CHSU Proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine


CHSU’s Proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine is Seeking Accreditation

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The proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine at California Health Sciences University will be the first of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley.

A privately funded institution located in the city of Clovis, California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is working towards opening a proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine as early as fall 2020, in addition to the university’s existing College of Pharmacy.

“Ever since we founded CHSU in 2012, we’ve been actively planning to open a medical school,” stated Florence Dunn, CHSU president. “With the rapid growth of our population and increasing disparity in health care access – and coupled with the success of our pharmacy program – we’ve decided to make the medical school our next priority. The Central Valley suffers from some of the most severe physician shortages in California and we are dedicated to improving the health and lives of the people of our community.”

The university has initiated the accreditation process with the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), the only accrediting agency for predoctoral osteopathic medical education recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Currently, there are 49 colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States, with two located in California.

“An osteopathic medical school is the most efficient way to address the primary care shortages of the Central Valley. It is the most rapidly growing field of medical practice and is responding to the health care challenges of the new millennium,” stated Dunn.

Osteopathic physicians are more likely to work in underserved areas and tend to enter primary care practices, such as Family and Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Obstetrics, where the greatest physician shortages exist. Today, about 12 percent of doctors are osteopathic physicians and nearly 1 in 3 medical students are attending an osteopathic medical school.

Administrative offices for the osteopathic medical school are temporarily located at the CHSU Clovis Ave campus in their new 9,000 s.f. building.

CHSU’s new Alluvial Ave campus site is located near Temperance Avenue and Highway 168 on approximately 70 acres, located near Clovis Community Medical Center, providing plenty of space for decades of expansion.


The design and architecture for up to 10 colleges in CHSU’s new campus plan, starting with the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Pharmacy, have been in the works for the past 3 years.

The campus will include labs, classrooms, a student center, a library, and an auditorium, along with support buildings.

The University has received overwhelming community support from local leaders in education, hospital administration, the medical profession, public officials, and the business community during the medical school exploratory process.

“The Valley deserves access to higher education, jobs, and quality health care. Having a medical school here in the Valley is the absolute best opportunity for students in small towns and rural areas to become physicians and serve our people. This is a game changer for Hispanic/Latino students and the entire Valley!”

– Prominent business and civic leader, Fred Ruiz, chairman emeritus and co-founder of Dinuba-based Ruiz Foods, previously served on the University of California Board of Regents.

“Adventist Health recognizes the need for more physicians as we seek to care for the medical needs of the many people living in the valley. We are supportive of CHSU’s plans to expand access to physicians who have a desire to serve in rural communities through the establishment of a medical school. We look forward to opportunities to work with CHSU toward our common goal of providing excellent health care to those we serve,”

– Wayne Ferch, President/CEO, Corporate Senior Vice President, Central Valley Region, Adventist Health.

“The City of Clovis works hard to maintain a community where its residents can thrive and have an exceptional quality of life. Post-graduate education is a critical part of this effort and California Health Sciences University’s planned medical school will be an incredible asset for the community to build on. The school will provide critical high-value jobs and medical services for our region reinforcing Clovis as a great place for families to live and work.”

– Nathan Magsig, Mayor of Clovis and Supervisor-Elect for County of Fresno Board of Supervisors.

“The new medical school will be distinguished by its local recruitment mission. The existing UCSF-Fresno residency program supplies many excellent physicians to the Valley. But still, our region is medically underserved, especially in primary care. CHSU will play a special, much-needed role by specifically recruiting local students and giving them a close-to-home avenue to enter the medical profession.”

– Tim Joslin, CEO at Community Medical Centers.

“We expect our proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine to complement the existing medical fellowship and residency programs provided by UCSF-Fresno and Community Medical Centers by attracting a higher number of local students into the field of medicine,” said Dunn.

California Health Sciences University launched its College of Pharmacy in August 2014 when it matriculated over 70 students into the four year Doctor of Pharmacy program, which has a focus on training pharmacists to provide primary care to patients. The University looks forward to hosting its first graduation for the College of Pharmacy program in May 2018.

Wendy Duncan, PhD, was appointed Provost and Dean of Pharmacy at CHSU to lead the University’s College of Pharmacy continued growth and expansion into other programs and colleges.


California Health Sciences University, proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine is seeking accreditation with the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

The proposed CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine can not solicit nor accept applications for students unless provisional accreditation is achieved.

Visit COCA:COM Accreditation Standards and Procedures posted at for more information.