evaluates students’ knowledge and skills on history, examination, report of findings, technique, and diagnostic imaging.

Selective Courses

DC students must complete 22 credits of selective courses. Selective courses provide students the opportunity to focus on specific area(s) of interest, or determine whether to pursue a certification, additional degree, or diplomate program following graduation. Students may choose various combinations of emphases and series to complete the 22 credits required for graduation.

Selective courses are those with SEL and SMS prefix course numbers. In addition, specific courses in the Eastern Medicine, Ayurveda, and Interprofessional Education departments may be used to complete selective credits.

Students may take a variety of selective courses, series, or emphases beginning as early as the third term  Student are responsible for their own registration in selective courses and for ensuring the accuracy of their schedules Most selective courses are offered on weekends.  Not all selective courses are offered every term.

Selective courses may be used to complete optional academic emphases or series (see details below).

 

Selectives Emphases (Optional)

Emphases consist of 14-16 credits of courses with similar themes. Those who complete a selective emphasis will receive a transcript notation and Certificate of Completion.

Interested Doctor of Chiropractic students may declare an emphasis as part of their admissions process or by submitting a Selection Form to the Office of the Registrar. Students are required to declare their emphasis before the end of their 5th term (10-term track) or 7th term (12-term track).

The emphases and series described herein do not provide advanced standing toward credentials by any third-party entity; reference the Chiropractic Technique courses for possible exceptions. For credentialing information, students must contact the appropriate credential body.

 

Chiropractic Sports Medicine Emphasis (15 credits)

The Chiropractic Sports Medicine Emphasis (SME) is designed to introduce students to chiropractic sports medicine and/or chiropractic tactical sports medicine. Students who are interested in careers related to chiropractic sports medicine may want to consider completing the Chiropractic Sports Medicine Emphasis.

To earn the Chiropractic Sports Medicine Emphasis, students must complete the Required Thread (5 credits) and two Optional threads of their choosing (10 credits), for a total of 15 credits.  See below for details regarding the SME Threads.

Please note:  The Chiropractic Sports Medicine Emphasis does not provide advanced standing with the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians towards the CCSP(R) and DACBSP(R) credential.

 

 Chiropractic Sports Medicine Emphasis

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Required Thread

 

 

SMS901

Concussion Diagnosis and Management

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS902

Critical Thinking

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS903

Cardiovascular Pathology and Examination

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS904

Neurologic Exam/Bioethics

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS905

Imaging in Sports Medicine

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Required Thread

75

5

Optional Threads (students complete two threads)

 

 

Sports Chiropractic Concepts

SMS105

Concepts of a Team Physician

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS211

Sports Nutrition

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS212

Ergogenic Aids

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS104

Special Considerations for Athletic Physiology

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS207

Sports Psychology

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Sports Chiropractic Concepts Thread

75

5

Clinical Diagnosis to Return to Play

SMS601

Spine Diagnosis to Return to Play

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS602

Upper Extremity Diagnosis to Return to Play

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS606

Internal Medicine and Pre-Participation Examination

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS604

Head/Concussion Diagnosis to Return to Play

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS605

Lower Extremity Diagnosis to Return to Play

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Clinical Diagnosis to Return to Play Thread

75

5

Strength and Conditioning

SMS510

Exercise Physiology - Aerobic

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS511

Exercise Physiology - Anaerobic

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS512

Effective Athlete Development

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS513

Athletic Performance Design

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS520

Application of Push and Pull Movements

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Strength and Conditioning Thread

75

5

Sideline Skills

SMS111

Sports Medicine Emergency Management: Catastrophic Situations

 

Online Interactive

15

 

1

SMS112

Sports Medicine Emergency Management: Neuromusculoskeletal

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS213

Taping - Lower Extremity

X

On-Ground

15

1

SMS214

Taping - Upper Extremity and Advanced Taping

X

On-Ground

15

1

SMS114

Concussion: Sideline Decision-Making

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Sideline Skills Thread

75

5

Biomechanics

SMS701

Internal Biomechanics

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS702

Upper Extremity Biomechanics

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS703

Lower Extremity Biomechanics

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS704

Core Biomechanics

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS705

Biomechanics of Throwing, Pushing, and Lifting Movement Patterns

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Biomechanics Thread

75

5

Tactical Sports Medicine

SMS801

Introduction to Tactical Sports Medicine

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS802

Musculoskeletal Injuries in the Tactical Population

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS803

Health Concerns in the Tactical Population

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS804

Trauma and Concussion in the Tactical Patient

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS805

Integrative Care for the Tactical Patient

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Tactical Sports Medicine Thread

75

5

Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC)

SMS806

Introduction to Tactical Strength and Conditioning

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS807

Academy vs. In-service vs. Boot Camp

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS808

Need for Program Design

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS809

Recovery

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS810

Tactical Strength & Conditioning and Rehabilitation

 

Online Interactive

15

1

Total Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Thread

75

5

TOTAL 1 REQUIRED and 2 OPTIONAL THREADS

225

15

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other program, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

Eastern Medicine Emphasis (16 credits)

The Eastern Medicine Emphasis (EME) is designed to introduce students to principles, concepts, and practices of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Students who later pursue the Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) or Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (MACM) degree may qualify for advanced standing in these programs based on courses completed in the EME. Students interest in pursuing the DACM or MACM degree after completing the DC degree are encouraged to discuss their interest with the Dean of the Eastern Medicine Department.

 

Eastern Medicine Emphasis

Course

Number

Course Name

IPE*

Format

Hours

Credits

AHB1110

Chinese Herbology I

X

On-Ground

45

3

AMP1

Acupuncture Meridians I

X

On-Ground

60

4

APP1055

Taiji and Qigong

X

On-Ground

30

2

APP1110

Oriental Medicine Theory

X

Online Interactive

60

4

APP1511

Tui Na Techniques

X

On-Ground

45

3

 

TOTAL EASTERN MEDICINE EMPHASIS

   

240

16

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings. 

 

Interprofessional Education and Practice Emphasis (14 credits)

The Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) Emphasis is designed to introduce students to principles, concepts, and practices of other healthcare disciplines. Students who are interested in interprofessional practice and patient care may wish to consider completion of the IPE emphasis.

Interprofessional Education Emphasis

Course Number Course Name IPE* Modality Hours Credits

AMP1

Acupuncture Meridians I

X

On-Ground

60

4

APP1110

Oriental Medicine Theory

X

Online Interactive

60

4

SEL1111

Yoga for Management of Common Conditions

X

Online interactive

30

2

IHP100

Integrative Health Promotion I

X

Online interactive

30

1

AYSE0900

Understanding Ayurveda for Beginners

X

Blended

50

3

 

TOTAL IPE EMPHASIS

   

230

14

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings. 

 

Selective Series (Optional)

Students may choose to complete one or more Selective Series as part of the required 22 credits of selective courses based upon their individual interests and career goals. Series consist of 4-6 credits of courses with similar themes. Course availability and schedule vary by term. Students are not required to apply for or declare their intention to pursue Selective Series.

Students who successfully complete a Selective Series and desire a Certificate of Completion must submit a Series Certificate of Completion request form to the Selectives, Tracks, and Credentials department prior to graduation.

The series described herein do not typically provide advanced standing toward credentials by any third-party entity; reference the Chiropractic Technique course for possible exceptions. For credentialing information, students must contact the appropriate credentialing body.

 

Integrative Health Promotion Series (4 Credits)

Students interested in receiving a Certificate of Completion in Integrative Health Promotion (IHP) must complete the following four credits.

Integrative Health Promotion Series

Course Number Course Name IPE* Modality Hours Credits

IHP100

Integrative Health Promotion 1

X

Online interactive

30

1

IHP200

Integrative Health Promotion 2

X

Online interactive

30

1

IHP300

Integrative Health Promotion 3

X

Online interactive

30

1

IHP400

Integrative Health Promotion 4

X

Online interactive

30

1

  TOTAL IHP SERIES    

120

4

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings. 

 

Functional Medicine Series (6 credits)

Students interested in receiving a Certificate of Completion in Functional Medicine must complete the following six credits:

Functional Medicine Series

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

SEL0917

Functional Medicine 1

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SEL0924

Functional Medicine 2

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SEL0925

Functional Medicine 3

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SEL0929

Functional Medicine 4

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SEL0930

Functional Medicine 5

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SEL0935

Functional Medicine 6

 

Online Interactive

15

1

TOTAL FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE SERIES

90

6

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Business Series (6 Credits)

Students interested in receiving a Certificate of Completion in Business must complete the following six credits:

 

Business Series

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

SEL0950

Marketing for Health Practice I

 

Online Interactive

30

2

SEL0951

Marketing for Health Practice II

 

Online Interactive

30

2

SEL0938

Medical Spanish

 

Online Interactive

15

1

IHP100

Integrative Health Promotion I

X

Online Interactive

30

1

TOTAL BUSINESS SERIES

105

6

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Chiropractic Sports Medicine Series (5 Credits)

Students interested in receiving a Certificate of Completion in Chiropractic Sports Medicine must complete the following five credits:

 

Sports Medicine Series

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Required Thread

SMS901

Concussion Diagnosis and Management

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS902

Critical Thinking

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS903

Cardiovascular Pathology and Examination

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS904

Neurologic Exam/Bioethics

 

Online Interactive

15

1

SMS905

Imaging in Sports Medicine

 

Online Interactive

15

1

TOTAL SPORTS MEDICINE SERIES 

75

5

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Diagnostic Imaging Series (4 credits)

Students interested in earning a Certificate of Completion in Diagnostic Imaging must complete the following four credits:

Diagnostic Imaging Series

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

SEL0890

Advanced Imaging I

 

Online interactive

15

1

SEL0891

Advanced Imaging II

 

Online interactive

15

1

SEL0892

Advanced Imaging III

 

Online interactive

15

1

SEL0893

Comprehensive Radiology Review

 

Online interactive

15

1

TOTAL DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SERIES

60

4

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Clinical Education Series (6 credits)

Students may take a variety of additional selective clinical courses starting as early as the third term. Students complete the courses at private offices certified through LACC’s Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Office, where private practitioners serve as associated faculty. The CBCE office helps students coordinate these opportunities.

 

  • Student Field Observation (SEL0777): Students observe patient care in CBCE-approved offices, and can assist licensed Doctors of Chiropractic with note taking in live patient care. These hours do not qualify for Clinical Clerkship requirements.
  • Beginning Field Experience (SEL0888): Students participate in limited patient care experiences in CBCE-approved offices, and can assist licensed Doctors of Chiropractic with history taking; physical, orthopedic, and neurological examinations; and note taking in live patient care. These hours do not qualify for Clinical Clerkship requirements.
  • Expanded Clinic (SEL1060): Students participate in clinical work in CBCE-approved offices, engaging in patient evaluation and treatment consistent with California regulations, including providing adjustments and other passive and active patient care under the direct supervision of licensed Doctors of Chiropractic. Hours earned in SEL1060 count towards Selective credits needed for graduation; hours required to meet Clinical Clerkship (ID0716, CL10T09, and CL10T10) course requirements are tracked separately.

Students interested in earning a Certificate of Completion in Community-Based Clinical Education must complete the following six credits:

Clinical Education Series

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

SEL0777

Student Field Observation, 30 hours

 

On-Ground

30

2

SEL0888

Beginning Field Experience, 30 hours

 

On-Ground

30

2

SEL1060

Expanded Clinic, 60 hours

X

On-Ground

60

2

TOTAL CLINICAL EDUCATION SERIES

120

6

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

Expanded Clinic Series (6 Credits)

Students enrolled in Clinical Clerkship courses are eligible to concurrently enrolled in Expanded Clinic courses. Students complete the courses at private offices certified through LACC’s Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Office, where private practitioners serve as associate faculty. The CBCE office helps students coordinate these opportunities. Students must complete a minimum of 6 credits to earn a Certificate of Completion in the Expanded Clinic Series.

