California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Clovis, CA
COVID-19 Related Information
Offers Virtual Interviews: Yes, but only during affected times of social distancing
Requires a letter from a physician: DO or MD Letter Required
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements: Yes, but only for 2020 coursework
Accepts Online Lab Coursework: Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework: Yes
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.
Located in the beautiful Fresno suburb of Clovis, within the agriculturally rich California Central Valley, the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM) is the first full 4–year medical school in the region and the third College of Osteopathic Medicine in California.
Aligned with the University mission, the College of Osteopathic Medicine strives to recruit, train and retain future physicians to serve the Central Valley of California, especially the underserved population.
CHSU-COM utilizes small group learning and incorporates the latest technology such as holographic anatomy and handheld ultrasound throughout our curriculum. Our Osteopathic Principles and Practices/Clinical Skills lab optimizes learning with a hands-on diagnosis and 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. Because proper nutrition is essential to good health, we have included Nutrition as a component throughout the curriculum. We have also designed early service–learning opportunities in which students will be embedded in a community health care facility.
Clovis, CA: Suburban, 4 miles east of Fresno. Fresno Yosemite International Airport, which services 8 airlines, is minutes 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 coastal beaches, beautiful mountains, and major cities are within a few hours’ drive.
Year founded: 2016
Type: Private, for-profit
CHSU-COM has achieved Pre-Accreditation status which is the highest level of accreditation awarded to a new COM until graduating its first class. Graduates of Pre-Accredited COMs receive the DO degree, participate in the Residency Match, enter all residency programs and achieve licensure in all 50 states.
- California Health Sciences University
- Our new College of Osteopathic Medicine building at 2500 Alluvial Avenue in Clovis, California welcomes its inaugural class in July 2020. The facility includes a state-of-the-art, 90,000 square foot 3 story building offering views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. There are large classrooms which are designed for comfort and include technology–enhanced features to facilitate the active-learning curriculum. Unique features of our facility are the Teaching and Demonstration Kitchen, which allows students and the community to learn the importance of proper diet in relation to good health. The 20,000 square foot Simulation Center is appointed with leading edge technology enabling students and residents to learn in a safe environment that combines technology and simulated experiences of real-world situations in both an outpatient 12 room clinic setting as well as a seven bed hospital wing.
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 more than enough housing units available to rent, lease or purchase within a few miles of the campus. These properties offer a wide range of very affordable rental rates ($600-$1,500/month), depending on number of bedrooms, amenities, etc.
- 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
Learning Years 1 & 2
The COM utilizes a two-pass, systems–based, clinically integrated curricular model to improve knowledge, retention, and performance. This model integrates:
- Problem solving skills for critical thinking
- Active learning techniques
- Early Service Learning Experiences
- Simulated Clinical practice
- Dedicated COMLEX prep time
- Holographic Anatomy in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
- Osteopathic Principles and Practice
- Nutrition as Medicine
- Medical Spanish
A primary teaching method during the first two years of the curriculum is Team-based Learning (TBL) supplemented with:
- Clinical skills and practical lab sessions
- In–Patient Hospital Simulation and Outpatient standardized patient encounters
- Team projects
- Interprofessional collaboration
- Community outreach and service learning
- Research and scholarly activities
Research & Scholarly Activity
Every medical student will participate in:
- A longitudinal clinical experience beginning in year 1
- A population health/community medicine project throughout all years
- Developing a final poster, presentation or publication
Clinical clerkships during years 3 and 4 are based at regional hospitals, clinics, and health care facilities with health care providers in the community.
There are 9 hospital systems within driving distance of CHSU, with ample clinical settings for learning in year 3 and 4.
Medical 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
The 4th year of medical school has ample opportunities for audition rotations to prepare for the residency match. Required clerkships in year 4 include:
• Community Health Centers
• Primary Care
• Emergency Medicine
• Specialty Medicine
Dual Degree Programs
MCAT Prep Course
Pre-Med Boot Camp
MCAT Prep Course
Pre-Med Boot Camp
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 cycle. The AACOMAS application and all other required materials, which include MCAT scores, official transcripts, and required letters of recommendation, must be received by the Office of Admissions on or before February 1, 2021.
Qualified applicants will then be invited to complete the Supplemental Application process, which includes completion of the CASPer™ situational judgment test (takecasper.com) and payment of the Supplemental Application Fee. Upon completion of the Supplemental Application process, selected candidates will be invited for a virtual interview. Taking a holistic approach to admissions, the Admissions Committee will review the entire application package and interview performance prior to making a recommendation to the Dean. The Dean will make the final admissions decision and the candidate will then be notified by the Admissions Office. Visit osteopathic.chsu.edu/admissions for the CHSU-COM Admissions requirements.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/5/2020)
- Primary application deadline: 2/1/2021
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2021
- Submission timing for best consideration: 9/30/2020
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. 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 desire to contribute to advancements in biomedical sciences through research and other scholarly activities.
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: No
- Oldest MCAT considered: January 2018
- Accept September 2020 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2021 MCAT scores: No
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2020
- Supplemental application deadline: 3/1/2021
- Supplemental application requirements:
Completed supplemental application, payment of the supplemental application fee, and completed CASPer test (which requires an additional CASPer fee paid to Altus Assessments).
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
- Supplemental application sent to the following prospective students:
Supplemental application will be provided for all screened applicants who meet the admission requirements.
- Supplemental application fee: $50, non-refundable
The interview will be completed in-person with one or more members of the faculty. The purpose of the interview is to assess oral communication skills, professionalism, 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 for final decision.
- Biology, 8 semester hours
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
- Inorganic or General Chemistry, 4 semester hours
- Physics, 8 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 3 semester hours
- English, 6 semester hours
Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a refundable 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
- After May 15 of the year of matriculation, each medical college may implement college-specific procedures for accepted students who hold one or more seats at other medical colleges
- Earliest acceptance date: 9/15/2020
- Latest acceptance date: 7/19/2021
- 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: 7/20/2021
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants
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|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||N/A|
Majors of First-Year Matriculants
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Fees may vary per academic year
- 2020-21 annual resident tuition: $55,500
- 2020-21 annual non-resident tuition: $55,500
- 2020-21 annual resident fees: $220
- 2020-21 annual non-resident fees: $220
- 2020-21 annual health insurance fee: $2,950 (estimate)
- Fees include: Student Services, Events
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $25,523
- Average 2019 graduate indebtedness: N/A
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $2,000
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes, refundable
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 0%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: N/A
Contacts & Additional Resources
2500 Alluvial Ave.
Clovis, CA 93611
Main phone: (559) 712-4200
Phone: (559) 712-4222