Academic Programs

What can I study at the California Northstate University (CNU) College of Health Sciences (CHS)?
The CHS offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences and a non-degree program for post-baccalaureate students. At the undergraduate level, students choose from one of three unique concentrations in our Traditional program designed to be completed in four years, or the BS-MD or BS-PharmD Combined Programs.

The Traditional program includes the following areas of concentration: Human Biology provides a solid education in biomedical science while meeting the course requirements of most health professional graduate programs such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. Biopsychology is appropriate for students who desire preparation for professional health schools and who are also interested in the science of human behavior, mental health, and mental illness. Health Science Administration is offered for students who wish to work in the administrative side of healthcare delivery; the curriculum includes introductory science in the first year, which is essential for understanding the basics of human biology and chemistry, followed by courses relevant to business and management.

BS-MD Combined Programs:
The BS-MD Combined Programs allow qualified students to complete a BS and MD in pathway programs from the College of Health Sciences to the College of Medicine:
2 + 4 = Two years of undergraduate plus four years of Medicine = BS in Health Sciences and MD degree in six years instead of the traditional eight years to complete both programs.
3 + 4 = Three years of undergraduate plus four years of Medicine = BS in Health Sciences and MD degree in seven years instead of the traditional eight years to complete both programs.
4 + 4 = Four years of undergraduate plus four years of Medicine = BS and MD in eight years.

BS-PharmD Combined Programs:
The BS-PharmD Combined Programs allow qualified students to complete a BS and PharmD in pathway programs from the College of Health Sciences to the College of Pharmacy in six to seven years instead of the traditional eight years:
2 + 4 = Two years of undergraduate plus four years of Pharmacy = BS in Health Sciences and PharmD degree.
3 + 4 = Three years of undergraduate plus four years of Pharmacy = BS in Health Sciences and PharmD degree.

Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate(PMPB):
The College of Health Sciences offers a Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate for students who aspire to enter into an advanced degree program in one of the healthcare professions. This comprehensive one-year experience prepares students for admission to professional health schools.  It is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree who have already completed all of the prerequisites for professional school, but seek to improve or add to their admissions profile.

Does admission to one of the combined programs guarantee admission to the College of Medicine or the College of Pharmacy?
The College of Medicine (COM) grants an interview to qualified students admitted to the 2+4 and 3+4 combined programs conditional upon the student’s success in meeting all of the following requirements:

  • maintaining an average GPA of 3.50
  • participating in at least one community service event annually
  • adhering to the academic integrity and good conduct policy
  • earning a minimum score of 510 on the MCAT

The College of Medicine (COM) grants an interview to qualified students admitted to the 4+4 combined programs conditional upon the student’s success in meeting all of the following requirements:

  • maintaining an average GPA of 3.40
  • participating in at least one community service event annually
  • adhering to the academic integrity and good conduct policy
  • earning a minimum score of 508 on the MCAT

In addition, for admission to the College of Medicine, students must also successfully pass the COM interview.  The College of Health Sciences holds preparatory mock interviews for our students, and they receive detailed feedback aiming to improve their performance. 

The College of Pharmacy (COP) grants an interview to qualified students admitted to the combined programs provided that they meet all of the following requirements:

  • maintaining an average GPA of 2.60
  • participating in at least one community service event annually
  • adhering to the academic integrity and good conduct policy

What is unique about the CHS?

The CHS provides students a foundation of leadership, research, and community service with elements of high-impact learning. In the traditional Bachelor of Science degree:

  • Year 1 students participate in a College Success Seminar which includes several self-reflection activities and the acquisition of college learning skills.  The students also examine careers in the healthcare professions, explore resources available to them, and learn about policies that affect them. First year biology and chemistry students also participate in the embedded Freshmen Research Experience (FRI).
  • Year 2 students participate in a service-learning project with a CHS community partner. The first semester combines academic studies, experiential learning, and professional development prior to placement in a community agency. The second semester includes meaningful work in the community with a concurrent course to support students as they move from theory to practice.
  • Year 3 and 4 students learn research methods, identify a scholarly research project, and complete and present their research project at the CHS annual Research Symposium.

Other features of our program include:

  • Guaranteed course enrollment (no registration worries)
  • Faculty mentoring (study and research with our award-winning faculty)
  • Leadership opportunities (community service learning and other options)
  • Small classes in a focused and collaborative academic environment

How long will it take me to complete my program of study at CHS?

It takes four years to complete the traditional Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, provided that the student successfully completes the coursework.  Students who are admitted to the 2+4 or 3+4 BS-MD or BS-PharmD Combined Programs and subsequently meet all the requirements for entry into CNU’s COM or COP may complete the requirements for the BS in Health Sciences after beginning the CNU medical or pharmacy program, so that the combined bachelors and professional programs may then be completed in six or seven years, instead of the typical eight years to complete both programs. 

