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The first University of its kind in Fresno County, California Health Sciences University (CHSU) College of Pharmacy graduated its inaugural Doctor of Pharmacy graduates in May 2018. CHSU College of Pharmacy is a four-year pharmacy school in California that provides a Doctor of Pharmacy degree program for students living in the Central Valley, California and throughout the nation.

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About California Health Sciences University (CHSU)

California Health Sciences University was founded in 2012 and is the first university of its kind in the Central Valley. Envisioned by the Assemi family, CHSU offers a local option for students and health care professionals seeking doctoral and post-graduate programs and to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Valley. Students can enjoy the unique combination of high quality of life, affordable cost of living, and plentiful career opportunities the Valley provides. The College of Pharmacy was the first program offered because of the high demand for pharmacists in the region. CHSU plans to open up to 10 post-graduate colleges to train health care professionals in the coming years. The timing and specific discipline for each new school will be determined based on the need and opportunity for job placement within the region.

California Health Sciences University has announced they are working towards developing a proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine program. The proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine will be the first of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is seeking accreditation from 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.

“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 CHSU College of Pharmacy campus is located in Clovis, California, at 120 N. Clovis Avenue, near highway 168 and Herndon Avenue. The 120 building on CHSU’s campus includes: two large classrooms; library; student lounge; faculty and staff offices; and pharmacy practice, compounding, and research labs. The campus was expanded in summer 2016 and the new 45 building includes: a third large classroom, several smaller classrooms for electives, student lounge, faculty offices, and a variety of flexible study spaces. The newest addition is the 65 building, which serves as office space for the proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine program.

Since the Clovis Avenue campus for CHSU can only accommodate the College of Pharmacy and not a full-scale health sciences university with multiple colleges, planning for a new campus at the Clovis Research and Technology Park in Clovis is underway. Located on Alluvial Avenue near Clovis Community Medical Center at Temperance Avenue and Highway 168, the approximately 70 acre site will provide plenty of space for decades of expansion. The design and architecture for up to 10 colleges is planned, starting with the CHSU proposed College of Osteopathic Medicine building. The campus will include labs, classrooms, a student center, a library, and an auditorium, along with support buildings. The campus will ultimately approach 2,000 students and nearly 300 faculty and staff.

With construction starting in 2018, the university hopes to have the first building at the new campus completed in spring 2020. 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 is proudly guided by a stellar Board of Trustees from varying health care, education and business backgrounds. Long-time educator and community leader, Dr. John D. Welty, President Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, serves as the Board Chair and has 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 new 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 Central California hospitals, like Community Medical Centers, Kaiser Permanente, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Kern County Hospital to name a few and physician groups such as Santé Community Physicians and other group facilities, independent medical doctors and pharmacists.”

The university will also serve as a means of securing the Valley’s health care system by recruiting local talent and working to retain graduates here in the Valley.

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About CHSU College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy was selected as the first school to open based on a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic that estimates the employment of pharmacists will increase by 14% over the next 10 years. While this national figure shows this employment rate increase is the same for all other occupations, it’s important to note that we have one of the greatest need for pharmacists in the Central Valley.

Wendy Duncan, PhD serves as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean of Pharmacy at California Health Sciences University. Duncan comes to CHSU from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she served as Dean in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Professor. She also previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Pharmacy, and Professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

“Our curriculum demands much of our students. Graduates will be expected to do whatever it takes to integrate our fragmented healthcare system and expand their core competencies to ensure cost-effective, patient-centered care. Our curriculum has been designed to provide the necessary challenges and experiences to make this expectation a reality. Our student support systems have been carefully designed to foster professional development and intellectual growth so that our graduates – every one of them – are equipped to master the trials and tribulations that such professional leadership entails,” states Dr. Duncan.

CHSU students will learn contemporary pharmacy practice and how to provide primary patient care in collaboration with physicians. This is what separates our students from other pharmacy schools in California. Students will refine their clinical skills under direct supervision of practicing pharmacists and physicians during rotations at hospitals, clinics and community pharmacies. CHSU’s innovative team-based learning curriculum includes:

pharmaceutical sciences
biomedical sciences
patient care courses
physical assessment labs

“We believe that EVERYONE can succeed, given sufficient personal effort, “said Dr. Duncan. “Yes, you will be challenged here. But we know that you have what it takes to make it.”