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Southern California University of Health Sciences

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Date of establishment 1911
Type Private School
University president John Scaringe, DC, EdD
Location Whittier, California, United States
Colors Blue and White         

Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) is a private institute of higher education founded in 1911, and focused on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Its campus is in Whittier, California


SCU incorporates the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, the School of Professional Studies, and the University Health Centers.


SCU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), This regional accreditation is unmatched by any other institution offering both chiropractic and acupuncture/oriental medicine programs on the West Coast of the United States.

The Doctor of Chiropractic degree program of SCU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education USA (CCE). The Doctor of Chiropractic program is also approved by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program of SCU is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for the approval of programs preparing acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners, and is also approved by the California Acupuncture Board.


SCU is located in the suburb of Whittier, 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and bordering Orange County.


The only one of its kind on the west coast, SCU’s dual degree program allows students the opportunity to concurrently complete a Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in a streamlined and accelerated format.

SCU's nationally-recognized Practice of Prosperity program, the nation’s first launched by a CAM university, prepares students for success after graduation with an innovative curriculum that integrates entrepreneurial, leadership, and business content. Through practical coursework combined with the experience and insight of working professionals, students learn how to effectively manage and lead an institution, launch and grow a practice, and collaborate with health care professionals across multiple disciplines.

Public Relations

Len Rosenthal, Executive Director of Public Affairs

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