Pharmacy school accreditation

Pharmacy school accreditation

A license must be acquired to practice pharmacy in the United States. For this motive, accreditation of pharmacy programs is fundamental as a license can only be acquired after conclusion of an accredited pharmacy program.

Accreditation is the public gratitude accorded a professional program in pharmacy that is judged to meet established suggestion and educational principles through initial and subsequent periodic evaluations. It uses to degree programs and is to be differentiated from certification or licensure, which applies to individuals.

The values of accreditation are numerous and the ACPE accreditation process serves simultaneously several constituencies as well as the general public, students and prospective students, licensing bodies, colleges and schools of pharmacy and their parent institutions, providers of continuing pharmaceutical education including certificate programs in pharmacy, and the profession.

Graduates of accredited professional programs in pharmacy should be educationally equipped for practice and should assure educational requirements for licensure. However, determinations concerning eligibility for licensure reside with the respective licensing bodies in agreement with their state statutes and administrative rules and regulations.

Types Of Accreditation Status

  • Full Accreditation
    The professional program of a college or school of pharmacy is established initial or routine accreditation if it has been confirmed to the approval of the ACPE that the program obeys with accreditation standards and guidelines, including the appropriateness of program mission, the capability of resources and organization to meet its mission, the exhibition of educational outcomes which specify that the task is being met, and the sensible guarantee of the continued meeting of its mission.

    A recently instituted professional program of a college or school of pharmacy may be approved one of two pre-accreditation statuses, pre-candidate or candidate, depending upon its period of development. In the occasion of a recently founded college or school of pharmacy, the programs generally progress through both statuses.

    • Pre-candidate: A new program that has no students enrolled, but has a dean, may be approved pre-candidate accreditation status.
    • Candidate: A new program that has students enrolled but has not had a graduating class may be approved candidate status.

Resources related to Pharmacist education accreditation are:

  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • American Association of Pharmacy Technicians
  • National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

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