Accreditation Process for the UNT System College of Pharmacy (SCP)

Accreditation

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 generally involves three  steps:    Precandidate  Status,  Candidate  Status,  and  Accredited  status. Precandidate  Status  denotes  a  developmental  program  that  is  expected  to mature in accord with stated plans and within a defined time period. Precandidate 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 program to admit its first class.  Candidate Status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that has students enrolled but has not yet had a graduating class.   Accredited status is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and 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  Doctor  of  Pharmacy  program  of  the  University  of  North  Texas  Health Sciences Center UNT System College of Pharmacy was awarded Candidate Status during the June 18-22, 2014, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site  evaluation  conducted  April  29-May  1,  2014,  and discussion with University and College officials.  If the program continues to develop as planned, of the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be considered by the Board following the graduation of students from the program.

Timeline for Implementing the UNT System College of Pharmacy
Date Action Status
Jun 2011

UNT System College of Pharmacy authorized by Texas Legislature

Completed

Jul 2011

Tina Machu, PhD, named interim dean
Fund-raising efforts initiated
Committee formed to design curriculum framework

Completed

Fall 2011

Curricular framework designed
Initiated development of draft ACPE application for pre-candidate status
Initiated recruiting of leadership team

Completed
Jan 2012 Myron K. Jacobson, PhD appointed founding dean
Submitted draft ACPE application for pre-candidate status
Completed
Feb 2012

On-site consultation with J. Gregory Boyer, PhD, ACPE staff
Tina K. Machu, RPh, PhD appointed Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs

Completed
Mar 2012

Lawrence J. Cohen, PharmD, appointed Assoc. Dean for Clinical Programs
Lisa Killam-Worral, PharmD, appointed Director for Experiential Education
Antonia Kilpatrick, JD, appointed Director of Admissions, Recruitment & Outreach

Completed
Apr 2012 Submit Application for Accreditation to ACPE for pre-candidate status Completed
Apr-Dec 2012 Recruitment of additional faculty & staff
Curriculum development continuing
Completed
Jun 2012 Appear before ACPE Board  Completed
Fall 2012 Michael Jann, PharmD, chosen Chair of Pharmacotherapy
Iok-Hou Pang, PhD, appointed Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Completed

Dec 2012

Submit updated application to ACPE for pre-candidate status 

Completed
Jan-Dec 2013

Ongoing recruitment of additional faculty & staff
Ongoing curriculum development

Completed

Jan 2013

Conference with ACPE Board for authorization to proceed Completed

Jan 2013

ACPE Board authorization to proceed granted Completed

Spring 2013

ACPE on-site evaluation

Completed
Jun 2013 Submit any requested additional materials for June ACPE Board meeting Completed
Jun 2013 ACPE decision on pre-candidate status - Pre-candidate status granted Completed
Aug 2013 Matriculation of first PharmD class Completed
Jan-Dec 2014 Ongoing recruitment of additional faculty & staff
Ongoing curriculum development
Completed
Mar-Apr 2014 On-site ACPE evaluation to assess candidate status Completed
Jun 2014 ACPE decision on candidate status Completed
Jan-Dec 2015

Ongoing recruitment of faculty & staff
Ongoing curriculum development


Jan-Dec 2016 Ongoing recruitment of additional faculty & staff
Ongoing curriculum development

Jan-May 2016 On-site ACPE evaluation to continue candidate status
Jun 2016 ACPE Board decision on continuation of candidate status
Jan-Dec 2017 Ongoing recruitment of additional faculty & staff
Ongoing curriculum development

Jan-May 2017 On-site evaluation to assess readiness for full accreditation status
May 2017 First class of PharmD students graduates
June 2017 ACPE decision on full accreditation

Complaints about Accreditation Standards or SCP Policies and Procedures

A student who has a concern regarding an ACPE accreditation standard may make a formal complaint.  The ACPE recommends that the student submit the complaint to the SCP Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for review and determination by the SCP administration.  The decision will be transmitted to the student in writing.  If the student thinks that he/she did not receive due process, then the student may contact the ACPE.  In addition, if the student perceives a serious problem with a standard, then he/she may bypass SCP Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and contact the ACPE directly at: csinfo@acpe-accredit.org.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100
Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810
Phone: 312-664-3575
Fax: 312-664-4652

Additional information about the complaints process may be found at: www.acpe-accredit.org/complaints.

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This page last updated 21st Jul 2014