About California Health Sciences University (CHSU)
Founded in 2012 and envisioned by the Assemi family, California Health Sciences University (CHSU) offers a local option for those seeking doctoral and post-graduate programs and to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Valley. We currently offer a four year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program.
CHSU students enjoy the unique combination of high quality of life, affordable cost of living, and plentiful career opportunities in health care that the Valley provides. We make student success our highest priority through the team based learning (TBL) approach; innovative curriculums 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, as well as the leadership, including the Board of Trustees.
The University is proudly guided by a stellar Board of Trustees from varying health care, education and business backgrounds. Long-time educator and community leader, Dr. John D. Welty, President Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, serves as the Board Chair and has helped to fast track the university. The Founding President of CHSU, Florence 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,” states President Dunn. She added: “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 hospitals, like Community Medical Centers, Kaiser Permanente, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Kern County Hospital to name a few and physician groups such as Santé Community Physicians and other group facilities, independent medical doctors and pharmacists.”
These partnerships have been vital to the success of the University and ultimately led to rapid growth, which has commanded a need for expanding facilities. CHSU’s current campus is located in Clovis, California near highway 168 and Herndon Avenue, and includes three buildings. The 120 N. Clovis Avenue and 45 N. Clovis Avenue buildings on CHSU’s campus houses the College of Pharmacy and includes: five classrooms; library; two student lounges; faculty and staff offices; and pharmacy practice, compounding, and research labs. The CHSU Student Center is located in the 45 N. Clovis Avenue building and offers students a variety of flexible study spaces. The 65 N. Clovis Avenue building currently serves as office space for the College of Osteopathic Medicine program.
Since the Clovis Avenue campus for CHSU can only accommodate the College of Pharmacy, development for a new campus at the Clovis Research and Technology Park in Clovis is underway. Located at 2500 Alluvial Avenue near Clovis Community Medical Center at Temperance Avenue and Highway 168, the approximately 80 acre site will provide plenty of space for decades of expansion. Construction for the new campus began in May 2018, starting with the College of Osteopathic Medicine building. The campus will include labs, classrooms, a student center, a library, and an auditorium, along with support buildings. The campus will ultimately approach 2,000 students and nearly 300 faculty and staff.
The first building at the new campus is scheduled to be completed in spring 2020. Development of the new campus will occur in multiple phases as each new health science related college is established. The timing and specific discipline for each new school 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 for CHSU will likely take up to 20 years.