College of Education and Health Sciences
For students in our College of Education and Health Sciences, community service is an inherent component of every learning experience. Though the college is comprised of two separate schools, the mission to serve others unites students and faculty. In the Graduate School of Education, our students learn teaching strategies for at-risk students and become agents of change for social justice, equity and inclusion.
In our School of Health Sciences, students pursue careers as public health experts and physician assistants. Our public health program focuses on the needs of underserved populations and promotes the health and well being of local and global communities through education, service and research. Similarly, the physician assistant program prepares health providers to work with underserved populations and to increase access to health care.
Last year the College of Education and Health Sciences adopted Invitational Education as the philosophical foundation for how we operate our college. Since then, our Provost has adopted this as a philosophy across the entire Touro University California campus. Invitational Education asserts that everybody and everything in and around schools adds to, or subtracts from, school safety. It centers on four guiding principles of respect, trust, optimism, and intentionality.
Touro University offers a unique joint degree curriculum for students who seek master degrees in physician assistant studies and in public health. Students in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy also can opt for a second degree in public health. Whatever the program, students will receive instruction and be mentored by experienced professionals who share a passion for service
Message from the Dean:
Welcome to the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California (TUCOM). Established in San Francisco in 1997, as the eighteenth college of osteopathic medicine, the college was relocated in 1999 to our current 44 acre campus on historic Mare Island, located in the city of Vallejo. It is my honor to serve as Dean and my pleasure to introduce you to our school, our campus and our community.
At the heart of our school is our tremendous student body. Our students are a diverse group of highly motivated individuals dedicated to becoming leaders in healthcare for the new millennium. The dedication of our students is matched by the TUCOM faculty whose commitment to the success of each student is driven by a passion to educate the physician of the future, today.
On average 55% of TUCOM graduates choose careers in primary care, but almost as many opt for a career in specialty medicine. Therefore, while a focus on primary care distinguishes our institution, we are not defined by it. Our unique curriculum integrates all that is best within the tenets of osteopathic medicine. Each graduate is endowed with the attributes found in only the best of physicians, and each one is prepared to pursue their choice of careers in medicine.
Our campus extends to multiple clinical sites providing care, consultation, comfort and preventative services in our community. Our recent affiliation with the Solano County Department of Health and Social Services significantly augments our commitment to teach, to heal and to serve significantly more individuals within our community, emphasizing treatment for those who are at the greatest need for health services.
TUCOM also offers a full array of educational opportunities from research to public health, including a Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences. In the realm of public health we offer both a local and international perspective with clinical experiences at sites around the globe including Taiwan, Bolivia, Israel and two sites in Africa (Tanzania and Ethiopia.) As a result of our public health options our students have been acknowledged and awarded for their community services as well as their international research.
TUCOM is part of Touro University California, which also consists of the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Education and Health Sciences - which offers a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, a Master of Public Health and a Master program in Education as well as certificates and other training programs. As a University, we are exploring educational, clinical, service, and research opportunities that utilize our strengths as an inter-professional campus. Our goal is to prepare all of our students to meet the health care and education demands that will emerge in the forthcoming decades by providing simulated and real-life experiences that require inter-professional collaboration and problem solving.
We look forward to answering your questions about our campus and programs. Please take this opportunity to explore our website and learn more about our exciting efforts in education, research, clinical care, community service, and international health care.
College of Pharmacy
Touro's College of Pharmacy has a unique curricular approach: student centered, technologically advanced and interactive. Our rigorous curriculum emphasizes pharmaceutical care, pharmacy systems management and public health implications. Students can enrich their experience with research projects and elective rotations.
Two full years of pharmacy clerkships, built upon two years of didactic coursework, prepare our students for contemporary pharmacy practice and post-graduate learning. Our highly competitive program attracts applicants from across the country. The results speak for themselves. Our students excel in their coursework, fieldwork, and statewide pharmacy competitions and licensure examinations.
A strong regional network provides ample opportunities for clinical rotations. Students work with faculty who model competent, caring, ethical practice, effective communication, teamwork and dedication to superb pharmaceutical care in hospitals and community pharmacies. Our Touro faculty are also respected scholars, recognized for research and contributions to professional publications.
College of Osteopathic Medicine
In April of 1995, the Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Vocational Education (BPPVE) authorized Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCOM) to confer the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
After obtaining both pre-accreditation and provisional accreditation from the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), TUCOM was authorized to open its doors to students during the 1997-1998 academic year.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) acted to include TUCOM within the scope of Touro College accreditation in November, 1997.
In 2008, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the AOA awarded a 7-year accreditation status to TUCOM, with the next onsite evaluation scheduled in spring, 2015.
College of Pharmacy
The Touro University California College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) (135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100. Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810. Phone number: 312-664-3575). In 2009, ACPE awarded accreditation status to College of Pharmacy, with the next onsite evaluation scheduled for 2015.
College of Education & Health Sciences
Joint MSPAS/MPH Program
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) has granted Continued Accreditation to the Touro University California PA Program. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA is September, 2018.
Master of Public Health Program
The Master of Public Health (MPH) Program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a five-year term, effective October 30, 2009 extending to December 31, 2014.
Graduate School of Education
In 2000, the Graduate School of Education (GSOE) was granted the authority to offer Masters of Arts in Education (MA. Ed) and Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degrees by the MSCHE. In 2005, degree granting authority was transferred to WASC.
In 2004, the GSOE was granted the authority to approve and authorize teacher credentials by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Special education teaching credentials were added in 2005, and administrative services credentials were added in 2008.
Touro CA - Student Run Health Clinic
Our mission is to create an interprofessional student-run health clinic that improves access to healthcare for the residents of Vallejo while enhancing the clinical skills of osteopathic, pharmacy, physician assistant and public health students, as well as the educational skill of the education students.
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