Students gear up for HPREP 2018

Gaylord Packing Backpack Buddies bags

Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will hold its Ransdell Family Health Professions Readiness & Enrichment Program (HPREP) event during the week of May 20-24, on the main campus and health sciences campus in Buies Creek.

This year, there will be 62 participants from 14 states. There are 26 first-generation college students, 36 underrepresented minority students and 32 financially disadvantaged students (some identify as more than one) all representing 42 universities from across the country.

“The mission of HPREP is to provide a diverse group of future healthcare leaders with opportunities for professional career exploration as well as leadership and professional development,” said Michael L. Adams (’96 PharmD), dean of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

HPREP exposes college students to a formative experience that combines academic instruction with leadership and professional development in an interdisciplinary environment. The program targets first generation college prospects, financially disadvantaged, underrepresented minority students, and students with an interest in practicing in rural areas.

Brennen Guzik, 2015 HPREP participant and second-year CPHS pharmacy student, said of the program, “Before the HPREP program, I had considered Campbell as a pharmacy school option. Yet after having a chance to meet and interact with faculty and current students, I considered Campbell the only option.”

HPREP Impact

  • Since 2006, more than 700 students have participated in the program.
  • More than 300 of those students have matriculated into a graduate or professional program, with the majority becoming Campbell alumni.

HPREP Service Project

  • HPREP participants will pack more than 300 backpacks to support disadvantaged elementary and middle school children in Harnett County through the Harnett County Buddy Backpack Program
  • Backpack supplies were donated by CPHS students, faculty and staff, along with local grocery stores
    • Physical Therapy students held a competition between the first year and second year students to raise donations – second year students won
    • Pharmacy students had a jeans day and raised more than $600 in funds for backpack supplies

 HPREP Simulation Labs

  • Students interact in groups to handle various hands-on healthcare situations such as emergency medicine, splinting and bandaging, and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM)


Founded in 2005, HPREP is a four-day interdisciplinary, preparatory, and professional development program for prospective students interested in the following areas:

  • Pharmacy
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Athletic Training
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Clinical Research
  • Public Health
  • Biomedical Sciences

During the course of this program, students will:

  • participate in interactive and interdisciplinary labs, workshops, seminars, and case studies related to health professions and their individual program of interest;
  • build relationships with leaders in healthcare and be assigned an academic adviser;
  • discover how to become more competitive applicants for health profession admissions;
  • explore a variety of health profession career opportunities;
  • learn how to improve or strengthen professional admission test taking skills through a PCAT, MCAT, and GRE review session; and
  • experience the Campbell family and our dedication to service.

Since the initiation of HPREP, participants of the program who continued their graduate education at Campbell have been awarded more than $100,000 in scholarship funds towards pursuing their healthcare degree at the University.

HPREP in 2019

  • The application for the 2019 program will be available September 3, 2018 on the HPREP website for students considering a career in healthcare.

More Information

For more information on the Ransdell Family Health Professions Readiness & Enrichment Program, please contact Kim Dunn, director of enrollment management at