Academic Program

  • What can I study at the CNU College of Health Sciences (CHS)?

Health Sciences. Students choose from one of three unique concentrations: Human Biology: Provides a solid education in biomedical science while meeting the course requirements of most professional health schools like medicine, pharmacy, dental, optometry, physical therapy and veterinary medicine. Biopsychology: 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: 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.

 

  • Pre-Med to MD Combined Program

Want to start working on an MD degree as an undergraduate?  The Pre-Med to MD Combined Program will allow you to do this.  You can complete a BS and MD in six to seven years instead of the traditional eight years.
2 + 4 = Two years of undergraduate plus four years Doctor of Medicine=BS in Health Sciences and an MD degree
3 + 4 = Three years undergraduate plus four years Doctor of Medicine= BS in Health Sciences and an MD degree

 

  • Pre-Pharm to PharmD Combined Programs

Want to start working on a PharmD degree as an undergraduate?  The Pre-Pharm to PharmD Combined Programs will allow you to do this.  You can complete a BS and PharmD in six to seven years instead of the traditional eight years.
2 + 4 = Two years of undergraduate plus four years Doctor of Pharmacy=BS in Health Sciences and a PharmD degree
3 + 4 = Three years of undergraduate plus four years Doctor of Pharmacy=BS in Health Sciences and a PharmD degree

 

·         Does admission to the combined program guarantee admission to the College of Medicine or the College of Pharmacy?

The College of Medicine (COM) guarantees an interview to students admitted to the combined programs provided that they:

·         maintain an average GPA of 3.5

·         participate in one community service event annually

·         adhere to the academic integrity and good conduct policy

·         earn a minimum score of 510 on the MCAT

In addition, they must successfully pass the COM interview.  The College of Health Sciences holds annual mock interviews for our students to prepare them, and they receive detailed feedback to improve their performance. 

The College of Pharmacy guarantees an interview to students admitted to the combined programs provided that they:

·         Maintain an average GPA of 3.2

·         participate in one community service event annually

·         adhere to the academic integrity and good conduct policy

 

  • Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate

The College of Health Sciences now offers a Pre-Med Post-Baccalaureate for students who aspire for an advanced degree in the health professions. This comprehensive one-year experience prepares students for admission to professional health schools.  Program I is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree who have already completed all of the pre-med prerequisites.

 

  • What is unique about CHS?

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

  • All Year 1 students participate in a College Success Seminar. Students participate in several self-reflection activities; acquire college learning skills; examine careers in the healthcare industry; learn about resources available to them and policies that affect them.
  • In Year 2, students are required to 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 subsequent semester includes meaningful work in the community with a concurrent course to support students as they move from theory into practice.
  • In Year 3, students learn research methods and begin a scholarly research.
  • In Year 4, students complete a scholarly research project

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 at CHS?

The traditional Bachelor of Science degree is expected to take four years for degree completion, with the exception of students who are admitted to the accelerated professional degree programs such the Pre-Med to MD or Pre-Pharm to PharmD Combined Programs.

 

  • 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, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and several other graduate-level programs. The Health Sciences Administration concentration is a good option for students interested in the business side of healthcare delivery or 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 & Colleges (WASC).

 

  • What is the cost of your program?

 

Tuition for the 2017/2018 academic year is $30,844.


 

Admissions

  • What are your application cycle dates and deadlines?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Admission Date

 

 Application Opens

 

Deadline

 

Fall 2017

Currently Open

Priority for Combined Programs: October 31, 2016

First Round: December 1, 2016

Second Round: March 15, 2017

 

  • How does CHS make admissions decisions?

The goal of the admission decision process is to identify and select applicants that 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 Admission 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 the SAT or ACT?

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 a meeting with the Office of Admissions.

 

  • Does CHS accept outofstate students?

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

 

  • Does CHS accept international students?

CNUCHS is now accepting international students. More information on international student will be available soon. If you need to speak to an admissions team member please email admissions.chs@cnsu.edu.

 

  • If I am admitted to College of Health Sciences, does that guarantee me admissions to the CNU College of Pharmacy (COP) or CNU College of Medicine (COM)?

While CHS students will not be guaranteed acceptance into the CNU professional colleges, we do have” programs that will select top performing students for an accelerated track into COP or COM.

Click here for more information about admissions to the CNU College of Pharmacy
Click here for more information about
admissions to the CNU College of Medicine.

 

  • Who do I contact with additional questions about admissions?

Email: admissions.chs@cnsu.edu.

 

·         What am I committing to if I send in my Enrollment Agreement and $100 registration fee:

All students and their parents should consider the offer of admission to our programs carefully.  By submitting the Enrollment Agreement and the $100 registration 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 student on the waiting list.  There are no legal ramifications for cancelling the commitment however, cancelling means that students on the wait list are notified at a late date and planning for our courses is compromised.

 

If there are any questions that we can answer regarding our programs, please contact us.  We desire to have students committed to our programs that feel confident that our program is the right program for them.

 

 

 

Outreach

  • When can I tour the CHS campus?

You can set up a private tour of our campus by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CNU also offers Open House events for students and their families to sample courses and handson lab activities. If you’d like to receive updates, email admissions.chs@cnsu.edu with the title “CHS Listserv.”

 

  • Where does CHS recruit?

Currently CHS recruiters work solely in California, typically attending college fairs sponsored by school districts, individual high schools, and communitybased organizations. We also provide classroom presentations at high schools and community colleges. Check our Recruitment Events Calendar to see if CHS will be at an event near you!

 

  • How do I request that a CHS recruiter attend an event?

For inquiries about recruitment events, please email Brennan Puiia, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, at brennan.puiia@cnsu.edu.

 

  • What is the CHS Summer Science Camp?

High school students can attend halfday and fullday Summer Science Camps at our facilities. All of our programs are run by CHS staff and faculty and will provide handson lab experience in biotechnology, microbiology, forensics, and health sciences career pathway discoveries includes a college entrance exam workshop, CPR certification, a college essay workshop, career exploration workshops, and opportunities to meet individually with faculty and admissions staff. Applications and dates for our 2016 program will be posted here by March 2016.

 

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 scenariobased, handson 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 handson activities for students of all ages.

For more information about BETC, please contact Dr. Heather Brown, Director or Ms. Tara Schrader, Assistant at bio2careers@gmail.com

 

  • 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 ServiceLearning project, please email Moira Delgado, Director of Student Life and Community Service Learning, at moira.delgado@cnsu.edu

Contact

Phone: 916-686-7657
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