About The Center of Excellence

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 (COE) program is designed to strengthen the national capacity to train under-represented minority (URM) students in various health profession fields. The Center of Excellence program is designated to certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and/or colleges or universities that have a history of a high enrollment of Hispanic or Native American students. These colleges or universities are required to have a health Professions School of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. Centers of Excellence programs are also offered to other public and non-profit, or educational entities and graduate programs in mental or behavioral health programs that train a significant number of the targeted minority populations.

Howard University's College of Pharmacy, received a Center of Excellence grant in 2000 to initiate programs for K-12 students, partnerships with community colleges and four year institutions. The College of Pharmacy provides the following programs: Tutorials and Workshops to elementary and middle school partners; a High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy (HSSESA) and SAT/ACT Preparatory Program for rising juniors and seniors; Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program (ACSEP) and Pharmacy College Admission Test; Preparation Program (PCAT Prep) for pre-pharmacy students; Pharmacy Biomedical Preview Program (PBP) for newly entering First Year student pharmacists (P1); Pharmacotherapy Preview Program (P-Cubed) for new Second Year student pharmacists (P2); fall and spring Tutorials for P1, P2 and P3 level student pharmacists; and, a North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination Preparation Program (NAPLEX Prep) for P4 student pharmacists. In addition, the Howard University COE offers operational programs to support Faculty Development, Student Health Services Training, Professionalism, Mentoring and Faculty/Student Research.

Supported by:
The Department of Health & Human Services