California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine
CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Mission
To graduate exceptional Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine by:
1. Inspiring a diverse student body to commit to careers that serve our region, with a focus on recruiting students from the Central Valley;
2. Developing compassionate, highly trained, intellectually curious, adaptive leaders capable of meeting the healthcare needs of the future through a performance-based education;
3. Empowering people to teach, serve, research, innovate, and practice collaboratively in areas of skill and expertise in disciplines related to osteopathic medicine.
California Health Sciences University (CHSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) is poised to make history, and you can be part of that dream. Located in the beautiful town of Clovis, within the agriculturally rich Central Valley, the new CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) is the first medical school in the region and the third College of Osteopathic Medicine in California.
Aligned with the University mission, the College of Osteopathic Medicine hopes to recruit, train and retain future physicians – like you – to serve the Central Valley of California, especially the underserved population.
Our CHSU Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program utilizes small group learning and incorporates the latest technology in anatomy and ultrasound in our Simulation Center. Our Osteopathic Principles and Practices/Clinical Skills lab optimizes learning with a hands-on treatment modality to promote health and wellness, optimize recovery from musculoskeletal trauma, disease and post-surgical conditions, and help prevent illness.
Facilitated by our team of dedicated educators, our innovative program is designed to train caring and competent physicians. With proper nutrition being essential to good health, we’ve included it throughout the curriculum. We have also encompassed early service learning opportunities for students to be embedded in the agricultural-based community.
Clovis, CA in Medical/Technology Park: Suburban, 4 miles east of Fresno. Fresno Yosemite International Airport , which services 8 airlines, is approximately 9 miles away from the campus. Restaurants, shopping, and affordable housing are all conveniently available in walking or short-driving distance. Since we are centrally located, trips to the coastal beach, beautiful mountains, and major cities are feasible between a 1.5 to 3.5 hour drive.
Year founded: 2016
Type: Private, for-profit
CHSU-COM Is progressing along the expected pathway towards accreditation with the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
- California Health Sciences University
- Construction of our new College of Osteopathic Medicine facility is underway on our new campus at 2500 Alluvial Avenue in Clovis, California with target completion date of early spring 2020. The facility includes a state-of-the-art, 90,000 square foot building with 2nd and 3rd stories offering beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. There are two, large classrooms which are well-designed for comfort and include technology enhanced features to facilitate the active-learning curriculum. Two unique features of our facility are the Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen, which allows students to learn the importance of proper diet in relation to good health, and the 20,000 square foot Simulation Center, which is appointed with leading edge technology and enables students to learn in a safe environment that combines technology and human-simulated experiences of real-world situations before seeing actual patients in clinical settings.
Student residence options:
CHSU-COM does not yet have on-campus housing; however, our region is known for our quality and affordable housing options. There are several thousand housing units available to rent, lease or purchase within 10 miles of the campus. These properties offer a wide range of rental rates ($600-$1,500/month), depending on number of bedrooms, amenities, etc. The university can provide a list of suggested properties upon request.
- Total medical school enrollment: 0
- Total male: 0
- Total female: 0
- First-year enrollment: 0
- First-year male: 0
- First-year female: 0
- First-year in-state: 0
- First-year out-of-state: 0
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 250
The CHSU-COM curriculum is a 4-year, full-time program leading to the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). The COM will utilize a modified two-pass systems-based curricular model for learning in years one and two to improve knowledge, retention, and performance. This model integrates:
• Realistic patient scenarios with scientific principles
• Problem solving skills for critical thinking
• Active learning techniques
• Clinical practice in simulation
• Dedicated COMLEX prep time
• HoloAnatomy in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Medical knowledge, osteopathic manipulative medicine, clinical skills, nutrition as medicine and patient-centered care are also components of this unique curricular model.
Team-Based Learning (TBL) is one of the facilitated, small group methods for teaching during the first two years of the curriculum, supplemented with clinical skills, labs, simulation, standardized patient encounters, team projects, independent study, inter-professional collaboration, community outreach and service learning.
