About California Health Sciences University
Founded in 2012 and envisioned by the Assemi family, California Health Sciences University (CHSU) offers a local option for those seeking to attend pharmacy or medical school and to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Central Valley. CHSU currently offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program.
CHSU students and faculty enjoy the unique combination of high quality of life, affordable cost of living, and plentiful career opportunities in health care that the Valley provides. CHSU makes student achievement the highest priority through a multitude of teaching modalities; innovative curricula and a culture of support, which includes academics, wellness, leadership and career services. Students feel supported by their peers, the administration, faculty, and staff of the University and Colleges, as well as the leadership and Board of Trustees.
The University is proudly guided by the Board of Trustees from varying health care, education and business backgrounds. Long-time educator and community leader, Dr. John D. Welty, President Emeritus of California State University, Fresno, served as the founding Board Chair and helped to fast track the University. The Founding President of CHSU, Florence T. Dunn, is a long-time Valley resident and a former Bank Executive.
“The University has received tremendous community support, collaborating with key state and local leaders, including top educational and healthcare executives,” stated President Florence T. Dunn, “CHSU is proud to collaborate with Fresno State, Fresno Pacific University, Clovis Community College and other universities in Central California for interdisciplinary research and interprofessional education. CHSU has also partnered with local physicians, pharmacists, and institutions throughout the Central Valley – Community Medical Centers, Kaiser Permanente, Valley Children’s Hospital, Madera Community Hospital, Adventist Health system, United Health Centers, and Camarena Health to name a few – to provide students with diverse clinical education and experiences.”
These partnerships have been vital to the success of the University and ultimately led to rapid growth, which has commanded a need for campus expansion.
CHSU’s Recently Expanded Campus
The California Health Sciences University campus is located in beautiful Clovis, California. The campus includes two buildings located on Clovis Avenue, which house University Administrative offices and the College of Pharmacy. The newest building on Alluvial Avenue, houses the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Simulation Center.
The College of Pharmacy encompasses five classrooms; library; two student lounges; a variety of flexible study spaces; faculty and staff offices; and pharmacy practice, mock pharmacy, dispensing, compounding, and research labs.
CHSU’s latest campus expansion project began in May 2018 when they broke ground on the first building at 2500 Alluvial Avenue, near Clovis Community Medical Center at Temperance Avenue and Highway 168. Construction for the new CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine building was completed in only eighteen months and the faculty and staff moved into the building in early 2020.
The new, three-story COM building on CHSU’s expanded campus is surrounded with beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and provides the Deans, faculty, staff and medical students with state-of-the-art, innovative technology. The new medical school has three large classrooms, an Osteopathic Skills lab, library, plentiful private and collaborative study spaces, a spacious student lounge with Teaching Kitchen, and a Simulation Center.
The CHSU Simulation Center has an In-Patient area that’s modeled to resemble the hospital environment and an Out-Patient area that’s designed to resemble a clinic or doctor’s office. The innovative CHSU Simulation Center was meticulously planned to enhance the interactive learning needs of today’s students, particularly concerning the foundations of medical and clinical wisdom.
Other buildings being considered in the University’s campus expansion plan include up to eight additional colleges, a student center, a library, an auditorium, and student and faculty housing, along with support buildings. The approximately 110 acre site provides plenty of space for decades of continued expansion. The campus could ultimately approach 2,000 students and nearly 300 faculty and staff in the future. Further development of the campus will occur in multiple phases as each new health science related college is established. The timing and specific discipline for each new program will be determined based on the need and opportunity for job placement within the region. CHSU plans to open up to 10 post-graduate colleges to train health care professionals in the coming years, the entire development and construction process will likely take up to 20 years.