Latest Information on COVID-19

2020-21 Academic Year Plan

Didactic Programs – mostly online

Didactic courses for 2020-21 academic year will be delivered remotely/online-only, just as they were this past Spring/Summer. Our faculty are continually developing increasingly robust, remote/online curricula.

Labs and Clinical Skills Courses – SOME will be held in-person

Certain courses that require in-person activities; e.g., needling, suturing, physical medicine, clinical skills, in-person clinic shifts, and others will be held in a safe, physically-distanced manner.  We are allowed by state officials to provide these labs and clinical skills courses in person due to the fact that Bastyr University trains individuals to take on medical, medically-related, and essential worker positions. Please note: Any course that CAN be done online will remain in online formatting.

You will be contacted directly by your academic department(s) with details concerning which exact courses will be in-person. You can direct questions regarding specific courses to your academic department.

Clinical Shifts at BCNH and BUC

Bastyr has resumed limited, in-person patient shifts. We are also continuing to conduct telehealth video visits.  If you are scheduled for a clinic shift, plan to be available to attend shifts in-person at the clinic. We will work with students who have needs or circumstances that would make this challenging. 

These are challenging times for everyone associated with Bastyr University, and indeed for our entire world. We intend to conduct courses in an on-campus environment as soon as it is safe as designated by state officials in Washington and California. At this point, we are tentatively planning for many courses to be remote/online for the 2020-21 academic year. This will highly dependent on factors out of our control, such as federal, state, local, regional accreditation bodies, and program/discipline-specific accreditation body guidelines.  At this point, we do believe that we will be able to offer all the classes, labs, and clinic to allow you timely progression towards your degrees.  More information will follow regarding the 2020-21 academic year as soon as we have more details.

Statement of Facts and Values

COVID-19 AANMC Statement of Institutional Facts and Values

Archived Updates

For previous website and email communications regarding Bastyr University's response to COVID-19, please see Archived COVID Updates.

Should I Self-Quarantine

Decision Making Flow-Chart

COVID-19: Decision Making Flow-Chart 

Above is a flowchart designed to help you decide if you should self-quarantine based on recent interactions and travel. 

Information on how to decide whether to self-quarantine

Below is further information on how you, as an individual, should deal with your own decisions around self-quarantine. The response to COVID-19 is somewhat dependent on your individual circumstances. Below we are offering, based on CDC and public health agency advisement, a plan that addresses when and how to apply self-quarantine.

These directives apply to students, faculty, and staff at BU Kenmore, BU California and all clinics.


What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 - symptoms can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath:

You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. Please CALL your medical provider to talk through your options. You must stay away from campus/clinic for SEVEN (7) days OR until you have been fever free and symptom free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours whichever is longer.


You have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) and have NOT been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19:

You should stay in isolation at home and not come to school or clinic. You must stay away from campus/clinic until you have been symptom-free and fever-free, without the aid of medications, for a period of 72 hours.


You were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 OR COVID-19 like symptoms:

Potential exposure means that you have a member of your household with symptoms or you have been within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes to someone who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (cough, fever and/or shortness of breath). You must stay away from campus/clinic for FOURTEEN (14) days. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, then you begin following the procedure above (7 days/72 hours). The reason this category is longer than the others is due to potential incubation periods before symptoms begin.


The above information is a distillation of a longer set of recommendations from King County Public Health. The full set of information can be found HERE.

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