Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program May 18 - June 19, 2015

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The Center of Excellence (COE) program, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, was established to assist designated health profession schools and other public and non-profit, or educational institutions strengthen the national capacity to produce a culturally competent healthcare workforce, whose diversity is representative of the U.S. population.

The Center of Excellence Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program (ACSEP) is one of the many support programs offered through the COE to facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University. ACSEP is a five-week summer enrichment program for undergraduate level students who have completed at least 60 semester credits in college or university by May 18, 2015. Twelve (12) Undergraduate students who demonstrate an interest in pharmacy as a career will be selected. The COE ACSEP selection process is competitive. In addition to demonstrated leadership skills, students must also have a high aptitude for science/mathematics and technology. Preference will be given to students who reside in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The COE ACSEP is a five day academic schedule that exposes students to the pre-requisite classes that are required for a major in pharmacy or other health professions. The curriculum focuses on science related material and includes classes in Anatomy/Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, English/Medical Terminology, Calculus, and Research Exposure in a laboratory science setting. Students will be in classes Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and on Fridays in their Laboratory Sites between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.


1.To encourage young under-represented minority students to pursue careers in Pharmacy or other health professions.
2.To provide an opportunity for young under-represented minority students to develop mentoring relationships with current minority health professionals and graduate health professional students.
3.To facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

The application and supporting materials must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than February 22, 2015 (a current unofficial transcript needs to be submitted with the application). Competitive applicants with complete application materials will be contacted for a face-to-face/SKYPE interview scheduled to be conducted March 30-April 10, 2015. All applicants will be notified of their decision status by April 17, 2015. Applicants must reply within five (5) business days of notification. Final official college transcripts should be received by May 18, 2015 for accepted students.


Participants will be selected based on their eligibility and merit of their application (GPA, letters of recommendation, and their demonstrated interest in pharmacy). Participant requirements include:
• Undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 semester credits in a college or university, by May 18, 2015. Student must be in a pre-pharmacy or biology/chemistry major.
• Students must have taken and passed two courses in college English with a C or better.
• Students must have taken and passed at least a combination of 3 college level biology or chemistry and 2 mathematics course with a C or better.
• Students must have a cumulative 2.75 Grade Point Average.
• Students who are underrepresented minorities and/or financially disadvantaged will be given priority.
• Preference will be given to students who reside in Washington, DC, Maryland or Virginia.
• A favorable interview with COE personnel is required for all competitive applicants with a complete application.


Students will be provided a stipend at the completion of the program to offset living expenses for the five-week period.


Housing is NOT provided for this program.  It is the responsibility of student participants to secure and finance their own housing arrangements.

* Accepted students who are unable to secure and finance local housing will be given the choice to forego the stipend in order to obtain on-campus housing.


A complete COE ACSEP Application.
Supporting Materials:
  • A typed 250 word essay demonstrating an interest in pharmacy or other health professions and describing how attending this summer enrichment program will be beneficial to you in your future career path in the health professions.
  • Two favorable recommendations [on College Letterhead]
  • Students must submit a current unofficial transcript to the Center of Excellence prior to the February 22, 2015 application deadline.


•Documented acceptance to the COE Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program.
•Final official transcripts must be submitted no later than May 18, 2015.

Submit supporting materials listed above to:
Howard University, College of Pharmacy
Attention: Mr. Alex Adams
Center of Excellence, Faculty Annex III, Room 115
2300 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-4212 Main
(202) 238-8538 Fax