New college of pharmacy to open in Clovis

The Fresno BeeFebruary 20, 2014 

A new College of Pharmacy in Clovis will be celebrated Thursday with a ribbon-cutting event to announce its inaugural class, starting in August.

The College of Pharmacy at California Health Sciences University is the university's first college. The four-year, post-baccalaureate school will provide doctor of pharmacy degrees.

The ribbon-cutting will be held at 4 p.m. at CHSU College of Pharmacy, located at 120 N. Clovis Ave. in Clovis. University and community leaders will attend, along with state and local representatives. From 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be refreshments and a campus tour highlighting the library, student lounge, faculty research lab, practice lab and mock pharmacy.

CHSU was founded by the Assemi family as a remedy for the shortage of health-care services in the Central Valley and the high rate of unemployment and poverty rate in the region, according to the university's website.

The College of Pharmacy was selected as the university's first school based on a U.S. Bureau of Labor estimate that the employment of pharmacists will increase by 25% over the next 10 years, which is faster than the average for all other occupations. One of the regions with greatest need is in the Central Valley, university officials said.

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