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Pharmacy Accreditation

Public Disclosure of Accreditation Status

The Western New England University Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603, 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 term granted for the Doctor of Pharmacy program extends until June 30, 2029, which represents the customary eight-year term between self-studies and comprehensive evaluations. The academic year for the next currently scheduled review of the Doctor of Pharmacy program for purposes of continued accreditation is 2028-2029. This schedule is contingent upon maintenance of the presently observed quality during the stated accreditation term. A required on‐site verification visit will take place at a time that is practical and with mutual agreement between ACPE and the program Dean.
The purpose of the verification visit is to confirm the findings of the virtual site visit team. The ACPE Board of Directors reserves the right to revise its accreditation action or to alter these dates based upon monitoring, such as written reports and/or focused on-site reviews as may be scheduled during the accreditation term stated above.

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

 

Class of 2017

 

Class of 2018

 

Class of 2019

 

Class of 2020

 

Class of 2021

Entering Class Size

75

75

76

76

74

75

62

On-Time Graduation Rate

69 (92.0%)

66 (88.0%)

66

(86.8%)

69

(90.8%)

61 (82.4%)

57

(76.0%)

56

(90.3%)

Total Graduation Rate

71

(94.7%)

71

(94.7%)

68

(89.5%)

72

(94.7%)

69

(93.2%)

62

(82.7%)

56

(90.3%)

Students Still Eligible to Graduate

0

0

0

0

0

4

2

Information accurate as of June 14, 2021 

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 2020) was 93.22% (55/59). 

NAPLEX pass rates for first-time test takers for the Class of 2019 was 91.38% (53/58) and for the Class of 2018 was 91.30% (63/69). Western New England University is one of only three pharmacy programs in the northeast to achieve pass rates of >90% in each of the past three years.

Measures of Student Achievement

Thirteen graduates from the Class of 2021 (21.3%) landed post-graduate residency programs or fellowships; the match rate for students entering the match (66.7%) was slightly above the national average and third highest amongst our regional competitors.

 During the 2020-2021 academic year, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences learners were recognized regionally and nationally for their accomplishments. Below are some of these accomplishments, listed alphabetically:

Valerie Amedeo [Class of 2022] was named a Walmart Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

 Kyle Hooper [Class of 2023]

  • was one of two COPHS recipients of the Skookum Award, the highest honor bestowed upon Western New England University students. Skookum recipients are recognized for demonstrated excellence in academics, co-curricular activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service.
  • was awarded the New Hampshire Society of Health-System Pharmacists Doerr Memorial Scholarship.

Floyd McMillan [Class of 2022] was elected to serve as Supreme Undergraduate Representative of Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical Fraternity for the 2020-2021 academic year.

 Briana O’Connell [Class of 2022]

  • was named the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists Student of the Year.
  • was named the May 2021 Pharm4ME Champion by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

 Olga Shutov [Class of 2021] was awarded the Lambda Kappa Sigma Ethel J. Heath Scholarship Key.

Marissa Verro [Class of 2023] was awarded a Lambda Kappa Sigma Cora E. Craven Educational Grant.

Sienna Wurl [Class of 2023] was one of two COPHS recipients of the Skookum Award, the highest honor bestowed upon Western New England University students. Skookum recipients are recognized for demonstrated excellence in academics, co-curricular activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service.