*The M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science Program is already accredited as a graduate program under WASC and does not require ACPE Accreditation.
Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy program has been authorized by the Board of Directors for an on-site evaluation to be scheduled during fall 2014 for consideration of Precandidate status. Authorization of an on-site evaluation for consideration of Precandidate status does not carry with it nor imply an accreditation status. The on-site evaluation is authorized solely for purposes of gathering additional information in furtherance of an accreditation decision. The Board will consider Precandidate status at the next regularly scheduled meeting, which occur in January and June of each year, following the on-site evaluation. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean or the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60503, (312) 644-3575; FAX (312) 664-4652; website www.acpe-accredit.org.
Accreditation is a process where education institutions voluntarily submit to have the quality of their programs reviewed by education experts. Accreditation happens at an institutional level across all programs and degrees and for specific special degrees and programs that lead to various professional careers.
Students need to care about accreditation as it ensures that the quality of the preparation they receive in school is sufficient for entry into the career they have chosen. Some professions that require licenses, such as the practice of pharmacy as a Doctor of Pharmacy, require that students graduate from an accredited program in order to take the state or national licensing exams required to work.
Chapman University works hard to obtain and retain the accreditation status of its programs to ensure the value of our education delivers what students require. This statement, which you must indicate you understand in order to be accepted into the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP), explains the status and timing of the accreditation of the School of Pharmacy we are planning.