About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the PPSP is to develop a comprehensive, institutionally supported program that supports educational and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students interested in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, and Law.

In pursuit of this goal

A major programmatic focus is to provide meaningful opportunities that increase student’s exposure to the professions. This is accomplished through strengthening existing relationships with professional and graduate degree granting institutions, supporting professional student organizations, identifying local professionals to serve as mentors and resources, and forming novel relationships with various universities and community partners.

North Carolina A&T PPSP Flowchart


  • ECU SDM= East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
  • J2MC= Journey to Medical Careers at N.C. A&T
  • MAPS= Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students at N.C. A&T
  • NBGSA= National Black Graduate Student Association at N.C. A&T
  • N. C. A&T-ECU EASP= N.C. A&T-East Carolina University Early Assurance Scholars Program at N.C. A&T
  • SMATRAP= Summer Medical and Translational Research Apprenticeship Program at Duke University
  • USC SOMG= University of South Carolina School of Medicine- Greenville (MedEx program)
  • USNDA= Undergraduate Student National Dental Association at N.C. A&T

*=Newly implemented programs
**=New Initiatives
***=Professional Organizations and Community Partners


The PPSP was initiated by Chancellor Dr. Harold Martin and former Provost Dr. Alton Thompson in October 2009. An interdisciplinary committee consisting of faculty members form the Departments of Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Political Science and Criminal Justice, was convened and charged with developing a highly structured program to recruit and retain 'academic superstars' interested in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, and Law.

Impact Statement

To date, the PPSP has broadly impacted students across the N.C. A&T campus by offering diverse professional career development opportunities. Thus far, students from the departments of Animal Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Nursing, Physics, Political Science and Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Speech have participated in programs supported by the PPSP.