The PMPB is one year.

Is CHS a good choice for my future career goals?

The Human Biology and Biopsychology concentrations at CNU CHS provide core science and math classes, which are excellent preparation for professional degree programs, including medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, veterinary medicine, and several other graduate-level programs. The Health Sciences Administration concentration is a good option for students interested in the administrative or business side of healthcare delivery, law school or MBA programs. CHS also has comprehensive career services for all enrolled students.

Is CHS accredited?

Yes, all of California Northstate University’s programs are regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

What is the cost of your program?

Tuition for the 2017/2018 academic year is $32,700 plus fees.

Admissions

What are your application cycle dates and deadlines?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Admission Date

 

Application Opens

 

Deadline

 

Fall Semester

August 1 of previous year

October 31: Priority for Combined Programs application

April 1: Last day to apply for fall term

 

How does CHS make admissions decisions?

The goal of the admission decision process is to identify and select applicants who have an excellent chance of success, are most likely to thrive at our campus, and will enhance the University’s academic and cultural community. The Admissions Committee employs a holistic review, relying on both quantitative and qualitative indicators, to admit the most qualified applicants. All applicants are required to submit transcripts, standardized test scores, and a personal statement as part of their application to CHS.

Do you prefer SAT or ACT exam scores?

The CHS will accept either SAT and ACT scores. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide all SAT and ACT scores because the Admissions Committee will use the best scores from all tests to determine admissions and class placement. Please note the codes for CHS are: SAT - 7669 and ACT ‐7032.

Does CHS accept transfer students?

Yes! Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an appointment to have your transfer work evaluated.  Transfer students will not be directly admitted to the 2+4, 3+4, or 4+4 programs.  However, they can be admitted to the Traditional program and then petition to change into one of the combined programs if they excel in their studies in the CHS.

Does CHS accept out of state students?

Yes, and they are charged the same tuition rate as California residents.

Does CHS accept international students?

The CHS is now accepting applications from international students. For more information go to: International Admission Requirements

What am I committing to if I send in my Enrollment Agreement and registration fee?

All students and their parents should consider the offer of admission to our program carefully.  By submitting the Enrollment Agreement and the enrollment fee, the student is committing to attend the program to which they were admitted.  We understand that sometimes situations may occur after the student commits to a college or university that will prevent them from attending.  In that case, we ask that the student let us know as soon as possible via email that they are not able to attend.  That way we can offer the seat to a deserving student on the waiting list.  There are no legal ramifications for cancelling the commitment; however, cancelling late means that students on the waiting list are notified at a late date and planning for our courses is compromised.  We desire to have students committed to our programs that feel confident that our program is the right program for them.  If there are any questions that we can answer regarding our programs, please contact us. 

FAQ’s for Conditionally Admitted Students

What does it mean to be “conditionally admitted” to your college?

Being conditionally admitted into California Northstate University College of Health Sciences means that the College has determined that your SAT or ACT scores and high school GPA make you eligible for our rigorous and competitive educational healthcare programs.  The College Board provided to us a list of current high school students who are interested in seeking a career in healthcare or health sciences who have met our requirements for admission.

Although you have been contacted because of your impressive qualifications, in order to secure your official admission and for us to retain a space for you in our programs, you will need to complete an application and provide unofficial high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Please to go https://healthsciences.cnsu.edu/ to apply now! The sooner we receive your application and unofficial documents, the sooner we can grant final admission. 

Do you require letters of recommendation for admission?

No. Letters of recommendation are not required.  If you have letters that you would like us to see, you can send us one or two of them to keep with your application.

Do you require an interview for the Combined Programs?

Students applying to the 2+4 BS-MD Combined Programs will be interviewed.  Applicants to our other undergraduate programs are not required to interview.

What is the priority deadline for admission?  What is the regular deadline for admission?

The priority deadline is October 31.  The regular deadline is May 1.  You can find this information on the following webpage: http://healthsciences.cnsu.edu/programs-offered/pre-med-to-md/admissions.

Do your BS-MD programs fill up quickly?

Yes!  We have limited spaces in the BS-MD Combined Programs so we recommend that you apply early.  We have unlimited space in the BS-PharmD Combined Programs and in the traditional Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.

If I am not admitted to my first choice (e.g., the 2+4 BS-MD), will I be considered for your other programs?

Yes!  If you do not meet the requirements for one of our programs, we will automatically admit you to the program for which you do qualify.

What degrees do I earn in the BS-MD Combined Programs?

You will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Medical Doctor (MD) degree with the completion of the combined programs.

