Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, California. The University was established in 1966, developing from the community need for better medical care and attention for underserved communities. The diversity of the locale, as well as of the student body contributes to an enriching and unique academic and clinical experience. It is a private, co-ed College of Health Sciences with an approximate 51 percent rate of admittance for applying students. Charles R. Drew is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has a diverse range of academic programs. It is a small school in the context of a large urban setting with a student-teacher ratio of 8:1, so attendees receive individualized attention while still reaping the benefits of becoming educated in a large city.
The University is dedicated to education, outstanding patient care and research with the mission to train more minority physicians to treat patients in underprivileged areas of the country as well as internationally. Dr. Charles Drew, the University’s founding physician, was famous for his pioneering research and work with blood preservation. The University has significant programs and an intensive research focus in the area of HIV learning and treatment. Charles Drew University has a Center for AIDS research, education and practice called “Drew Cares.” The Center’s mission is in alignment with the University’s, to extend care and services to the underserved populations and to reduce HIV rates in minority populations, as well as getting treatment to those already infected, not only in Los Angeles but also Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa.
Charles R. Drew University has Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Degrees, and Certificate Programs. They do not offer distance learning at this time. The Undergraduate areas of study include: Alcohol and Other Drug Studies, Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Healing Arts/Pre-Med, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Information Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Physician Assistant, and Radiologic Technology. The Graduate School offers a Medical Degree (MD) in conjunction with UCLA, a Master Degree in Public Health, Clinical Research and Nursing. Certificate Programs are available in Substance Abuse Counseling, Clinical Coding, Pre-Medicine, Physician Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine Technology, and Phlebotomy. The five top programs at the University are the Physician Assistant program, Medical Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Health Professions and Related Clinical Services, and General Public Health.
Tuition at CDU is reasonable, with the full-time undergraduate rate at $7,500 per semester and the part-time undergraduate rate at $312 per credit hour. Graduate tuition is $9,000 for full-time students and $500 per credit hour for part-time students. According to statistics, one-hundred percent of students attending Charles Drew are receiving some type of financial aid in the form of grants, loans, or scholarships.