Student Resources - Accelerated Sciences

SCU Student Resources


We know that you’re here to fulfill a specific goal. In addition to support from your instructor, your tuition includes tutoring to support you in achieving the grades you need.

You can sign up for a tutor by contacting your instructor or the Accelerated Sciences department. In most cases, your tutor will work with your instructor to develop a tutoring strategy based on both your self-reported areas of weakness and your class performance. If you are willing to put in the time and make use of available resources, we will work with you to achieve your goals.

Graduate School Workshops

Take advantage of completing your science prerequisites at a health sciences university. Students in Accelerated Science classes are able to attend university workshops on topics like how to apply to graduate school in the health sciences and what it’s like being a graduate student in Physician Assistant/Nursing/Medical school. Students can also participate in talks and symposia given by healthcare experts at SCU.

Accessibility Services

Students seeking reasonable accommodations or support services while enrolled in a SCU Accelerated Sciences Course can do so through the Student Services Office (SSO) by following the two steps outlined below. We encourage you to register with the SSO as early as possible to allow sufficient time for the approval and notification process.

Step 1: Review and complete the following forms:

Step 2: Submit your complete request and schedule an appointment with the SSO.

  • Email your completed forms and supporting documentation to A complete request includes the Document Requirements and Verification Form completed by a qualified examiner, and a Request for Accommodations form and Accommodation Agreement completed by you.
  • To schedule an appointment, please send an email to


Credit transfer decisions are always made by the receiving institution, usually on a case-by-case basis, so SCU cannot guarantee the transferability of our courses. Students should contact their transferring institution first to determine their credit transfer policies. You may be asked for a syllabus for your course so download it from the relevant course page to submit to your institution. SCU Accelerated Science course credits have been successfully transferred to various health sciences universities.

Students enrolling in Accelerated Science classes must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.  We recommend prerequisites for some courses, but we do not require that you provide proof of having completed a recommended prerequisite.

You should know that your chance of success in the course is greatly improved if you have recent, basic knowledge in Math, Chemistry and Biology.  If you don’t have the recommended foundational knowledge or if it’s been a while since you last took science classes, you should plan to spend more time studying to catch up with classmates who may have more recent foundational knowledge. The instructors and tutors in the Accelerated Science department are here to support you in these cases.

All classes attempted at SCU are recorded on the SCU transcript – no exceptions. If you withdraw from the class at any point during the 5 weeks of the class, a grade of “W” will be recorded on your transcript. A grade of “W” has no impact on your GPA.

You are eligible for a pro-rated refund for your class during the first three weeks of class. There is no refund if you drop after the third week.

Student who drop or withdraw from Accelerated Sciences courses will be eligible for a tuition refund according to the table below.  Fees and other charges are not refundable. Please note: refunds are based upon the start of the week and term, not the actual first day of class.

SCU utilizes Canvas as our Learning Management System. You can access Canvas through mySCU.

There is a virtual orientation available through mySCU that will guide you through SCU policies. Each course also has a course orientation.

SCU provides free parking for all students. Fill out the parking request form (available through mySCU), print out the parking pass at home and park in any of the student parking lots on campus.

No, lab materials are included in your tuition.

No, textbooks are included in your tuition.

A registration fee of $75 is required for every course.

Both On-Ground classes and Interactive Online classes take place during scheduled class time and require students to meet the attendance and participation requirements set by instructors. On-Ground classes meet in person, while Interactive Online classes meet on Zoom (i.e., in a synchronous format). Both formats utilize a mix of presentations and small group discussions where students learn to tie key foundational concepts to clinical practice and other real-world applications. Self-Paced Online classes are designed for students to study independently on their own schedule under the guidance of an instructor (i.e., in an asynchronous format). There are no attendance requirements in scheduled class sessions, but students must interact regularly with their instructor and meet assignment due dates to demonstrate their understanding of course content. Students can set up appointments to meet individually or in small groups with instructors as needed via Zoom.

There is no way to answer with a 100% certainty which modality any student would perform better in. Our recommendation is to be aware of your learning style. If you perform well independently, with few questions to ask while taking classes, Self-Paced Online (Asynchronous) may be a better fit for you. If you perform better with group assignments and frequent face-to-face time with your instructor, Interactive Online (Synchronous) or On-Ground may be a better fit for you.

No.  The campus is centrally located near a variety of apartments, hotels, and online marketplace housing like Airbnb.  Whittier is in close proximity to Buena Park, the home of Knott’s Berry Farms, which has abundant hotels and restaurants.

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