Cedarville University is a baccalaureate and graduate degree granting institution chartered by the state of Ohio and approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. The Board of Regents has approved the University to award the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
The University holds membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This recognition signifies that the University is accredited. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has approved the University to award the doctor of pharmacy degree.
The University is pursuing approval for the advanced professional curriculum in pharmacy from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Concerning this approval:
"Cedarville University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; Fax 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org."
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-U.S. 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 college or school of pharmacy that has not yet enrolled students in the professional program and authorizes the school to admit its first class. 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. Graduates of a class designated as having Candidate accreditation status have the same right 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 Cedarville University was awarded Precandidate accreditation status during the January 18-22 meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted November 1-3, 2011. Following the enrollment of the inaugural class of students in fall 2012, an on-site evaluation will be scheduled during academic year 2012-2013 for purposes of gathering additional information to be considered in the Board's consideration of advancement to Candidate accreditation status. Based upon this evaluation, should the Board feel that Candidate status cannot be conferred, the School could respond to the Board's concerns and reapply prior to the graduation of the first class. If Candidate accreditation status is not granted even after reapplication, graduates may not be eligible for licensure as pharmacists. If Candidate accreditation status is granted and the program continues to develop as planned, Full accreditation status of the Doctor of Pharmacy program would 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 status or fully accredited 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 accreditation 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 or 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 the 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.
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