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Accreditation

Public Disclosure of Accreditation Status

Western New England University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.
 

Accreditation Disclosure Explanation

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 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors reviewed the Doctor of Pharmacy program of the Western New England University College of Pharmacy for purposes of advancing the program from Candidate status to Accredited status at its June 25-27, 2015, meeting. This review was based upon due consideration of the Evaluation Team Report dated April 7-9, 2015, the College’s self-study, and other communications received from the institution. Following discussion of the program, it was the decision of the Board that Accredited Status be granted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The accreditation term granted for the Doctor of Pharmacy program extends until June 30, 2017, which is the customary two-year term for a new program receiving Accredited status.

For an explanation of ACPE accreditation process, consult the office of the Dean (413-796-2300) or ACPE (www.acpe-accredit.org). This website will be regularly updated to reflect any changes in status.
 

On-Time Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for the most recent graduating classes are presented below:

Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Entering Class Size

75

75

On-Time Graduation Rate

69 (92.0%)

66 (88.0%)

Total Graduation Rate

71 (94.7%)

66 (88.0%)

Students Still Eligible to Graduate

0

5


Among currently enrolled students, those remaining eligible for an on-time graduation are presented below: 

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Entering Class Size

76

76

74

75

Students Still Eligible for On-Time Graduation

66 (86.8%)

70 (92.1%)

69 (93.2%)

 71 (94.7%)

Graduation Delayed: Academic

1

1

0

 0

Graduation Delayed: Non-Academic

2

2

2

 1

Dismissal: Academic

5

3

2

 3

Dismissal or Withdrawal: Non-Academic

2

0

1

 0

Information accurate as of March 17th, 2017
 

Licensing Examination Pass Rates

Pass rates for first-time test takers of the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) for the most recent graduating class (the Class of 2016) was 75.4% (49/65). The overall NAPLEX pass rate for the Class of 2016 was 77.0% (57/74).
 

Measures of Student Achievement

As of October 1, 2015, the employment rate for the Class of 2015 within the profession of pharmacy is 93%.
 

During the 2015-2016 academic year, College of Pharmacy learners were recognized regionally and nationally for their accomplishments. Below are some of these accomplishments:

  • Clayton Cassone [Class of 2018] and Brittany Dickhaus [Class of 2018] were recipients of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education Gateway to Research Scholarships, a competitive nationwide $5,000 scholarship for 15 individuals to participate in faculty-mentored research projects.  

  • Rebecca Marcinak [Class of 2017], Erika Vuernick [Class of 2017], and Matthew Murphy [Class of 2019] were named Walmart Scholars, a competitive nationwide scholarship award for students who have demonstrated a strong interest in enhancing their preparation for a career in academic pharmacy.

  • Andre Sepp [Class of 2018] and Kristy Nguyen [Class of 2017] were selected by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores to represent Massachusetts at the RxIMPACT Day on Capitol Hill event in Washington, DC in March 2016.

  • Christina Andros [Class of 2017] was a recipient of the Massachusetts Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Student Excellence Award.

  • Kristy Nguyen [Class of 2017] was one of five pharmacy students nationwide named to serve a 12-month commitment on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacy Student Forum.

  • Elizabeth Garcia [Class of 2019] was a recipient of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association Foundation Scholarship.

  • Allissa Long [Class of 2019] was a recipient of the Skookum Award of Excellence, given to WNE students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, co-curricular activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service.

  • Edwin Kaczenski [Class of 2019], Nina Johnson [Class of 2019], and Chelsea Thompson [Class of 2017] were recipients of a poster presentation award at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference in April 2016 in Springfield, Massachusetts for their research entitled “Modulation of Immune Cell Function by Diet-Induced Epigenetic Modifications”.

  •  Three learners were received oral presentation awards at the at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference in April 2016 in Springfield, Massachusetts:

    • Brittany Dickhaus [Class of 2018] for her research entitled “Determination of Polyelectrolyte pKa Values Using Surface-To-Air Tension Measurements”

    • Clayton Cassone [Class of 2018] for his research entitled “Formulation, Evaluation, and Characterization of the In Vitro Release Kinetics of Compounded Slow-Release Capsules of Liothyronine Sodium (T3)“

    • Jeffrey Rovatti [Class of 2018] for his research entitled “A Novel Role for Il-10 in Mediation of Mast Cell Responses and the Development of IgE-Dependent Food Allergy”. The presentation by Jeffrey Rovatti received the Excellence in Innovative Research Award for the top oral presentation at the conference.