WASC provides a regional accreditation of Chapman University programs. Our application to offer the PharmD doctoral program was approved by WASC in November 2013.
All Doctor of Pharmacy programs are required to follow the same process and procedures to gain ACPE accreditation approval. In addition to the initial preparation of an application, the process of accreditation with ACPE involves three distinct status steps: Pre-Candidate Status, Candidate Status and Full Accreditation Status. Students may be admitted to a school of pharmacy during all of these status steps as long as they are informed about the process of accreditation and understand the risks the school faces with potential delay or denial of necessary ACPE approvals.
An application to request a site visit so that CUSP could be considered for Pre-Candidate Status was submitted to ACPE in January 2014. If the application is approved at the ACPE June 2014 Board of Directors meeting, Chapman anticipates a fall 2014 semester site visit by experts who evaluate whether the school should be granted Pre-Candidate Status. The site visit involves review of physical facilities, meetings with University and school leadership and faculty, and discussion of the school’s plans for developing the program and delivering the curriculum. At the following January 2015 ACPE Board of Directors meeting, the results of the fall 2014 onsite review are discussed and Pre-Candidate Status is approved, denied or deferred at the school’s request. Schools with approved Pre-Candidate Status are prepared for the entry of students into their programs the following September. In the spring of next year (2016), with the first students already in classes, the ACPE team visits again and determines if the school is prepared for Candidate status. The review involves observation of student progress, student interviews, closer review of the faculty and the curriculum and facilities. The school continues in Candidate Status with regular reporting in progress each year until its first class of students graduate (2018). The site team visit will occur in the spring of 2018 and before the graduation of the first class. At its June meeting of that year, ACPE then grants Accreditation Status or recommends further school preparations continuing the Candidate Status, which could be repeated only up to a total of 5 years from the granting of Pre-Candidate Status. The US Department of Education requires ACPE either grant or deny full accreditation within this time frame. Note that students graduating from a Candidate Status school ARE permitted to take the national and state licensing examinations.