California Health Sciences University

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California Health Sciences University
MottoCogito Cognosco Curo (Latin)
Motto in English
Imagine, Learn, Heal
TypePrivate, for-profit[1]
ProvostWendy Duncan[2]
DeanJohn Graneto, DO
Location, ,
36°49′44″N 119°42′03″W / 36.8289°N 119.7007°W / 36.8289; -119.7007Coordinates: 36°49′44″N 119°42′03″W / 36.8289°N 119.7007°W / 36.8289; -119.7007

California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is a private, for-profit university located in Clovis, in the U.S. state of California. Founded in 2012, the school operates two academic programs, which offer doctoral degrees in pharmacy and osteopathic medicine. Graduates of the College of Osteopathic Medicine will receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The College of Osteopathic Medicine holds candidate status by the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).[3]


The university was founded in 2012 by the Assemi family.[4] In 2014, the College of Pharmacy opened. In 2018, the College of Osteopathic Medicine opened. Until that time, the Fresno area was the largest city in the United States without a medical school.[5] Construction for the osteopathic medical school broke ground in 2018.[6] The university generated controversy regarding its for-profit status and high tuition costs.[7]


The university offers two degree programs, a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). The College of Osteopathic Medicine was granted candidate status by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.[3] In December 2018, the College of Osteopathic Medicine received approval to recruit and being receiving applications by May 2019.[8] The first class of osteopathic medical students will begin courses in the fall of 2020.[3]

The pharmacy program is not yet accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education but currently has candidate status.[9] The university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.[10]


The university is located on a 60 acre campus in Clovis, California.[4] The pharmacy school is housed in a 30,000 square foot building.[7] The medical school will be housed in a 120,000 square foot building.

Student life[edit]

The pharmacy schools has a chapter of a professional fraternity, Phi Delta Chi.

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  1. ^ "Planned Clovis medical school deserves Valley's support". The Fresno Bee. November 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Klein, Kerry (June 20, 2017). "Planned Clovis Medical School Has A Fresno Rival—And Both Could Open In 2019". NPR for California. Valley Public Radio.
  3. ^ a b c "CHSU-COM Becomes Newest AACOM Member College". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. AACOM.
  4. ^ a b Anderson, Barbara (November 22, 2016). "Assemi family pitches Clovis site for osteopathic medical school". The Fresno Bee.
  5. ^ Reed, Randy. "New Medical School Offers Peek at Its State-of-the-Art Technology". GV Wire.
  6. ^ Klein, Kerry (May 9, 2018). "Remember The Two Medical Schools Coming To Fresno County? Now It's Just One". Valley Public Radio. NPR for Central California.
  7. ^ a b "Fresno Family Funds Pharmacy College in Central Valley". California Healthline.
  8. ^ Valera, Dennis (December 20, 2018). "Central Valley's first four-year medical school officially can take applications". Your Central Valley.
  9. ^ "California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy". Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. ACPE.
  10. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status California Health Sciences University". WASC Senior College and University Commission.

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