CHSU College of Pharmacy Granted Pre-Candidate Accreditation – Inaugural Class Will Now Begin in August 2014

February 28, 2014

NEWS From California Health Sciences University

CHSU College of Pharmacy Granted Pre-Candidate Accreditation – Inaugural Class Will Now Begin in August 2014

CLOVIS, Calif. – The nation’s accrediting body for pharmacy education has given California Health Sciences University (CHSU) College of Pharmacy the go-ahead to enroll its inaugural class. This is an essential step toward accreditation for the new college.

Officially called “pre-candidate status,” this action by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) allows the college to admit the fall 2014 class this August as planned. CHSU’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is the first of its kind in the Central Valley, and applications are being accepted by the College of Pharmacy for 84 students in the initial class.

Pre-candidate accreditation is the first of three steps leading to accreditation by the ACPE. CHSU is also working toward accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

“We’ve hired the entire first-year faculty, and, along with administration, we’ve built a robust curriculum focused on teaching students to deliver primary care directly to patients, in collaboration with physicians,” said Dr. David Hawkins, founding dean for the CHSU College of Pharmacy. “Pre-candidate status brings us another step closer to delivering on our mission to transform pharmacy into a primary-care profession.”

The College of Pharmacy will employ more than 50, mostly faculty, and intends to graduate 84 pharmacists a year, Dean Hawkins said.

“I appreciate the hard work of Dean Hawkins, our administration, faculty and staff in achieving this critical first step towards ACPE accreditation,” said Flo Dunn, founding president at CHSU. “We have designed a highly competitive College of Pharmacy program and expect our students will both enjoy and help enhance the quality of life, in our region of California.”

Dean Hawkins complimented the ACPE accreditation team as being “very professional and meticulous in their evaluation and extremely helpful with their advice and counsel.”

The CHSU College of Pharmacy is located at 120 N. Clovis Avenue in a state-of-the-art, 32,300 square foot building situated near Herndon Avenue and highway 168. Adjacent to the building and in the vicinity, additional properties have been purchased to accommodate for expansion as future classes are implemented in the coming years.

To accommodate future growth that could include up to five health sciences related colleges, the university has submitted an application for a full-scale campus on 179 acres in Millerton.

The inception of California Health Sciences University is the long-time vision of community leaders and the new university is guided by a distinguished Board of Trustees, led by Board Chair and President Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, Dr. John Welty.

“This is a proud moment in the history of the Valley,” stated Dr. Welty. “Valley students need local opportunities for higher education and we hope these bright health care professionals trained at CHSU will remain local to improve the access and delivery of health care in Central California.”

For more information about CHSU and the new Doctor of Pharmacy program, visit, call 559-325-3600 or find them on facebook twitter,and Linkedin.


Richele Kleiser, Communications Director
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