School of Nursing

School of Nursing

Message from the Dean


Welcome to the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON). The faculty and staff at MMDSON are pleased to invite you to enroll in our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program. As you embark upon your new career in nursing, you will find that being a student in the MSN program is both challenging and stimulating.
The School of Nursing is an integral part of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, a major research institution dedicated to teaching, scientific discovery and community enrichment in South Los Angeles and abroad. 

Our intensive program is designed to prepare graduates to provide excellent care with compassion to the underserved and to be leaders in their respective professions. Currently, we offer two tracks to the completion of the MSN credential: the Entry Level Master’s (ELM) track and the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track. We strongly believe in the ability of informed, well-managed and broadly supported scientific inquiry to complement academic scholarship while producing new knowledge that advances the profession of nursing. Our location in Los Angeles, California’s thriving Movie, Information Technology and Aerospace Space Industries as well as culturally diverse neighborhoods, places the School of Nursing within walking distances of several celebrated international institutions. At the same time, we are surrounded by many communities that are disproportionately plagued by preventable disease such as Cancer, Hepatitis C, Diabetes and Childhood Obesity.

Our faculty is changing the face of the nursing workforce, mentoring tomorrow’s nurse clinicians, educators and scientists. Our future goal is to conduct pioneering and transformational research on the health and psychosocial issues faced by our patients. Working together with CDU President Dr. David Carlisle and the Board of Trustees, we are committed to meeting our nation’s growing need for a highly skilled and compassionate nursing workforce that mirrors the population that we serve. Whatever your specialty, we are confident that we will prepare the best nurses anywhere.

To that end, Charles R. Drew University MSN graduates will be prepared to improve health and quality of life for individuals through excellent healthcare, transforming the health of underserved communities.  In closing, we welcome you join our passion and move your career with purpose.

Shirley Evers-Manly, PhD, MSN, RN
Interim Dean,
Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing