Certificate Programs

Click on any of the program links below to learn more about the admissions requirements for each.

College of Science and Health

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Concepts

Applicants must submit the following admissions materials:

  • Online Application Apply Now
  • $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • An earned baccalaureate (or higher) degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary institutions attended (or evidence of a U.S. equivalent baccalaureate degree based on a foreign credential evaluation). See the University approved foreign credential evaluation agencies here.
  • Personal Goal Statement (2-3 pages), which should address the following:
    • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health
    • Career objectives
    • Self-assessment of interpersonal, communication skills, and computer skills.
  • Two (2) Recommendations Letters.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing

Post Master Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN‐FNP)

  • Application for Graduate Admissions
  • $50 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • An earned master of science in nursing degree from a regionally accredited college/university or the equivalent of a U.S. master of science in nursing degree from a regionally accredited college/university based on a University approved foreign credential evaluation
  • Official academic transcripts from all previous colleges and/or universities attended
  • Current unrestricted RN license to practice professional nursing in the state of California
  • Completion of the following pre-requisite course
    • Statistics
  • An absolute cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required
  • Proficiency in English is mandatory. All applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, http://www.toefl.org/ ). The minimum overall score is 84; 24 is the minimum score in the speaking section, and 24 is the writing section minimum score
  • Personal Goal Statement (2-3 pages)
    • The applicant's goals must be congruent to those of the MMDSON, the University and the applicant's chosen specialty. A personal goal statement is required, which may be submitted online via the CDU online application system, in a .pdf or Word format. The goal statement is an opportunity for students to tell the admissions committee about their career plans upon completion of their graduate degree. Before writing a goal statement, prospective students should review carefully information about the Entry Level program on CDU's website so that they can clearly indicate to the admissions committee that they are a good fit with the program
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (academic/professional) - Recommendation form is required
    • Click here for the Recommendation Form
    • Recommendations from family, friends or other students are NOT accepted. Recommendations should address the following areas:
      • relationships with work (paid or voluntary) associates
      • work competence
      • communication and interpersonal skills with persons of diverse backgrounds
      • leadership skills or potential
      • values, ethical standards, responsibility and initiative
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Computer proficiency is required (especially word processing and internet/web skills)

College of Medicine

Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine

2018 Application Cycle - Important Dates:

  • Application Opens - January 1, 2018
  • Application Closes - March 30, 2018
  • Interviews - April - May, 2018
  • Notifications of Acceptance - May 1 - May 31, 2018
  • Program Start - August 2018
  • Program End - July 2019

Application Process:
As of January 2018, CDU will use the new centralized application system, PostBacCAS, for all applications to the Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine. Please visit PostBacCAS to apply.
I. APPLICATION: Complete Application via PostBacCAS including the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae (click here for sample CV template)
  • Official transcripts from all Universities/Colleges attended
  • High School transcripts/GED Test Scores
  • SAT/ACT transcripts
  • MCAT transcripts (if applicable)
  • AMCAS application (if previously applied to medical school)
  • Personal Statement and Mini Essays
  • Confidential Letters of Recommendations (3)
    • Two (2) from academic instructors

      • One (1) from an individual who has worked with you in a clinical, research or community service capacity
  • Professional 2"x2" Photo

All application materials must be received through PostBacCAS by 11:59PM (PST) on application deadline.
II. INTERVIEW: Select applicants will be invited to continue the application process by participating in an in-person or virtual interview
III. ACCEPTANCE: Applicants accepted into the program will be notified by email. Tuition deposits will be due 2 weeks after notification to confirm enrollment.
For more information, please contact our Enrollment Management Specialists at:
Office of Enrollment Management
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 E. 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059 
(323) 563-4839
admissionsinfo@cdrewu.edu