Accessing Ascend Travel and Expense From Off Campus

Sutter Health's Ascend Business Process Management system allows Sutter Health and SMU employees to report personal out-of-pocket expenses for reimbursement.  While this system is readily accessible from SMU campuses, it is not accessible through the public internet.  To accommodate SMU employees with off-campus work assignments who also incur business expenses, the Ascend site has been made available through the virtual private network.

To access Ascend from off-campus

  1. Make sure you’re connected to the internet.
  2. Click on the following link

(Please note that this will work with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome on your PC, Mac, or tablet)

  1. Select smu_employee_vpn from the ‘Group:’ drop down menu
  2. Enter your SMU credentials to log in.

  1. Upon successful login, select ‘Continue’
  2. Click on Web Applications
  3. Click on Ascend Web Portal, or type in the space above (next to http://)

  1. Log into the Ascend system with your Sutter Health username ID and password


To learn how to use Ascend, we highly recommend that you take the Ascend Web-based training.


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