California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Location: Clovis, CA
COVID-19 Related Information
Osteopathic Medical Schools Adapt Admissions Processes in Response to COVID-19
Interview options for 2022-2023 cycle: Mainly virtual
Physician letter required? Yes, from a DO or MD
Shadowing options: Shadowing Not Required
Accepts online coursework to fulfill prerequisite requirements? Yes
Accepts prerequisite coursework pass/fail grades? Yes, but only for courses taken in semesters affected by COVID.
Waives MCAT exam requirements for applicants for the 2022-2023 application cycle? No
Accepts online 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 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.
- California Health Sciences University
- 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.
- Total medical school enrollment: 196
- Total male: 100
- Total female: 96
- First-year matriculants: 121
- First-year male matriculants: 63
- First-year female matriculants: 57
- Matriculants in-state: 103
- Matriculants out-of-state: 18
- Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 277
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
- Behavioral Medicine
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
Dual Degree Programs
MCAT Prep Course
Workshop for local students, to strengthen their MCAT preparation and study habits
Pre-Med Boot Camp
Workshop for local students, to help them prepare for medical school applications and the rigor of being a medical student.
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 on or before March 1, 2023. Qualified applicants will then be invited to complete the Supplemental Application process, which includes two essays, an Evaluator Identification Verification, 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 more information about CHSU-COM’s Admissions requirements.
- Primary application service: AACOMAS
- Earliest application submission date: Opening Date of AACOMAS (5/4/2022)
- Primary application deadline: 3/1/2023
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/1/2023
- Submission timing for best consideration: For best consideration, applications should be submitted no later than fall 2022.
First-Year Class Matriculant’s Selection Factors
Accepted students must meet all 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. Applicants are encouraged to review average statistics of matriculated CHSU-COM students, which are offered on the CHSU-COM webpage at https://osteopathic.chsu.edu/prospective-student/#admissions-requirements
Minimum Requirements, 2022-2023 Application Cycle:
- Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Overall Cumulative and Science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
– If a student has retaken a course multiple times, all grades received for that course will be accounted for in calculating the cumulative GPA.
- Minimum MCAT: 498, with no subsection below the 15th percentile
– Scores from January 1, 2020 or later will be accepted
- Satisfactorily complete Prerequisite Courses prior to matriculation
– Must be completed with a C or better
– Advanced Placement credits will be accepted for English
– Must be completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
– One physician (D.O. or M.D.)
– One Science Faculty who has instructed the student
– NOTE: A pre-med or pre-health committee letter that includes items listed above will satisfy the requirements
- U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, or DACA Recipient
International students (non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents) considered: Yes. 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.
- Oldest MCAT considered: 1/1/2020
- Accept September 2022 MCAT scores: Yes
- Accept January 2023 MCAT scores: Yes
Accepted Sources for Letters of Recommendation
The CHSU-COM Admissions team receives a lot of questions from applicants about what they can do to set themselves apart and make their application stand out. Generally, we have found that a competitive applicant will demonstrate one or more of the following:
- Experience working or volunteering in a health care setting
- A commitment to or understanding of osteopathic medicine
- Service to the community
- Research and other scholarly activities
- Supplemental application required? Yes
- Earliest supplemental application submission date: 7/1/2022
- Supplemental application deadline: 4/1/2023
- Supplemental application requirements:
– Completed supplemental essays
– Evaluator Identification Verification
– Payment of the supplemental application fee
- Fee waiver available: Yes
- Waiver conditions:
CHSU-COM honors the AACOMAS fee waiver, and will grant these applicants a waiver of the CHSU-COM supplemental application fee.
- 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: $100, non-refundable
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.
- Biology/Zoology, 8 semester hours
- Organic Chemistry, 8 semester hours
- Inorganic Chemistry, 4 semester hours
- Physics, 8 semester hours
- English, 6 semester hours
- Behavioral Sciences, 3 semester hours
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
- Earliest acceptance date: 9/15/2022
- Latest acceptance date: 7/18/2023
- Deferred entrance requests considered: With compelling justification provided, a request for deferred entrance may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Orientation / start date for first-year students: 7/19/2023
Early Decision Program
- Early Decision Program (EDP) offered: No
First-Year Class Matriculants (Entering Class 2021)
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Majors of First-Year Matriculants (Entering Class 2020)
Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees
Fees may vary per academic year
- 2021-22 annual resident tuition: $57,500
- 2021-22 annual non-resident tuition: $57,500
- 2021-22 annual resident fees: $2,282
- 2021-22 annual non-resident fees: $2,282
- 2021-22 annual health insurance fee: $3,241
- Fees include:
- STRF Fee
- Estimated annual room, board, books and living costs: $36,827
- Average 2021 graduate indebtedness: N/A
- Amount of deposit to hold place in class: $1,250, partially refundable.
Students choosing not to attend CHSU-COM after paying the Seat Deposit fee will receive a refund of the Seat Deposit; $1,100 refundable for those students without supplemental application fee waiver; $1,000 refundable for those students who used a supplemental application fee waiver.
- Additional deposit amount: $0
- Deposit applied to tuition: Yes
- Financial Aid Website
- Enrolled students with federal financial aid: 0%
- Scholarships: Yes
- Average scholarship/grant: N/A
Contacts & Additional Resources
California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine
2500 Alluvial Ave.
Clovis, CA 93611
Main phone: (559) 712-4200
Phone: (559) 712-4222