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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, 2021, which represents the customary four-year accreditation term following the awarding of an initial two-year term of accredited status in June 2015. The academic year for the next currently scheduled review of the Doctor of Pharmacy program for purposes of continued accreditation is 2020-2021. This schedule is contingent upon maintenance of the presently observed quality during the stated accreditation term. 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

Entering Class Size





On-Time Graduation Rate

69 (92.0%)

66 (88.0%)

66 (86.8%)

69 (90.8%)

Total Graduation Rate

71 (94.7%)

71 (94.7%)

67 (88.2%)

70 (92.1%)

Students Still Eligible to Graduate





Information accurate as of May 25th, 2018

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 2018) was 91.3% (63/69).


Measures of Student Achievement

Sixteen graduates from the Class of 2018 (23%) landed post-graduate residency programs or fellowships; the match rate for students entering the match was equal to the national average.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences learners were recognized regionally and nationally for their accomplishments. Below are some of these accomplishments:

Allissa Long [Class of 2019] was named a Walmart Scholar, a competitive nationwide scholarship award for students who have demonstrated a strong interest in enhancing their preparation for a career in academic pharmacy.

Megan Bankert [Class of 2018] was 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 2018.

Karolina Kwietniak [Class of 2018] was a recipient of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association Foundation Scholarship.
Wilson Haong [Class of 2020] was selected for the 2018 Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation / Pfizer Summer Intern program, a competitive nationwide program for students interested in managed care pharmacy practice.
Megan Pantos [Class of 2021] and Alexander Fletcher [Class of 2021] were 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.  
Nina Johnson [Class of 2019] was one of 20 recipients of the 2018 Drug Information Association Student Poster Travel Award, given to top students presenting research at the annual Drug Information Association Global Annual Meeting.