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Things to do before classes begin

Take your next steps for enrollment! Make sure you’ve completed these items as part of the admissions process:

  1. Complete enrollment agreement through the Docusign email that will be sent to you.
  2. Complete technical standards form through the Docusign email that will be sent to you. This form needs to be notarized; if you are local, we provide free notary services on campus.
  3. Pay $300 admissions deposit (you must be logged into mySCNM).
  4. Complete background check. You should have received an email from Certiphi, a Vertical Screen company, with log-in information. Please note that there is a fee for the background check, payable directly to Certiphi. 
  5. Complete Everfi courses. These three (3) courses that contain 2 parts must be completed at least two (2) weeks prior to orientation. Everfi courses for the Spring 2020 entering classes are now live.  You should look for an email from Everfi. Please check your junk or spam folders as well.
  6. Complete Immunization requirements. SCNM requires all students to demonstrate immunity for Measles, Mumps and Rubella. Click here for more details (scroll down to the bottom on the page). 
  7. Complete financial aid paperwork. 
  8. Complete outstanding admissions requirements. Refer to your acceptance letter or call your admissions rep with questions. 


ND Peer Mentoring Program

Peer mentoring is available for ND students during their first six months of enrollment at SCNM.  While this is not required, we have found it is extremely valuable and very helpful for new students! Below are reflections mentees have stated in regards to their experience with their mentors:

  • “Made me feel welcomed and supported upon starting Q1”
  • “We met up for lunch and she is amazing. I look up to her and she has helped me so much in terms of emotional support.”
  • “Reaches out when I have exams without me even telling her! A nice encouragement text is so encouraging the day of or before an exam!”

To participate in this program and get matched with a mentor, please follow the instructions below by Friday, March 27, 2020.  Even if you chose to not have a mentor, please take a moment to complete the New Student Profile (step 2 below). 

Fill out the following surveys for the Peer Mentoring Program:

  1. Myers-Briggs (FREE) personality survey: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
  2. New Student Profile survey: https://forms.gle/sbN4ZCngJaWwsNvH7

You should expect to hear from your mentor within the first two weeks of the start of classes. There will also be a Peer Mentor Meet ‘n Greet during first week of classes, where mentors and mentees will formally meet in person. The exact date and location are to be determined. Contact peermentor@scnm.edu with any questions or concerns.

Class schedule

All class schedules will be posted on mySCNM about 6 weeks prior to the start of the quarter.

Required books

First quarter required book lists are posted on mySCNM a few weeks before the quarter begins. We’ll send you a note once it’s available. Students often ask if they should buy every book on the list. All required books are available for short-term loan in the SCNM library. Some students purchase all their books. Others wait to purchase their books until after attending Orientation.

Incoming ND students should purchase/download Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals by Jane Rice. (Medical Terminology: A Short Course, 7th or 5th Edition by Davi-Ellen Chabner, BA, MAT is okay too.) You are required to read this book before you arrive. You will be quizzed on the material during Orientation. 

Incoming ND students are also highly encouraged to buy a good human anatomy atlas. Some favorites include Atlas of Anatomy by Anne M Gilroy, Brian R MacPherson, Lawrence M Ross, Michael Schuenke, Erik Schulte or Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter, MD.

Online book shopping:

dealoz.com does the comparative shopping for you by listing the price, shipping, and availability at dozens of online book sellers. 
abebooks.com is highly recommended by fellow students.
bookfinder.com is highly recommended by Robert Wilbanks, Library Assistant.

ND Student Attire

ND students are required to dress professionally for your Introduction to Clinical Practice I & Clinical Skills Lab (CLPR). You don’t need a full professional wardrobe, just a couple of outfits that you can alternate every week and a pair of comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Need to buy professional clothes? There are lots of great discount stores in the Phoenix area including Ross, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, Dillard’s Outlet and quality second hand stores including My Sister’s Closet, Poor Little Rich Girl and If I Were a Rich Man.

Lab coats - SCNM provides lab coats for students in the Anatomy Lab which includes a cleaning service every week. The coats come in various sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL.

*Not required, but a lot of students like to have a pair of scrubs to wear underneath their lab coat to Anatomy Lab.

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