ACPE Accreditation

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga., 30033-4097; Telephone number (404) 679-4501) to award; bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. A copy of the university’s accreditation report is available in the Office of Institutional Research.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredits doctor of pharmacy programs offered by Colleges and schools of pharmacy in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For a doctor of pharmacy program offered by a new College or school of pharmacy, ACPE accreditation generally involves three steps: pre-candidate status, candidate status, and full accreditation.

Full accreditation is awarded to a program that has met all ACPE standards for accreditation and has graduated its first class. 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 doctorate of pharmacy program at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy was reaffirmed “Full Accreditation” status by the ACPE Board in its June 2013 meeting and authorized the following statement: “The Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Full Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.”

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810, 312/664-3575, Fax 312/664-4652, web site www.acpeaccredit.org. This accreditation status is effective through the end of June 2016.

What is Accreditation? 

Accreditation is the public recognition accorded a professional program that is judged to meet established qualifications and educational standards through initial and subsequent periodic evaluations. Accreditation applies to professional programs and is distinguished from certification or licensure, which applies to individuals. Professional programs in pharmacy are those leading to the baccalaureate in pharmacy and the doctor of pharmacy degrees. Those programs accredited by the ACPE are published in the annual Directory of Accredited Professional Programs of Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy. Recognition of the baccalaureate in pharmacy or the doctor of pharmacy program in the Directory denotes overall compliance with the standards of the respective degree program. It does not imply that all baccalaureates in pharmacy or all doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs in the Directory are totally equivalent. Accreditation standards include both quantitative and qualitative parameters.

A professional program in pharmacy is evaluated on the extent to which it accomplishes its stated goals and is consistent with the concept that pharmacy is a unique, personal service profession in the health science field. In the application of these standards, literal conformity in every detail is not required. Variations are to be expected, and superiority in certain qualities may compensate, at least in part, for deficiencies in others. Many college and school programs exceed Council standards in one or more of the various elements comprising accreditation. In pharmacy education, as in American education generally, there is diversity. In this diversity there is potential strength. The accreditation process, therefore, seeks to maximize potential strengths while assuring basic expectations for quality pharmacy education.

The essential purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a professional judgment of the quality of a college or school of pharmacy's professional program(s) and to encourage continued improvement thereof. Accreditation concerns itself with both quality assurance and quality enhancement. The responsibilities of ACPE's accreditation program are

  1. To advance the standards of pharmacy education in the United States and associated commonwealths.
  2. To formulate the educational, scientific and professional principles and standards for professional programs in pharmacy which a college or school of pharmacy is expected to meet and maintain for accreditation of its programs, and to revise these principles and standards when deemed necessary or advisable.
  3. To formulate policies and procedures for the accreditation process.
  4. To evaluate the professional program(s) of any college or school of pharmacy within or beyond its national geographic scope that requests accreditation of its program(s).
  5. To publish a directory of accredited professional programs of colleges and schools of pharmacy for the use of state boards of pharmacy or appropriate state licensing agencies in pharmacy, other interested agencies, and the public, and to revise such directory annually or as frequently as deemed desirable.
  6. To provide assurances to constituencies that the professional programs which have been accredited continue to comply with standards, and therefore to conduct periodic evaluations in a manner similar to that for original accreditation.
  7. To assist the advancement and improvement of pharmacy education as well as prerequisites and procedures for licensure and to provide a basis for inter-institutional relationships.

Accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy provides a national basis for quality assurance. In so doing, the accreditation process serves multiple constituencies. For institutions of higher education, accreditation provides a framework for self-evaluation and improvement as well as opportunity for external review and counsel. Accreditation also provides a basis for the decision-making of private and public agencies, including the Department of Education, in the awarding of grants and loans.

Excerpt from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education website.

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