Q & A
California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is a new, health sciences focused professional school in Central California established to provide higher educational opportunities for students in the Central Valley and beyond. The College of Pharmacy at CHSU is the first school offered. CHSU plans to open up to 10 additional colleges at the university over the next 5-20 years and is considering: Medical, Allied Health and other health science related fields in an attempt to meet the critical shortage of health care professionals in the Valley.
CHSU College of Pharmacy is a four-year pharmacy school that provides a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) Program.
A major difference is providing our students with additional training in physical assessment to prepare graduates for the practice of pharmacy and primary care in collaboration with physicians. There is a tremendous shortage of primary care clinicians in the Valley, and our college will help remedy the problem. Additionally, the entire curriculum engages students in active learning. Students develop strong critical thinking, problem-solving and team skills necessary in providing primary care on a collaborative healthcare team.
While our main goal is to provide a convenient, workable option for local students, we attract, and admit, qualified applicants from around the state and nation.
We admit up to 84 students a year for the CHSU College of Pharmacy with approximately 340 students in the PharmD program at any one time. When the other prospective colleges are launched, CHSU could have over 2,000 students per year.
It is a privately funded, proprietary university.
Tuition for fall 2016 is $43,270. Visit the Tuition page on the website for other application fees and details.
Yes. Through a partnership with the Central Valley Community Foundation, we offer qualified students scholarship opportunities. Our California Health Sciences University Scholarship Fund was established with a generous gift of $1 million from Gerald and Nanette Lyles and has grown significantly with support from many local companies, institutions and individual donors. We also offer three, competitive student loan options. Visit the Financial Aid page for more details. Unfortunately, no federal financial aid will be available until the university is fully accredited.
We are in the process of obtaining accreditation and have provisional approval from 3 esteemed accreditation bodies: the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Please visit the Accreditation page on our website for full details.
California Health Sciences University has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.
California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
Both ACPE and WASCUC require an institution to graduate their inaugural class before they grant full accreditation, which will be May 2018 for the students in the CHSU College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Wendy Duncan and our Administrative team have significant experience in obtaining accreditation and we are confident that our program, curriculum, facilities, etc. will meet the rigorous standards set by the accreditation councils we are seeking. That being said, ACPE is very student-centric and requires universities that are moving through the accreditation process to provide a transfer path to another pharmacy school for students in the event a new school isn’t provided with accreditation. Additionally, our graduates will still qualify to become Registered Pharmacists in the state of CA regardless of our accreditation status.
Since fall 2014, CHSU has been holding classes for its College of Pharmacy students at its interim campus at 120 N. Clovis Avenue, near the southwest corner of Clovis and Herndon Avenues. The 32,000 s.f. building on CHSU’s interim campus includes, two large classrooms; library; student lounge; study rooms; faculty and staff offices; and pharmacy practice, compounding, and research labs.
In summer 2016, the University expanded the interim campus by adding an additional building with parking area at 45 N. Clovis Avenue, across the street from the current location. The new building is 17,000 s.f. and includes a third large classroom, two smaller classrooms for electives, student lounge, collaboration rooms, plentiful quiet and group study spaces and faculty offices..
Since the initial site for CHSU can only accommodate the College of Pharmacy and not a full-scale health sciences university with multiple colleges, planning for a permanent campus at the Clovis Research and Technology Park is underway. The new Clovis campus for California Health Sciences University is planned at a site near Temperance Avenue and Highway 168, just north of Clovis Community Medical Center, providing space for decades of expansion.
Locating the permanent campus in the Clovis Research and Technology Park provides for proximity to Clovis Community Medical Center and other collaborative health and higher education professionals via major arterial streets and Highway 168, allowing for connectivity from Clovis to Downtown Fresno, Central and North Fresno, Madera and other neighboring communities throughout Fresno County. The updated infrastructure and amenities – pedestrian-friendly trails, restaurants and other local businesses – are ideal for serving the students and faculty.
The approximately 70,000 s.f. College of Pharmacy building will be the first constructed and the permanent campus in Clovis and can accommodate up to 10 health sciences related colleges at full build-out. The new campus will also include a library, on-campus academic and student housing, student center, auditorium, quad, and an administrative building. The campus will ultimately approach 2,000 students and nearly 300 faculty and staff.
With construction on the new College of Pharmacy building planned to start in 2017, the university hopes to have the first building at the new campus completed in fall 2019. Development of the new campus will occur in multiple phases as each new health science related college is established. The entire development and construction process for CHSU will likely take up to 20 years.
CHSU will likely continue utilizing its interim campus on Clovis Avenue to assess the facility requirements as it launches each future program.
One of the leading prospects for California Health Sciences University’s permanent campus had been a 179 +/- acre site near Millerton and Winchell Cove Roads. The official application process for the site was submitted in June 2013 and work on conducting a complete Environment Impact Report (EIR) and assessment was required as part of the entitlement process.
“During the application process, it became clear that the timeline for the Millerton site would not meet the university’s needs. While the Clovis site includes all of the facilities required and has many other advantages,” stated Dunn. “Time is of the essence to ensure our students have the necessary campus resources to be successful and to avoid delays in the growth of the university and start of future colleges. Our partners at the City of Clovis have been instrumental in helping to expedite the planning.”
Initially, CHSU College of Pharmacy supports economic development in the region with over 50 employees (mostly faculty) and up to 84 graduating pharmacists per year who will be encouraged to practice in Central California. The campus will ultimately approach 2,000 students and nearly 300 faculty and staff, plus additional grounds-keeping and maintenance workers.
ACA – Affordable Care Act
The ACA is expected to provide over 1 million more people in Central California access to healthcare. The current shortage of primary care physicians in the Valley will intensify when the ACA is fully implemented.
For students in the Valley, CHSU offers higher education and advanced career opportunities. For Valley residents, CHSU offers increased access to healthcare and a higher level of healthcare for the Valley. In the short-term, CHSU College of Pharmacy graduates receive additional training in physical assessment so they can provide primary care to patients in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare providers to help meet the needs in the Valley. We expect most of these new Pharmacists to practice here in Central California.
SB 493 is new legislation that passed on October 1, 2013, in California (authored by Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D.) that grants pharmacists “Provider Status” if they receive advanced pharmacy training so they can provide primary care to patients in collaboration with physicians. About Senator Hernandez: He represents the 24th Senate District, is a Doctor of Optometry and the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee.
College of Pharmacy
120 North Clovis Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
Phone: (559) 325-3600
Fax: (559) 473-1487