Hours earned in any Expanded Clinic selective course (SEL 1015, 1030, 1060, 1090, and 1120) count towards Selective credits needed for graduation. Hours required to meet Clinical Clerkship (ID0716, CL10T08, CL10T09, and CL10T10) course requirements are tracked separately.

Expanded Clinic Series

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

SEL1015

Expanded Clinic, 15 hours

X

On-Ground

15

0.5

SEL1030

Expanded Clinic, 30 hours

X

On-Ground

30

1

SEL1060

Expanded Clinic, 60 hours

X

On-Ground

60

2

SEL1090

Expanded Clinic, 90 hours

X

On-Ground

90

3

SEL1120

Expanded Clinic, 120 hours

X

On-Ground

120

4

TOTAL EXPANDED CLINIC SERIES - Minimum

90

6

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

A La Carte Selective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above in series and emphases, the following courses may be taken to ensure completion of 22 credits required for graduation. Additional courses may be offered at the discretion of the Selectives, Tracks, and Credentials department.

A la carte courses

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

SEL0816*

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique Basic Scan

 

On-Ground

15

1

SEL0855

Toggle Recoil

 

On-Ground

15

1

SEL0814*

Cox Technique

 

On-Ground

15

1

SEL0848

Pediatric Adjusting and Management

 

On-Ground

15

1

SEL0835

Sacro-Occipital Technique [SOT

 

On-Ground

15

1

SEL0911

Full Spine Diversified

 

On-Ground

15

1

SEL0502

Student Field Observation, 15 hours

 

On-Ground

15

1

SEL077

Student Field Observation, 30 hours

X

On-Ground

30

2

SELSF60

Beginning Field Experience, 60 hours

X

On-Ground

60

3

SEL0550

Beginning Field Experience, 15 hours

X

On-Ground

15

1

SEL0888

Beginning Field Experience, 30 hours

X

On-Ground

30

2

SELBF60

Beginning Field Experience, 60 hours

X

On-Ground

60

3

SEL1015

Expanded Clinic,15 hours

X

On-Ground

15

0.5

SEL1030

Expanded Clinic, 30 hours

X

On-Ground

30

1

SEL1060

Expanded Clinic, 60 hours

X

On-Ground

60

2

SEL1090

Expanded Clinic, 90 hours

X

On-Ground

90

3

SEL1120

Expanded Clinic, 120 hours

X

On-Ground

120

4

 

Transfer Credit Eligibility

In addition to meeting the University’s requirements for transfer credit, the following transfer credit requirements apply to students in the Doctor of Chiropractic program:

  • Transferred course hours must be equivalent to 75% or more of LACC course hours, otherwise a course must be retaken in its entirety.
  • The candidate has a letter of recommendation from the Dean of the school from which the transfer is made.
  • Students may receive transfer credit for up to 75% of the total program (maximum 167 credits).

 

Residency Requirement

The following residency requirements apply to students in the Doctor of Chiropractic program:

  • Students must complete 25% of credits at LACC to qualify for degree completion (minimum 54 credits).
  • Students must complete the following clinical courses in residence at LACC; these courses are typically taken in the final three terms of the program:

Clinical Clerkship

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

CL10T08

Chiropractic Clerkship I

X

On-Ground

360

12

CL10T09

Chiropractic Clerkship II

X

On-Ground

360

12

CL10T10

Chiropractic Clerkship III

X

On-Ground

360

12

Total Clinical Clerkship 

1080

36

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

Attendance Policy

Students must be present in class at least 90% of the time to earn course credit, as required by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Some courses require 100% of hours to be earned. If total class time missed exceeds 10% (or higher required and published course thresholds), the student must complete make-up assignments, as directed by their instructor, or risk being dropped from the course. Make-up assignments to meet attendance requirements are allowed only for excused absences which must be approved by the Dean’s office. Excused absences will be granted for illness, transportation challenges, religious holidays, jury duty, death in the family, and other special circumstances. Supporting documentation is required. Not all courses are eligible for make-ups.

Students are required to submit a request for an excused absence to the Office of the Dean as soon as possible following the absence (ideally within 24 hours of the event) but must occur no later than seven days of the absence. Requests submitted after seven days will not be considered unless there are extenuating circumstances that prevented the student from submitting a request (i.e., illness). 

The Office of the Dean will notify the student and the instructor if the request is approved or denied.  Attendance decisions are ineligible for appeal.

 

Licensure Examination Eligibility

Students and graduates are eligible to sit for Parts I, II, III, IV, and Physiotherapy pre-licensure examinations administered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, most or all of which are among prerequisites for licensure in all fifty of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students and graduates are also eligible to sit for Parts A, B, and C of similar examinations administered by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board, among prerequisites for registration in Canadian provinces. Students become eligible for these examinations as they progress towards graduation and are encouraged to take these examinations as they achieve eligibility. The licensure examination offerings roughly correlate with the completion of foundational health sciences, completion of clinical sciences, and clinical clerkship entry and exit. Passage of these examinations are not required to participate in clinical clerkship courses prior to graduation, nor are they a graduation requirement, but they are required for licensure after graduation. Again, students are encouraged to take these examinations as they achieve eligibility.

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.

 

LACC Academic Advising Office

The LACC Academic Advising Office (LACC-AAO) provides individual academic advising and cohort advising for students in the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

Individual academic advising: LACC-AAO provides accurate and timely individual academic advising on policies and procedures, and promotes the professional, academic, and personal growth of students. Additionally, the AAO provides high-touch individual advising for specific populations: students with excessive absences, students admitted through the Alternative Admissions Track Program (AATP), students on Non-Standard Special Schedule, students on Academic Warning and Academic Probation, and students subject to In-Term Academic Monitoring action.

Cohort advising: LACC-AAO cohort advising facilitates discussions appropriate to the three phases of the curriculum:

a) 1st year phase (e.g., logic of the sequence of courses, Selectives, comprehensive examinations);

b) Pre-clinical phase (e.g., comprehensive examinations, licensure examination dates/eligibility, licensure examination preparation support, introduction to clinic expectations); and

c) Clinical phase (e.g., clinical rotation options, post-graduation plans, state licensure information, financial aid responsibilities - the latter in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office).

Consistent with a learner-centered approach, AAO promotes student involvement; student engagement; strategic use of campus resources including SCU Tutoring services; and cultivation of quality interactions with faculty, staff, and peers.

LACC-AAO’s goal is to transcend transactional advising to support students in setting and achieving academic and professional development goals, and by promoting collegial and collaborative learning. (Summer 2023)

 

Clinical Clerkship

Clinical Clerkship is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. Clinical students participate in patient care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. Students earn credit by completing a minimum of 1170 clinic hours, written and practical assignments, and clinical skills assessments through four clinical clerkship courses taken in sequence over four terms. Students complete the required clinic hours at the University Health Center, the University’s owned and operated clinic on campus, as well as at other approved clinical sites, described further below. Students enter each clinical course as they complete course prerequisites. 

Clinical Clerkship

 

 

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

ID0716

DC Student Clerkship

X

On-Ground

90

3

CL10T08

Chiropractic Clerkship I

X

On-Ground

360

12

CL10T09

Chiropractic Clerkship II

X

On-Ground

360

12

CL10T10

Chiropractic Clerkship III

X

On-Ground

360

12

TOTAL CLINICAL CLERKSHIP

1170

39

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

Additional information on Clinical Clerkship is available through the Office of the Dean, the Clinical Clerkship Manual, as well as the Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Office.

The Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Office

The CBCE program and rotations are managed by the CBCE office with oversight of the LACC Dean’s Office. The CBCE Office has two major functions:

  • Managing community rotations. To accomplish this, the CBCE Office:
    • Helps students find Student Field Observation, Beginning Field Experience, Private Practice Rotation, Preceptorship, and Postceptorship sites and providers.
    • Oversees the application, vetting, approval, and affiliation management of sites and providers for these opportunities, including facilitating Board of Chiropractic Examiners approval.
    • Manages and approves daily hour, patient, and activity logs.
  • Completing clinical requirement documentation for the Office of the Registrar in support of graduate licensure for all students as they complete CL10T10 Clinical Clerkship III.  

 

Clinical Clerkship Sites

Clinical students rotate through different clinics in the following primary areas, some directly within the University Health Center, and others within the community. Requirements for participation at clinical sites may vary (including background checks and immunizations).

  • SCU Health’s University Health Center: SCU-owned and -operated clinic on campus, under the supervision of SCU faculty; the campus facility is the University Heath Center (UHC).
  • Base Clinic: Major clinic partner, where students are assigned for the last three terms of clinic to engage in patient care under the supervision of SCU faculty. Clinical course grades are based upon assessments at base clinics. Students are assigned one clinic as their base clinic through the last year of the program.
  • Satellite Clinic: Partner outreach community clinics, where students rotate and engage in patient care under the supervision of an SCU faculty member.
  • Community Outreach Events: Occasional events organized by SCU to provide services and outreach to surrounding communities. Students participate in events under the supervision of SCU faculty.
  • Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Rotations: Clinical students complete training by working at private offices certified through LACC’s Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Office, where private practitioners serve as associated faculty. Those rotation categories include:
    • Private Practice Rotation (required rotation): Students who are in Clinical Clerkship I, II, and III (as well as optionally within additional Expanded Clinic selective courses SEL1015, SEL1030, SEL1060, SEL1090, SEL1120) participate in clinical work in CBCE-approved offices, engaging in patient evaluation and treatment consistent with California regulations, including providing adjustments and other passive and active patient care under the direct supervision of licensed Doctors of Chiropractic.
    • Preceptorship (optional rotation): In this optional Private Practice Rotation, students in Clinical Clerkship III (as well as optionally within additional Expanded Clinic selective courses SEL1015, SEL1030, SEL1060, SEL1090, SEL1120) who have met the requirements and deadlines to apply participate in clinical work in CBCE-approved offices. Preceptorship allows clinical students to work solely in a Private Practice Rotation Doctor’s office; students are not required to attend weekly SCU clinical shifts, unless requested, though students may be required to return for formal assessment. Preceptorship can be completed regionally or out of state, where permitted by the locality.
    • Postceptorship: In this optional post-graduate opportunity, LACC graduates awaiting licensure in California (or in other locales where locally permitted) may participate in compensated work in CBCE-approved offices under a Doctor of Chiropractic’s license in a CBCE-approved Private Practice. This optional opportunity allows graduates awaiting licensure to practice their skills and use their training between graduation and licensure.

 

Postceptorship (optional for LACC graduates)

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

ELG1001

Optional Clinical Postceptorship Training 1

 

On-Ground

NA

NA

ELG1002

Optional Clinical Postceptorship Training 2

 

On-Ground

NA

NA

ELG1003

Optional Clinical Postceptorship Training 3

 

On-Ground

NA

NA

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Clinical Clerkship Requirements

The following requirements apply to all students.

DC students enter each clinical course as they complete course prerequisites. Students apply for their Base Clinic location while enrolled in ID0716: DC Student Clerkship. This Base Clinic Selection application process occurs within EXXAT clinical management software. Students are assigned one clinic as their base clinic through the last year of the program. 

DC student clinical schedules are determined by the available shifts at each base and satellite clinic location. Students also work with the Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) office to arrange their required Private Practice Rotations for CL10T08, CL10T09, and CL10T10: Clinical Clerkship I-III, as well as Preceptorship when eligible in CL10T10. Additional optional clinical rotation opportunities are available with eligible selective courses.

