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Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science is college with 85 students located in Los Angeles, CA.

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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 University strives to improve the health status of underserved 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.

Mission Statement

The University develops a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research, and clinical services in the context of community engagement. CDU Values: Excellence, Accountability, Compassion, Diversity, Integrity, Legacy, Service, Community, Innovation, Leadership


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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 85
Gender 49% Male / 51% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 49% Full Time / 51% Part Time
Geography 98% In State / 2% Out of State / 0% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 100% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4%
Multi-racial 9%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Ethnicity Unknown 12%
Black or African American 40%
Asian 15%


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Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center tutoring
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: health sciences library, clinical and population-based research facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility partial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration independent study
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  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Physician Assistant (56%), Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer (31%), Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician (8%), Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies (2%), Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling (2%)

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A program that prepares individuals to practice medicine, including diagnoses and treatment therapies, under the supervision of a physician. Includes instruction in the basic medical and clinical sciences and specialized preparation in fields such as family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, general surgery, psychiatry, and behavioral medicine; the delivery of health care services to homebound patients, rural populations, and underserved populations; and community health services.

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Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Physician Assistants
Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

A program that prepares individuals for admission to a professional program in medicine, osteopathic medicine, or podiatric medicine.


A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of health information administrators and other professionals, to construct medical records and clinical databases, perform manipulations on retrieved data, control the security and quality of records, and supervise data entry and technical maintenance personnel. Includes instruction in clinical and biomedical science data and information requirements, database management, data coding and validation, information security, quality control, health information content and structure, medical business procedures, and legal requirements.

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Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical imaging services to patients and attending health care professionals. Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, patient positioning, radiographic technique, radiation biology, safety and emergency procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, quality assurance, patient education, and medical imaging/radiologic services management.

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Radiologic Technologists
Take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

A program that prepares individuals to help prevent substance abuse, counsel individuals and families with drug and alcohol problems, and perform intervention and therapeutic services for persons suffering from addiction. Includes instruction in individual and group counseling skills, psychology of addiction, sociology, crisis intervention, substance abuse identification methodologies, substance abuse treatment modalities, substance abuse prevention and treatment resources, pharmacology and behavioral aspects of abused substances, treatment evaluation, patient observation and education, group dynamics, professional standards and ethics, and applicable law and regulations.

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Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.
Mental Health Counselors
Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Administration & Faculty

President/CEO David Carlisle, MD
Director of Admissions Amin Maghsoodi, MOL
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 56
Student : Faculty Ratio 7 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 41 : 58
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100




Acceptance Rate: 88.9% accepted of 9 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
SATMath333 - 383
Reading348 - 405
Writing385 - 445

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Level Of Applicants Interest

Important: Recommendations, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Academic GPA, Application Essay, Character Personal Qualities, Interview

Also Considered: Work Experience, Class Rank, Extracurricular Activities, First Generation College Student, Volunteer Work

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 1 0
Math 3 0
Social Studies 1 0
Visual Performing Arts 1 0
Foreign Language 2 0
English 3 4
Science 2 3
Science Lab 2 0

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Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $22,741 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$48K-$75K $22,741

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $11,856, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $13,813 Same as On-Campus
Fees $100 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $11,268
Books $1,710 $1,710
Total (before financial aid) $15,623 $26,891

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Scholarships/Grants 100% $4,200
Pell Grants 100% $4,200

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Graduation Rates

100% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



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