Graduate and Professional
Graduate and Professional Programs
Charles Drew University offers four graduate programs:
Master of Public Health (MPH) Program in Urban Health Disparities
The MPH Program in Urban Health Disparities seeks to improve the health of urban populations through graduate education of public health practitioners, urban-relevant scholarship, and community service specifically targeting the determinants of health disparities in underserved communities. The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Master of Science in Nursing
The Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science offers an MSN graduate program with three tracks: Entry Level Track, Family Nurse Practitioner Track and Advance Nurse Education Track.
Entry Level MSN Track is designed for non-nurses who hold baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing fields and who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in nursing. Graduates of this program are prepared at the generalist level to assume the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role at the point of care and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) and the CNL certification examination.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Track is designed for nurses holding BSN degrees or an ADN degree who hold baccalaureate degrees in non-nursing fields. Graduates assume responsibility for the provision of healthcare in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and clinical management of primary care conditions. Additionally, graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the FNP national certification examinations through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Advance Nurse Educator (ANE) Track will prepare students to become knowledgeable nurse educators ready to teach in diverse settings. The ANE Program is designed for non-nurses holding baccalaureate degrees in another field, who are interested in completing course requirements leading to a graduate degree in nursing. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification examination and the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination.
The MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program*
The CDU Physician Assistant program is located within the College of Science and Health and is a 27-month master’s program beginning in August of each year. CDU will provide students with the skills necessary to become exemplary medical providers upon completion of the program.
Students will learn and acquire clinical skills in a variety of healthcare settings and will obtain experience in disease management, disease prevention and health promotion. A strong emphasis on medical nutrition therapy in the curriculum will prepare students to address complex nutritional needs of patients. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to practice physical diagnosis and history taking skills, and work with standardized patients in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center. Students will share the campus and have the opportunity to collaborate with members of the medical, nursing and public health disciplines. Graduates will earn a Master of Health Science (MHS) from Charles Drew University.
**Accreditation Status **
*The Charles Drew University Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program is currently in the developmental phase. Information provided on this website is subject to change. Please check back frequently for program updates and accreditation status.
Charles R. Drew University is in the process of developing a Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The proposed program accreditation site visit by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is scheduled for September 2015. The board will make a decision in approximately March of 2016 and if approved, the PA program will be granted provisional accreditation status. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for newly proposed PA programs that have demonstrated preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the ARC-PA accreditation standards. If provisional accreditation is obtained, the inaugural class will matriculate in August 2016. In the event the program is not granted provisional accreditation, a full refund of the program seat deposit will be issued to applicants offered admission in August 2016. The CASPA application fee is non-refundable.
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
The Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program provides unique, quality training in the scholarly and humane aspects of medicine and fosters the development of our future health care leaders who will advance the overall health in underserved communities in the United States and abroad. Students are selected on the strength of their academic record and on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to serving underserved communities with compassion. Each year, twenty-four students enroll in the four-year community-based medical education program. Our students represent the full range of gender, ethnic, and educational diversity, which contributes to the strength of our program.
Students admitted to the Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program benefit from both CDU and UCLA in a combined curriculum. The two years of the program are conducted at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and focus on the development of a firm foundation in the basic sciences with an emphasis on clinical applications. The last two years of the program are spent on the CDU campus and in affiliated clinics and hospitals. Our small student-to-faculty ratio allows for students to benefit from intensive interaction with supervising faculty and to have hands-on clinical experience treating patients.
For information about applying to the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program in the College of Medicine, please contact (323) 563-4978.