Charles Drew University approved to start medical degree program
Charles Drew University plans to open a medical degree program for in-state students starting in 2020.
A plan to build a medical school that combines the high-quality education of community health centers with a medical degree program that is accredited by the Medical College Admission Test has been approved by the Delaware Department of Education.
Charles Drew University in Central City, has applied for a medical school program grant from the federal government that would allow the university to establish a medical degree program. The grant is a result of a competitive national grant proposal process. Last year, Delaware Department of Education officials granted grant approval for the first phase of the college’s medical school application.
A separate medical school grant application for the second phase of the college’s planning process is now being evaluated by the Delaware Department of Education.
During Phase 1 of their application, DelDOR approved Charles Drew University to operate an online learning opportunity that combines college courses and clinical education through an online master of health sciences education program with a required three-year bachelor of science degree. The online program will be open to community college students who have successfully completed a four-year bachelor of science degree with a core health science course load of at least 40 credit hours.
The medical school applicant had to demonstrate that a combination of the online learning opportunity and a three-year bachelor of science degree would meet the needs of the Delaware community, meet the state’s educational standards and meet or exceed national standards.
The online learning opportunity was approved in part because of the need for an alternative to the traditional baccalaureate degree program that is based on a four-year core degree.
The college plans to award about 20 master of health sciences degrees to in-state students by completing Phase 2 of the application process. The master of health sciences program will include clinical and non-clinical course offerings that provide a foundation for a career in community health. The program will be open to community college students who have successfully completed a four-year bachelor of science degree with