The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) College of Pharmacy (COP) seeks accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the sole accreditor of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.
The Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at Rosalind Franklin University was granted Candidate Status in June 2012.
Accreditation Disclosure Statement
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 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 program to admit its first class. Candidate accreditation status is awarded to a Doctor of Pharmacy program that 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. Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate accreditation 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 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science College of Pharmacy was awarded Candidate accreditation status during the June 20-24, 2012, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted April 17-19, 2012. If the program continues to develop as planned, Full accreditation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be considered by the Board following the graduation of students from the program.
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.
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.
Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools approved continued accreditation status in 2008 for RFUMS for 10 years with no interim reports or other site visits required. Additionally, on May 20, 2011, the HLC informed the University that it had exted the school's accreditation to include the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree.
Additional Regulatory Information
In addition to the ACPE and HLC requirements, the COP has received necessary approval from The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to award the PharmD degree.
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