California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine - CHSU-COM

Clovis, California

Primary Campus

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General Information

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. 

  • CHSU-COM building
  • Student with virtual reality googles examining the heart
  • Three students practicing heart compressions on a simulated mannekin

Mission Statement

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.
Admissions Processes During the Pandemic

Interview Options: Virtual

Physician letter required? MD or DO

Virtual Shadowing Options? Virtual or In-Person Accepted

Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes

Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes

Only for courses taken in semesters affected by COVID.

Will your institution waive MCAT exam requirements? No

Accepts online lab coursework? Yes

Facilities

Closest City 4 miles east of Fresno

Campus Setting

Suburban

Facilities

Our College of Osteopathic Medicine building at 2500 Alluvial Avenue in Clovis, California welcomed 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 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. Students learn in a safe environment that combines technology and simulated experiences of real-world situations in both an outpatient, 12-room clinic setting and a 7-bed hospital wing.

Student Residence Options

CHSU-COM does not have on-campus housing. There are housing units available to rent, lease or purchase within a few miles of the campus. These properties offer a wide range of affordable rental rates depending on number of bedrooms, amenities, etc.
Accreditation & Affiliation

COM Accreditation Status 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 are eligible to receive the DO degree, participate in the Residency Match, enter all residency programs and achieve licensure in all 50 states. View the COCA Accreditation Standards for additional information.

Institutional Affiliation California Health Sciences University

Student Demographics
  • Entering Class 2022

Academic Year Enrollment

Total Medical School Enrollment

352

Total Male

172

Total Female

178

Total Enrollment Affiliate Institutions

391

First-Year Matriculants

156

First-Year Male Matriculants

71

First-Year Female Matriculants

84

First-Year Other Matriculants

1

Matriculants In-State

143

Matriculants Out-of-State

13

Self-Reported Race/Ethnicity

American Indian/Alaska Native

0.0%

Asian

52.6%

Black/African American

4.5%

Hispanic/Latino

12.2%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0.0%

White

23.7%

Multiple Races

3.8%

Undisclosed

3.2%

Majors of First-Year Matriculants

Science Majors

85.8%

Non-Science Majors

14.2%

Graduate Degrees

19%

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Overview

Private Institution

For Profit

California Health Sciences University

Institutional Affiliation

2016

Year Founded

Suburban

Campus Setting

Main Contact

California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine - CHSU-COM

2500 Alluvial Ave, Clovis, California 93611

Address

(559) 712-4200

Phone

Admissions Office

Curricular Offerings

Learning Years 1 & 2 

  • CHSU-COM utilizes a clinically-integrated two-pass systems-based curricular model, shown to improve knowledge, retention, and performance. This model integrates:
  • Problem solving skills for critical thinking
  • Active learning techniques
  • Early service learning experiences
  • Dedicated COMLEX prep time
  • Holographic Anatomy in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Osteopathic Principles and Practice
  • Health Meets Food, based on Tulane University’s culinary medicine curriculum
  • Medical Spanish (Required)

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
  • Out-Patient standardized patient encounters
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • Research and Learning Opportunities

CHSU-COM trains future physicians to be lifelong learners and champions of evidence-based medicine through their engagement in research and scholarly
activities. Every medical student must participate in a longitudinal clinical experience, beginning in year 1 and extending throughout years 2-3, incorporating a population health/community medicine project, leading to a final poster presentation or publication.

Learning in Years 3 & 4

The core 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 years 3 and 4. Third year Medical Students rotate through clerkships in the following areas:

  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine (general and specialty)
  • Surgery (general and specialty)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Elective

The third-year curriculum also includes dedicated board prep time.

