California Health Sciences University

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Leslie Williams
Director of Admissions


120 N. Clovis Ave.
Clovis, California 93612

Phone (Work): 559-374-2004

Phone (Fax): 559-473-1487

Hope Lemons
Outreach and Admissions Advisor


120 N. Clovis Ave
Clovis, California 93612

Phone (Work): 559-573-8124


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Candidate

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
  • Dates



    For more information, and to RSVP, please visit our website at, or call Ms. Hope Lemons Outreach and Admissions Advisor, at 559-325-3600 x. 150.

Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • No Satellite Campuses

Program Description (back to top)

The central mission of California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy is to improve the healthcare outcomes of people living in Central California by providing highly trained, collaborative and compassionate pharmacists, committed to practicing at the top of their licenses. It strives to fulfill its mission in three ways:


1)      By providing a challenging, pioneering curriculum that is supported by cutting-edge pedagogy and a culture of growth and success;

2)      By engaging in impactful community engagement – both to support regional health outcomes and to engender students’ enthusiasm for and commitment to serving the healthcare needs of the people of the Central Valley, and;

3)      By providing opportunities for students to participate in interprofessional practice, leadership and scholarly activities so that they are capable, upon graduation, to engage boldly in all their pursuits.


After four years of study at CHSU, graduates will be able to: Provide primary patient care in collaboration with other health care professionals; Improve patient care outcomes; Formulate evidence-based pharmacotherapy consultations; Manage pharmacy and other health care resources; Initiate strategies for promoting health, wellness, and disease prevention; Maintain a professional and caring pharmacist-patient relationship; and Continue to engage in self-directed learning. CHSU's doctor of pharmacy curriculum contains both didactic and experiential components. All of the didactics are provided in a team-based learning format (TBL). In TBL students work in teams and are always actively engaged in learning.


TBL emphasizes critical thinking, problem-solving and team work.  The experiential curriculum provides students with increasingly complex opportunities to observe and engage in the practical application of their growing knowledge. IPPE I, occurring between the first and second year, focuses on community-based practice. IPPE II, occurring between the second and third years, focuses on practice in the hospital environment. IPPE III is a unique stepping stone that occurs during the third year which prepares students to enter their advanced practice experience with confidence and agility. The APPEs are full-time, six-week rotations including hospital pharmacy practice, community pharmacy practice, and primary care under the supervision of a physician. CHSU’s dedicated Experiential Learning team is committed to identifying and developing relationships for our students’ rotation sites.


Fostering student success is the cornerstone for CHSU’s student support services.  With a 10:1 student to faculty ratio and high touch student support services, CHSU is committed to offering programs and services designed to graduate successful pharmacists.  Starting with Student Orientation to Career Services, CHSU offers resources and support that address the changing needs of our pharmacy students.  CHSU is a new university located in the culturally diverse Central Valley region, which provides students with affordable housing, high quality of life, and plentiful job opportunities.  By achieving Candidate accreditation status with ACPE, our students have the same rights as full accreditation allowing them to take the pharmacy board exams upon graduation and providing the reassurance they need to select our new, innovative pharmacy program. For more information regarding CHSU College of Pharmacy, please visit our website at

California Health Sciences University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.



Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 190-250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 84
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 84
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7 preferred
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7 preferred
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 45%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.1
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21-47
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 6:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72 preferred minimum
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 33
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 108 preferred minimum
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72 preferred minimum  108 preferred minimum 
General Chemistry with Laboratories   12 
Organic Chemistry with Laboratories  12 
General Biology with Laboratories  12 
Psychology or equivalent course 
Economics or equivalent course 
Public Speaking or equivalent course 
Additional coursework  27  40.5 

Additional Information

In addition to the 45 required semester credits of specified prerequisite courses, CHSU prefers that applicants have an additional 27 semester credits in subjects of their choice.  Total number of preferred completed semester credits is 72.

Applicants must provide evidence of successful completion of pre-requisite coursework in addition to completing a minimum of two years of college coursework totalling 72 semester credits or more. All coursework must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Overall preferred grade point average (GPA) is 2.7 (4.0 scale), with no grade below a "C-" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in any pre-requisite course.

The applicant's pre-requisite coursework must be completed by July 31, 2019.

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



The TOEFL is required only for non-US citizens who have not studied at an English-speaking institution. In that case, the applicant must take the TOEFL iBT and receive a score of at least 23 on the speaking section of the exam.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/01/2019 Received by deadline

Qualified candidates must either be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents.  If candidate is a foreign citizen he/she must be a U.S. Permanent Resident or have dual citizenship.  

If applicant has attended a college or university outside the United States, he or she must submit an official, detailed course-by-course evaluation prepared by World Education Service (WES) to PharmCAS. 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Three letters of reference are required.  One must come from a professor from whom the applicant has taken a course The other two can come from any one of the following: pre-health advisor, current or previous employer, health professional, professional associate, or faculty member.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Politician
  • Teaching Assistant

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • September 2018 through May 2019

The purpose of the interview process is to assess the candidate's communication skills, dedication to the profession of pharmacy and to assess proficiency, motivations, and preparedness for the PharmD. program. The interview is an all-day process and will consist of multiple parts - some of which will be evaluated and some of which are informational.  Please contact the Office of Admission's for further information.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are emailed following the applicant interview on a continuing basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Candidates are given one week to provide a response to an acceptance offer
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $250.00
Due: Depending on the month of offer, within 7-14 days of the offer
Refundable? No
Details: This deposit will be placed toward the tuition costs.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 12-16, 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 19, 2019
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes