The College of Pharmacy was awarded Full Accreditation Status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) at its June 2011 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon a comprehensive on-site evaluation conducted April 5-7, 2011, and discussion with college and institutional officials.
The ACPE accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by colleges and schools of pharmacy in the United States and selected non-U.S. sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new college or school of pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: precandidate status, candidate status, and full accreditation status.
- Precandidate accreditation status denotes a newly instituted program that has no students enrolled, has taken into account the standards and guidelines, suggest reasonable assurances of moving to the next step for accreditation.
- Candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that matures in accordance with stated plans by the time the first class has graduated.
- Full accreditation status denotes a program that complies with accreditation standards and assures continued compliance with standards. For full accreditation, the program has graduated its first class. Graduates of a class designated as having candidate status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. ACPE conveys its decisions to the various boards of pharmacy and makes recommendations in accord with its decisions. It should be noted, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure, by examination or reciprocity, reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules.
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education is located at 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810; 312/664-3575, FAX 312/664-4652, website www.acpe-accredit.org.