What degrees do I earn in the BS-PharmD Combined Programs?

You will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree with the completion of the combined programs.

What percentage of students in your combined programs (BS-MD and BS-PharmD) have completed the program and progressed to the Colleges of Medicine or Pharmacy?

Twenty-two students started our Combined Programs in 2016.  One student in the BS-MD and one student in the BS-PharmD program decided that they wanted to pursue other majors.  The other 20 students are progressing successfully.  Our 2+4 students will be progressing to the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in the fall of 2018.

What is campus life like at the College of Health Sciences?

The College of Health Sciences is a small private college.  Currently there are less than 100 students most of whom are enrolled in the BS-MD or BS-PharmD Combined Programs. 

Although the primary focus is successfully completing the very fast-paced program requirements students are very active in many science based activities, community service learning, and participation in health focused events.

An excellent way to find out more about the campus life at the College of Health Sciences may be from a student’s perspective please go to: See What Students are Saying about CNUCHS .  You can also join one of the schools social media sites located on our website at http://healthsciences.cnsu.edu/

How can I apply for an application fee waiver?

We do not grant application fee waivers.  In addition, California Northstate University does not participate in any federal direct student loan (Title IV) program, any federal veterans benefits (Title 38) program, or any other government student loan program.  Other types of financial assistance are available and are described on the following page: Financial Aid Office.

How do I send you my transcripts and test scores?

We will soon have a feature where applicants can attach a copy of their unofficial high school transcripts and test scores (ACT/SAT) to the application.  Until that link is active, students can email their documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If admitted students have qualifying AP scores, are they able to opt out of certain classes within the curriculum?

Yes!  Professional schools require that students take science and math course in person and do not, usually, accept AP or IB credits in their place.  We do grant AP/IB credit for some of the general studies courses like the first semester of English Composition, US Government, Economics, Psychology, and the like.

What am I committing to if I send in my Enrollment Agreement and registration fee?

All students and their parents should consider the offer of admission to our program carefully.  By submitting the Enrollment Agreement and the enrollment fee, the student is committing to attend the program to which they were admitted.  We understand that sometimes situations may occur after the student commits to a college or university that will prevent them from attending.  In that case, we ask that the student let us know as soon as possible via email that they are not able to attend.  That way we can offer the seat to a deserving student on the waiting list.  There are no legal ramifications for cancelling the commitment; however, cancelling late means that students on the waiting list are notified at a late date and planning for our courses is compromised.  We desire to have students committed to our programs that feel confident that our program is the right program for them.  If there are any questions that we can answer regarding our programs, please contact us. 

Outreach

Can I tour the CHS campus?

You can set up a tour of our campus by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where does CHS recruit?

Currently CHS recruiters work primarily in California, typically attending college fairs sponsored by school districts, individual high schools, and community‐based organizations. We also provide classroom presentations at high schools and community colleges.  Our student ambassadors assist our recruiters at out-of-state events.  We are also active on social media in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

How do I ask a CHS recruiter to attend an event?

For inquiries about recruitment events, please e‐mail Admissions.CHS@cnsu.edu.

What is the CNU Summer Science Program?

The CNU Summer Science Program is a career exploration program for academically talented and motivated high school students. During the week-long exploration, participants will engage with faculty, college students, and leaders in the bio-science field through hands-on activities and discussions. Interactive laboratory activities will guide participants in developing an understanding of numerous health science career pathways, as well as contemporary challenges within these fields.

For specific information go to:  CNU Summer Science Program

Other Topics

I am an educator looking for STEM resources for my classroom. Who do I contact?

The Biology Education to Careers (BETC) Program at CHS provides regional high school science teachers with training and classroom resources they can use to show students the connections between class work and opportunities in the modern life sciences/biology related workplace. BETC offers teachers who have attended our free workshop access to our Equipment Loan Program (ELP), also at no cost. There are three kits available through the ELP:

  • Biotechnology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Transformation

Each loan kit comes with curriculum, equipment, and supplies to run the scenario‐based, hands‐on classroom laboratory activities. BETC also employs student interns to assist in these classroom activities upon availability.

The BETC staff participates in events throughout the region and provides opportunities for students to learn about biotech through different hands‐on activities for students of all ages.

For more information about BETC, please contact Dr. Heather Brown, CHS Dean.

I would like to host CNU CHS students as interns/volunteers at my organization. Who do I contact?
If you would like to become a partner of the CHS Service‐Learning project, please e‐mail Moira Delgado, Director of Student Life and Community Service Learning, at moira.delgado@cnsu.edu.

Who do I contact with additional questions about admissions?
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact

Phone: 916-686-8378
info.chs@cnsu.edu
  

   

   

Address

California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032