There are 9 hospital systems within an hours drive and physicians from all of these are supporting the development of clerkship opportunities. Students will rotate through clerkships in the following areas:
• Family Medicine
• Internal Medicine (general and specialty)
• Surgery (general and specialty)
• Obstetrics and Gynecology
• Behavioral Medicine
• Community Health Centers
• Federally Qualified Health Centers
• Additional Primary Care Clerkships
• Emergency Medicine
• Various Elective and Subspecialty
Dual Degree Programs
MCAT Prep Course
Admissions Process & Application Information
CHSU-COM seeks to admit those students who possess the academic, professional, and personal qualities necessary to become exemplary osteopathic physicians. CHSU-COM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. To be competitive within this process, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.
The AACOMAS application and all other required materials to be provided to AACOMAS, which include MCAT scores, official transcripts, and required letters of recommendation, must be received in the Office of Admissions on or before March 1st. Qualified applicants will then be invited to complete the Supplemental Application, including taking CASPer (takecasper.com). Upon completion of the Supplemental Application process, including the application fee, qualified candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview. Taking a holistic approach to admissions, the Admissions committee will review the entire application package and interview performance and make recommendations to the Dean for admittance. The Dean will make final admission decisions and candidates will then be notified of their acceptance into the CHSU-COM. Visit osteopathic.chsu.edu/admissions for the CHSU-COM Admissions requirements.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/2/2019)
- Primary application deadline: 3/1/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/1/2020
- Submission timing for best consideration: Apply early for maximum competitiveness.
First-Year Class Matriculant’s Selection Factors
Accepted students must meet all of the admissions requirements as listed on our website at osteopathic.chsu.edu/admissions. CHSU-COM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle. To be competitive within this process, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle.
National averages for qualifying GPA and MCAT scores for matriculating in an Osteopathic Medical College for the current year can be found at https://www.aacom.org/become-a-doctor/applying/general-admission-requirements. A competitive applicant will likely have one or more of the following or similar qualities:
• A demonstrated commitment to health care as evidenced by volunteer or employment in a health care setting;
• A demonstrated commitment to or understanding of the osteopathic medical profession (e.g. shadowing one or more osteopathic physician);
• Service to the community (e.g. volunteer humanitarian/altruistic works);
• A determination to learn the continued advancements in biomedical sciences through research and other scholarly activities.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes
- Oldest MCAT considered: December 2017
- Accept September 2019 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2020 MCAT scores: No
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 6/1/2019
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/1/2020
- Supplemental application requirements:
Completed supplemental application, complete CASPer, and pay required fees, which include an additional CASPer fee.
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Supplemental application will be emailed to all screened applicants who meet the admission requirements.
- Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable
The interview will be completed in-person by one or more members of the faculty. The purpose of the interview is to assess oral communication skills, leadership skills, professionalism, teamwork and the applicant’s potential to be an osteopathic physician. The interview will also assess an applicant’s ability to complete the program successfully and advance in the field of Osteopathic Medicine as a contributing member of a patient care team. If an applicant is offered an interview, the applicant will be provided several interview dates from which to choose. All travel arrangements will be at the applicant’s own cost. The Interviewers will score the applicant’s interview and forward their findings to the Admissions Staff. The Admissions Committee will then review the entire Admissions File for each applicant and will make recommendations regarding admission of each applicant to the Dean, California Health Sciences University for final decision.
- Human Biology, 8 semester hours
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
- Inorganic or General Chemistry, 4 semester hours
- Physics, 8 semester hours
- College English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 4 semester hours
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a deposit, according to the following AACOMAS traffic guideline schedule:
- Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14
- Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days
- Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days
- Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit
- Earliest acceptance date: 8/1/2019
- Latest acceptance date: 7/19/2020
- Deferred entrance requests considered: Yes, Deferments are only considered under extreme circumstances and will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. If granted by the Dean, a student may defer their admission for one year only.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/20/2020
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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|Black or African American||NA|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||NA|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Fees may vary per academic year
- 2018-19 annual resident tuition: $52,000
- 2018-19 annual non-resident tuition: $52,000
- 2018-19 annual resident fees: $5,000
- 2018-19 annual non-resident fees: $5,000
- 2018-19 annual health insurance fee: $2,800 -fee applicable to those who are not insured.
- Fees include: Student Services, Technology
- Technology Fee: $5,000
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $24,582
- Average 2018 graduate indebtedness: $322,278
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 0%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: NA