The 4th year of medical school has ample opportunities for audition rotations, for students to showcase their abilities and prepare for the residency match. Required
clerkships in year 4 include:

  • Community Health Center
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Specialty Medicine

Premedical Coursework

Courses below are shown as either Recommended or Required and, when applicable, include the number of semester hours needed.
Science Courses
Anatomy
Recommended
Biochemistry
Recommended
Biology/Zoology
Required

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Inorganic)
Required

8 semester hours

Chemistry (Organic)
Required

8 semester hours

Genetics
Recommended
Immunology
Recommended
Microbiology
Recommended
Physics
Required

8 semester hours

Physiology
Recommended
Non-Science Courses
Behavioral Sciences
Required

3 semester hours

College English
Required

6 semester hours

Admissions

Admissions Process 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 on or before March 1, 2024. Qualified applicants will then be invited to complete the Supplemental Application, which includes two essays, an Evaluator Identification Verification, and payment of the Supplemental Application Fee.

Upon completion of the Supplemental Application, 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 more information about CHSU-COM’s Admissions requirements.

Application Information

Earliest Application Submission Date: May 4, 2023

Primary Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

Submission Timing for Best Consideration

For best consideration, applications should be submitted no later than fall 2023.

First Year Class Matriculant's Selection Factors

Accepted students must meet all the admissions requirements as listed on our website at https://osteopathic.chsu.edu/admissions/#requirements. CHSU-COM uses a rolling admissions process in which applications are reviewed and interview decisions are made at regular intervals during the admissions cycle

International Students Accepted? Accepts International Students

CHSU-COM does not accept international students. CHSU-COM accepts only U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents, and DACA recipients. Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with licensing requirements in the state where they plan to practice, to ensure that their residency status will not limit them from obtaining a medical license.

Application Interview Format: See Below

Candidates will complete an interview 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 and motivation to be an osteopathic physician. If an applicant is offered an interview, they will be provided several interview dates from which to choose. Additional interview details, including other topics and events included in the interview day, will be provided to applicants upon interview invitation.

Supplemental Application

Supplemental Application Required? Yes

  • Completed supplemental essays
  • Evaluator Identification Verification
  • Payment of the supplemental application fee

Earliest Supplemental Application Submission Date: June 1, 2023

Supplemental Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Supplemental Application Sent To: Screened Applicants

Supplemental Application Fee: $100, non-refundable

Supplemental Application Fee Refundable? No

Supplemental Application Fee Waiver Available? Yes

CHSU-COM honors the AACOMAS fee waiver, and will grant these applicants a waiver of the CHSU-COM supplemental application fee.
Acceptances/Deposit Schedule

Earliest Acceptance Date

September 1, 2023

Latest Acceptance Date

July 15, 2024

Orientation/Start Date for First Year Students

July 19, 2024

Deferred Entrance Requests Considered? Yes

With compelling justification provided, a request for deferred entrance may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

30 days. Applicants will be requested to submit necessary matriculation documents, including a refundable deposit, according to the following schedule:

  • Those accepted prior to 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
MCAT/GPA Information

Mean MCAT Score

505.8

Avg. Cum. Undergrad GPA Score

3.47

Oldest MCAT Considered: January 1, 2021

Accept September 2024 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accept January 2025 MCAT Scores? Yes

Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation

  • AACOMAS
  • Interfolio

Main Admissions Contact

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

2023-2024 Academic Year

Tuition

In-State Tuition

$59,950

Out-of-State Tuition

$59,950

Fees

Annual Fees

In-State Resident Fees

$3,041

Out-of-State Resident Fees

$2,282

Health Insurance Fee

$3,241

Tuition Fees Include

Technology (not computer)
Other
STRF Fee

Estimates, Deposits, and More

Estimated Annual Room Board, Books, and Living Costs

$38,816

Average Graduate Indebtedness

N/A

Acceptance Deposit

$1,250

Additional Deposit

$0

Deposit Applied to Tuition? Yes

Deposit Refundable? Yes

Partially refundable. Students choosing not to attend CHSU-COM after paying the Seat Deposit fee will receive a refund of the Seat Deposit, minus the non-fundable portion of $250.
Financial Aid

Percent of Enrolled Students with Financial Aid 0%

Scholarships Offered? No

Annual Scholarship/Grant Per Student: N/A