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 to attend pharmacy or medical school and to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Central 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. CHSU makes student achievement the highest priority through the Team-Based Learning (TBL) approach; 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, as well as the leadership, including the Board of Trustees.
The University is proudly guided by our stellar 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, serves as the Board Chair and 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, “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, Adventist Health system and Madera Community 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 campus expansion.
CHSU Campus and Expansion
The California Health Sciences University campus is located in beautiful Clovis, California. The campus includes three buildings located on Clovis Avenue, near Highway 168 and Herndon Avenue, and one building located on Alluvial Avenue, near Highway 168 and Temperance Avenue. The 120 N. Clovis Avenue and 45 N. Clovis Avenue buildings house University Administrative offices and the College of Pharmacy. The 2500 Alluvial Avenue building houses the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Simulation Center.
The College of Pharmacy encompasses five classrooms; library; two student lounges; faculty and staff offices; and pharmacy practice, compounding, and research labs. The CHSU College of Pharmacy 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 University administration and staff.
CHSU’s campus expansion project began in May 2018, when we broke ground on our fourth building 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 continued expansion. Construction for the new CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine building was completed in December 2019 and the faculty and staff moved into the building in spring 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 nine additional College buildings, a research lab, a student center, a library, and an auditorium, along with support buildings. 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.