Course

Credits

Hours

Shift Locations

Eligible Selective Courses for additional, optional CBCE Clinical Rotations

ID0716: DC Student Clerkship

3

90 hours

University Health Center

Beginning Field Experience courses SEL0888, SELBF60

 

 

CL10T08: Clinical Clerkship I

12

360 hours

Base Clinic

 

Satellite Clinic and/or University Health Center

 

Community-Based Clinical Education: Private Practice Rotation (optional)

 

Community Outreach Events

Expanded Clinic selective courses SEL1015, SEL1030, SEL1060, SEL1090

CL10T09: Clinical Clerkship II

12

360 hours

Base Clinic

 

Satellite Clinic and/or University Health Center

 

Community-Based Clinical Education: Private Practice Rotation

 

Community Outreach Events

Expanded Clinic selective courses SEL1015, SEL1030, SEL1060, SEL1090

CL10T10: Clinical Clerkship III

12

360 hours

Base Clinic

 

Satellite Clinic and/or University Health Center

 

Community-Based Clinical Education: Private Practice Rotation

 

Community Outreach Events

 

Community-Based Clinical Education: Preceptorship (Optional)

Expanded Clinic selective courses SEL1015, SEL1030, SEL1060, SEL1090

 

 

 

Clinic Hours Requirements

Students are required to complete 1,170 total clinical hours and pass all clinical clerkship courses. The following conditions apply:

  • Students must be engaged in activities that qualify for clinical credits or hours. Eligibility and availability of hours may vary based upon term of study, weeks on site, and category of site.
  • Students must follow clinical clerkship procedures including provision of patient care, record keeping, and billing.
  • Students may not earn clinical credits or hours while employed as a Chiropractic Assistant.
  • Students must complete the required documentation related to hours, patient care activities, and evaluations.
  • Hours worked over academic breaks may count toward licensure requirements but may not count toward clinical course requirements unless the student is completing hours to finish a course for which they have received an Incomplete grade.
  • Hours completed in clinical courses that exceed each course’s minimum requirements do not “roll over” term to term.
  • National board (licensure) examinations and review courses do not count towards clinical credits or hours.
  • Students must maintain TB clearance throughout the entire clinical series.
  • Students must meet site-specific immunization or criminal background check requirements to work at specific clinical locations or on specific rotations. Students will be informed in advance when there are additional requirements, as well as of alternative work assignments (when possible). Note: Students are responsible for the costs of compliance with these requirements.
  • Students must meet minimum patient care requirements (encounters, procedures, and more) in actual patient care to achieve graduation requirements and meet licensure requirements.  
  • Students must utilize the University’s clinical management system Exxat to record hours, request approvals, request placement, submit documentation, etc.

Chiropractic Post-graduate Residencies

Two post-graduate chiropractic residencies are available. Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) operates the Chiropractic Sports Medicine Residency and serves as the Academic Affiliate for the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Chiropractic Integrated Clinical Practice Residency. Both are competitive, full-time, post-graduate residencies that include a stipend and health benefits. Training locations vary.

 

Advanced Standing for Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Graduates

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences graduates are eligible for Advanced Standing in the Doctor of Chiropractic program. Students must be admitted into the Doctor of Chiropractic program and must successfully complete 12 credits in the Chiropractic Sciences concentration with a grade of B or better in all courses. With this concentration, these students can enter the DC program having completed 12 of the required credits.

 

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Offered by: Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program

Program Director: Ann McDonald, PhD, OTR/L, MA, ALC, SWC

 

Program Overview

The Occupational Therapy Department offers the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD), a 101-credit program consisting of a mix of lecture, lab, and clinical instruction. Students are expected to enroll full time for 7 1/2 consecutive terms including summer. Courses are offered on-ground, blended, and in an online interactive format. Classes are generally held Monday through Thursday during the day, with Friday for make-ups, special events or labs. Level I and Level II Fieldwork and the Doctoral Capstone may require students to travel throughout Southern California.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Evidence-Based Knowledge: Critically apply the latest research and knowledge bases that support occupational therapy practice and contribute to the growth and dissemination of research inclusive of in-depth knowledge applied in the doctoral capstone project and experience. 
  2. Therapeutic Use of Occupations: Articulate and apply therapeutic use of occupations with individuals, groups or populations for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings.
  3. Client-Centered Care: Develop and implement client-centered care that is inclusive of cultural values, beliefs and needs and considers occupational justice and health equity. 
  4. Lifestyle Health + Occupational Performance Outcomes: Articulate and apply occupational therapy theory and evidence-based evaluations and interventions to achieve expected outcomes as related to occupation and lifestyle health.
  5. Occupational Therapy Process: Plan and apply evidence-based occupational therapy interventions to address the physical, functional cognitive, psychosocial, sensory, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in everyday life activities as related to occupation, well-being, and quality of life, as informed by the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF).
  6. Leadership: Demonstrate leadership skills employing therapeutic use of self and science driven evidence in all practice areas and settings inclusive of: a direct care provider, consultant, educator, manager, researcher, and advocate for the profession and the consumer. 
  7. Ethical Reasoning: Uphold the ethical standards, values, and attitudes of the occupational therapy profession in all.
  8. Collaboration and DEI: Collaborate with stakeholders to provide evidence-based care and demonstrate health equity, inclusion and diversity across all practice settings. 
  9. Lifelong Learning: Demonstrate the ability to participate as an active, self-directed learner applying the skills of a life-long learner.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the OTD degree must submit the following:

  • A verified application through the Central Application Service for Occupational Therapy (OTCAS) portal
    • All academic or licensure infractions, misdemeanors, and/or felonies must be disclosed on OTCAS and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Failure to disclose will result in denial and/or rescinding of an enrollment offer. The OTD program is required to report an applicant’s failure to disclose to the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

Admissions Standards

Applicants for the OTD degree must meet the following admissions standards. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • A completed bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter units) of coursework (including online courses and labs) from an accredited institution (accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency).
  • Successful interview with the Occupational Therapy Interview Committee.
  • Meet the physical and technical requirements to successfully complete the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • A minimum core science prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • 16 semester credits (24 quarter credits) of core science courses taken within the last 7 years including:
      • Human Anatomy (with lab) and Human Physiology (7 credits)*
        • Two courses required: either a combination of two human anatomy & physiology courses (with lab) over two terms, or a human anatomy course (with lab) and a human physiology course taken separately. 
        • If not titled “Human,” a course description must demonstrate a human focus.
          • *This incorrectly stated Human Anatomy (with lab) and Human Physiology (16 credits) prior to 12/2022
  • A minimum general course prerequisite grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; pass/fail grades considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • 16 semester credits (24 quarter credits) of general courses including: 
      • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
      • Human Development (lifespan) (3 credits)
      • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
        • Must be a course taken within the Sociology or Anthropology department
      • Statistics (3 credits)
        • Must be a course taken within the math, social science, or health science department.
      • Medical Terminology (1 credit)
      • English Composition (3 credits)
        • Any course not titled “English Composition” must be a writing-intensive course that includes instruction on comprehension, investigation, evaluation, explanation, and refutation.
  • Recommended prerequisites (not required): Conversational Spanish.

 

Pre-Matriculation Requirements

Upon acceptance, students must submit program-specific documentation through the University’s clinical documentation management system, EXXAT. Pre-matriculation requirements must be fulfilled prior to matriculation, unless stated otherwise.

  • A physical examination completed by a licensed healthcare provider confirming the student’s ability to perform duties as outlined in the program’s technical standards.
  • Proof of current immunization status as outlined in the Occupational Therapy Student Screening and Immunization Requirements form
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Active medical insurance
  • Criminal background check*
  • Drug screen
  • Pre-matriculation reading and/or assignments

*Any student that has resided or is currently residing in New York may be subject to additional fees for the criminal background check retrieval per state law of New York.

 

Degree Completion Requirements

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 101 credits within the required categories of coursework:
    • 11 credits in Foundational Knowledge
    • 15 credits in Clinical and Professional Skills
    • 16 credits in Occupational Therapy Process
    • 2  credits in Interprofessional Education
    • 8 credits in Level I Fieldwork and Seminar
    • 20 credits in Level II Fieldwork
    • 29 credits in Research, Scholarship, and Doctoral Capstone Project
  • Completed 960 hours (24 weeks) of Level II Fieldwork
  • Completed 14-week Mentored Doctoral Experience and Doctoral Capstone Project
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Met residency requirements
  • Completed all degree requirements within 15 trimesters (5 years) of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

 

Curriculum

Students are assigned their schedule of courses each term by the program. Student schedules vary by student based upon term of entry and other factors (e.g., special schedules, student progression). The Dean’s office maintains sample schedules. 

 

Doctor of Occupational Therapy 

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Foundational Knowledge

 

 

OCTH 0612

Functional Anatomy, Movement and Occupation with Lab

 

Blended

90

4

OCTH 0614

Wellness and Lifestyle Health

 

Online Interactive

30

2

OCTH 0622

Neuroscience and Occupation

 

Online Interactive

45

3

OCTH 0623

Lifespan and Occupation

 

Online Interactive

30

2

Total Foundational Knowledge

195

11

Clinical and Professional Skills

 

 

OCTH 0611

Professional Skills I with Lab

 

Blended

45

2

OCTH 0620

Professional Skills II with Lab

 

Blended

45

2

OCTH 0624

Assistive Technology and Occupation - Term 2a

 

Blended

22.5

1

OCTH 0625

Modalities and Occupation I - Term 2b

 

Blended

37.5

2

OCTH 0630

Modalities and Occupation II - Term 3b

 

Blended

37.5

2

OCTH 0632

Telehealth and Occupation - Term 3a

 

Online Interactive

15

1

OCTH 0634

Clinical Topics in Occupational Therapy I

 

Blended

22.5

1

OCTH 0635

Leadership, Management and Occupational Therapy - Term 3a

 

Online

15

1

OCTH 0642

Clinical Topics in Occupational Therapy II

 

Blended

22.5

1

OCTH 0644

Professional Development Preparation - Term 4b

 

Blended

52.5

2

Total Clinical and Professional Skills

315

15

Occupational Therapy Process

 

 

 

 

OCTH 0613

Older Adults, Occupation and Lifestyle Health with Lab

 

Blended

90

4

OCTH 0621

Adults, Occupation and Lifestyle Health with Lab

 

Blended

90

4

OCTH 0631

Children & Adolescents, Occupation and Lifestyle Health with Lab

 

Blended

90

4

OCTH 0641

Population, Occupation, and Lifestyle Health with Lab

 

Blended

90

4

Total Occupational Therapy Across the Lifespan

360

16

Interprofessional Education 

 

 

 

IHP 100

Integrative Health Promotion - Overview

X

Online Interactive

30

1

IHP 200

Integrative Health Promotion - Mental Health

 X

Online Interactive

30

1

Total Interprofessional Education 

60

2

Fieldwork Level I and Seminar

 

 

 

 

OCTH 0650

Fieldwork Level IA and Seminar - Term 1b

 

Blended

45

2

OCTH 0651

Fieldwork Level IB and Seminar - Term 2b

 

Blended

45

2

OCTH 0652

Fieldwork Level IC and Seminar - Term 3b

 

Blended

45

2

OCTH 0653

Mental Health,Interprofessional Fieldwork Level ID and Seminar - Term 4b

 

Blended

45

2

Total Fieldwork Level I and Seminar

180

8

Fieldwork Level II

 

 

 

 

OCTH 0645

Fieldwork Level IIA

 

On-Ground

480

10

OCTH 0655

Fieldwork Level IIB

 

