Native American Professional Programs (NAPP)
To address the severe shortage of Native American pharmacists in the United States, the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences initiated NAPP in September 1987. Currently funded by the 3M Company, this program is designed to recruit and facilitate the entry of Native American students into the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences and to provide them with the necessary counseling and retention services to increase their chances for academic success.
The College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences offers a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree program. The first two years consist of pre-pharmacy courses, while the last four years contain courses comprising the professional component of the program. The College has allocated up to eight additional positions in the professional program for students from diverse and underserved backgrounds. To be considered for one of these positions, the applicant must have completed all pre-pharmacy courses and earned a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Preference is given to ND residents and residents of other states who attend NDSU. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is required.
The Campus serves more than 11,000 students in nine academic units, and encompasses some 30 square blocks. Among its facilities are laboratories equipped with the newest instruments, a communications center, an elegant fine arts center, research and technolgoy park, student wellness center, and some of the best indoor recreational facilities in the region. NDSU is on a semester system, with classes running from late August to mid December and January through early May. Summer sessions also are offered for some classes.
The campus is located in the Fargo-Moorhead community which has a metropolitan area population of about 201,000. The Fargo-Moorhead community offers movie theaters, shopping, concerts and shows. The F-M area is friendly, safe and easily navigated
NAPP offers a variety of structured and unstructured programs designed to help students succeed in the pharmacy profession. Included in the programming are preliminary education in the basic sciences, information concerning the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a Pharm.D. degree at NDSU, counseling and tutorial services for students, and financial aid information.
NAPP hosts monthly social activities where students meet other NAPP students and University department representatives. Social gatherings include a presentation covering various topics such as:
- Super Tutor
- TRIO Programs
- NDSU Multicultural Student Services
- Good Medicine Indian Health Service, Fargo, ND
- Native American Culture
- Careers in Pharmacy
- White Earth Health Center - White Earth, MN
The Director reviews mid-term and semester grade reports and meets individually with each NAPP student to discuss the reports. All students receive information about group and individual tutoring services on campus and instructions on how to request tutoring.
The Director of Recruitment travels to high schools and tribal colleges in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota to visit with prospective college students. The NAPP Advisor also participates in national conferences and meetings where Native American students have an opportunity to learn more about the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences at NDSU. Prospective students receive information on the Native American Pharmacy Program.
NAPP participates in organizing the Woodlands and High Plains Pow-wow. Committee members include students, staff, and faculty members from the higher education institutions in the Fargo-Moorhead cities.
For information about NDSU and its application procedures, call the NDSU Office of Admission. The local phone number is 701-231-8643; the toll-free nationwide number is 1-800-488-NDSU. The Admission Office will help you arrange a visit to campus, including the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences.
For information about the Native American Professional Programs, contact Dr. Friesner or Dana Davis.