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Main Phone: (323) 563-4800
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Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

     The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science has evolved and grown, shaped by the needs of the community it serves. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook section of South Los Angeles, the institution benefits from its location and the corresponding diversity and complexity of its patient population by creating an academic environment unlike any other. Through innovative basic science, the University conducts education, patient care and research programs-training physicians and allied health professionals to provide care to under served populations.
     Following nearly a decade of community-based advocacy for improved medical services, the University was incorporated in August of 1966. In response to the lack of adequate medical facilities in the area, the institution later became a University and changed its name in 1987 to reflect its expanded academic role and identity. The University is named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew, a brilliant African-American physician, famous for his pioneering work in blood preservation. His dedication to learning and the sharing of knowledge to benefit mankind is the inspiration for the University.
     The 11-acre campus includes a day care facility, elementary school, high-school, biomedical library, central administration, educational & learning resources, (basic, clinical and population-based research facilities), and housing for postgraduate students. Based on the concept of the “educational pipeline,” a child could conceivably start out in day care, complete all the necessary levels of schooling and graduate as a practicing physician all on one campus.
     The University strives to improve the health status of under served communities through innovative biomedical research, and progressive health policies. By maintaining and expanding relationships with local medical schools, research institutions and community-based organizations, Drew is focused on eliminating the health disparities by providing access to and delivery of healthcare services to underserved populations.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 655
Graduate Population: 30
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $17440
Out of State Tuition: $17440
Room & Board: $0
Applications Due: Fall - December 15th, Spr ($35)
Conference: HBCU Connect
Mascot: Lions
Accreditations: WASC,
Online Classes: no
Percent Men: 42%
Percent Women: 58%

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Majors Offered

College of Medicine

-Enhanced Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine
-Charles R. Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program
-Graduate Medical Education
-Continuing Medical Education
-Independent Medical Education Program

College of Science and Health

-Computed Tomography Certificate
-Associate of Science, Radiologic Technology
-BS in Radiologic Science
-BS in Biomedical Sciences
-BS in Public Health
-BS in Psychology with an Emphasis in Community Counseling
-Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences
-Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Health Disparities
-Master of Health Science, Physician Assistant
-General Studies

Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing

-MS in Nursing- Entry Level Master’s Track Program
-MS in Nursing- Nurse Practitioner Program
-MS in Nursing- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
-Post Master's Certificate- Nurse Practitioner Program
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College History
     Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science was originally founded in 1966 in response to inadequate medical
facilities within the Watts region of Los Angeles, California. Later, the institution became a University and changed
its name in order to reflect its new academic role. The University is named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew. It is
associated with the Martin Luther King Jr./Charles R. Drew Medical Center, and sometimes referred to as King-Drew
     Drew is perhaps best known as a medical school designed to train physicians interested in working in urban environments.
They also offer degrees in closely related clinical programs such as radiology, pharmacy, and physicians assistants.
Drew is now expanding to offer an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences. The program places a strong emphasis on
research. In fact, it is not uncommon for undergraduates to be performing research in their first year.
     In the early 1960’s, the city of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County were in constant disputes over which political jurisdiction would have access to the State and Federal health care funding with little effort being made to understand South Los Angeles residents who would receive any health care services. Historical documents and newspaper articles1 confirm that community leaders conducted meetings beginning in the mid-1950’s through 1963 to determine the economic and social costs of not having adequate medical services, a teaching hospital, and a health professions-focused university.
     Because of the monumental groundwork laid out in the early 1960’s by two great American legislators, Augustus Hawkins and Mervyn M.Dymally, the Charles Drew University is what it is today—the only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S. There is no other Historically Black Graduate Institution west of the Mississippi than the Charles Drew University.

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