On-Ground

480

10

Total Fieldwork Level II

960

20

Research, Scholarship, and Doctoral Capstone

 

 

 

 

OCTH 0610

Scholarship, Doctoral Studies and Research 

 

Online Interactive

30

2

OCTH 0633

Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice I

 

Online Interactive

30

2

OCTH 0636

Doctoral Seminar I - Term 3b

 

Online Interactive

15

1

OCTH 0640

Doctoral Seminar II

 

Online Interactive

15

1

OCTH 0643

Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice II

 

Blended

30

2

OCTH 0700

Capstone Seminar I

 

Online Interactive

15

1

OCTH 0701

Capstone Seminar II

 

Online Interactive

15

1

OCTH 0702

Mentored Doctoral Experience - 14 weeks

 

On-Ground

560

10

OCTH 0703

Capstone Seminar III

 

Online Interactive

15

1

OCTH 0704

Capstone Seminar IV

 

Online Interactive

15

1

OCTH 0705

Capstone Culmination and Professional Preparation - 5 weeks

 

Blended

63

7

Total Research, Scholarship and Doctoral Capstone

803

29

TOTAL PROGRAM 

2873

 101

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Curriculum Sequence

 Term 1 

Credits

OCTH 0610 - Scholarship, Doctoral Studies and Research

2

OCTH 0611 - Professional Skills I with Lab

2

OCTH 0612- Functional Anatomy, Movement and Occupation with Lab

4

OCTH 0613 - Older Adults, Occupation and Lifestyle Health with Lab

4

OCTH 0614 - Wellness and Lifestyle Health

2

OCTH 0650 - Fieldwork Level IA and Seminar - Term 1b

2

Total Term 1

16

Term 2

 

OCTH 0620 - Professional Skills II with Lab

2

OCTH 0621 - Adults, Occupation and Lifestyle Health with Lab

4

OCTH 0622 - Neuroscience and Occupation        

3

OCTH 0623- Lifespan and Occupation

2

OCTH 0624 - Assistive Technology and Occupation - Term 2a

1

OCTH 0625 - Modalities and Occupation I with Lab - Term 2b

2

OCTH 0651 - Fieldwork Level IB and Seminar - Term 2b

2

Total Term 2

16

Term 3 

 

OCTH 0630 - Modalities and Occupation II with Lab - Term 3b

2

OCTH 0631 - Children & Adolescents, Occupation and Lifestyle Health with Lab

4

OCTH 0632 - Telehealth and Occupation - Term 3a

1

OCTH 0633 - Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice I

2

OCTH 0634 - Clinical Topics in Occupational Therapy I

1

OCTH 0635 - Leadership, Management and Occupational Therapy - Term 3a

1

OCTH 0636 - Doctoral Seminar I - Term 3b

1

IHP 100- Integrative Health Promotion - Overview

1

OCTH 0652 - Fieldwork Level IC and Seminar - Term 3b

2

Total Term 3

15

Term 4 

 

OCTH 0640 - Doctoral Seminar II

1

OCTH 0641 - Population, Occupation, and Lifestyle Health with Lab

4

OCTH 0642 - Clinical Topics in Occupational Therapy II

1

OCTH 0643- Scholarship and Evidence-Based Practice

2

OCTH 0644 - Professional Development Preparation -Term 4b

2

IHP 200 - Integrative Health Promotion - Mental Health

1

OCTH 0653 - Mental Health, Interprofessional Fieldwork Level ID and Seminar - Term 4b

2

Total Term 4

13

Term 5 

 

OCTH 0645 - Fieldwork Level IIA

10

OCTH 0700 - Capstone Seminar I 

1

Total Term 5

11

Term 6 

 

OCTH 0655 - Fieldwork Level IIB

10

OCTH 0701 - Capstone Seminar II 

1

Total Term 6

11

Term 7 

 

OCTH 0702 - Mentored Doctoral Experience - 14 weeks

10

OCTH 0703 - Capstone Seminar III 

1

Total Term 7

11

Term 8a 

 

OCTH 0704 - Capstone Seminar IV

1

OCTH 0705 - Capstone Culmination and Professional Preparation - 5 weeks

7

Total Term 8a

8

TOTAL PROGRAM

101

 

Transfer Credit Eligibility

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program does not accept transfer credits.

Residency Requirement

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program requires that students complete all credits at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) to qualify for degree completion.

Attendance

The program expects that all students will be punctual for all required activities. Failure to do so is a discourtesy to course instructors, clinical preceptors, and patients. Required activities may occur outside of regular campus hours, including nights and weekends. Therefore, students should be flexible and available for participation as required by the program.

The following program policies apply in addition to University attendance policy. Students must be present for at least 90% of scheduled class sessions for each course; some courses may have higher attendance standards indicated in the syllabi. Students in online courses who do not respond after one attempt to reach them will be marked absent. Students who arrive for class after the scheduled start time are considered tardy; students who depart from class before the scheduled completion time are considered to have departed early. Faculty members will monitor tardiness and early departure. Upon the second instance of either, faculty members may discuss the issue with the student. Upon the third instance, the student will receive one absence.

Students who wish to pursue authorization of make-up work must contact the instructor within 48 hours of absence.  When make-up is authorized by the instructor consistent with University policy, the work must be completed within five school days of the original assessment date. Students who do not take the assessment or complete the makeup work on the scheduled date, or who do not contact the instructor within 48 hours, will receive a zero for the assessment or work. Students authorized to make-up missed assessments can earn a minimum passing score as the maximum grade.

Licensure Examination Eligibility

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR®) Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT®), a prerequisite for licensure in all fifty of the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

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

Academic Level II Fieldwork

Academic Level II Fieldwork is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. OTD students participate in client care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist. Students earn credit by completing a minimum of 24 weeks and 960 Level II fieldwork hours, written and practical assignments, and skills assessments evaluated by the AOTA Fieldwork Performance Evaluation for the Occupational Therapy Student through two Level II fieldwork courses beginning in the 5th term. Students earn credit by completing a minimum of 24 weeks and 960 Level II fieldwork hours (OCTH 0645, OCTH 0655), written and practical assignments, and skills assessments evaluated by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Fieldwork Performance Evaluation for the Occupational Therapy Student.  

SCU fieldwork experiences are reflected in traditional, nontraditional, and emerging settings. Students must complete Level II Fieldwork in at least two practice areas/settings. Students may complete Level II fieldwork in a minimum of 1 setting, if it is reflective of more than one practice area, or in a maximum of four different settings.  Students are responsible for all travel and housing costs related to the Level II Fieldwork placement. Passage of Level II Fieldwork is required to proceed to the Capstone experience (OCTH 0702).

Additional information on Level II Fieldwork is available through the Fieldwork and Capstone Handbook, Program Director, or Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.

Doctoral Capstone

The Capstone Project begins after completion of all coursework, Level II Fieldwork, and preparatory activities associated with Doctoral Seminars (OCTH 0636, OCTH 0640) and Capstone Seminars (OCTH 0700, OCTH 0701, OCTH 0703, OCTH 0704). SCU’s Capstone Coordinator, faculty capstone mentor, and the student collaborate together on individualized objectives and plans for supervision

This doctoral capstone consists of two parts: the Capstone Experience and the Capstone Project.

  • Term 7: Mentored Doctoral Capstone Experience (OCTH 0702). The capstone experience is a minimum of 14 weeks (560 hours). No more than 20% of the 560 hours can be completed off site for independent study activities such as research and writing. The capstone experience must be consistent with the program’s curriculum design, the individualized specific objectives, and the final capstone project. The student is responsible for all travel and housing costs related to the Capstone. Prior fieldwork or work-experience may not be substituted for this doctoral capstone experience.
  • Term 8a: Capstone project (OCTH 0705). The Capstone project is completed and disseminated by the student to demonstrate synthesis and application of in-depth knowledge gained in the focused area of study. The student’s performance in producing and completing the Capstone project will be formally evaluated. The doctoral capstone must reflect the sequence and scope of the curriculum by incorporating one or more of the curriculum threads/themes: lifestyle health, evidence-based occupation-centered care, lifelong learning, occupational justice, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The OTD Capstone coordinator will ensure that each student has a mentor with expertise consistent with students’ area of focus prior to commencing the doctoral capstone experience. The mentor does not have to be an occupational therapist.

Course Remediation - Doctor of Occupational Therapy

The Doctor of Occupational Therapy program may allow students to remediate F grades immediately after completion of the course; students that remediate courses in the Occupational Therapy program are awarded an RC or RF grade.

An RC (Remediation - Minimum Pass) grade indicates that a course was failed and then successfully remediated to a minimum pass grade. The original F grade is replaced on the transcript with the RC grade; both the original F and the RC grade count towards Academic Warning, Probation, and Dismissal.

An RF (Remediation - Fail) grade indicates that a course was failed and then unsuccessfully remediated. The original F grade is replaced on the transcript with the RF grade; both the original F and the RF grade count towards Academic Probation or Dismissal.

Student Employment

Due to the rigorous nature of the program, students are discouraged from working while enrolled in the program. Course and clinical rotation schedules will not be modified for students who are employed.

 

Foundational Health Sciences Courses

Offered by: Foundational Health Sciences Department

Dean: Winmar Way, PhD

 

The Foundational Health Sciences Department offers graduate level basic sciences courses. Students typically complete their foundational health science courses in their first year. These courses provide students with basic knowledge in Anatomy, Physiology, Human Biochemistry, Pathology, and related fields, providing the foundation necessary for continued success in higher-level courses in health sciences programs.

Courses are offered online, on-ground, and in blended formats.  Learning outcomes are assessed at the course level. Graduate programs may evaluate foundational health science knowledge at the program level.

Foundational Health Sciences Courses

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

GAPH101

Anatomy & Physiology I (includes lab)

  On-Ground 60 3
GAPH201

Anatomy & Physiology II (includes lab)

  On-Ground 60 3
GAPH301

Anatomy & Physiology III (includes lab)

  On-Ground 60 3
PAPP101 Pathophysiology I   Online Interactive 45 3
PAPP201 Pathophysiology II   Online Interactive 45 3
PAPP301 Pathophysiology III   Online Interactive 45 3

BN0213

Human Biochemistry

 

Online Interactive

45

3

BN0213L

Human Biochemistry Lab

 

Online Interactive

30

1

BN0405

Biochemical Nutrition

 

Online Interactive

45

1

CTAP103

Cell Tissue Anatomy and Physiology

 

Online Interactive

45

3

FAB101

Functional Anatomy of the Spine

 

Blended

60

4

FAB201

Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Extremity

 

Blended

105

5

GA102

General Anatomy I

 

Blended

60

4

GA0202

General Anatomy II

 

Blended

75

4

II410

Immunity and Infection Lecture

 

Online Interactive

60

4

II410L

Immunity and Infection Lab

 

Online Interactive

30

1

NS0313

Neuroscience

 

Online Interactive

60

4

NS0312L

Neuroscience Lab

 

On-Ground

30

1

PATH401

Pathology 1

 

Online Interactive

45

4

PATH501

Pathology 2

 

Online Interactive

60

4

PH0312

Physiology

 

Online Interactive

90

5.5

 

 

Graduate Certificate in Human Genetics and Genomics

Offered by: Human Genetics and Genomics Department

Program Director: Dan Handley, PhD

Program Overview

This online graduate certificate program is intended for busy professionals in clinical practice or the life sciences who prefer a broad overview of the fields of genetics and genomics. It includes a strong emphasis on genetic involvement in disease as well as advanced genomic diagnostic technologies and therapeutics. Students will gain familiarity with DNA testing for paternity, ancestry, and forensic purposes. Upon successful completion, students will be able to critically analyze, translate, and apply genomics in education, research, and practice. Students will understand epigenetics as well as be exposed to the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of applied genomics.

