California Health Sciences University (CHSU-COM)


California Health Sciences University/ / College of Osteopathic Medicine / 65 N. Clovis Avenue / Clovis, CA 93612


Phone: (559) 712-4200



School Type
Whether the school confers an MD or DO degree, is an international (Intl) school for Americans or is a Canadian (CA) school
Year Founded
US News Rank - Research
US News Rank - Primary Care
Out-of-state tuition, from cheap ($) to obscenely expensive ($$$$$)
Weather Rating
How nice is the weather, from crappy () to excellent ()
City Size
< 4M

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Median GPA
Median MCAT
Research Rating
A combination of factors to show the school's research ranking and research opportunities, from very little research () to lots ()
Out-of-State Rating
Whether the school is very out-of-state friendly (), somewhat friendly (), not friendly (), or in-state only ()
International Friendly
How friendly the school is toward international applicants
Med School Class Size
Class sizes range from 40 students to 400
Letters of Rec Required
DO letter Recommended
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Secondary Essays

Secondary Essay Difficulty
How many essays, how long, and how unusual the prompts, from easy () to brutal ()
Screen Before Secondaries
Does the school read your primary before sending a secondary?
Typical Secondary Release Date
When does a school usually release its secondary relative to other med schools (though it may vary from year to year)?
Secondary Fee
Other Tests


Interview Type
Interview Invites Begin
Interview Format
MMI - Multiple Mini Interview; Traditional - two-way conversation
Accepts Updates?
Does the school accept update letters?

Secondary Essay Prompts

California Health Sciences University (CHSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM Mission The CHSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s mission is to: 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 health care 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.

Essay Topics (2019-2020)

1. Explain how CHSU-COM may benefit the California Central Valley. How might the presence of an osteopathic medical school affect the local community over the next twenty years? (250 words)

2. CHSU-COM values a diverse student body that reflects our region and our world. Please explain how you would contribute to diversity at CHSU-COM. (250 words)

3. Describe any education, work experience, extracurricular activities, or volunteer opportunities that have contributed to your motivation to enter the field of medicine. (250 words)

4. Describe a situation in which you felt you were able to make a significant contribution or to show leadership. What was the biggest challenge in that situation and what was the biggest reward? (250 words)

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