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Various officials break ground on a new home for a planned medical school at California Health Sciences University in Clovis.

published on September 13, 2019 - 1:58 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

California Health Sciences University (CHSU) in Clovis announced its new College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) has successfully advanced in its accreditation process.

The new medical school in Clovis was awarded “Pre-Accreditation” status, following the Commission on Osteopathic Accreditation (COCA) meeting last month. Pre-Accreditation is the highest status an osteopathic medical school can receive prior to graduating its first class. The COCA is empowered by the U.S. Department of Education as the programmatic accreditor for all colleges on osteopathic medicine.

“We are proud to advance to this next step towards accreditation, which is a critical step in the approval process,” said Dr. John Graneto, dean for the CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “The CHSU COM can now offer enrollment to our inaugural class, as well as begin instruction on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.”

Applications for 2020 enrollment began in May. Interviews for the first class began this month and will continue through next spring. The program is expected to matriculate 75 medical students in the first class year, growing to 150 students per class within two years.

Pre-Accreditation provides the CHSU COM with the authority to grant degrees, provide eligibility to graduates for all internship programs in the U.S., and allow for graduates to be licensed in all 50 states.

CHSU medical students will also be eligible for private student loans, scholarships from national organizations and regional foundations, and loan forgiveness programs upon graduation.


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