The program consists of eight 7 ½-week courses and can be completed in as little as 23 weeks. The program is delivered asynchronously online.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Classical Genetics Knowledge: Graduates will state key concepts in human development, Mendelian inheritance, population genetics, molecular cell biology, genetics, genomics, and the relationship between genotype and phenotype in both health and disease.
  2. Fundamental Technology Knowledge: Graduates will explain the theory and practice of basic and advanced molecular genomic technologies.
  3. Modern Genomics Knowledge: Graduates will demonstrate a thorough understanding of genome structure, function, annotation, sequence analysis, and clinical manifestations of genetic aberrations.
  4. Information Literacy: Graduates will apply technology for information gathering and be able to assess scientific literature and genetic test results.
  5. Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills: Graduates will engage in critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving in relation to current issues in genomics. 
  6. Communication Effectiveness: Graduates will professionally construct and express their ideas, thoughts, and concepts through written and verbal communication.
  7. Bioethics: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and apply ethical considerations to complex issues and dilemmas in genomics research and clinical practice.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Human Genetics and Genomics must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

Admissions Standards

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. While applicants typically have degrees in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, or other related fields, applicants with degrees in other fields of study will be considered.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Certificate Completion Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Human Genetics and Genomics may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Earned 12 credits in required courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completed all certificate requirements within 4 years of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

Please note: Students interested in pursuing professional or academic goals related to human genetics or genomics may need a higher GPA than 2.0 to meet those goals.

 

Curriculum

Certificate in Human Genetics and Genomics

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

 

Credits

Foundational Genomics Sciences

 

 

HGEN 0500

Introduction to the Human Genome

 

Online

 

3

HGEN0503

Population Genetics and Ancestry Analysis X Online   3

Advanced Genomics Sciences

 

 

HGEN0504

Structure and Function of the Human Genome

 

Online

 

3

Applied Genomics Sciences

 

 

HGEN0507

Online Resources for Research and Clinical Genomics

 

Online

 

3

TOTAL

 

12

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare.  

 

Transfer Credit

The Graduate Certificate Program in Human Genetics and Genomics does not accept transfer credit.

 

Advanced Standing for Certificate in Human Genetics and Genomics Graduates

Students who have previously earned the Graduate Certificate in Human Genetics and Genomics with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible for Advanced Standing in the Master of Human Genetics and Genomics (MSHGG) program. All courses taken while enrolled in the Graduate Certificate will apply toward the MSHGG.

 

Interprofessional Education Courses and Symposia

Offered by: Interprofessional Education Department

Assistant Dean (Interim): Preetideep Singh, MD

 

These courses provide students an opportunity to learn about, from, and with each other in an integrative environment, consistent with World Health Organization guidance. The purpose of Interprofessional Education Courses and Symposia is to allow students to develop the skills needed to effectively collaborate in team-based settings. Courses and symposia include team-based trainings, seminars, information literacy, and clinical skills.

Students are enrolled into these courses by the Office of the Registrar as a part of their professional degree programs.

Learning Outcomes in the Interprofessional Education are assessed at the course level. Graduate programs evaluate Interprofessional Education outcomes at the program level.

 

 Interprofessional Education Courses and Symposia

Course Number

Course Name

Modality

Hours

Credits

AN0510

Clinical Nutrition

Online Interactive

60

4

CBN0601

Pharmacology/Toxicology

Online Interactive

30

2

CBS0106

History of Health Care & Integration of the Healing Arts

Online

15

1

CBS0107

Medical Terminology

Online

15

1

CBS0108

Introduction to Ethics and Professional Behavior

Online

15

1

CBS0201

History Taking

On-Ground

30

2

CDX0601

Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

Online Interactive

30

2

CDX0708

Emergency Procedures

On-Ground

30

2

PP0817

Practice Management: Coding and Billing

Online Interactive

15

1

CPM0409

Public Health

Online Interactive

45

3

CRE0201

Research and Evidence-Based Healthcare

Online

30

2

CDX110

Introduction into Physical Assessment I

On-Ground

30

1

CDX210

Introduction into Physical Assessment II

On-Ground

30

1

CDX0310

Introductory Physical Exam Skills (IPES)

Blended

90

4

PP0702

Practice Management: Risk Management

Online Interactive

15

1

PP0712

Ethics in Healthcare

Online

15

1

PP0801

Practice Management: Practice Development

Online Interactive

30

2

IHP100

Integrative Health Promotion 1

Online Interactive

30

1

IHP200

Integrative Health Promotion 2

Online Interactive

30

1

IHP300

Integrative Health Promotion 3

Online Interactive

30

1

IHP400

Integrative Health Promotion 4

Online Interactive

30

1

Total Hours

645

35

 

Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Offered by: Eastern Medicine Department

Dean: Jenny Yu, DACM, LAc

Program Overview

The Eastern Medicine Department offers the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (MACM), a 177-credit program consisting of a mix of lecture, lab, and clinical instruction. Students may opt for one of three program schedules:

  • 9-Term Schedule (day): Students in the 9-Term Schedule are expected to enroll full time for 9 consecutive terms including summer. Courses are offered on-ground, blended, and in an online format. Classes are generally held Monday through Friday during the day, although classes may be scheduled at any time including evenings and weekends.
  • 11-Term Schedule (evening/weekend): Students in the 11-Term Schedule are expected to enroll full time for 11 consecutive terms including summer. Courses are offered on-ground, blended, and in an online format. Classes are generally held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and on the weekends during the day, although classes may be scheduled at any time.
  • Part-Time/Flex Schedule: Students in the Part-Time/Flex Schedule may complete the program at their own pace in as few as 11 terms or as many as 18 terms. Courses are offered on-ground, blended, and in an online format. Classes are offered days, evenings, and weekends, and students register for courses that best suit their schedules and availability.

Clinical Clerkship may require students to travel throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM) and approved by the California Acupuncture Board (CAB). Graduates are eligible to sit for licensing examinations administered by the California Acupuncture Board (California Acupuncture Licensing Examination - CALE) and National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Oriental Medicine Diagnosis: Graduates will synthesize etiology and clinical manifestations to construct Oriental Medicine differential diagnoses.
  2. Acupuncture and Moxibustion: Therapies Graduates will prescribe and formulate acupuncture, moxibustion, and related Oriental Medicine therapies.
  3. Herbal Therapy: Graduates will plan and prescribe herbal formulas and modifications.
  4. Biomedical Diagnosis: Graduates will synthesize pathogenesis and clinical manifestations to construct Western Medicine differential diagnoses.
  5. Evidence-based Practice: Graduates will synthesize and apply historical and scientific evidence in clinical practice.
  6. Business and Clinical: Practice Graduates will assess business principles to develop a clinical practice.
  7. Communication: Graduates will effectively communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in written form.
  8. Professionalism: Graduates will demonstrate leadership, integrity, and respect for all, and actively engage in ethical, moral, and legal standards of the profession.
  9. Inter-professional Collaboration: Graduates will collaborate with appropriate professionals to plan and manage patient-centered care.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the MACM degree must submit the following:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcript from an accredited university or universities demonstrating successful completion of 90 credits (135 quarter credits)
  • Personal statement explaining reasons for pursuing the MACM program (i.e., career plans, background, previous experience, interest, and/or values). Maximum of 250 words.

Admissions Standards

Applicants for the MACM degree generally must meet the following admissions standards. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • A completed bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter units) of undergraduate-level coursework from an accredited institution (accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or an equivalent foreign agency).
  • Successful interview with a member of the Eastern Medicine Department faculty or administration.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Introductory courses with content in General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, and General Psychology. Note: These courses may be taken prior to matriculation or as a co-requisite(s) while enrolled in the MACM program.
  • Meet the Technical Standards (physical and technical requirements) to successfully complete the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Meet SCU’s English Language Proficiency standards as described in International Student Admission regardless of citizenship, in addition to at least one of the following:
    • At least two years (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate or graduate-level education in an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
    • At least two years (60semester credits or 90 quarter credits) of undergraduate or graduate-level education delivered in English.

 

Prematriculation Requirements

Upon acceptance, students must submit program-specific documentation through the University’s clinical documentation management system, EXXAT. Prematriculation requirements must be fulfilled no later than the end of the first term or the student’s account will be placed on a registration hold.

  • Current and valid tuberculosis (TB) clearance completed within the prior two years. Evidence of current TB clearance must remain current with the program through graduation.
  • Lab Participation Agreement.

Degree Completion Requirements

The Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 177 credits within the required categories of coursework:
    • 24 credits in foundational health sciences
    • 17 credits in clinical sciences
    • 88 credits in acupuncture and Chinese medicine health sciences
    • 14 credits in interprofessional education
    • 34 credits in clinical clerkship
  • Completed a minimum of 1020 clinic hours
  • Passed three required comprehensive examinations
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Met residency requirements
  • Completed all degree requirements within 18 trimesters (6 years) of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

Curriculum

Students are assigned their schedule of courses each term by the program. Student schedules vary by student based upon term of entry and other factors (i.e., special schedules, student progression). The Dean’s office maintains sample schedules.

 

Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

Hours

Credits

Foundational Health Sciences

 

 

GAPH101

Anatomy & Physiology with lab I

 

On-Ground

60

3

GAPH201

Anatomy & Physiology with lab II

 

On-Ground

60

3

GAPH301

Anatomy & Physiology with lab III

 

On-Ground

60

3

PAPP101

Pathophysiology I

 

Online Interactive

45

3

PAPP201

Pathophysiology II

 

Online Interactive

45

3

PAPP301

Pathophysiology III

 

Online Interactive

45

3

BN0213

Human Biochemistry

X

On-Ground

45

3

BN0405

Biochemical Nutrition

X

On-Ground

45

3

Total Foundational Health Sciences

405

24

Clinical Sciences

 

 

CDX110

Introduction to Physical Assessment I (lab)

X

On-Ground

30

1

CDX210

Introduction to Physical Assessment II (lab)

X

On-Ground

30

1

CDX0310

Introductory Physical Examination Skills (includes lab)

X

On-Ground

90

4

CBS0201

History Taking

X

On-Ground

30

2

CDX0601

Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

X

Online Interactive

30

2

CBN0601

Pharmacology/Toxicology

X

Online Interactive

30

2

XR0515

Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy (includes lab)

X

Online Interactive

60

3

CDX0708

Emergency Procedures

X

On-Ground

30

2

Total Clinical Sciences

330

17

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Health Sciences

 

 

AMPI

Acupuncture & Meridians I

 

On-Ground

60

4

AMPII

Acupuncture & Meridians II

 

On-Ground

60

4

AAC1310

Acupuncture & Meridians III

 

On-Ground

45

3

AAC1220

Clinical Techniques I (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

45

2

AAC1320

Clinical Techniques II (includes lab)

 

On-Ground

45

2

AAC1410

Acupuncture Prescriptions

 

On-Ground

45

3

AAC1510

Acupuncture Orthopedics

 

On-Ground

45

3

APP1511

Tui Na Techniques

 

On-Ground

45

3

APP1055

Taiji & Qigong

 

On-Ground

30

2

AHB1110

Chinese Herbology I

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1210

Chinese Herbology II

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1310

Chinese Herbology III 

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1410

Chinese Herbology IV   

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1510

Chinese Herbal Prescriptions I

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1610

Chinese Herbal Prescriptions II

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1710

Chinese Herbal Prescriptions III

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1620

Herbal Toxicity and Drug-Herb Interactions

 

Online

15

1

AHB1711

OM Nutrition/Diet

 

On-Ground

45

3

ADX1710

Integrated Clinical Medicine I

 

On-Ground

45

3

ADX1810

Integrated Clinical Medicine II 

 

On-Ground

45

3

ADX1910

Integrated Clinical Medicine III 

 

Online Interactive

45

3

APP1110

Oriental Medicine Theory

 

Online Interactive

60

4

CMD1210

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Methods

 

On-Ground

45

3

CMD1310

Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Principles 

 

On-Ground

60

4

APP1520

AOM Jurisprudence

 

Online

15

1

APP1620

Integrated Gynecology

 

On-Ground

60

4

AHB1910

Jin Gui Yao Lue

 

On-Ground

30

2

ADX1820

Oriental Medicine Psychiatry and Counseling

 

Online Interactive

30

2

AHB1720

Shang Han Lun

 

On-Ground

45

3

AHB1810

Wen Bing Xue

 

On-Ground

30

2

APP1911

Classics of Chinese Medicine

 

Online Interactive

45

3

Total Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Health Sciences

1350

88

Interprofessional Education*

 

 

CBS0106

History of Healthcare

X

Online

15

1

CBS0107

Medical Terminology

X

Online

15

1

CBS0108

Introduction to Ethics and Professional Behavior

X

Online

15

1

PP0712

Ethics in Healthcare

X

Online

15

1

CRE0201

Research and Evidence-based Healthcare

X

Online

30

2

CPM0409

Public Health

X

Online Interactive

45

3

PP0702

Practice Management: Risk Management

X

Online Interactive

15

1

PP0801

Practice Management: Practice Development

X

Online Interactive

30

2

PP0817

Practice Management: Coding and Billing

X

Online Interactive

15

1

IHP300

Integrative Health Promotion (lab)

X

Online Interactive

30

1

Total Interprofessional Education

225

14

 Clinical Clerkship

 

 

ACL1210

Clinical Observation I

 x

On-Ground

30

1

ACL1310

Clinical Observation II

 x

On-Ground

30

1

ACL1410

Clinical Observation III

 x

On-Ground

90

3

ACL1511

Guided Clinical Practice A

 x

On-Ground

120

4

ACL1611

Guided Clinical Practice B

 x

On-Ground

120

4

ACL1711

Guided Clinical Practice C

 x

On-Ground

210

7

ACL1811

Advanced Clinical Practice A

 x

On-Ground

180

6

ACL1911

Advanced Clinical Practice B

 x

On-Ground

240

8

Total Clinical Clerkship

1020

34

Comprehensive Examinations

0

0

AID1410

Acupuncture Competency Examination I

 

On-Ground

0

0

AID1710

Acupuncture Competency Examination II

 

On-Ground

0

0

AID1910

Acupuncture Competency Examination III

 

On-Ground

0

0

TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS

3330

177

 *Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings. 

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 9-term schedule

Term 1 Example

Credits

CBS0107 - Medical Terminology 

1

CBS0108 - Introduction to Ethics & Professional Behavior 

1

GAPH101 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I

3

CDX110 - Introduction to Physical Assessment I 

1

AHB1110 - Chinese Herbology I 

3

APP1110 - OM Theory 

4

AMPI - Acupuncture & Meridians I 

4

Total Term 1 

17

Term 2 Example 

CRE0201 - Research in Evidence Based Healthcare

2

GAPH201 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 

3

BN0213 - Human Biochemistry (Lecture) 

3

CDX210 - Introduction to Physical Assessment II 

1

ACL1210 - Clinical Observation I 

1

AHB1210 - Chinese Herbology II 

3

CMD1210 - Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Methods 

3

AMPII - Acupuncture & Meridians I

4

AAC1220 - Clinical Technique I 

2

Total Term 2 

22

Term 3 Example 

GAPH301- Anatomy and Physiology with Lab III 

3

PP0712 - Ethics in Healthcare 

1

CDX0310 - Introduction to Physical Exam Skills 

4

CBS0201 - History Taking 

2

AHB1310 - Chinese Herbology III

3

CMD1310 - Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Principles 

4

AAC1310 - Acupuncture Meridians III 

3

ACL1310 - Clinical Observation II 

1

Total Term 3 

21

Term 4 Example 

CBS0106 - History of Healthcare 

1

CPM0409 - Public Health

3

PAPP101 - Pathophysiology I 

3

AAC1320 - Clinical Technique II 

2

AHB1410 - Chinese Herbology IV 

3

AID1410 - ACE I

0

ACL1410 - Clinical Observation III 

3

AAC1410 - Acupuncture Prescriptions 

3

Total Term 4 

18

 Term 5 Example

CDX0708 - Emergency Procedures

2

PP0702 - Practice Management: Risk Management 

1

XR0515 - Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy 

3

PAPP201 - Pathophysiology II 

3

AHB1510 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions I

3

ACL1511 - Guided Clinical Practice A

4

AAC1510 - Acupuncture Orthopedics

3

APP1055 - Taiji & Qigong 

2

Total Term 5 

21

Term 6 Example 

CBN0601 - Pharmacology/Toxicology

2

CDX0601 - Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

2

PAPP301 - Pathophysiology III

3

AHB1610 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions II 

3

ACL1611 - Guided Clinical Practice B 

4

AHB1711 - OM Nutrition/Diet

3

APP1511 - Tuina Technique 

3

AHB1620 - Herbal Toxicity & Drug Herb Interaction 

1

Total Term 6 

21

Term 7 Example 

 

BN0405 - Biochemical Nutrition 

3

ADX1710 - Integrated Clinical Medicine I 

3

AHB1710 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions III 

3

AHB1720 - Shang Han Lun 

3

ACL1711 - Guided Clinical Practice C 

7

AID1710 - ACE II 

0

Total Term 7 

19

Term 8 Example 

 

PP0801 - Practice Management: Practice Development 

2

PP0817 - Practice Management: Coding and Billing 

1

AHB1810 - Wen Bing Xue 

2

ACL1811 - Advanced Clinical Practice A 

6

ADX1820 - OM Psychology and Counseling 

2

ADX1810 - Integrated Clinical Medicine II 

3

APP1620 - Integrated Gynecology 

4

Total Term 8 

20

Term 9 Example 

 

ACL1911 - Advanced Clinical Practice B 

8

ADX1910 - Integrated Clinical Medicine III 

3

AHB1910 - Jin Gui Yao Lue

2

APP1911 - Classics of Chinese Medicine 

3

AID1910 - ACE III 

0

APP1520 - AOM Jurisprudence 

1

IHP300 - Integrative Health Promotion III 

1

Total Term 9 

18

  TOTAL PROGRAM  

177

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 11-term schedule

Term 1 Example 

Credits  

GAPH101 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I

3

CDX110 - Introduction to Physical Assessment

1

APP1110 - OM Theory 

4

AMPI - Acupuncture & Meridians I

4

CRE0201 - Research and Evidence Based Healthcare 

2

Total Term 1 

14

Term 2 Example 

CBS0107 - Medical Terminology 

1

GAPH201 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 

3

CDX210 - Introduction to Physical Assessment II

1

ACL1210 - Clinical Observation I

1

AHB1110 - Chinese Herbology I 

3

CMD1210 - Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Methods 

3

AMPII - Acupuncture & Meridians II

4

Total Term 2 

16

Term 3 Example 

GAPH301 - Anatomy and Physiology with Lab III 

3

CBS0108 - Introduction to Ethics and Professional Behavior 

1

CBS0201 - History Taking 

2

AHB1210 - Chinese Herbology II 

3

CMD1310 - Chinese Medicine Diagnosis Principles 

4

AAC1310 - Acupuncture Meridians III 

3

ACL1310 - Clinical Observation II 

1

Total Term 3 

17

Term 4 Example 

CDX0310 - Introduction to Physical Exam Skills 

4

AHB1310 - Chinese Herbology I

3

AAC1220 - Clinical Technique

2

ACL1410 - Clinical Observation

3

AAC1410 - Acupuncture Prescriptions 

3

PP0712 - Ethics in Healthcare 

1

Total Term 4 

16

Term 5 Example 

PAPP101 - Pathophysiology I 

3

AHB1410 - Chinese Herbology IV 

3

AAC1320 - Clinical Technique II 

2

CPM0409 - Public Health 

3

AID1410 - ACE I 

0

AAC1510 - Acupuncture Orthopedics 

3

Total Term 5 

14

Term 6 Example 

PAPP201 - Pathophysiology II 

3

CDX0708 - Emergency Procedures 

2

AHB1510 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions I

3

APP1055 - Taiji & Qigong 

2

CBS0106 - History of Healthcare 

1

ACL1511 - Guided Clinical Practice A 

4

Total Term 6 

15

Term 7 Example 

 

PAPP301 - Pathophysiology III 

3

XR0515 - Diagnostic Imaging Basics and Anatomy 

3

AHB1610 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions II 

3

APP1511 - Tuina Technique 

3

AHB1711 - OM Nutrition/Diet 

3

ACL1611 - Guided Clinical Practice B

4

Total Term 7 

19

Term 8 Example 

 

BN0213 - Human Biochemistry (Lecture) 

3

CDX0601 - Clinical Laboratory Diagnosis

2

CBN0601 - Pharmacology/Toxicology

2

AHB1620 - Herbal Toxicity & Drug Herb Interactions 

1

AHB1710 - Chinese Herbal Prescriptions III 

3

ACL1711 - Guided Clinical Practice C  

7

Total Term 8 

18

Term 9 Example 

 

BN0405 - Biochemical Nutrition 

3

ADX1710 - Integrated Clinical Medicine I 

3

AHB1720 - Shang Han Lun 

3

AID1710  - ACE II

0

ADX1820 - OM Psychiatry and Counseling

2

 ACL1811 - Advanced Clinical Practice A 

6

Total Term 9 

17

Term 10 Example 

 

ADX1810 - Integrated Clinical Medicine II 

3

AHB1810 - Wen Bing Xue 

2

APP1620 - Integrated Gynecology 

4

APP1520 - AOM Jurisprudence 

1

ACL1911 - Advanced Clinical Practice B 

8

Total Term 10 

18

Term 11 Example 

 

ADX1910 - Integrated Clinical Medicine III 

3

AHB1910 - Jin Gui Yao Lue 

2

APP1911 - Classics of Chinese Medicine 

3

AID1910 - ACE III 

0

PP0702 - Practice Management: Risk Management 

1

PP0801 - Practice Management: Practice Development 

2

PP0817 - Practice Management: Coding and Billing 

1

IHP300 - Integrative Health Promotion III 

1

Total Term 11 

13

  TOTAL PROGRAM 

177

 

Curriculum Sequence, Flex Schedule

Students in the Flex schedule may take courses at their own pace, from courses scheduled days or evenings

 

Transfer Credit Eligibility and Residency Requirement

 In addition to meeting the University’s policies related to transfer credit, the following transfer credit and residency requirements apply to students in the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program:

 

  • Students may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the total program credit requirements. Of that 50%, no more than 25% of the program clinical training requirements may be accepted as transfer credit.
  • Students must complete at least 50% of credits at SCU to qualify for degree completion (minimum 89 credits).

Licensure Examination Eligibility

 Graduates are eligible to sit for licensing examinations administered by the California Acupuncture Board (California Acupuncture Licensing Examination - CALE) and National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture, Biomedicine, Foundations of Oriental Medicine, and Chinese Herbology). Students must successfully complete the program to be eligible for these examinations.

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.

Clinical Clerkship

Clinical Clerkship is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. Clinical students participate in patient care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist. Students earn credit by completing a minimum of 1020 clinic hours, written and practical assignments, and clinical skills assessments through nine clinical clerkship courses taken in sequence beginning with clinical observation in the second term.

