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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

Class of 2019

Class of 2020

Entering Class Size







On-Time Graduation Rate

69 (92.0%)

66 (88.0%)

66 (86.8%)

69 (90.8%)

61 (82.4%)

57 (76.0%)

Total Graduation Rate

71 (94.7%)

71 (94.7%)

68 (89.5%)

72 (94.7%)

67 (90.5%)

58 (77.3%)

Students Still Eligible to Graduate







Information accurate as of February 17, 2021

The expected on-time graduation rate for the next graduating class (the Class of 2021) is 90.3%. 

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) during the second testing period [May-August 2020] was 95.12% (39/41). 

Pass rates for first-time test takers of the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) for the most the Class of 2019 was 91.38% (53/58). This rate was the highest of all pharmacy programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the second highest pass rate in New England

NAPLEX pass rates for first-time test takers for the Class of 2018 was 91.30% (63/69) 

Measures of Student Achievement

Fifteen graduates from the Class of 2020 (26.3%) landed post-graduate residency programs or fellowships. The match rate for Western New England University applicants for residency programs was 82.4%, which was the second highest rate in the United States.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, doctor of pharmacy students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences learners were recognized regionally and nationally for their accomplishments. Below are some of these accomplishments:
Shannon Bailey [Class of 2021] was appointed by Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society to serve as the Regional Liaison (region 1) for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Lindsey Kip [Class of 2020] and Leanna Borges [Class of 2020] were champions of the non-prescription medicines competition at the New England Pharmacists Convention in September 2019.
Thanh Mai [Class of 2022] and Linda Adubofour Dufie [Class of 2022] were selected for the 2020 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Summer Research Award scholarships. 
Kyle Hooper [Class of 2023] and Sienna Wurl [Class of 2023] 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.