The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits Doctor of Pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy in the United States and selected non-US sites. For a Doctor of Pharmacy program offered by a new College or School of Pharmacy, ACPE accreditation involves three steps: Precandidate accreditation status, Candidate accreditation status, and Full accreditation status.
Precandidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate accreditation status is awarded to a new program of a College or School of Pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the college or school to admit its first class.
Granting of Precandidate accreditation status brings no rights or privileges of accreditation as associated with either Candidate accreditation status or Full accreditation status. Precandidate accreditation status indicates only that planning has taken into account ACPE standards and guidelines and suggests reasonable assurance of moving to the next step, that of Candidate status. Since Precandidate accreditation status does not create any rights of accreditation under the ACPE standards, it is the opinion of ACPE that graduates of programs of Colleges or Schools of pharmacy that bear Precandidate accreditation status do not meet the educational requirements for licensure.
Candidate accreditation status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that is currently recognized by ACPE with Precandidate status and has students enrolled but has not yet had a graduating class. Full accreditation status is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class.
The University of South Florida's Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 2135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate accreditation status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, 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. Should Candidate accreditation status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.
The University of South Florida College of Pharmacy applied for Precandidate accreditation status December 1, 2010, and underwent an on-site evaluation May 2-4, 2011. The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of South Florida College of Pharmacy was awarded Precandidate accreditation status during the June 22-26, 2011 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors. Approval was based upon due consideration of the on-site Evaluation Team Report, the College's application materials, other communications received from the institution, and discussions with the Dean during the Board of Directors meeting.
Following the enrollment of the inaugural class of students fall 2011, an on-site evaluation was held March 20-22, 2012 for consideration of advancing the Doctor of Pharmacy program from Precandidate to Candidate accreditation status. As noted above, the University of South Florida's Doctor of Pharmacy program was granted Candidate status during the June 20-24, 2012 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors.
Candidate status is awarded for a period not to exceed two years. The University of South Florida College of Pharmacy will submit its next report to ACPE in March 2013.
Should the College fail to maintain Candidate accreditation status, or advance to Full accreditation status within five years following the submission of the initial application, any graduates would be considered to have graduated from an unaccredited Doctor of Pharmacy program. It is unlikely that graduates of an unaccredited Doctor of Pharmacy program will meet licensing requirements in any U.S. jurisdiction.
For addition explanation of the ACPE accreditation process contact the Office of the Dean, (813) 974-5699, or visit the ACPE web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/.
The University of South Florida submitted a substantive change proposal addressing plans to administer the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS; http://sacscoc.org/index.asp) February 21, 2011. The proposal was approved by SACS April 1, 2011 (letter maintained on file).
Please revisit this page periodically for updates on the accreditation status.