Additional information on Clinical Clerkship is available through the Office of the Dean.

Clinical Clerkship Sites

Clinical students have opportunities to rotate through different clinics within the University Health Center, other approved clinical sites, and within the community. Requirements for participation at clinical sites may vary (including background checks and immunizations).

  • SCU Health’s University Health Center: SCU-owned and -operated clinic on campus, under the supervision of SCU faculty; the campus facility is the University Heath Center (UHC).
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC): In a hospital setting, students engage in patient care under the supervision of SCU faculty/CHOC clinician. Students must apply and meet the requirements set forth by CHOC.
  • The Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation: Students engage in patient care under the supervision of SCU faculty in an integrative clinical environment focused on serving patients with cancer.
  • Community Outreach Events: Occasional events organized by SCU to provide services and outreach to surrounding communities. Students participate in events under the supervision of SCU faculty.
  • Private Practice Rotation (PPR): Managed through the Eastern Medicine Department and Community-Based Clinical Education (CBCE) Office, clinical students complete training by working closely with approved private-licensed acupuncturists serving as affiliated faculty.

     

Clinical Clerkship Requirements

Clinical Clerkship is designed for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for professional practice. Clinical students participate in patient care and engage in other educational experiences under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist. Students earn credit by completing 1020 clinic hours, written and practical assignments, and clinical skills assessments through eight clinical clerkship courses taken in sequence over eight terms. Students complete the required clinic hours at the University Health Center, the University’s owned and operated clinic on campus, as well as at other approved clinical sites. Students enter each clinical course as they complete course prerequisites.  

 

Course

9-Term Schedule Term

11-Term Schedule Term

Flex Schedule Term

Credit

Hours

Shift Locations

ACL1210: Clinical Observation I

2

2

Varies

1

30 hours

University Health Center

ACL1310: Clinical Observation II

3

3

Varies

1

30 hours

University Health Center

ACL1410: Clinical Observation III

4

4

Varies

3

90 hours

University Health Center

ACL1511: Guided Clinical Practice A

5

6

Varies

4

120 hours

University Health Center

ACL1611: Guided Clinical Practice B

6

7

Varies

4

120 hours

University Health Center

ACL1711: Guided Clinical Practice C

7

8

Varies

7

210 hours

University Health Center

ACL1811: Advanced Clinical Practice A

8

9

Varies

6

180 hours

University Health Center/approved clinical sites

ACL1911: Advanced Clinical Practice B

9

10

Varies

8

240 hours

University Health Center/approved clinical sites

 

Clinic Hours Requirements

Students are required to complete 1020 total clinical hours and pass all clinical clerkship courses. The following conditions apply:

  • Students must be engaged in activities that qualify for clinical credits or hours. Eligibility and availability of hours may vary based upon term of study.
  • Students must follow clinical clerkship procedures including provision of patient care, record keeping, and billing.
  • Students must complete the required documentation related to hours, patient care activities, and evaluations.
  • Hours worked over academic breaks may not count toward clinical course requirements unless the student is completing hours to finish a course for which they have received an Incomplete grade.
  • Hours worked in clinical courses that exceed each course’s minimum requirements do not “roll over” term to term.
  • State/National board (licensure) examinations and review courses do not count towards clinical credits or hours.
  • Students must maintain TB clearance throughout the entire clinical series.
  • Students must meet site-specific immunization or criminal background check requirements to work at specific sites. Students will be informed in advance when this is the case, as well as of alternative work assignments when possible. Note: Students are responsible for the costs of this compliance.
  • Students must meet minimum patient care requirements (encounters, procedures, and more) in actual patient care to achieve graduation requirements and meet licensure requirements.  
  • Students must utilize the University’s clinical management system Exxat to record hours, request approvals, request placement, submit documentation, etc.

 

Advanced Standing for Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Graduates

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences graduates are eligible for Advanced Standing in the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (MACM) program. Students must be admitted into the Master of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program and must successfully complete 12 credits in the Eastern Medicine concentration with a grade of B or better in all courses. With this concentration, these students can enter the MACM program having completed 12 of the required credits.

 

Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics

Offered by: Human Genetics and Genomics Department

Program Director: Dan Handley, PhD

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics (MSHGG) is a 36-credit, one-year online program intended for those who wish to gain a broad and deep understanding of human genetics and genomics, a fast-growing field that is revolutionizing virtually every area of healthcare and the life sciences. Delivered 100% online, the program is ideal for busy professionals in clinical fields, biotechnology industries, or academia. It includes a strong emphasis on genetic involvement in disease as well as advanced genomic diagnostic technologies and therapeutics. Students will gain familiarity with DNA testing for paternity, ancestry, and forensic purposes. Upon successful completion, students will be able to critically analyze, translate, and apply genomics in education, research, and practice. Students will understand epigenetics as well as be exposed to the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of applied genomics.

Most courses are offered asynchronously; in the third term, students will be required to participate in an online synchronous group seminar. Full-time students complete two courses in each 7 ½-week block. Part- time students take one course in each 7 ½-week block. Each weekly module may include weekly peer-to-peer discussion board posts and replies, self-directed exercises, written assignments, quizzes, case studies, or mid-term and/or final exams.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Classical Genetics Knowledge: Graduates will state key concepts in human development, Mendelian inheritance, population genetics, molecular cell biology, genetics, genomics, and the relationship between genotype and phenotype in both health and disease.
  2. Fundamental Technology Knowledge: Graduates will explain the theory and practice of basic and advanced molecular genomic technologies.
  3. Modern Genomics Knowledge: Graduates will demonstrate a thorough understanding of genome structure, function, annotation, sequence analysis, and clinical manifestations of genetic aberrations.
  4. Information Literacy: Graduates will apply technology for information gathering and be able to assess scientific literature and genetic test results.
  5. Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills: Graduates will engage in critical thinking, reflection, and problem solving in relation to current issues in genomics. 
  6. Communication Effectiveness: Graduates will professionally construct and express their ideas, thoughts, and concepts through written and verbal communication.
  7. Bioethics: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and apply ethical considerations to complex issues and dilemmas in genomics research and clinical practice.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the MSHGG must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • In some circumstances, applicants may be asked to submit a 25-500 word personal statement explaining reasons for pursuing a Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics.
  • In some circumstances, applicants may be asked to submit 1-2 professional or academic letter(s) of recommendation (i.e., employer, teacher, practicing professional).

 

Admissions Standards

Applicants for the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics must meet the following minimum requirements. Applicants who do not meet all standards may be admitted with the approval of the Program Director; exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. While applicants typically have degrees in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, or other related fields, applicants with degrees in other fields of study will be considered.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • 18 semester credits (27 quarter units) of life and physical science courses with a grade of C or higher.
    • Minimum of 6 semester credits (9 quarter units) of General Biology, Human Anatomy, and/or Physiology
    • Minimum of 6 semester credits (9 quarter units) of General Chemistry
    • Minimum of 6 semester credits (9 quarter units) of Biochemistry and/or Molecular Cell Biology
      • The 18-credit requirement is waived for applicants with completed bachelor’s degrees in the life sciences
      • Applicants who do not meet the 18 credits requirement but otherwise meet admission standards may be admitted on a contingent basis.  These students must enroll in a competency based, self-paced, zero credit, online module in biology and/or chemistry prior to or during their first term of enrollment.  Students must successfully pass the module prior to week 5 of the first term.
  • Recommended prerequisites (not required): Minimum of 6 semester hours (9 quarter units) of Introductory Statistics and 6 semester credits (9 quarter credits) of Organic Chemistry

Degree Completion Requirements

The Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 36 credits with a minimum of 24 credits earned at SCU
  • Earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 
  • Successfully completed the capstone project
  • Completed all degree requirements within 5 years of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

Please note: Students interested in pursuing professional or academic goals related to human genetics or genomics may need a higher GPA than 2.0 to meet those goals.


 

Curriculum

Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

 

Credits

Foundational Genomics Sciences

 

 

HGEN 0500

Introduction to the Human Genome

 

Online

 

3

HGEN 0501

Embryology and Human Development

 

Online

 

3

HGEN 0502

Statistical Methods

 

Online

 

3

HGEN 0503

Population Genetics and Ancestry Analysis

X

Online

 

3

Total Foundational Genomics Sciences

 

12

Advanced Genomics Sciences

 

 

HGEN0504

Structure and Function of the Human Genome 

 

Online

 

3

HGEN0505

Principles of Research Methodology

 

Online

 

3

HGEN0506

Human Microbiome and Infectious Disease

 

Online

 

3

Total Advanced Genomic Sciences

 

9

Applied Genomics Sciences

 

 

HGEN0507

Online Resources for Research and Clinical Genomics

 

Online

 

3

HGEN0508

Heritable Syndromes and Diseases

 

Online

 

3

HGEN0509

Genomics Technologies and Diagnostics

 

Online

 

3

HGEN0510

Bioethics and Research Ethics

 

Online

 

2

HGEN0511

Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar

 

Online Interactive

 

1

Total Applied Genomics Sciences

 

12

Comprehensive Genomics Sciences

 

 

HGEN0512

Capstone Project

 

Online

 

3

Total Comprehensive Genomics Sciences

 

3

TOTAL PROGRAM

 

36

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare.  

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, Full-Time

Term 1

Credits

HGEN0500 - Introduction to the Human Genome

3

HGEN0501 - Embryology and Human Development

3

HGEN0502 - Statistical Methods

3

HGEN0503 - Population Genetics and Ancestry Analysis

3

Total Term 1

12

Term 2

 

HGEN0504 - Structure and Function of the Human Genome 

3

HGEN0505 - Principles of Research Methodology

3

HGEN0506 - Human Microbiome and Infectious Disease

3

HGEN0507 - Online Resources for Research and Clinical Genomics

3

Total Term 2

12

Term 3

 

HGEN0508 - Heritable Syndromes and Diseases

3

HGEN0509 - Genomics Technologies and Diagnostics

3

HGEN0510 - Bioethics and Research Ethics

2

HGEN0511 - Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar

1

HGEN0512 - Capstone Project

3

Total Term 3

12

 TOTAL PROGRAM

36

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, Part-Time

Term 1 Example

Credits

HGEN0500 - Introduction to the Human Genome

3

HGEN0501 - Embryology and Human Development

3

Total Term 1

6

Term 2 Example

 

HGEN0502 - Statistical Methods

3

HGEN0503 - Population Genetics and Ancestry Analysis

3

Total Term 2

6

Term 3 Example

 

HGEN0504 - Structure and Function of the Human Genome 

3

HGEN0505 - Principles of Research Methodology

3

Total Term 3

6

Term 4 Example

 

HGEN0506 - Human Microbiome and Infectious Disease

3

HGEN0507 - Online Resources for Research and Clinical Genomics

3

Total Term 4

6

Term 5 Example

 

HGEN0508 - Heritable Syndromes and Diseases

3

HGEN0509 - Genomics Technologies and Diagnostics

3

Total Term 5

6

Term 6 Example

 

HGEN0510 - Bioethics and Research Ethics

2

HGEN0511 - Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar

1

HGEN0512 - Capstone Project

3

Total Term 6

6

 TOTAL PROGRAM

36

 

Transfer Credit

In addition to meeting the University’s policies related to transfer credit, the following transfer credit applies to students in the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics:

  • Students may receive transfer credit a maximum of 25% of the total program credit requirements. 

