University Business Magazine Honors Southern California University of Health
Sciences for Being a "Model of Efficiency"
WHITTIER, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012
WHITTIER, Calif., Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California University
of Health Sciences is one of nine colleges and universities nationwide being
recognized by University Business magazine in its winter 2012 "Models of
Efficiency" national recognition program. Sponsored by Higher One, which
assists in college business office operations, the Models of Efficiency
program recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education
operations through technology and/or business process improvements.
"Southern California University of Health Sciences' Clinical Internship Portal
improves processes for SCU in multiple ways," said Tim Goral, Editor in Chief
of University Business."From elimination of redundancy, conflicts and errors
to better meeting accreditation requirements, the Portal is a definite
business process champion for this higher ed institution."
Southern California University of Health Science's Clinical Internship program
prepares student interns to diagnose and treat patients in a real-world
healthcare scenario. Previously, all facets of the program were manually
maintained via paper-based processes. The Office of Supported and
Institutional Research needed to review 178 credit request forms and 354
patient procedure logs annually to determine if a student was eligible to move
to the next term or graduate. But data was not easily accessible. During a
visit by the university's programmatic accreditors, the inability to provide
timely data led to a request for detailed information and more streamlined
processes. The solution was found in Microsoft Access, already installed on
Access was used to track student intern credit and schedule clinical
rotations. It also served as the catalyst for the development of a customized
web application: The Clinical Internship Portal. Through the portal, rotation
scheduling is shared by all clinical faculty, who spend just 20 minutes or
less per month, while schedule conflicts and errors have dropped to nearly
Students and clinical faculty now submit and approve all credit and patient
tracking forms online. Interns log in and approve patient procedures, and view
a personalized schedule and detailed reports, including the number of credits
needed to complete the quantitative elements of their education.
"This increased efficiency freed up time for clinical faculty to focus on the
students' clinical experience through education and patient care," said Melea
Fields, SCU Chief Research Officer. "The Portal also brings internal and
external benchmark assessment data together in one location for analysis, and
contributes to fulfilling accreditation requirements."
Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is recognized as a
premier evidence-based integrative healthcare university. The school's mission
is to educate students as competent, caring and successful integrative
healthcare practioners. For over a century, the University has been committed
to excellence in academics, service, scholarships and leaderships through the
Los Angeles College of Chiropractic, the College of Acupuncture & Oriental
Medicine, and the School of Professional Studies. For more information about
the university visit us at www.scuhs.edu.
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SOURCE Southern California University of Health Sciences
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