In addition, the following courses are ineligible for transfer:  

  • HGEN0504 Structure and Function of the Human Genome
  • HGEN0507 Online Resources for Research and Clinical Genomics
  • HGEN0509 Genomics Technologies and Diagnostics
  • HGEN0511 Human Genetics and Genomics Seminar
  • HGEN0512 Capstone Project

 

Advanced Standing for Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Graduates

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences graduates are eligible for Advanced Standing in the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics (MSHGG) program. Students must be admitted into the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomics program and must successfully complete 12 credits in the Human Genetics and Genomics concentration with a grade of B or better in all courses. With this concentration, these students can enter the MSHGG program having completed 12 of the required credits.

 

Master of Science in Medical Science

Offered by: Medical Science Program

Program Director: Raheleh Khorsan, PhD

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) is a 42-credit hour program designed for students interested in preparing for medical or other health professional schools or for students interested in establishing a strong foundation for associated careers. Students may opt for one of three program schedule and delivery method combinations, each of which offers the same courses and degree:

11-month Blended: Students in the 11-month Blended program are expected to enroll for three consecutive terms including summer. Courses are offered Monday through Friday, generally in 5- to 6-hour blocks, through virtual interactive sessions delivered on-campus by faculty via live video feed. Students physically attend all courses on SCU’s campus.

11-month Online: Students in the 11-month Online program are expected to enroll for 3 consecutive terms, including summer. Courses are offered Monday through Friday, generally in 5- to 6-hour blocks, through virtual interactive sessions delivered online by faculty via live video feed.

20-month Online: Students enrolled in the 20-month Online program are expected to enroll for 5 consecutive terms, including summer. Courses are offered online Monday through Friday. Recorded lectures are consumed outside of class flexibly and on-demand, while the weekly synchronous class time is focused on student comprehension. One to two hours of scheduled class time are required per week with two date/time options to choose from.

Students receive frequent one-on-one faculty advising throughout the program, regardless of the model chosen. Students complete subject examinations by the National Board of Medical Examiners and must pass a Comprehensive Qualifying Examination.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Medical Knowledge: Describe the normal structure and function of the body and of each of its major organ systems, as well as the molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms that are important in maintaining the body’s homeostasis.
  2. Medical Knowledge: Explain the genetic, developmental, metabolic, toxic, microbiologic, autoimmune, neoplastic, degenerative, and traumatic causes of disease states and their pathogenesis.
  3. Medical Knowledge: Identify epidemiological and other factors that place individuals at risk for disease or injury, select appropriate tests for detecting risks, and determine preventive strategies for responding appropriately.
  4. Medical Knowledge: Interpret commonly used diagnostic studies and formulate appropriate management strategies in the care for virtual patients with common conditions.
  5. Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills when working with a team.
  6. Professionalism: Recognize ethical and legal dilemmas in biomedicine science and demonstrate commitment to ethical principles.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the MSMS degree must submit the following:

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • In some circumstances, applicants may be asked to submit a 300-600 personal statement explaining reasons for pursuing the Master of Science in Medical Science, short-term and long-term career plans, and how background, previous experience, interest, and/or values, when combined with a Master of Science in Medical Science degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences, will enable successful pursuit of these goals.
  • In some circumstances, applicants may be asked to submit 1-2 professional or academic letter(s) of recommendation (i.e., employer, teacher, practicing medical professional).

 

Admissions Standards

Applicants to the Master of Science in Medical Science must meet the following minimum requirements. Applicants who do not meet all standards may be admitted with the approval of the Program Director; exceptions are made on an individual basis.

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. While applicants typically have degrees in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, or other related fields, applicants with degrees in other fields of study will be considered.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Exceptions to the GPA requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • 24 semester hours (36 quarter units) of life and physical science courses with a grade of C or higher. Exceptions to prerequisites requirements may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that medical schools or other health professions programs may require additional courses as prerequisites to satisfy their admissions requirements; please refer to those programs for their admission prerequisites.
    • Minimum of 8 semester hours (12 quarter units) of biology, such as general biology, physiology, anatomy, and either genetics or cell biology.
    • Minimum of 8 semester hours (12 quarter units) of Chemistry.
    • Minimum 8 semester hours (12 quarter units) of Organic Chemistry.

Recommended prerequisites (not required): minimum of 8 semester hours (12 quarter units) of Physics, 6 semester hours (9 quarter units) of Mathematics, and/or 6 semester hours (9 quarter units) of Biochemistry. 

  • Test scores from one of the following standardized admissions tests is recommended but not required: MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE, or VCAT.

 

Degree Completion Requirements

The Master of Science in Medical Science degree may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 42 credits of required coursework
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0*
  • Successfully passed the comprehensive qualifying exam
  • Completed all degree requirements within 5 years of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

*Please note: Students interested in pursuing a graduate level health professions degree may need a higher GPA than 2.0 to obtain acceptance into their program of choice.

Curriculum

Students are assigned their schedule of courses each term by the program. Student schedules vary by student based upon term of entry. All students take the Comprehensive Exam in their final term.

 Master of Science in Medical Science

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

 

Credits

Basic Medical Sciences

 

 

MSMS 0500

Gross Anatomy, Embryology & Imaging

 

Online Interactive

 

9

MSMS 0510

Physiology I

 

Online Interactive

 

4

MSMS 0520

Medical Biochemistry I

 

Online Interactive

 

5

MSMS 0530

Microbiology

 

Online Interactive

 

4

MSMS 0540

Physiology II

 

Online Interactive

 

4

MSMS 0550

Medical Biochemistry II

 

Online Interactive

 

5

MSMS 0560

Neuroscience

 

Online Interactive

 

5

MSMS 0570

Histology and Cell Biology

 

Online Interactive

 

4

Total Foundational Health Sciences

 

40

Interprofessional Education

 

 

MSMS 0580

Medical Ethics

X

Online Interactive

 

1

MSMS 0590

Interprofessional Perspective in Health Disparities

X

Online Interactive

 

1

Total Interprofessional Education

 

2

Comprehensive Examination

 

 

MSMS 0599

Comprehensive Qualifying Exam (CQX)

 

Online

 

0

TOTAL PROGRAM

 

42

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 11-month Blended and 11-month Online

The sequence in which students complete the program varies depending on the term in which the student enters. In addition, all students will be required to complete the MSMS 0599 Comprehensive Qualifying Exam upon completion of their final term.

3-term schedule:

  • Students entering in the Fall term take the program in the following sequence: Term 1, 2, 3
  • Students entering in the Spring term take the program in the following sequence: Term 1, 3, 2
  • Students entering in the Summer term take the program in the following sequence: Term 3, 1, 2

 

Term 1 (18 credits), 17-week term

Credits

MSMS 0500 - Gross Anatomy, Embryology & Imaging

9

MSMS 0510 - Physiology I

4

MSMS 0520 - Medical Biochemistry I

5

Term 2 (18 credits), 17-week term

 

MSMS 0530 - Microbiology

4

MSMS 0540 - Physiology II

4

MSMS 0550 - Medical Biochemistry II

5

MSMS 0560 - Neuroscience

5

Term 3 (6 credits), 17-week term

 

MSMS 0570 - Histology and Cell Biology

4

MSMS 0580 - Medical Ethics

1

MSMS 0590 - Interprofessional Perspective in Health Disparities

1

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs, cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare, or are clinical courses offered in integrative healthcare settings.

 

Example Curriculum Sequence, 20-month Online

The following sequence is the cohort schedule for the 5-term schedule. In addition, all students will be required to complete the MSMS 0599 Comprehensive Qualifying Exam upon completion of their final term.

 

Term 1 (6 credits), 15-week term*

Credits

MSMS 0570 - Histology and Cell Biology

       4

MSMS 0580 - Medical Ethics

1

MSMS 0590 - Interprofessional Perspective in Health Disparities

1

Term 2 (9 credits), 15-week term*

 

MSMS 0500 - Gross Anatomy, Embryology & Imaging

9

Term 3 (9 credits), 15-week term*

 

MSMS 0560 - Neuroscience

5

MSMS 0530 - Microbiology

4

Term 4 (10 credits), 15-week term*

 

MSMS 0520 - Medical Biochemistry I

5

MSMS 0550 - Medical Biochemistry II

5

Term 5 (8 credits), 15-week term*

 

MSMS 0510 - Physiology I

4

MSMS 0540 - Physiology II

4

*Incorrectly listed as 17-week terms previously. 

 

Transfer Credit

In addition to meeting the University’s policies related to transfer credit, the following transfer credit requirements apply to students in the Master of Science in Medical Sciences:

Students may receive transfer credit a maximum of 25% of the total program credit requirements. 

 

Post-Baccalaureate Health Education Certificate

Offered by: Department of Health Sciences

Program Director: Toby Spiegel, MA, PsyD

Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate Health Education Certificate is an online post-baccalaureate certificate intended for busy professionals already working in the health sciences field who would like to seek certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) through the National Commission for Health Education Counseling (NCHEC). The certificate includes a strong emphasis on the Eight Areas of Responsibility, providing the competency-based framework for Health Educational Specialists. Students will complete process courses that align with the Eight Areas of Responsibility, as defined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and topic-focused courses that include elements contained in the Eight Areas of Responsibility. 

 The 9-course, 27-credit, online certificate is designed to provide students with the academic coursework necessary to sit for the CHES® exam certification. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they meet all other requirements for CHES® exam certification eligibility: https://www.nchec.org/exam-eligibility-guide 

The sequence in which students complete the certificate varies depending on the term in which the student enters and how many courses per term a student takes. Typically, a certificate student can anticipate taking 2-4 courses per term for four or more terms to complete all courses required for eligibility

 

Application Requirements

Applicants for the Health Education Certificate must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university, or international equivalent demonstrating successful completion of a baccalaureate degree or higher.

Certificate Completion Requirements

The Health Education Certificate may be conferred upon those who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completed 27 credits of required coursework
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Passed all courses with a C or better
  • Completed all certificate requirements within 4 years of matriculation
  • Submitted a Petition to Graduate

Curriculum

Health Education Certificate

Course Number

Course Name

IPE*

Modality

 

Credits

Foundational Health Education

 

 

BSHS0302

Introduction to Epidemiology

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0303

Introduction to Health Education and Wellness

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0306

Integrative Health

X

Online

 

3

BSHS0310

Health Behavior

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0400

Current Trends Health Education

 

Online

 

3

Total Foundational Health Education

 

15

Advanced Health Education

BSHS0404

Integrative Health Promotion

X

Online

 

3

BSHS0405

Advances in Health Promotion

X

Online

 

3

BSHS0406

Planning and Evaluation of Health Programs

 

Online

 

3

BSHS0407

Implementation of Health Promotion Programs

 

Online

 

3

Total Advanced Health Education

 

12

TOTAL

 

27

*Courses identified as IPE are either taken with students from other programs or cover topics relevant to integrative healthcare.  

 

Example Curriculum Sequence

Term 1 block 1

Credits

BSHS 0400 - Current Trends in Health Education

3

Term 1 block 2

 

BSHS 0302 - Introduction to Epidemiology

3

BSHS 0303 - Introduction to Health Education and Wellness

3

Total Term 1

9

Term 2 block 1

Credits

BSHS 0404 - Integrative Health Promotion

3

Term 2 block 2

 

BSHS 0306 - Integrative Health

3

BSHS 0310 - Health Behavior

3

Total Term 2

9

Term 3 block 1

 

BSHS 0406 - Planning and Evaluation of Health Programs

3

Term 3 block 2

 

BSHS 0405 - Advances in Health Promotion

3

BSHS 0407 - Implementation of Health Promotion Programs

3

Total Term 3

9

 TOTAL PROGRAM

27

 

Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program

For information on the Master of Science: Physician Assistant program please see the Master of Science: Physician Assistant Handbook.